Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

House Committee Passes Bill to Make ARMs Permanent

April 30, 2012

Last week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs passed H.R. 4482, introduced by Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) to make VA ARM and hyrid ARM products permanent.  Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) are especially useful loan products for active duty military.  Since military families tend to move often, an ARM or hybrid ARM can be a very reasonable choice. The VA does not allow lenders to charge veterans a prepayment penalty, and so the risk is low for the homebuyer if they move or chose to refinance.  Authority for the ARMs was set to expire on September 30, 2012, but this legislation will make the programs permanent.  NAR supports this legislation which now moves to the House Floor.