According to ALTA, the allowance of Wall Street Home Resale Fees would force homeowners to pay a large fee to sell their homes and also add a complicated legal roadblock to the home sale process. As a result, this controversial financial scheme is facing opposition across the country, ALTA said.
Paul Skeens, president of Colonial Mortgage Group in Waldorf, Md., said he is advising loan applicants to request a “good faith estimate” upfront that provides for the seller to pay 100 percent of closing costs and prepaid fees “so that in cases where the buyer doesn’t have much more than the down payment, that’s the only cash they’ll need to close” on an FHA loan before the policy change.
Skeens said he’d prefer that FHA adopt a “sliding scale” approach to concessions, with higher concessions allowed on lower priced homes, and the lowest concessions allowed on high-priced properties. Since closing and loan expenses generally represent a larger percentage of the total transaction on lower-priced houses, he believes the new 3 percent rule across the board “will have a much heavier impact on the people FHA traditionally has served,” who are buying modest priced houses and have limited cash resources.
New Fannie Mae Underwriting standards beginning June 1st
Rein in credit urges before closing
Beginning June 1st Fannie Mae will require a second credit check just before closing to see if you still qualify for the mortgage that was approved weeks earlier.