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Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Insurance of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMS)

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AGENCY:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Start Printed Page 14828Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

DATES:

Comments Due Date: May 29, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Lillian Deitzer, Departmental Reports Management Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4781, Washington, DC 20410.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

James A. Beavers, Acting Director, Office of Single Family Program Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-2121 (this is not a toll free number) for copies of the proposed forms and other available information.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Department is submitting the proposed information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended).

This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

This Notice also lists the following information:

Title of Proposal: Disclosure of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMS) Rates.

OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2502-0322.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Housing and Urban-Rural Recovery Act of 1983 amended the National Housing Act to permit FHA to insure adjustable rate mortgages (ARMS). On March 10, 2004, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the mortgage insurance regulations to implement additional product offerings known as “hybrid” adjustable rate mortgages. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has insured ARMS since 1984; however, these were limited to 1-year ARMS. FHA is now offering mortgage insurance on 3-year, 5-year, 7-year and 10-year ARMS. The terms of all ARMS insured by HUD-FHA are required to be fully disclosed as part of the loan approval process. Additionally, an annual disclosure is required to reflect the adjustment to the interest rate and monthly mortgage amount. Lenders must electronically indicate that the mortgage to be insured is an ARM and the term or type of the ARM.

Agency form numbers, if applicable: None.

Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: The estimated number of respondents is 20,000, frequency of response is annually, the total annual responses are 220,000, time per response is estimated at three minutes and the estimated annual burden hours requested is 11,000.

Status of the proposed information collection: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C., Chapter 35, as amended.

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Dated: March 23, 2007.

Frank L. Davis,

General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing-Deputy Federal Housing Commissioner.

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[FR Doc. E7-5731 Filed 3-28-07; 8:45 am]

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