Genworth      Print Page    Close Window

Press Release

Flagstar to Offer Genworth's HomeOpeners(sm) PaymentPlus

Low Down Payment Loan Solution Helps Drive Homeownership

RICHMOND, Va., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) said today that Michigan-based Flagstar Bank had begun offering Genworth's HomeOpeners(sm) PaymentPlus, a low down payment mortgage solution designed to help consumers buy homes sooner and provide them with added mortgage payment protection in the event they become unemployed.

HomeOpeners(sm) PaymentPlus provides a lower monthly payment than traditional mortgage insurance, most combination loans or FHA loans. It also provides the added benefit of involuntary unemployment insurance at no additional cost to the borrower. Policyholders receive two years of involuntary unemployment protection that pays principal, interest, taxes and insurance up to $2,000 for up to six months. The coverage includes unemployment due to layoffs, strikes or lockouts, as well as other unemployment.

"We're happy to be working with Flagstar to give homebuyers an attractive alternative to combination loan products," said Lewis Fain, senior vice president, Marketing and Strategic Development for Genworth Financial's mortgage insurance segment. "With it, lenders will be able to qualify more borrowers to buy the homes of their dreams."

"Our partnership with Genworth Financial is another example of Flagstar's efforts to provide innovative solutions for both borrowers and lenders," said Steve Brooks, an executive vice president at Flagstar Bank. "Genworth's PaymentPlus product is an exciting addition to our many options for borrowers who have less than 20 percent to put down toward the purchase of a home."

The industry's only single premium mortgage insurance product that includes involuntary unemployment protection, HomeOpeners(sm) PaymentPlus meets four key needs of the low down payment borrower: it lowers monthly payments, can be tax-deductible*, builds equity faster than combination loans, and is easy to cancel. Cancellation follows standard procedure under the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998. In addition, the product is fully refundable, which may provide money to the borrower upon cancellation.

Both Fannie Mae and Federal Home Loan Banks have agreed to purchase HomeOpeners(sm) PaymentPlus loans.

"HomeOpeners(sm) PaymentPlus involuntary unemployment insurance sets it apart from other low down payment solutions," Fain said. "It gives Flagstar an opportunity to stand out in a highly competitive market by delivering a valuable benefit to borrowers at no added cost. Reducing losses from borrowers' inability to make payments due to involuntary unemployment it provides peace of mind for both Flagstar and its borrowers."

The cost of the mortgage payment protection coverage for HomeOpeners PaymentPlus is paid by General Electric Mortgage Insurance Corporation, Genworth Financial's mortgage insurance business, which also underwrites the mortgage guaranty portion of the coverage. The involuntary unemployment insurance coverage is underwritten by a third party.

About Flagstar Bancorp

Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE: FBC) is the second largest independent banking institution headquartered in Michigan. Flagstar operates 124 banking centers in Michigan and Indiana and 112 home loan centers in 26 states and correspondent offices across the country. Flagstar is one of the largest originators of residential mortgage loans in the United States. For more information, visit .

About Genworth Financial

Genworth (NYSE: GNW) is a leading insurance holding company, serving the lifestyle protection, retirement income, investment and mortgage insurance needs of more than 15 million customers, and has operations in 22 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and more than a dozen other European countries. For more information, visit

*A tax advisor should be consulted for matters of tax deductions.

SOURCE Genworth Financial

CONTACT: Terry Souers, Vice President, Public Relations, Mortgage Insurance of Genworth Financial, +1-919-846-4459,