FHA Suspends Taylor, Bean & Whitaker

I feel like I’m one of the few mortgage originators who have never worked with mortgage giant TBW…many mortgage brokers and lenders do.   FHA’s Press release states:

“TBW is the third largest direct endorsement lender of FHA-insured loans and the eighth largest issuer of Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities.”

They are a significant mortgage company and this will impact those brokers and lenders who rely on TBW for FHA financing.   This suspension is temporary “pending the completion of an investigation by HUD’s Office of Inspector General, an ongoing review by the Department’s Office of Housing, and any legal proceedings that may ensue.”

From HUD’s News Release today:

FHA and Ginnie Mae are imposing these actions because TBW failed to submit a required annual financial report and misrepresented that there were no unresolved issues with its independent auditor even though the auditor ceased its financial examination after discovering certain irregular transactions that raised concerns of fraud. FHA’s suspension is also based on TBW’s failure to disclose, and its false certifications concealing, that it was the subject of two examinations into its business practices in the past year.

“Today, we suspend one company but there is a very clear message that should be heard throughout the FHA lending world – operate within our standards or we won’t do business with you,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

TBW has the right to appeal, however HUD is not delaying their actions.  In addition, HUD debarment of two top executives at TBW. 

This must be leaving many borrowers and mortgage brokers scrambling for other sources to send their FHA transactions in process.