Good news or bad news for us… - Posted by Corey (ND)
Posted by Corey (ND) on January 21, 2004 at 09:37:39:
I guess this is either good news or bad news for RE investors. All depends on how you look at it. On one hand there will be MANY more repos, on the other hand fewer renters.
President Bush’s call for the removal of down payment requirements for FHA first-time home buyer mortgage approval drew support Tuesday from the head of a national housing assistance program.
The down payment and closing costs for Federal Housing Administration insured loans would be wrapped into the loan amount and spread over the life of the loan under a proposal made to Congress.
“We are pleased Mr. Bush has finally seen the light and seems prepared to remove this unnecessary and often debilitating hurdle for lower-income families,” said Scott Syphax, chief executive officer of Sacramento, Calif.-based Nehemiah Corp.
The proposal was announced Monday by John Weicher, assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.
Part of HUD’s 2005 budget request would eliminate the statutory requirement of a minimum 3 percent down payment for FHA-insured mortgages for first-time home buyers.
Many families who rely on FHA financing can afford the monthly payment, “but for one reason or another they simply haven’t had the ability to come up with the down payments,” Weicher said.
While the measure may lead to the end of the down payment assistance industry, it is the right thing to do, Syphax said, as it will help millions of Americans achieve home ownership.
Families would still have to meet FHA qualifications and participate in home ownership counseling.
They also may pay more than in a standard FHA loan, Weicher said. Home buyers would pay a premium of 2 1/4 percent of the amount of the loan, and the interest rate they pay would be 75 basis points annually higher than the base rate of the loan for the first five years.
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