April 24, 2006
HUD TO SELL HOMES AT A DISCOUNT TO DISASTER VICTIMS
Homes to be available to evacuees across the nation
WASHINGTON - In an effort to assist families displaced by the Gulf Coast Hurricanes attain homeownership, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will give evacuees the opportunity to buy HUD-owned properties at a discount.
"Our goal through this housing assistance initiative is to give families who have been impacted by the disaster a chance to restore stability to their lives," said Federal Housing Commissioner Brian D. Montgomery. "By becoming homeowners, these families can begin to establish a sense of permanence as they concentrate on putting their lives in order."
In the aftermath of the hurricanes, HUD provided interim rental housing to many families in the form of HUD-owned properties in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. These families will be offered the opportunity to purchase the homes they are currently occupying at a discount of ten percent off the property's fair market value. Additionally, HUD will help current tenants pay for property repairs by funding a repair escrow equal to 15% of the contract price.
Within the next few weeks, all occupants will be notified by mail of the appraised value, contract price and other terms of sale. Occupants must notify HUD of their intention to purchase the home no later than 60 days prior to the expiration of their lease term, however they may exercise the option right away.
In addition to making homeownership opportunities available to evacuees already occupying HUD owned properties, the Department is establishing a nationwide sales initiative providing discounts and preferences for Gulf area hurricane evacuees seeking housing anywhere in any of the 50 states.
Effective the week of May 1, almost all new properties listed for sale by HUD will be offered exclusively to hurricane evacuees for a period of five days at a price that is ten percent below fair market value. FEMA qualified evacuees will be required to submit a purchase offer though a licensed real estate broker. If, at the end of the five-day lottery period, only one offer has been received, HUD will enter into a purchase contract after verifying the buyer's FEMA registration number. If multiple offers are received on the same property, HUD will select the successful buyer by random lottery drawing.
The following sale terms will apply:
- The purchase price will be 90 percent of the appraised value.
- Buyers will be required to finance the purchase using either an FHA insured mortgage or all cash. Several mortgage types are available including Section 203(h) financing for disaster victims that allows 100% of the price to be financed, or 203(k) financing, that combines both purchase and rehabilitation financing in a single loan.
- HUD will pay all reasonable and customary closing costs in connection with the sale not to exceed 5% of the contract price.
- HUD will pay the real estate broker's fee.
- All prospective buyers will be encouraged to participate in a homebuyer education program, especially if they are first time buyers.
- Finally, to be eligible for the discount, (and in the case of current occupants only, the 15% repair fund) the buyer must agree to occupy the property as a primary residence for at least 12 months.
HUD expects that up to 20,000 properties could be made available to hurricane evacuees through this initiative. For additional information and full participation requirements interested parties can call 1-800-CALLFHA.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.
- NOTE: FAQs relative to the Hurricane Evacuee Sales Program can be found on this HUD website.