Assumption of Credit Union Real Estate Loans by Nonmembers

97-0853 / September 1997
Assumption of Credit Union Real Estate Loans by Nonmembers

A. Lysa Simon, Esq.
17134 Devonshire Street
Suite 202
Northridge, California 91325

Re: Assumption of Credit Union Real Estate Loans by Nonmembers
Your Letter of August 21, 1997.

Dear Ms. Simon:

You have asked whether a federal credit union may permit a nonmember, to assume a real estate loan granted by the credit union to a member, if the nonmember qualifies for the loan based on the credit union's financial criteria. This issue is addressed in NCUA's Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 85-3. It states that, if a nonmember purchases a member's principal residence, a federal credit union may permit a nonmember to assume a member's mortgage loan if:

  1. The nonmember assumes only the remaining unpaid balance of the loan (no new money or refinancing);
  2. There is no extension of the original maturity date beyond that specified in the loan agreement with the member;
  3. The original loan was not made to the member with the underlying intent of having a nonmember immediately, or soon thereafter, assume the loan;
  4. The terms of the assumption are consistent with the loan agreement and in compliance with the FCU Act, NCUA Rules and Regulations, and other applicable law.

Enclosed is a copy of Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 85-3 that provides further guidance on this issue.

Sincerely,

/s/

Sheila A. Allbin
Associate General Counsel

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