The Federal Housing Administration will make foreclosure protections available to a larger number of surviving spouses of deceased reverse mortgage borrowers.

Last year, the FHA amended its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage policies to delay a loan from going into foreclosure for certain non-borrowing spouses with case numbers assigned on or after Aug. 4, 2014. A Jan. 29 mortgagee letter allows for "similar treatment" of FHA case numbers issued before August 4, 2014, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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