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FHA Guidelines: HUD May Stop Your Loan From Closing

Apr 12, 2008
Several years ago a problem cropped up all across the mortgage/real estate world and started causing a lot of problems for lenders whenever a mortgage defaulted. Every Tom, Dick and Harry that stayed up late at night wanted to become a real estate investor and "flip" houses.

Legitimate real estate investors who buy distressed houses, make repairs and then sell the property to new homeowners provide a very valuable function in the real estate market. Unfortunately, the late night TV watching "house flippers" didn't quite serve this same purpose as well. While the market was booming, these budding Donald Trumps would make offers on homes even though they had no way to finance or pay for that home. While they waited for closing day, they would go out and find some uneducated mark and send them to their mortgage broker to qualify for an FHA loan to buy the house under contract. As soon as the potential homeowner was safely qualified, the investor would go in, mop the house up a little and set up back to back closings. They would purchase the property and sell it for much more at the same time without ever putting up any money of their own.

These "investors" would give the new purchaser such easy terms - even in a seller's market - that prospective homeowners would be lining up around the block. The problem was that after this had been going on for several years, many of these new home owners started defaulting on their mortgages and HUD would be required to pay off the lenders from the FHA insurance fund. These are the HUD homes advertised in the weekend papers. The giant problem developed when HUD tried to sell these houses. Turns out the appraisals on the properties were ridiculously inflated, so HUD was taking huge losses when selling the properties. This put the entire FHA program in danger.

This resulted in HUD implementing a new anti-flipping rule. If a property had changed owners within 90 days, this property was not eligible for any FHA financing. The goal was to make sure that only legitimate investors who were actually repairing the property and increasing the value would be able to use FHA financing to sell their property.

As is usually the case when HUD takes action, they created another problem with their solution. The new rule contained no exception for foreclosure homes being sold by the lender. This blocked out a huge group of buyers from the market and helped lower values even further. In 2006, HUD changed the anti-flipping rule to allow FHA financing on homes being sold by government sponsored enterprises and federally chartered institutions. The rule was left in place for all other sellers.

Now we arrive at the present. The subprime market has crashed. Foreclosures are setting records every month. Thousands and thousands are losing their homes. But at least, we think, many potential new first time home buyers can now take advantage of this drop in home prices while FHA interest rates are low.

Savvy real estate agents and mortgage brokers who keep up with guidelines are sending these anxious new buyers out into the market. As they look at these foreclosed properties, they never forget to ask the listing real estate agent whether the present owner fits into that financial institution exception. The lender's agent will say and believe that this home is certainly still owned by the bank and the bank is exempt from the rule. They work out all the details, get everything signed, complete their loan application and get their mortgage in process. Everything is great so far. As usual, the title examination results are faxed over and certainly look fine at first glance. Until the loan processor happens to notice that the owner named on the title policy doesn't exactly match the contract. So she calls the attorney/title company's office and finds out that now a subsidiary of the lender which foreclosed on the property now owns the property. This is a common practice lenders employ to manage their real estate owned portfolio after foreclosure.

The new, and extremely serious, problem is that this subsidiary often is granted title to the property many months after the actual foreclosure and does not fit into any of the categories exempted from HUD's anti-flipping rule. They have only owned the property a month. No one in the listing agent's office knew anything about this, and all the representatives of the lender thought everything was normal. Unfortunately, our aspiring new home owner, who has already given notice to their landlord, is now required to wait 60 more days to close on and move into their new home.

Mortgage originators, real estate agents and potential new home owners, whatever you do, please remember - this rule is there to protect you. Be sure that you go far above and beyond with questions about the ownership of the home before you put the dates on your sales contract. This isn't much of a problem if you ferret it out at the beginning and plan for it, but can be a devastating blow if it catches you unaware.
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FHA Broker Training and an expert understanding of FHA guidelines is vital to avoid being left behind in the mortgage market today. Mortgage originators will make more profit and truly help more borrowers by mastering FHA.
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