HUD, FHA Urge Home Inspections

September 1, 2015

Starting Sept. 14, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is including a mandate that instructs lenders to inform borrowers when they first meet to get a home inspection prior to purchasing a home. The mandate will be added to the HUD/Federal Housing Administration Single Family Policy Handbook and will include a document called "For Your Protection, Get a Home Inspection."

HUD has asked the American Society of Home Inspectors to provide buyers with information about why they should get a home inspection, why the FHA does not guarantee the value or condition of a new home, and information on radon gas testing and other safety and health issues.

"We are proud to provide critical inspection information for this handbook to help home buyers protect themselves," says Frank Lesh, ASHI executive director. "Owning a home is one of the biggest financial investments in a person's life, and a home inspection can help prevent costly problems."

Real estate professionals and lenders can download the handbook on HUD.gov.

Source: "HUD and FHA Urge Buyers to Have Homes Inspected Before Purchase," RISMedia (Aug. 31, 2015)