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Thursday, June 12, 2008

FHA Seeks To Ban Seller-Assisted Payments

In response to growing loan losses, officials from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are trying to eliminate seller-assisted down payments on federally insured mortgages, the Wall Street Journal reports.The FHA has reopened for public comment a proposed rule banning such payments, which the agency believes can increase foreclosure rates. Seller-funded down payments involve a third party, usually a charity, that provides a down payment on a home and is then reimbursed by the seller or home builder.Brian Montgomery, commissioner of the FHA, recently noted that government-backed loans made to borrowers who receive down-payment assistance enter foreclosure at three times the rate of other loans.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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