FHA Policy Changes will make it harder to get an FHA Loan 1

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner David Stevens today announced a set of policy changes to strengthen the FHA’s capital reserves, while enabling the agency to continue to fulfill its mission to provide access to home ownership for under served communities.

The reported FHA Policy changes include:

  • Mortgage Insurance Premium… which you may see as MIP is going from 1.75% to 2.25% !  To go into effect this spring
  • Seller Concessions… FHA has allowed up to 6%… This will be reduced to 3%. This change could happen in the early summer.
  • Credit scores… Used to be the minimum credit score was 620… the change will be 580. If the score is above 580 the applicant may qualify for the 3.5% down payment. If the applicant’s credit score is below 580 they will be required to put at least 10% down. This change may take place in early summer of 2010.


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Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with J. Philip Real Estate specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.