Circular
Federal Regulators Encourage Institutions to Work with Mortgage Borrowers Unable to Make Payments
April 18, 2007
Circular No. 11855

The federal bank, thrift and credit union regulatory agencies are encouraging financial institutions to work with homeowners who are unable to make mortgage payments. Prudent workout arrangements that are consistent with safe and sound lending practices are generally in the long-term best interest of both the financial institution and the borrower.

The agencies want to remind their institutions that existing regulatory guidance and accounting standards do not require immediate foreclosure on homes when borrowers fall behind on payments. In addition, under the Homeownership Counseling Act, institutions are required to inform delinquent borrowers about the availability of homeownership counseling.

See the attached press release for full details.

Press release OFFSITE