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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The IRS Makes It Harder for Some to Find That All-Important Down Payment

We all know that finding or saving enough cash for a down payment on a mortgage is the hardest part of acquiring the American dream of homeownership. Well, according to a press release issued by mortgage expert Chip Cummings today, the IRS has recently made it even more difficult for some to find the cash needed for the down payment on a mortgage. Further details below:

"A recent ruling by the IRS against several major 'non-profit' agencies will eliminate them from participating in providing down-payment "gifts" for FHA loan home buyers.

'For most new homeowners, the largest obstacle in getting into a home is the down payment itself,' says Chip Cummings, CMC, a 23-year mortgage industry veteran and best-selling author. 'Without the tax-exempt status, these organizations will no longer be able to provide funds directly to borrowers – keeping them from realizing the dream of home ownership.'

Over the last 5 years, more than 625,000 home buyers have taken advantage of the availability of gift-funds to purchase a new home. Now that these agencies will no longer be able to provide these funds for FHA-insured loans, there will be a scramble to try and fill the gap. Here are some other ways that potential homeowners can still obtain assistance for the down-payment and other required closing costs:

  • Gifts from family members, relatives, churches, and other non-profit organizations can be used to finance up to 100% of the required funds.

  • Several conventional programs allow for up to 100% financing on a home, even with marginal credit scores.

  • Many lenders are combining first and second mortgages up to and even exceeding 100%, with an attractive 'blended' interest rate.

  • Several state and local governments have programs that provide 'forgivable loans' or grants.

  • Several State housing development agencies provide second mortgages and special programs for low to moderate income families.

Chip and his new upcoming book 'The Mortgage Myth – 77 Insider Secrets That Will Save You Thousands on Home Financing' have received critical acclaim from media, industry experts and consumers from around the country. A 23-yr. mortgage industry veteran and international speaker, he has been featured on radio, TV and print media, and has authored dozens of articles. He’ll provide your audience with an 'insider look' at specific strategies for saving money and their credit, and provides an informative, entertaining look into the world of finance. To reach Chip for more details or other home buyer tips, call (616) 977-7900."

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