NAHMA HUD Update: Annual Base City High Cost Percentages and Per Unit Limit for Substantial Rehab for 2018

NAHMA HUD Update: Annual Base City High Cost Percentages and Per Unit Limit for Substantial Rehab for 2018

Today, HUD released designations for Annual Base City High Cost Percentages and High Cost Areas for maximum mortgage amounts for the FHA Multifamily Housing Programs. In addition, the Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide adjusted the base amount per unit to define substantial rehabilitation for FHA insured loan programs.

Annual Revisions to Base City High Cost Percentage, High Cost Area

The Office of Multifamily Production has developed a list of High Cost Areas for 2018. The threshold for a High Cost Area has been set for all areas with a “calculated” High Cost Percentage (HCP) of 292.54 or greater. The following list is effective January 1, 2018 for FHA multifamily mortgage insurance firm commitment applications and for amendments which have not been initially endorsed:

The area multiplier is to be used for all locations in the state if only one city has been named in that state; if multiple cities are named in any state, the multiplier for the city closest to the location named in the Mortgagee Letter is to be used. Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the states of Alaska and Hawaii are Special Limit areas for which the HCP is 405%.

Per Unit Limit for Substantial Rehabilitation for Calendar Year 2018

The 2016 MAP Guide established a base amount of $15,000 per unit to define substantial rehabilitation for FHA insured loan programs. The MAP Guide requires that this base amount be adjusted periodically based on inflation cost index changes. Accordingly, the 2018 base amount per dwelling unit to determine substantial rehabilitation for FHA insured loan programs is $15,636.

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