In Eugene, as in the rest of the nation, lending standards for HUD insured loans—an increasingly popular option for home buyers—are becoming stricter. The following changes are scheduled or planned to occur this year:
- Increased mortgage insurance premium—beginning mid-April, the rate will be 2.25%, up from 1.75%
- Increased down-payment (10% vs. 3.5%) for borrowers with a FICO less than 580
- Reduction of seller concessions from 3% from 6%
These changes will make it harder for some borrowers to get loans, and will soften demand, somewhat, for house purchases. However, at least the changes aren’t too drastic.