With the passage of HR 3221, the minimum required investment of a home buyer utilizing a FHA insured mortgage is increasing from roughly 3% to 3.5% effective January 1, 2009. You may think this sounds like small change, but with larger loan amounts, this adds up.
For example, if a home buyer is utilizing a FHA Jumbo and they are buying a home priced at $500,000. Their current minimum required down payment of 3% is $15,000. Effective January 1, 2009, the minimum required down payment of 3.5% is $17,500; a difference of $2,500 for the amount required to invest into the transaction. With a home priced at $300,000; the current required investment from the buyer would be $9,000. As of January 1, 2009, the new amount required will be $10,500.
What does this mean to you?
If you are planning to buy a home utilizing a FHA insured mortgage, be aware of the changes to the minimum down payment requirements. After December 31, 2008, you'll be required to come up with additional funds towards your down payment which may be a gift or loan from family members.
If you are wanting to take advantage of the lower down payment requirement, meet with a Mortgage Professional who is qualified to provide FHA loans (not all loan originators are, you can check HUD's site to verify).
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Editors Note: this post wass been modified to correct the effective date.