Call it the U.S. Department of $100 Down Housing.
HUD like other federal agencies, are anxious to unload properties they hold, because they can be a financial drain.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is offering its foreclosed homes for a mere $100 down from now until October 2012.
Of course you’ll have to qualify for a mortgage, you may have to pays some closing costs, the deal isn’t available everywhere and the condition of the homes is strictly “as-is.”
If you can handle those qualifiers, here’s the deal:
• You can only buy HUD homes. Go to the HUD Homes For Sale web page.
• You must qualify for and use Federal Housing Administration (FHA) financing.
• You must plan to be an “owner-occupant,” buying the property to live in and not as an investment.
• The home’s purchase price must be no more than the appraised value of the property. If you bid a higher price you can pay the difference in cash, minus $100.
• The $100 down incentive must be on the executed contract. That means you have to specifically request the incentive. Your real estate agent should be aware of this provision.
• In some cases, HUD will also cover up to 3 percent of the closing costs.
• The $100 down payment program is eligible for the FHA 203(k) loans. The loans allow borrowers to use a portion of their purchase loan to repair and renovate run-down homes.
That’s a good thing because HUD homes are sold in an “as-is” condition — what you see is pretty much what you get. You could find a diamond in the rough or fool’s gold. HUD homes often include a property condition report, but that is not a warranty.
The property report can resemble a home inspection report, but HUD home buyers are always encouraged to get a home inspection to determine just what “as is” is.
The deal is offered in states in two HUD regions:
Published: November 10, 2011
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