FHA May Ease Seller Concession Cap?

Many in the real estate industry were concerned that a change announced last year to the maximum seller contributions allowed for Federal Housing Administration-insured loans have made more sales to fall apart. The FHA announced last year that it would cut seller contributions from 6 percent to 3 percent for purchases using FHA-insured loans. Seller concessions, such as seller assistance to buyers in closing costs, can play a big part in FHA-financed home sales and in closing transactions.

We believe the previous higher seller contributions helped a lot of families buy a home. Our suggestion is to reinstate 6 percent for the “Sierra Foothills” region of Placerville, El Dorado County, California. What would you recommend for your area? 

Inman News reports that the FHA may be rethinking its seller contribution cap and will likely announce changes to its policy in April. 

“Rather than an across-the-board 3 percent ceiling on all FHA mortgages, the new policy would permit higher seller contributions, probably between 4 and 5 percent, on smaller loan balances,” Inman News reports. “Meanwhile, the 3 percent cap would be mandatory on all loan amounts above some yet-to-be-specified limit.”

Inman News also speculates that a dollar ceiling on seller concessions might be announced, like a maximum cap of $6,000 instead of a percentage.

Source: “FHA Concessions on Seller Concessions?” Inman News (Jan. 25, 2012)