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Published June 3, 2020

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B5-5.2-01, Loans With Resale Restrictions: General Information (07/28/2015)

Introduction

This topic contains general information on loans with resale restrictions, including:


Overview

The high cost of housing has become a challenge for people who want to purchase homes in many markets around the country. To help address this issue, many governmental and nonprofit entities support the development of properties subject to resale restrictions. Those strategies help to create and preserve affordable housing stock in communities over the long-term.

The lender must review the terms and conditions of the affordable housing program, including any documents that describe the resale restrictions.


Background

Resale restrictions are a right in perpetuity or for a certain number of years, stated in the form of a restriction, easement, covenant, or condition in any deed, mortgage, ground lease (other than a community land trust ground lease addressed in this topic), agreement, or other instrument executed by or on behalf of the owner of the land.

Resale restrictions may limit the use of all or part of the land to occupancy by persons or families of low-income or moderate-income or on the basis of age (senior communities must comply with applicable law), or may restrict the resale price of the property to ensure its availability to future low-income and moderate-income borrowers.

The restricted resale price provides a subsidy to the homeowner, in an amount equal to the difference between the sales price and the market value of the property without resale restrictions.

The resale restrictions are binding on current and subsequent property owners, and remain in effect until they are formally removed or modified, or terminate in accordance with their terms, such as at a foreclosure sale or upon acceptance of a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

This topic does not pertain to community land trust ground leases, see B5-5.1-04, Community Land Trusts.

However, if a community land trust uses a restriction, easement, covenant, or condition in any deed, mortgage, agreement, or other instrument executed by or on behalf of the owner of the land instead of a ground lease to create the resale restriction, this section will apply.


Compliance with Community Seconds Policy

Resale restrictions may be found in the terms and conditions of the second mortgage or deed of trust (referred to as a Community Seconds mortgage), which Fannie Mae does not purchase.

In other cases, the resale restrictions are found in a covenant or provision of an agreement that is recorded against the land, and no Community Seconds mortgage exists.

When the resale restrictions are documented by a second mortgage or deed of trust, the lender must ensure that the second mortgage or deed of trust complies with Fannie Mae’s Community Seconds guidelines in B5-5.1-01, Community Seconds Mortgages. The second mortgage or deed of trust must be subordinate to the first mortgage that Fannie Mae purchases.

If the resale restrictions are included in a separate covenant or agreement instead of a second mortgage or deed of trust, the resale restrictions must comply, if applicable, with Fannie Mae’s requirements in B5-5.1-02, Community Seconds Loan Eligibility, related to shared appreciation in property value. The right of the subsidy provider to shared appreciation must be clearly subordinate to the lien of the first mortgage that Fannie Mae purchases.

Any provisions addressing balloon payments, the interest rate, and negative amortization must be documented in the Community Seconds mortgage, and not in a covenant or agreement.

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