Tuesday, May 12, 2009

100% financing is back...

The FHA is set to announce that the first time homebuyer tax credit will be allowed to be used as a down payment for FHA loans. This effectively creates 100% financing for homes under $230,000 and significantly lowers the barrier of entry for homes above that price.

From
HUD Secretary Donovan's speech:

"And we are taking action to further help the housing market recover. I'm excited to announce here at NAR that FHA's policy on the "monetization" of the first-time homebuyer tax credit will soon be published. I know that you've been waiting anxiously to hear FHA's position on the matter. We, like you, believe that this new tax credit is not only a tremendous opportunity for first-time homebuyers, but also an enormous benefit for communities struggling to deal with an oversupply of housing. According to estimates by the National Association of Home Builders, this new tax credit will stimulate 160,000 home sales across the nation - 101,000 of which will be first time buyers who will receive the credit. Another 59,000 existing homeowners will be able to buy another home because a first time buyer purchased their home.

We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a downpayment. So FHA will permit trusted FHA-approved lenders and HUD-approved nonprofits, as well as state and local governmental entities to "monetize" the tax credit through short-term bridge loans. We think the policy is a real win for everyone, ensuring that borrowers can tap into the numerous organizations that are already part of the FHA network to receive this additional benefit. FHA will be publishing the details shortly."
Isn't this how we got into this mess to begin with? Allowing people with no skin in the game to get into the game? Expect inventory to decrease even further.

4 comments:

Noz said...

Your label of stupidity is very appropriate.

I couldn't agree more.

brewcrew said...

100% financing got us into this mess, and 100% financing shall get us out of this mess!

Anonymous said...

If the FHA really wants to pitch in, they're going to have to start running late night infomercials.

"No down payment? Bad credit? No problem! The government can help you buy a home today!"

Mike said...

FHA loans in general are part of the problem. This just adds to it.