Seller Concessions for FHA Mortgages
The FHA Lenders Handbook says for FHA mortgages, seller concessions as long as they are limited to six percent of the home's sales price and are used for specific purposes, which we’ll examine below.
If the seller contribution exceeds six percent, FHA loan rules require a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the loan amount. If your seller contribution is limited to six percent, and $10,500 exceeds that amount by $500, the FHA loan amount would be reduced by $500.
According to HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single Family Lender’s Handbook, typical seller concessions may cover:
- Loan discount points
- Origination fees
- Interest rate buydowns
- Closing cost assistance
- Payment of condominium fees
- Builder incentives
- Down payment assistance
In such cases, as with the cash contribution, if a seller contributes personal property deemed to be an inducement to purchase that too may result in a reduction in the loan amount.
If your seller offers concessions, talk to your FHA loan officer about the option and see what may be best. It is also good to know that such concessions are not restricted to the seller. Anyone with a financial stake in the outcome of the sale is limited by the seller concessions rule.
Should you expect to be given seller concessions in the current housing market? In the summer of 2022, seller concessions were practically non-existent due to the seller’s market and the state of the real estate market in general.
But as we move forward into improved conditions in the market, the seller concession may become a more viable negotiating tool.
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