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Buying A HUD Home That Popped Positive For Lead Based Paint

Buying a HUD Home with Lead-Based Paint with an FHA Loan: What You Need to Know

If you’re in the market for a home and considering a HUD-owned property, there are a few things you should know before making an offer. One of those things is the possibility of lead-based paint in the home.  Lead-based paint was commonly used in homes built before 1978, and HUD homes are often older homes that may have been built during this time period. Because lead-based paint can pose health risks, HUD has regulations in place to ensure that buyers are aware of the potential risks and take necessary precautions.  Here’s what you need to know about buying a HUD home with lead-based paint and an FHA loan.

What is a HUD Home?

Before we dive into the details of lead-based paint and FHA loans, let’s first define what a HUD home is. A HUD home is a property that was previously financed with an FHA-insured mortgage and then foreclosed upon. The property is then sold by HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) in an effort to recover some of the money that was lost.

HUD homes are often sold at a discount compared to other homes on the market, making them an attractive option for many buyers. However, they may also come with some unique challenges.  You can find a list of HUD properties for sale in your area at hudhomestore.com .

What is Lead-Based Paint?

Lead-based paint is a type of paint that was commonly used in homes before it was banned in 1978. Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems, especially in young children and pregnant women. If lead-based paint is disturbed, it can create lead dust, which can be ingested or inhaled.

HUD has regulations in place to address the issue of lead-based paint in homes, including those being sold as HUD homes.

FHA Loan Requirements for Lead-Based Paint When Purchasing A HUD Home

If you are using an FHA loan to purchase a HUD home, there are some additional requirements you should be aware of regarding lead-based paint.

First, the FHA requires that all homes built before 1978 be tested for lead-based paint. This is to ensure that buyers are aware of any potential risks and can take necessary precautions.  Once HUD accepts your offer they will order a lead test for the home if you are using FHA financing.

If lead-based paint is found in the home, the FHA requires that the seller take certain steps to address the issue. These steps may include:

  1. Testing & Disclosure:  HUD will cover the cost of the LBP testing.  Following the test they will,
      • Provide a Lead-Based Paint Disclosure to the buyer.
      • Provide the buyer with a copy of any lead-based paint inspection reports or risk assessments.
      • Provide the buyer with information on how to reduce the risk of lead exposure.
      • Have the buyer sign a Lead-Based Paint Acknowledgment Form, indicating that they have complied with all lead-based paint requirements.
  2. Remediation on a home that tests positive for lead based paint:
      • If the cost to take care of the lead is less than $4,000 HUD will have it remediated and cover the cost prior to closing on the transition.
      • If the cost is greater than $4,000
            • Loan switch over to an FHA 203k renovation loan.
            • Buyer obtains bid from a licensed contractor to remediate the lead
            • Cost is financed into the loan
            • Buyer receives a $4,000 credit from HUD to help cover the cost
            • Work is completed after closing

Lead Based Paint is a very real thing.  The great thing about purchasing a HUD home with an FHA loan is that there are lots of options.  Testing will occur to ensure the buyer has a lead safe home at the end of the transaction.  As an added bonus HUD has special incentives to help make it all possible, such as $100 down payment option, credits towards remediation, and the ability to finance in the cost and have the work done after closing.  If you are in the market for a HUD home don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.  We are hear to help.

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