In a recent article on the DSnews.com website, Carrie Bay writes about a new HUD initiative aimed at reducing their REO inventory in several markets across the US.
I can understand the desire to reduce the inventory and get these properties into the hands of qualified homeowners. However, the idea of possibly putting distressed properties into the hands of individuals with very little “skin in the game” is concerning. Sure the 203K program will be able to help the owners finance repairs but, it does nothing to prepare and assist these owners with the unforeseen complications of owning an REO property. Oftentimes, these homes have unseen issues that the typical buyer is not aware of or cannot adequately prepare for.
While I can see that the program has good intent, I am not sure if this is a great idea. What do you think? Below is the full article.
HUD has approved a program aimed at putting foreclosed homes back into the hands of owner-occupant buyers.
In select states, from now into October of next year, buyers need a down payment of only $100 to purchase a HUD-owned REO home.
The buyer must be an owner-occupant, utilizing financing insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Standard FHA underwriting guidelines apply, and the sale must be for the full amount of the current list price.
The $100 down payment incentive program has been approved for two of HUD’s four national regions – the regions managed by theDenver Homeownership Center and the Atlanta Homeownership Center. HUD homes in the states listed, as well as the Caribbean are currently eligible for the program.
Denver Homeownership Center’s Jurisdiction:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Atlanta Homeownership Center’s Jurisdiction:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
HUD’s $100 down payment incentive program can also be applied to an FHA 203k loan, which can be used to fund repairs and renovations on the home. The 203k program allows buyers to finance both the mortgage and additional money for rehabilitation needs with a single government-insured loan.
Matt Martin, CEO of Matt Martin Real Estate Management (MMREM), says this is one of the most exciting features of the new incentive program and should drive a lot of exposure to FHA’s 203k offering.
MMREM is under contract with HUD to assist with disposition sales of its repossessed homes. MMREM handles properties throughout 16 states, or about a third of HUD’s REO portfolio.
With an FHA 203k loan, “buyers can find a property that needs some TLC, fix it up however they want to, and finance the whole thing for $100,” Martin explained.
“MMREM is excited to work with this recent initiative, in a way that it supports putting HUD homes back into the hands of homeowners,” Martin said.
In addition to $100 down instead of FHA’s typical 3.5 percent down payment, HUD says it will also cover up to 3 percent of the closing costs in most cases.