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Getting a Fannie Mae Homepath Property: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: May 7

Fannie Mae Homepath Program: Everything You Need to Know

Are you looking to buy a home and wondering if you can qualify for a mortgage? The Fannie Mae Homepath Program is a great option for buyers who are looking to purchase a home at a lower price point, especially for those who are interested in buying a foreclosure property. In this article, we will discuss the Fannie Mae Homepath Program and all the essential information you need to know.



Key Takeaways


Definition of the Fannie Mae HomePath Program: A financing initiative by Fannie Mae that helps buyers purchase foreclosed properties at lower price points.


Benefits of the Program: Offers low down payments (as little as 3%), no private mortgage insurance (PMI), and flexible mortgage terms.


Eligibility Requirements: Buyers need a minimum credit score of 620, stable income, and must live in the property as their primary residence.


Drawbacks: Limited property availability, competitive bidding, and properties are sold "as-is," requiring buyers to handle repairs.



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What is the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?

What is the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?

The Fannie Mae Homepath Program is a special financing program created by the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae. The program aims to help buyers purchase foreclosed properties owned by Fannie Mae at a lower price point than the market value. The program offers buyers financing options that require a low down payment, flexible mortgage terms, and no requirement for private mortgage insurance (PMI).



How Does the Fannie Mae Homepath Program Work?


To qualify for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program, the buyer must purchase a Fannie Mae-owned property, and the property must be listed on the Homepath website. Buyers can search for properties on the website and contact a real estate agent to schedule a showing. Once the buyer finds a suitable property, they can submit an offer through a real estate agent. Fannie Mae will review the offer and either accept, counter, or reject it.


If the offer is accepted, the buyer will need to complete the mortgage application process and provide proof of income and assets. The lender will then review the application and determine whether the buyer is qualified for the loan. Once approved, the buyer can close on the property and move in.



What Are the Benefits of the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?


The Fannie Mae Homepath Program offers several benefits to home buyers, including:


Low down payment

The program offers buyers financing options that require a low down payment, as little as 3% of the purchase price, making it an attractive option for buyers who don't have a large down payment.


No PMI

Unlike other financing options that require private mortgage insurance, the Fannie Mae Homepath Program doesn't require PMI, which can save buyers a significant amount of money.


Flexible mortgage terms

The program offers buyers flexible mortgage terms, including fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages, and interest-only mortgages, which can help buyers choose a mortgage that best fits their needs.


No appraisal required

In most cases, the program doesn't require an appraisal, which can save buyers time and money.


Home renovation financing

If the property requires repairs or renovations, buyers can finance the cost of the repairs or renovations into the mortgage, making it easier for them to afford the home and any needed improvements.



What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?

 What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?

To qualify for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program, the buyer must meet the following eligibility requirements:


Owner-occupancy requirement

The buyer must intend to live in the property as their primary residence within 60 days of closing.


Credit score

The buyer must have a minimum credit score of 620.


Income requirements

The buyer must have a stable source of income and meet the debt-to-income ratio requirements.


Property condition

The property must meet Fannie Mae's minimum property standards and be in good condition.



What Are the Drawbacks of the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?


While the Fannie Mae Homepath Program offers several benefits to home buyers, there are some drawbacks to consider:


Limited availability

The program is only available for Fannie Mae-owned properties, which may limit the available properties in certain areas.


Competitive bidding

Buyers may face competition when submitting offers, and the highest bidder may not necessarily win the bid.


Limited inspection period

Buyers have a limited time to inspect the property before making an offer, which can be challenging if the property needs extensive repairs or renovations.


Property as-is condition

Fannie Mae-owned properties are typically sold in "as-is" condition, meaning that the buyer is responsible for any repairs or renovations needed after closing.



How to Apply for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?


To apply for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program, the buyer must follow these steps:


➡️ Step 1: Search for Fannie Mae-owned properties

Buyers can search for properties on the Homepath website and contact a real estate agent to schedule a showing.


➡️ Step 2: Submit an offer

Once the buyer finds a suitable property, they can submit an offer through a real estate agent. Fannie Mae will review the offer and either accept, counter, or reject it.


➡️ Step 3: Complete the mortgage application process

If the offer is accepted, the buyer will need to complete the mortgage application process and provide proof of income and assets. The lender will then review the application and determine whether the buyer is qualified for the loan.


➡️ Step 4: Close on the property

Once approved, the buyer can close on the property and move in.



Conclusion


In conclusion, the Fannie Mae Homepath Program is an attractive option for buyers interested in purchasing a foreclosed property at a lower price point. With the help of Bennett Capital Partners, clients can take advantage of the benefits of the Homepath program and achieve their home ownership goals. As experts in this type of mortgage, Bennett Capital Partners offers personalized solutions to meet the unique needs of clients.


To apply for a Homepath mortgage, interested parties can visit our online application page using the following link. For more information about our Homepath mortgage services, please visit our Homepath Mortgage Page. To get in touch with our team and learn how we can help you achieve your financial goals, please visit our Contact Us page. To learn more you can also visit the Fannie Mae Homepath website.



FAQs

FAQs Fannie Mae HomePath Program

Can I use the Fannie Mae Homepath Program to buy any property?


No, the program is only available for Fannie Mae-owned properties listed on the Homepath website.


Is there a minimum credit score requirement for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?


Yes, buyers must have a minimum credit score of 620.


Can I finance renovations or repairs with the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?


Yes, buyers can finance the cost of the repairs or renovations into the mortgage.


Is private mortgage insurance required for the Fannie Mae Homepath Program?


No, the program doesn't require private mortgage insurance.


How can I find Fannie Mae-owned properties eligible for the Homepath Program?


Buyers can search for properties on the Homepath website and contact a real estate agent to schedule a showing.



 
 Philip Bennett

Philip Bennett


Philip is the owner and Licensed Mortgage Broker at Bennett Capital Partners. He earned his degree in Accounting and Finance from Binghamton University and holds a Master's Degree in Finance from NOVA Southeastern University. With more than 20 years of experience, Philip has been a leader in the mortgage industry. He has personally originated over $2 billion in residential and commercial mortgages.


Learn more about Philip Bennett's background and experience on our Founder's page. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned real estate investor, our team is here to help you achieve your real estate goals. Don't wait any longer, contact us today and let us help you find the right mortgage for your needs.





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