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Mortgage and Loan Insurance Programs Under the National Housing Act-Debenture Interest Rates

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This notice announces changes in the interest rates to be paid on debentures issued with respect to a loan or mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration under the provisions of the National Housing Act (the Act). The interest rate for debentures issued under section 221(g)(4) of the Act during the 6-month period beginning January 1, 2013, is 13/8percent. The interest rate for debentures issued under any other provision of the Act is the rate in effect on the date that the commitment to insure the loan or mortgage was issued, or the date that the loan or mortgage was endorsed (or initially endorsed if there are two or more endorsements) for insurance, whichever rate is higher. The interest rate for debentures issued under these other provisions with respect to a loan or mortgage committed or endorsed during the 6-month period beginning January 1, 2013, is 21/2percent. However, as a result of an amendment to section 224 of the Act, if an insurance claim relating to a mortgage insured under sections 203 or 234 of the Act and endorsed for insurance after January 23, 2004, is paid in cash, the debenture interest rate for purposes of calculating a claim shall be the monthly average yield, for the month in which the default on the mortgage occurred, on United States Treasury Securities adjusted to a constant maturity of 10 years.

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Yong Sun, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 5148, Washington, DC 20410-8000; telephone (202) 402-4778 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

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Section 224 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715o) provides that debentures issued under the Act with respect to an insured loan or mortgage (except for debentures issued pursuant to section 221(g)(4) of the Act) will bear interest at the rate in effect on the date the commitment to insure the loan or mortgage was issued, or the date the loan or mortgage was endorsed (or initially endorsed if there are two or more endorsements) for insurance, whichever rate is higher. This provision is implemented in HUD's regulations at 24 CFR 203.405, 203.479, 207.259(e)(6), and 220.830. These regulatory provisions state that the applicable rates of interest will be published twice each year as a notice in the Federal Register.

Section 224 further provides that the interest rate on these debentures will be set from time to time by the Secretary of HUD, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, in an amount not in excess of the annual interest rate determined by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to a statutory formula based on the average yield of all outstanding marketable Treasury obligations of maturities of 15 or more years.

The Secretary of the Treasury (1) has determined, in accordance with the provisions of section 224, that the statutory maximum interest rate for the period beginning January 1, 2013, is 21/2percent; and (2) has approved the establishment of the debenture interest rate by the Secretary of HUD at 21/2percent for the 6-month period beginning January 1, 2013. This interest rate will be the rate borne by debentures issued with respect to any insured loan or mortgage (except for debentures issued pursuant to section 221(g)(4)) with insurance commitment or endorsement date (as applicable) within the first 6 months of 2013.

For convenience of reference, HUD is publishing the following chart of debenture interest rates applicable to mortgages committed or endorsed since January 1, 1980:

Effective interest rate On or after Prior to
91/2 Jan. 1, 1980 July 1, 1980
97/8 July 1, 1980 Jan. 1, 1981
113/4 Jan. 1, 1981 July 1, 1981
127/8 July 1, 1981 Jan. 1, 1982
123/4 Jan. 1, 1982 Jan. 1, 1983
101/4 Jan. 1, 1983 July 1, 1983
103/8 July 1, 1983 Jan. 1, 1984
111/2 Jan. 1, 1984 July 1, 1984
133/8 July 1, 1984 Jan. 1, 1985
115/8 Jan. 1, 1985 July 1, 1985
111/8 July 1, 1985 Jan. 1, 1986
101/4 Jan. 1, 1986 July 1, 1986
81/4 July 1, 1986 Jan. 1. 1987
8 Jan. 1, 1987 July 1, 1987
9 July 1, 1987 Jan. 1, 1988
91/8 Jan. 1, 1988 July 1, 1988
93/8 July 1, 1988 Jan. 1, 1989
91/4 Jan. 1, 1989 July 1, 1989
9 July 1, 1989 Jan. 1, 1990
81/8 Jan. 1, 1990 July 1, 1990
9 July 1, 1990 Jan. 1, 1991
83/4 Jan. 1, 1991 July 1, 1991
81/2 July 1, 1991 Jan. 1, 1992
8 Jan. 1, 1992 July 1, 1992
8 July 1, 1992 Jan. 1, 1993
73/4 Jan. 1, 1993 July 1, 1993
7 July 1, 1993 Jan. 1, 1994
65/8 Jan. 1, 1994 July 1, 1994
73/4 July 1, 1994 Jan. 1, 1995
83/8 Jan. 1, 1995 July 1, 1995
71/4 July 1, 1995 Jan. 1, 1996
61/2 Jan. 1, 1996 July 1, 1996
71/4 July 1, 1996 Jan. 1, 1997
63/4 Jan. 1, 1997 July 1, 1997
71/8 July 1, 1997 Jan. 1, 1998
63/8 Jan. 1, 1998 July 1, 1998
61/8 July 1, 1998 Jan. 1, 1999
51/2 Jan. 1, 1999 July 1, 1999
61/8 July 1, 1999 Jan. 1, 2000
61/2 Jan. 1, 2000 July 1, 2000
61/2 July 1, 2000 Jan. 1, 2001
6 Jan. 1, 2001 July 1, 2001
57/8 July 1, 2001 Jan. 1, 2002
51/4 Jan. 1, 2002 July 1, 2002
53/4 July 1, 2002 Jan. 1, 2003
5 Jan. 1, 2003 July 1, 2003
41/2 July 1, 2003 Jan. 1, 2004
51/8 Jan. 1, 2004 July 1, 2004
51/2 July 1, 2004 Jan. 1, 2005
47/8 Jan. 1, 2005 July 1, 2005
41/2 July 1, 2005 Jan. 1, 2006
47/8 Jan. 1, 2006 July 1, 2006
53/8 July 1, 2006 Jan. 1, 2007
43/4 Jan. 1, 2007 July 1, 2007
5 July 1, 2007 Jan. 1, 2008
41/2 Jan. 1, 2008 July 1, 2008
45/8 July 1, 2008 Jan. 1, 2009
41/8 Jan. 1, 2009 July 1, 2009
41/8 July 1, 2009 Jan. 1, 2010
41/4 Jan. 1, 2010 July 1, 2010
41/8 July 1, 2010 Jan. 1, 2011
37/8 Jan. 1, 2011 July 1, 2011
41/8 July 1, 2011 Jan. 1, 2012
27/8 Jan. 1, 2012 July 1, 2012
23/4 July 1, 2012 Jan. 1, 2013
21/2 Jan. 1, 2013 July 1, 2013

Section 215 of Division G, Title II of Public Law 108-199, enacted January 23, 2004 (HUD's 2004 Appropriations Act) amended section 224 of the Act, to change the debenture interest rate for purposes of calculating certain insurance claim payments made in cash. Therefore, for all claims paid in cash on mortgages insured under section 203 or 234 of the National Housing Act and endorsed for insurance after January 23, 2004, the debenture interest rate will be the monthly average yield, for the month in which the default on the mortgage occurred, on United States Treasury Securities adjusted to a constant maturity of 10 years, as found in Federal Reserve Statistical Release H-15. The Federal Housing Administration has codified this provision in HUD regulations at 24 CFR 203.405(b) and 24 CFR 203.479(b).

Section 221(g)(4) of the Act provides that debentures issued pursuant to that paragraph (with respect to the assignment of an insured mortgage to the Secretary) will bear interest at the “going Federal rate” in effect at the time the debentures are issued. The term “going Federal rate” is defined to mean the interest rate that the Secretary of the Treasury determines, pursuant to a statutory formula based on the average yield on all outstanding marketable Treasury obligations of 8- to 12-year maturities, for the 6-month periods of January through June and July through December of each year. Section 221(g)(4) is implemented in the HUD regulations at 24 CFR 221.255 and 24 CFR 221.790.

The Secretary of the Treasury has determined that the interest rate to be borne by debentures issued pursuant to section 221(g)(4) during the 6-month period beginning January 1, 2013, is 13/8percent.

The subject matter of this notice falls within the categorical exemption from HUD's environmental clearance procedures set forth in 24 CFR 50.19(c)(6). For that reason, no environmental finding has been prepared for this notice.

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Sections 211, 221, 224, National Housing Act, 12 U.S.C. 1715b, 1715l, 1715o; Section 7(d), Department of HUD Act, 42 U.S.C. 3535(d).)

Dated: January 8, 2013.

Carol J. Galante,

Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner.

[FR Doc. 2013-01187 Filed 1-18-13; 8:45 am]

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