Shutdown costs family $10,000 and dream house, potentially
Louisiana couple are among borrowers impacted as processing delays government loans.
By Diana Olick, CNBC
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Tom and Casey Maloy are living every homebuyer's bad dream: Although they were able to sell their too-small house in Baton Rouge, La., the government shutdown has shut them and their five kids out of a great deal on a move-up house.
"We get the phone call that, hey, you're approved, but the government is shut down, and your government backed-USDA loan cannot be processed, so you have to wait," Tom Maloy said.
The Maloys had planned to use a Department of Agriculture rural-development home loan, a 30-year fixed product requiring no down payment. The program, designed to help families just like the Maloys, is now on hold because of the shutdown. No loans are being processed.
"I'm pretty stressed out, unsure of where our country is heading and how to provide day to day for our children if we can't finish our loan now, because we do have to be out of this house in a week for the new owners to move in," Casey Maloy said. "They've given us an extra week, so it's kind of stressful."
The USDA program is small. It originated just over 132,000 loans last year, less than 2 percent of the overall mortgage marketplace, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. It has expanded in recent years, however, as the definition of "rural" bleeds into the nation's exurbs.
The loans require a 2 percent insurance fee, but that cost may be added to the loan size during closing, as can costs of eligible home repairs and improvements, said Dan Green of Waterstone Mortgage in Cincinnati.
That is not allowed with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans. The annual insurance is about a quarter of what the Federal Housing Administration charges to back loans.
The Maloys learned that the hard way because their only option was to switch to an FHA loan. Instead of a no-down payment loan that would cost $1,400 a month, they must now put $10,000 down. The FHA loan also will cost them $150 more each month in fees. The FHA is a government mortgage insurer, but most lenders can process its loans electronically, even during the shutdown.
"We just had to do what we had to do, and that's the decision that I have to make, so that my kids aren't homeless," said Tom Maloy, emphasizing that while he and his wife both work, together they don't earn six figures. "I can't give them everything I promised to give them now, but they'll have a home."
The USDA program may seem insignificant, but the longer the shutdown goes on, the more its absence hurts.
"The shutdown of [rural development] loan and grant-making activities for a prolonged period of more than two weeks would have an immense adverse impact on the rural economy," according to a September 2013 USDA report on the consequences of a shutdown. "A more permanent interruption in the program would cause a substantial reduction in housing available in rural areas relative to population."
Commercial real estate is also affected, as new and expanding rural business are unable to get loan guarantees for new jobs and to save existing ones.
"Projects already financed that are under construction would be delayed in having any bridge financing replaced with permanent financing from USDA," according to the report. "A long-term shutdown would place rural development seriously behind in our mission of improving quality of life and economic opportunity in rural areas with limited income. The current community facility loan program is one of the very few sources of financing for essential community facilities in rural areas."
The Maloys will get a new home, but they won't have enough for the much-needed addition they had planned to build or for the new furniture they had promised their children.
"My wife and I are both just middle-class working Americans, and to have a bickering match between Congress and the Senate and the White House cost my family their home and $10,000. … That's a lot of money for us," Maloy said. "This has cost us dearly."
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Sorry to see so many people badmouthing this couple . I hope none of you ever come up with anything that impacts your life in a negative way . Evudently a lot of you don't help out the less fortunate thru your church or volunteer at food drives,etc.. The government helps out people all over the world and we need to help people out in this country . All of you could take a lesson from Jimmy Carter .and many more people like him . \
Who are you to judge this family for how many kids they have ? I didn't see anything in the article saying they were drawing welfare .
Now get on with your bitter lives and go to your church of worship and pretend to listen to the sermon as many of you seem to go just to pretend you are good people .
No down.....can't come up with 10k.
Appreciate their ambitions but hope these folks aren't digging a grave.
May have seen this Picture before....
If you can't put down at least 20% and have to do a 30year you can't afford it dude, plus the interest over the 30 years is plain stupid.
I hate that during this whole shutdown, the media seeks out stories like this one. I'm sorry that this family had a glitch in their home buying experience, but that can also happen in the best of circumstances without a shutdown. It ranks up there with the photo of the toddler standing on the gate of the National Zoo with the closed sign showing. These types of items are affecting a tiny percentage of the population. While I feel for those individuals affected, it's just not the big impact that these types of stories are trying to make them out to be. Also, it's annoying that in this story the family states that they would be homeless if they didn't go with the FHA loan which is costing them more money. But yet they were planning an addition and brand new furniture prior to this glitch. Anyone who's planning an addition and new furnishings for their new house can probably afford to rent something as a temporary fix. I'm sure it's not exactly what they'd like to do but guess what, life doesn't always work the exact way that we plan it.
No down payment!!!
That is what caused the crash of '08! Work and put up your money like everyone else!
I'm tired of this crap!
I just bought a house due to relocation! I wasn't eligible for this type of loan since I already own a home that I'm forced to rent since I can't sell in this market. Oddly, I have GREAT credit and I need to pay for mortgage insurance and my home loan CAN'T be used for any needed repairs! I guess working and paying my bills didn't get me anywhere with Uncle Sam!