Sunday, June 22, 2008

FHA may shut down "gift" programs

For your Sunday reading pleasure, here's an article from today's L.A. Times regarding the charitable gift "programs" that allow sellers to give a lot of money back to buyers. The way it works is this: a seller contributes up to 6% of the sales price to the organization like Nehemiah, which is set up as a charity. Then, for a fee, the charity gives it back to the buyer as a grant for their home. There are restrictions on both sides, of course -- but I've often wondered why this isn't looked upon as money laundering. So this comes as no surprise to me.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:37 AM

    Wow! Someone with the integrity to call a fraud a fraud. Hats off to you.