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Fannie Mae introduces neighborhood stabilization programs

December 4, 2009

Fannie Mae last week announced its First Look initiative, which provides owner occupants and public entities an advantage in purchasing Fannie-Mae owned foreclosed properties. With First Look, only offers from owner occupants and buyers using public funds are considered during the first 15 days a property is on the market. Offers from investors will be considered only after the first 15 days have passed.

In addition to First Look, buyers using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds from HUD, local housing trust funds, or charitable foundation funds also may qualify for additional benefits, including:
• Deposit waivers
• A reserved contract period, and
• Extra time for closing
According to Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), “Individual homebuyers using public funds to purchase a Fannie Mae-owned property do not have to meet the full 5% earnest money/deposit requirement. Deposits can be as low as $500.”

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About Fannie Mae Homes

Why does Fannie Mae have properties for sale?
Fannie Mae works with all of its partners to help homeowners prevent and avoid foreclosure; however, sometimes it is unavoidable. When foreclosures occur on mortgages in which Fannie Mae is the investor, our goal is to sell properties in a timely manner in order to minimize the impact on the community.

What kinds of properties are available in the Fannie Mae HomePath database?
Fannie Mae’s HomePath database includes only properties that are owned by Fannie Mae. There is a wide selection of homes, including single-family homes, condominiums, and town houses—located in a variety of neighborhoods. The number, types and the sales prices of the homes that are offered for sale may vary substantially. Many of these homes are relatively new; however, older homes are offered in some areas. Some homes may require repairs.

How is buying a home owned or managed by Fannie Mae different from other home purchases?
Usually, when you buy a home, you deal with a seller who lives in the home. Fannie Mae has acquired these properties through foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or forfeiture.
When buying a Fannie Mae-owned home, you should know the condition of the property, as explained in more detail below, the cost of any needed repairs, and the steps in the loan qualification and closing process before you enter into a purchase and sales agreement.

Has Fannie Mae fixed everything in the house?
Fannie Mae may make some repairs to properties to increase their marketability; however, the buyer should be aware that other repairs may be needed. Fannie Mae sells each property “as is,” which means that the buyer accepts the property “as is.” Fannie Mae is not responsible for fixing any problems after settlement.
Even if the house has fresh paint, brand new carpet, new appliances, perhaps even a new roof or siding, it doesn’t mean everything in the house is new, or even works.
Fannie Mae does not warrant or guarantee any work that may have been done on the property, whether as part of its efforts to sell the home or pursuant to conditions in the purchase contract. Where a home warranty is available, you may wish to buy it at your own expense.
You should also consider hiring a qualified professional to inspect the property, whether it has been repaired or not. Hiring a home inspector is a recommended practice, no matter what type of home you buy.

What can you tell me about this house?
If Fannie Mae knows of any hazards on properties we own or market, we disclose this information through our real estate listing agents. However, we may not have been informed by the previous owner of all hazards. We encourage you to have the property inspected by a professional before you buy.

What type of sales contract does Fannie Mae use?
Fannie Mae uses a state-specific real estate purchase contract and a real estate purchase addendum for our properties. If there is anything in the document you don’t understand or aren’t comfortable with, you may want to contact a real estate attorney, the real estate sales professional who has listed the property, or any real estate professional of your choice to review these documents with you.

Do I have to use Fannie Mae’s selected title, settlement, or escrow companies?
No. You may designate the title, settlement, or escrow company of your choice, subject to the terms of the contract.

Will Fannie Mae accept an offer contingent on the sale of my house?
No, Fannie Mae will not accept offers contingent on the sale of your current home. Other types of contingencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Why does Fannie Mae require a lender’s prequalification statement before negotiating a home purchase offer?
Fannie Mae wants to be sure that prospective buyers will be able to complete the sales transaction, including obtaining financing when needed. Prequalification allows you to see how much house you can afford and the mortgage amount you may be able to qualify for before you make an offer on a home. It also helps you focus on homes in an affordable price range.
A loan prequalification doesn’t mean your loan is approved. You must apply for a loan separately, after you are prequalified and your purchase offer is accepted.

Does Fannie Mae provide special financing?
Special financing is available on many properties through HomePath® Mortgage and HomePath® Renovation Mortgage. Click here for more information.

Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae without going through a real estate sales professional?
No. Fannie Mae depends on the expertise of local real estate sales professionals and accepts offers only through our real estate listing agents. You may work with any real estate sales professional to submit an offer to the real estate agent who has listed the property.

What happens if Fannie Mae gets more than one offer?
All interested parties may be asked to submit their best offer in writing though the listing agent no later than a specified date and time. Fannie Mae may accept or provide a counteroffer that we determine to be in our best interest. Fannie Mae is not obligated to accept any offer submitted.

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