Caroline Gerardo, C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982 (Licensed in 20 states)

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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My first thought is that FHA is trying to limit its risk somewhat. If the borrower who wants to refi to get cash out cannot qualify elsewhere due to a lower credit score, FHA might not want to loan them even more money than currently is owed.

Aug 20, 2019 04:44 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

For sure agree with all answers and Barbara Todaro 

Aug 20, 2019 05:33 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I heard about that.  I think it's a good precaution.  Maybe they're seeing a potential problem that they're trying to head off?

Aug 20, 2019 10:55 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Great information!

Aug 20, 2019 07:57 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Here we go again ... interesting answers.  IMHO I believe HUD is protecting their backside and there are those who would want people to panic or feel restricted. I believe we will be okay.  If a buyer has decent credit I recommend they stay away from FHA and go with the 3% down Conventional product.  Better all around.

Aug 20, 2019 06:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I can happly say that I own my house outright so no worries there and with me being out of the RE business no worries there either Caroline Gerardo . HOWEVER my mobile notary business may be affected BUT again I think the whole thing is a political scare by those who hate (and yes it's evil HATE) our President.

Aug 20, 2019 05:54 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hmm very interesting Caroline, I didn't hear this yet, thank you.  It does leave some FHA borrowers out in the cold.

Aug 20, 2019 03:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hmm...a method to their madness or simply just madness.  Rhetorical, of course.  

Aug 20, 2019 03:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's going to put a crimp in the plans of many homeowners.... 

Aug 20, 2019 03:28 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I think it's an attempt to reduce risk. Don't know enough to say if it makes sense.

Aug 21, 2019 04:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Can't say I've given this much thought. No doubt it will put restraints on some borrowers... then again, if this really does avoid foreclosures when the market turns, it may be a good thing.

Aug 21, 2019 04:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Government madness once again...A

Aug 20, 2019 04:14 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

A home should not be an ATM to buy other things with yor equity. Working foreclosures, many of the foreclosures last time around were on cash out refinaces. 

Aug 21, 2019 05:12 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

As we all experienced, cash out was a common practice in the hay-days of 2005. I'm more likely to believe HUD takes over 10 years to address a problem.

I don't think they are sufficiently agile to take measures for the promised recession of 2021.

Unfortunately, it is always those most fragile who are harmed in all such 'protective' actions.  Why? They live a more reactionary life and really long term planning is not their 1st language. The often need the equity in their home to bridge the seasons of turbulence often encountered. HUD intends to impose FORCED wealth building by prohibiting cash out. One could build a good argument that wealth building changes the trajectory of ones future.

Aug 21, 2019 05:08 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It does seem to have merit, considering we're talking about borrowers with low FICO scores which puts them in the higher risk category. What's to stop them from pulling maximum cash out and then stop making payments?

Aug 21, 2019 04:55 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I thought it was proven last go around that FHA borrowers are not the low life's they are thought to be? I think the determination is the FICO score.

Life says you get a score on how you treat or use money. I do say that you shouldn't be able to tell people what to do with their 'money' aka equity. Given past experience, they'll blow it like they are at the crap table.

Aug 21, 2019 04:53 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Didn't know, thanks for the heads up.

Aug 21, 2019 04:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Had not heard. Good to know. Thanks!

Aug 21, 2019 04:14 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Interesting question and answers here, I seldom deal with FHA and would rather that most housing matters were in the private sector and the govt should limit all of their activities.

Aug 20, 2019 11:43 PM
Jason E. Gordon
AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

HUD continues to shoot themselves in the foot. One of the few advantages they still had over Fannie/Freddie is now going away. 

Aug 20, 2019 06:38 PM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I think this is a great rule change. It protects the consumer from over spending. People use FHA because of low FICO scores, so they are generally more risky. FHA is not doing this because of a recession, but instead, limiting their risk exposure. Why would anyone do an 85% LTV over a 80% LTV, just to get an extra $5-10K out of their equity. It is cost prohibitive

Aug 21, 2019 06:49 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Americans are obseesed with refin, cash out go on a vacation to pay off more debts.

Aug 21, 2019 06:44 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I'm OK with it.

There are other ways for those with a low credit score to get cash out of their home (if there is any equity) to pay down debt or handle other problems. Folks can look into shared equity agreements - no loan, no hit on credit, no payments. If they use the money to pay down debt - they should be able to raise the credit score enough to qualify for conventional financing - then do a refi to buy out the equity agreement and get the lower interest rate.

Aug 21, 2019 07:02 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It has always been my belief that the only cash outs allowed should be for home/property consumer credit items


Aug 21, 2019 09:27 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I'm not a big fan of cash-out refis, never have been. So I am in favor of protecting funds and the market.

Aug 21, 2019 07:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I can see this, and it would be better if homeowners would stop looking at their home as a bank.   Everyone would have more equity.

Sep 12, 2019 05:31 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Risk versus reward.

Profit versus loss. 

Aug 21, 2019 06:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Probably a smart decision.

Aug 21, 2019 12:01 PM