California REALTORS® welcome HUD/FHA decision to maintain subordinate status of energy efficiency liens

Aug 24, 2015, 17:19 ET from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) issued the following statement in response to today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will issue final guidance that will require Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) liens to be subordinate to FHA single-family first-mortgage financing:

"C.A.R. provided input to HUD last week asking that PACE liens remain subordinate to FHA first mortgages, and we are pleased with HUD's announced anticipated guidelines to do so," said C.A.R. President Chris Kutzkey. "In aligning with the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) policy that prohibits Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from buying mortgages or notes with PACE-type "super liens," home buyers can more easily obtain FHA financing while supporting energy efficiency, and mortgage markets can remain secure."

PACE loans allow homeowners to build the costs for energy-efficiency upgrades, such as adding insulation and installing energy efficient windows or solar panels, into their property tax bills. PACE is available in 31 states, including California.

Leading the way...® in California real estate for 110 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with 175,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

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SOURCE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS



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