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10 Pa. Code § 31.6. Renegotiable rate mortgage loans.

§ 31.6. Renegotiable rate mortgage loans.

 (a)  Authorization. A savings association may make, purchase or participate in a renegotiable rate mortgage loan program under the authority contained in sections 701(a)(22), 901 and 915 of the Savings Association Code of 1967 (7 P. S. § §  6020-101(a)(22), 6020-141 and 6020-155) if the loan complies with the provisions of 12 CFR 545.6-2(a)—as set forth at 45 FR 24111 (April 9, 1980) except where adherence to such rules and regulations is inconsistent with Pennsylvania law, especially section 915(g)(7) of the Savings Association Code of 1967 (7 P. S. §  6020-155(g)(7)).

 (b)  Description. For purposes of this section, a renegotiable rate mortgage loan is a loan issued for a term of three, four, or five years, secured by a long-term mortgage of up to 30 years and automatically renewable at equal intervals except as provided in subsection (c)(1). The loan must be repayable in equal monthly installments of principal and interest during the loan term, in an amount at least sufficient to amortize a loan with the same principal and at the same interest rate over the remaining term of the mortgage. At renewal, no change other than in the interest rate may be made in the terms or conditions of the initial loan. Prepayment in full or on part of the loan balance secured by the mortgage may be made without penalty at any time on those loans defined as residential mortgages in the act of January 30, 1974 (P. L. 13, No. 6) (41 P. S. §  101).

 (c)  Interest-rate changes at renewal.

   (1)  The interest rate offered at renewal shall reflect the movement, in reference to the date of the original loan, of the contract interest rate on the purchase of previously-occupied homes in the Federal Home Loan Bank Board’s most recent monthly National average mortgage rate index for all major lenders; provided that an association may alter the initial terms of loans originated within a 6-month period so that they mature on the same date 3, 4 or 5 years after the end of that period, in which case the interest rate offered at renewal shall reflect the movement of the index from the end of that period, that is, as though all loans in the group had originated at the end of the period.

   (2)  The maximum rate increase or decrease shall be 0.5% per year multiplied by the number of years in the loan term, with a maximum increase or decrease of 5.0% over the life of the mortgage. Associations may offer a borrower a renegotiable rate mortgage loan with maximum annual and total interest rate decreases smaller than the maximum set out in this paragraph; provided, however, that in such a case the maximum annual and total interest rate increases offered shall not exceed the maximum annual and total decreases set out in the loan contract.

   (3)  Interest rate decreases from the previous loan term are mandatory. Interest rate increases are optional with association, but the association may obligate itself to a third party to take the maximum increase permitted by this subsection.

 (d)  Cost of renewal. The borrower may not be charged any costs or fees in connection with the renewal of such loan.

 (e)  Renewal notice. At least 90 days before the due date of the loan, the association shall send written notification in the following form to the borrower:


     Your loan with Savings and Loan Association, secured by a (mortgage/deed of trust) on property located at (address), is due and payable on (90 days from date of notice).


   If you do not pay by that date, your loan will be renewed automatically for years, upon the same terms and condition as the current loan, except that the interest rate will be %. (See accompanying Truth-in-Lending statement for further credit information.)

     Your monthly payment, based on that rate, will be $ , beginning with the payment due on , 19 .

     You may pay off the entire loan or a part of it without penalty at any time.

     If you have questions about this notice, please contact (title and telephone number of association employe).

 (f)  Application disclosure. An applicant for a renegotiable rate mortgage loan must be given, at the time he requests an application, a disclosure notice in the following form:


     You have received an application form for a renegotiable-rate mortgage (‘‘RRM’’). The RRM differs from the fixed-rate mortgage with which you may be familiar. In the fixed-rate mortgage the length of the loan and the length of the underlying mortgage are the same, but in the RRM the loan is short-term (3-5 years) and is automatically renewable for a period equal to the mortgage (up to 30 years). Therefore, instead of having an interest rate that is set at the beginning of the mortgage and remains the same, the RRM has an interest rate that may increase or decrease at each renewal of the short-term loan. This means that the amount of your monthly payment may also increase or decrease.

   The term of the RRM loan is years, and the length of the underlying mortgage is years. The initial loan term may be up to six months longer than later terms.

   The lender must offer to renew the loan, and the only loan provision that may be changed at renewal is the interest rate. The interest rate offered at renewal is based on changes in an index rate. The index used is computed monthly by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, an agency of the Federal government. The index is based on the national average contract rate for all major lenders for the purchase of previously-occupied, single-family homes.

   At renewal, if the index has moved higher than it was at the beginning of the mortgage, the lender has the right to offer a renewal of the loan at an interest rate equalling the original interest rate plus the increase in the index rate. This is the maximum increase permitted to the lender. Although taking such an increase is optional with the lender, you should be aware that the lender has this right and may become contractually obligated to exercise it.

   If the index has moved down, the lender must at renewal reduce the original interest rate by the decrease in the index rate. No matter how much the index rate increases or decreases, THE LENDER, AT RENEWAL, MAY NOT INCREASE OR DECREASE THE INTEREST RATE ON YOUR RRM LOAN BY AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN OF ONE PERCENTAGE POINT PER YEAR OF THE LOAN, AND THE TOTAL INCREASE OR DECREASE OVER THE LIFE OF THE MORTGAGE MAY NOT BE MORE THAN PERCENTAGE POINTS.

   As the borrower, you have the right to decline the lender’s offer of renewal. If you decide not to renew, you will, of course, have to pay off the remaining balance of the mortgage. Even if you decide to renew, you have the right to prepay the loan in part or in full without penalty at any time. To give you enough time to make this decision, the lender, ninety (90) days before renewal, will send a notice stating the due date of the loan, the new interest rate and the monthly payment amount. If you do not respond to the notice, the loan will be automatically renewed at the new rate. You will not have to pay any fees or charges at renewal time.

   The maximum interest-rate increases at the first renewal is     percentage points. On a $50,000 mortgage with an original term of     years and an original interest rate of [lender’s current commitment rate] percent, this rate change would increase the monthly payment (principal and interest) from $     to $   . Using the same example, the highest interest rate you might have to pay over the life of the mortgage would be     percent, and the lowest would be     percent.


   The provisions of this §  31.6 issued under section 202 of the Department of Banking and Securities Code (71 P. S. §  733-202); and sections 103, 701(a)(22), 901 and 915 of the Savings Association Code of 1967 (7 P. S. § §  6020-3, 6020-101(a)(22), 6020-141 and 6020-155).


   The provisions of this §  31.6 adopted June 27, 1980, effective June 28, 1980, 10 Pa.B. 2574.

Cross References

   This section cited in 10 Pa. Code §  31.5 (relating to alternatives to direct reduction loans).

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