January 17, 2018

HUD Announces Owner Seasoning Waiver


Measure to help bring stability to home values and accelerate sale of vacant properties


WASHINGTON In an effort to stabilize home values and improve conditions in communities where foreclosure activity is high, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a temporary policy that will expand access to FHA mortgage insurance and allow for the quick resale of foreclosed properties. The announcement is part of the Obama administration commitment to addressing foreclosure. Just yesterday, Secretary Donovan announced $2 billion in Neighborhood Stabilization Program grants to local communities and nonprofit housing developers to combat the effects of vacant and abandoned homes.


“As a result of the tightened credit market, FHA-insured mortgage financing is often the only

means of financing available to potential homebuyers,” said Donovan. “FHA has an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill its mission by helping many homebuyers find affordable housing while contributing to neighborhood stabilization.”


With certain exceptions, FHA currently prohibits insuring a mortgage on a home owned by the

seller for less than 90 days. This temporary waiver will give FHA borrowers access to a broader

array of recently foreclosed properties.


“This change in policy is temporary and will have very strict conditions and guidelines to assure

that predatory practices are not allowed,” Donovan said.


In today’s market, FHA research finds that acquiring, rehabilitating and the reselling these

properties to prospective homeowners often takes less than 90 days. Prohibiting the use of FHA

mortgage insurance for a subsequent resale within 90 days of acquisition adversely impacts the

willingness of sellers to allow contracts from potential FHA buyers because they must consider

holding costs and the risk of vandalism associated with allowing a property to sit vacant over a 90-day period of time.


The policy change will permit buyers to use FHA-insured financing to purchase HUD-owned

properties, bank-owned properties, or properties resold through private sales. This will allow

homes to resell as quickly as possible, helping to stabilize real estate prices and to revitalize

neighborhoods and communities.


“FHA borrowers, because of the restrictions we are now lifting, have often been shut out from

buying affordable properties,” said FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens. “This action will enable

our borrowers, especially first-time buyers, to take advantage of this opportunity.”


The waiver will take effect on February 1, 2010 and is effective for one year, unless otherwise

extended or withdrawn by the FHA Commissioner. To protect FHA borrowers against predatory

practices of “flipping” where properties are quickly resold at inflated prices to unsuspecting

borrowers, this waiver is limited to those sales meeting the following general conditions:

All transactions must be arms-length, with no identity of interest between the buyer and

seller or other parties participating in the sales transaction.

  • In cases in which the sales price of the property is 20 percent or more above the seller’s

acquisition cost, the waiver will only apply if the lender meets specific conditions.

  • The waiver is limited to forward mortgages, and does not apply to the Home Equity

Conversion Mortgage (HECM) for purchase program.

  • Specific conditions and other details of this new temporary policy are in the text of the waiver, available on HUD’s website.

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