How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Mortgages?

Contributed by our own: James Adair


Quick memo about how the 2013 “partial Government shutdown” will affect those trying to get a mortgage right now.  The short answer is: government shutdown = mortgage shutdown.  I have a few clients who have their loan files getting their final docs to the title company for signing and funding.  THOSE loans will fund as planned.  HOWEVER- my clients who are in the earlier stages of the mortgage approval process are not going to be so lucky.  The thing that is going to HALT EVERY LOAN in early process is the need for a tax document called the 4506-T.  Fannie mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, FHA, VA, USDA, they all require this document.  Not to mention those last 3 loans require a different type of Government mortgage insurance.

4506-T (which are income tax transcripts)- will NOT be available during the shut down apparently.

Please see below how the government shutdown is affecting certain loan types and documentation availability:

All loans:  Tax transcripts and VOE’s will still be required on all loans.  4506T’s can be ordered, but there is no one at the IRS to process them.  Any delays caused by the shutdown that affect the ability to get these conditions met will have to wait until those conditions can be met.

SSN verifications can be ordered, but at this time it appears that the results are at the very least going to be delayed past the normal 10-15 minute turn times they usually run by.


USDA: The offices will remain closed until the government shutdown is complete.  Submission of loan packages to RH is suspended since nobody will be there to accept them.  Any loans currently at RH for conditional commitments will be delayed until the shutdown ends.

All USDA websites, including GUS and look up sites for property/income qualification, will be unavailable during the government shutdown.

FHA: FHA Connection will be available, but since FHA Connection occasionally interfaces with other systems that may not be available, FHA Connection processes may not be fully functional.  Note the following below:

  • You will be able to obtain a new FHA case number from the FHA Connection.
  • CAIVRS will be available to determine if a borrower has a delinquent federal debt.
  • FHA Total Scorecard will be available, and loans can fund during this time, provided all normal underwriting and processing requirements are met.
  • Automated password resets will be available for FHA Connection, but resets that require an FHA employee’s direct assistance will not be available.

VA: The VA portal states that “The VA Home Loan Guaranty Program will continue to function as normal in the event of a Government Shutdown.”
Any scenarios where VA needs to be contacted will not be available until the shutdown ends.

As more information becomes available we will pass it along to you as quickly as possible. Hopefully this Shutdown ends this week sometime!!  Dang Congress!!!

To read more on how the government shutdown affects mortgages click here.

About Trevor Hammond

Since 1998, Trevor Hammond has helped thousands of families finance their homes and make smart decisions when it comes to their personal finances. Now, as a sought-after mortgage advisor, coach, speaker, and author, Trevor Hammond continues to focus on helping people enjoy more money, less stress, and more life. As the co-author of Borrow Smart, Repay Smart and his 2018 follow up book, Mortgages, Money and Life, Trevor has created unique financial coaching programs and spoken in front of thousands of people on his book concepts ranging from improving cash flow and savings, managing liabilities, to advanced real estate financing strategies for homeowners. His passion for providing financial education and his ability to innovate unique processes that help both clients and originators excel, has led Trevor to become a top producer and build a #1 branch in the country for mortgage lending company Sierra Pacific Mortgage. Whether Trevor is speaking to hundreds of people from the stage, working on his next book or mentoring a Loan Officer one-on-one as a High Trust™ Leader, he is pursuing his greatest passion of all: Coaching.
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