govt3The Federal Government shutdown has occurred.  Here is some research that may help you understand any impacts on real estate and home loans. So what does this all mean?

 FHA Loans

• Lenders will be able to obtain a FHA case number from the FHA Connection

• Limited FHA staff to respond to questions

• CAIVRS will be available to determine if a borrower has a delinquent federal debt

• FHA Total Scorecard will be available

• FHA will collect the Upfront MIP during a shutdown

Can we close loans with a MCR? Answer = Yes. However, if the shutdown continues we will likely not allow loans with a MCR to close. This is because HUD approves all MCRs after we close the loan and HUD has indicated they will not have the staff to complete these reviews.


• The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will continue to operate if there is a government shutdown, which means lenders will be able to continue originating VA-guaranteed loans. Both lenders and borrowers will be able to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility online, and they will still be able to submit applications and follow up on COEs that require more research with the Atlanta Eligibility Center.

Will VA loans be adversely affected in any way? Answer = no


• Indications are that Rural Development will cease all but essential functions and no new loans or guarantees will be made.

Will we be able to obtain a conditional commitment? Answer = No

Can we close a loan without the conditional commitment? Answer = No

Can we close a loan if we have the conditional commitment? Answer = Yes

 Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

• The IRS will NOT process any forms, including tax transcripts (Form 4506T).

Can we close loans without the tax transcripts? Answer = No

 govt4Social Security Administration (SSA)

• The SSA will likely NOT be able to verify social security numbers.

Can we close loans without verifying the social security number? Answer = No

 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

• Fannie and Freddie would not be directly affected, except to the extent they rely on verification and other functions of HUD, IRS, and SSA.

 Federal Reserve

• The Federal Reserve – including the reserve banks – is not funded through the annual appropriations process; thus a government shutdown would have no impact on Federal Reserve operations, including payment system and open market functions.

 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)govt2

• The CFPB is not funded through the annual appropriations process; thus a government shutdown should have no impact on CFPB operations.

 FEMA Flood Insurance

• It is likely that mapping issues or amendments will be impacted.

• Most functions will be unaffected because of their use of contractors and public/private partnerships.

Will I be able to get flood insurance? Answer = yes

If the subject property is not yet mapped by FEMA and needs research by FEMA will my loan be affected? Answer = yes

Can I close the loan if mapping research cannot be completed by FEMA? Answer = no

 Big Thanks to Ted Harris!


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