While lenders and real estate agents say they are having trouble getting clear information from the government, Kathryn Joseph, a senior mortgage banker with Apex, said she is being realistic with her clients.
"I'm telling everybody, including the borrower and the agent, that depending on when the government opens and we get these forms processed, we can't guarantee a settlement date," she said.
Other lenders are proceeding with business as usual, if only to get ahead of what they believe will be a very long line once the government reopens.
"We're ordering the IRS transcripts so we can get in line, so our request is already in their inbox," said Richard Harbin, a senior loan officer with Monarch Mortgage. "We're still sending them in with the hope they're going to be addressed, at some point."