FHA Lending Rules on Second Home Purchases
A Second Home or Secondary Residence, as FHA (Federal Housing Administration) refers to them, is a home that a Homeowner will occupy for a part of the year. It is not considered a full time residence. In addition to the property, FHA will consider the buyer’s primary residence when a home buyer is looking to finance a second home purchase. Let’s look at what the rules and regulations are to get a FHA loan on a second home…
In essence and according to the FHA, the Homeowner has two residences.
FHA is only a Primary Residence Loan Product, and not generally thought of as a possible
loan product for a Secondary Residence. But under particular circumstances FHA will allow for
one Secondary Residence per homeowner. However, it is important to remember that a secondary home can not be an investment or vacation home. In order to qualify the special circumstances is if the Borrower can demonstrate a hardship
• The Borrower/Family is unable to find affordable rental housing which meets their needs. The
Borrower will need to provide documentation to support his/her claim that there is a lack of
affordable rental housing in the area they want to purchase the second home.
• The Primary Residence is not within reasonable commuting distance from work.
• The Loan Amount on the Secondary Residence, will not be higher than 85% Loan-To-Value (LTV) or the lesser of the appraised value or sales price of the property.
• The property MUST NOT be a vacation home or be used primarily for recreational purposes.
• The Borrower requires a Secondary Residence because of:
o Seasonal employment, or
o Employment relocation
Approval for a special exception for a Secondary Residence cannot be granted by a Lender’s Direct
Endorsed Underwriter (DE). An exception can only be granted by the Lender submitting a request on
behalf of the Borrower to the Local FHA Office in writing.
Does FHA Allow For Secondary Residences? Yes they do, with the caveat of meeting the above conditions. So really the answer is Yes…and No. FHA Lending Rules on Second Home Purchases.
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