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While 3.5% down is still available to home buyers who use FHA financing, the Federal Housing Administration has announced changes to the popular home buying program. The changes are being implemented to increase the FHA’s income and reduce the agency’s risk on these loans. There was talk before this week’s announcement that the minimum down payment would be increased to 5% down. For now, the minimum down payment will remain the same.
Announced FHA Policy Changes:
Mortgage insurance premium (MIP) will be increased to build up capital reserves and bring back private lending.
Up Front Mortgage Insurance is currently 1.75% of the loan amount. After April 5th 2010, this is going to increase to 2.25%. For a $180,000 purchase, this would cost a home buyer about $900 more. In addition, FHA may increase the monthly mortgage insurance premiums later in the year.
Reduce allowable seller concessions from 6% to 3%.
Buyers that want a seller to pay their closing costs will be limited to a maximum concession no greater than 3% of the sales price. This change is expect to occur by Summer 2010.
Update the combination of FICO scores and down payments for new borrowers.
Home buyers that do not have the required minimum FICO score may increase their down payment to 10% to compensate for the lower score.
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Home and condominium sales in Salt Lake County in the 4th quarter of 2009 came roaring back compared to the same quarter a year earlier, according to preliminary figures by the Wasatch Front Multiple Listing Service.
In the three months ended Dec. 31, there were 3,025 homes and condos sold in Salt Lake County, nearly a 40 percent increase compared to 2,184 sales in the fourth quarter of 2008.
The increase is welcome news after two very difficult years of sagging sales and dismal confidence. In fact, last year at this time the Board reported that fourth quarter (2008) sales were down 21 percent. Two years ago at this same time sales were down 36 percent.
Much of the sales increase is due to the $8,000 federal home buyer tax credit. However, the tax credit is not the only driver of increasing home sales. Single-family home prices have fallen 13 percent from their peak. Condo prices are also down. Mortgage interest rates remain at record low levels. In addition, new home building has slowed to a crawl, steering many buyers to existing inventory.
These factors put buyers in the driver’s seat. According to a recent study commissioned by the Board, home sales in 2010 could rise as much as 10 percent compared to 2009 sales. This is welcome news and evidence of the resilience of our economy and our market.
Source – Salt Lake Board of Realtors