Beginning Oct. 1 the sweeping housing bill signed into law last week by President Bush, HR 3221, will prohibit FHA from recognizing seller-funded "gifts" from nonprofits that are largely funded by home builders as a valid form of down-payment assistance.
But have no fear... a new bill (HR 6694) has been introduced that would allow FHA to continue to recognize seller-funded down-payment assistance when borrowers have a FICO score of 680 or greater. Borrowers with FICO scores of between 620 and 680 would also be able to rely on seller-funded gifts of up to 3 percent of their loan principal, but would have to pay increased mortgage insurance premiums.
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