Thursday, January 7, 2010

FHA Loans More Difficult and Expensive

FHA Loans More Difficult and Expensive

According to this MSN Money article, Last chance for lowest-cost loans (Coming soon to FHA-backed loans: Higher FICO scores and more cash at closing. The changes are needed to help keep the agency afloat.), Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are about to get more expensive and more difficult to obtain due to the financial problems that the FHA is experiencing that are a result of record FHA mortgage loan default rates. Simply put, the FHA is paying more out to cover loan losses than it collects in Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) from FHA borrowers and, as a result, the FHA is going bankrupt. As usual, I am ahead of the curve and told you about this in my blog posts: FHA Will Tighten Underwriting and FHA in Deep Trouble: Default Rates Skyrocketing.  The debt hot potato game continues with private debt becoming public debt.  Rest assured that the end result will be more short sales and foreclosures.

According to the article, the Obama Administration announced that there will be 4 changes to the FHA loan process that are aimed at lowering the FHA default rate. Those changes are as follows:
  • Increasing the minimum down payment required to obtain a FHA insured loan.
  • Raising the minimum credit score needed to qualify for a FHA insured loan.
  • Raising the cost of the FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) and possibly changing how FHA mortgage insurance premiums are collected.
  • Reducing the amount of the buyer's closing costs that the seller will be allowed to pay (i.e. possibly reducing this amount from 6% to 3%).
If you are a Middle TN homeowner, property owner, condo owner, real estate investor, home builder or real estate developer who cannot pay your mortgage payments (due to losing your job, having your income reduced, illness, health problems, adverse business conditions, slow sales, loss of investment property tenants, vacancy issues, lack of funds to complete the project, feuding business partners, etc.), know that you will not be able to pay your mortgage, have defaulted on your mortgage, are already in foreclosure, or owe more than your home is worth, please contact me to discuss your options including a loan modification and a short sale (a real estate short sale occurs when the sale proceeds are not sufficient to pay off all the mortgages and liens on the property/home). I am a Middle Tennessee distressed real estate, short sale, pre-foreclosure (preforeclosure) and foreclosure REALTOR and Expert. I primarily help sellers (homeowners, property owners, condo owners, owners of high end homes and properties (estate homes, luxury homes and executive homes), real estate investors, home builders and real estate developers) of distressed real estate, short sales, pre-foreclosures, foreclosures, investment properties, failed new construction projects and struggling commercial real estate developments located in Middle Tennessee (Rutherford County TN, Williamson County TN, Davidson County TN, Robertson County TN, Maury County TN, Murfreesboro TN, Smyrna TN, La Vergne TN, Eagleville TN, Lascassas TN, Rockvale TN, Christiana TN, Brentwood TN, Franklin TN, Nashville TN, Belle Meade TN, Nolensville TN, Spring Hill TN, Gallatin TN, Springfield TN and Mt. Juliet TN).  If you do need to short sell your home or property, or you need a quick sale due to being in foreclosure, you can request short sale and foreclosure help and assistance on my website at Get Short Sale and Foreclosure Help and Assistance from a Middle Tennessee Short Sale and Foreclosure REALTOR and Real Estate Expert.

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