Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Clarify Seller-Paid Financing Rules

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A Message from Ken Fears, NAR Director of Conventional Finance and Valuation Policy:

Earlier this week, both Fannie Mae (opens in new window) and Freddie Mac (opens in new window) published explicit confirmations that buyers whose agent is compensated by the seller will continue to have access to financing through those institutions.  Furthermore, so long as it remains “customary” for the seller to pay commissions, those will not be added to the interest party contributions (IPC) and subject to the caps on IPCs.

Interpretation of this rule under the proposed settlement was of great concern, and NAR wrote to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA seeking confirmation of our interpretation. In a letter to NAR, FHA confirmed (opens in new window) that this interpretation does hold.

NAR will continue to press for access to affordable financing options and keep you up to date on any changes.

To view the post on The Hub on NAR’s website, please click here (opens in new window).