Here’s the latest from Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors…
Last month at NAR’s Housing Summit in Washington, DC, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced a program that would allow borrowers to use the first-time homebuyer tax credit for a downpayment or closing costs on an FHA-insured mortgage.
The details of the program were announced on June 1 in Mortgagee Letter 2009-15. Government entities and instrumentalities of government may provide a second mortgage. Currently, just ten state housing finance agencies offer a product buyers can use that will effectively monetize the tax credit for down payment purposes. Minnesota is NOT YET on this list, but we are working toward this as quickly as possible. The required 3.5 percent downpayment may also be a gift from a family member, employer, or a nonprofit, charitable organization.
The original guidance permitted lenders and HUD-approved nonprofits and lenders to offer bridge loans via second lien financing or short-term loans. Guidance released today allows lenders to offer the monetized tax credit for downpayments in excess of 3.5 percent, closing costs and interest rate buy downs. Mortgage industry leaders have indicated that this type of product may not be immediately available to consumers. Lenders need time to develop documentation for what will effectively be personal loans to buyers. We will keep you informed.
Full HUD News Release Mortgagee Letter 2009-15