FHA May Ease Seller Concession Cap

January 25, 2012

Many in the real estate industry were concerned that a change announced last year to the maximum seller contributions allowed for Federal Housing Administration-insured loans could cause more deals to fall apart. The FHA announced last year that it would cut seller contributions from 6 percent to 3 percent for purchases using FHA-insured loans. Seller concessions, such as seller assistance to buyers in closing costs, can play a big part in FHA-financed home sales and in closing deals, real estate agents say. 

Inman News reports that the FHA may be rethinking its seller contribution cap and will likely announce changes to its policy in April. 

“Rather than an across-the-board 3 percent ceiling on all FHA mortgages, the new policy would permit higher seller contributions, probably between 4 and 5 percent, on smaller loan balances,” Inman News reports. “Meanwhile, the 3 percent cap would be mandatory on all loan amounts above some yet-to-be-specified limit.”

Inman News also speculates that a dollar ceiling on seller concessions might be announced, like a maximum cap of $6,000 instead of a percentage. 

"The FHA is what's keeping us alive," Steve A. Brown, executive vice president of Memphis-based Crye-Leike, told Inman News. "If they do a 3 percent across-the-board limit, that would knock out a lot of our sales. But if they go with some graduated deal tied into lower-priced homes, then we should be all right."

Source: “FHA Concessions on Seller Concessions?” Inman News (Jan. 25, 2012)

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