Question:

Why is the FHA second mortgage signed in the Good Neighbor Next Door program?

Answer:

The HUD/FHA second mortgage with the Good Neighbor Next Door program is signed to ensure that eligible buyers will occupy the home they purchased under the GNND for the entire 3-year occupancy period. This silent FHA second mortgage does not require any payments throughout the 3-year period.

Under the GNND program, the HUD/FHA second mortgage is applied to half the appraised value of the property; the remaining 50 percent can be financed with a conventional mortgage, through FHA or VA loan programs, cash, or as you like it. If you fail to abide by the 3-year occupancy rule, you will owe a part of the FHA second mortgage you signed when buying the GNND home.

Eligible participants of the Good Neighbor Next Door program are firefighters, medical professionals, teachers or law-enacting officers. Anybody entering the GNND program is required to sign an FHA second mortgage and note on the home. After the obligatory occupancy period, you can choose to sell the GNND house and keep any equity for yourself.

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