FHA Condo Loan Law Passed

condos1It will soon get easier for condominium buyers to obtain Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans.

Last week the Presdient signed into law H.R. 3700, also known as the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, that will require regulators to rewrite several rules that determine FHA eligibility for condo developments.

Current rules disqualify buyers from seeking FHA loans if less than 50 percent of the condominium units are owner-occupied. The law lowers that requirement to a 35 percent owner-occupied ratio.

FHA also would have to relax a hard rule banning transfer fees when a condo is sold to allow condominium associations to collect fees that support community improvements. That policy is consistent with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s existing policy.

The agency also must simplify its re-certification process. As it stands, developments must undergo a rigorous certification hurdle every two years.

FHA overseer, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, must make some of the changes within 90 days, according to the National Association of Realtors. Other changes will be proposed through rule making.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the law would boost FHA-guarantee lending by $8 billion between 2017 and 2021, as more condo buyers would be eligible.

The law will also allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to delegate to preferred lenders its approval authority for USDA loans, and the agency to charge a $50 fee to lenders per loan for using the automated underwriting system.

The bill was unanimously approved by the House in February and by the Senate earlier in July.

For more information call:
Dean Henderson, CRMS
Financial Independence Mortgage
(661) 726-9000

Beware of Seller’s Concession Limitation on FHA Short Sales

07/13/2011 by Dean Henderson, CRMS

When there is a Short Sale(AKA Pre-Foreclosure Sale) on a HUD, FHA loan, and the new Buyer is also getting a new FHA loan, HUD only allows up to a maximum of 1.0% for Seller’s Concessions or Allowable Closing Costs. If you see the link below, and look at page 2 of 18, the sixth bullet point down, and it is there that you will find this.

HUD will only allow 1% Seller Closing Costs (line 509) and that is ONLY if the buyer is using FHA financing.  Any other buyer financing HUD will allow 0% for an FHA Short Sale.


Here are some more HUD/FHA Pre-foreclosure guidelines: