How Underwriters View Owner Occupied Vs. Non-Owner Occupied Transactions

There are many times when a homebuyer truly intends to occupy a home as a primary residence only to be told by a mortgage underwriter and subsequently their loan officer that their claim of having the intention to occupy a property as a primary residence was not adequately credible. This often happens when a property purchase is being made while another property is being retained. The consequence of a decision on the part of the underwriter to not agree with a homebuyer’s intent to occupy a property as a primary residence can lead to larger down payment requirements and inferior …

The FHA 1 Year Waiting Period After Short Sale, Bankruptcy or Foreclosure – Back to Work

Where was this three years ago?  Better late than never I suppose.  FHA is now insuring loans to homebuyers who have experienced an Economic Event (Short Sale, Bankruptcy, Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure or Foreclosure) in the past and can document that (1) their certain credit impairments were the result of a Loss of Employment or a significant loss of Household Income beyond the borrower’s control, (2) the homebuyer has demonstrated full Recovery from the event and, (3) the homebuyer has completed housing counseling. FYI, in the event of a short sale, this is for buyers who DID have late …

The Only 10 Reasons a Lender Needs Tax Returns for a Fannie Mae Mortgage

Giving a pound of flesh in income and asset documentation has become the norm but it’s likely that unjustified lender paranoia has led them to ask for a bit too much of their clients.  My recent rant on this issue concerned verifying large, non-payroll deposits but now my rage has turned to the simple request of tax returns.  I’m not talking about FHA loans, VA loans, RD loans or Freddie Mac loans (although if you’re curious about Freddie, see attached), because if you’re looking for one of these, you’re going to be asked for a lot of paperwork.  I’m just …

Verifying or Sourcing Large Deposits for Your Mortgage – Make Sure You’re Not Being Asked for Too Much

In the last 4 years, an effort has been made on the part of mortgage lenders to ensure precise accuracy on income, liabilities but also on making sure that their money is really their money.  Consequently they look for “Indications of Borrowed Funds.”  One such indicator of potential borrowed funds is a large and irregular deposit on a bank statement and, when found, they can lead to the Spanish Inquisition of Letters of Explanation and documenting the origins of these funds.  When this guideline originally came out, it arrived without much clarity so naturally everyone took the strictest interpretation of …

Fannie Mae Requirements for Investor and Second Home Borrowers with Five to Ten Financed Properties

Most lenders will restrict the number of properties an investor can finance to a total of four properties.  This restriction was recently loosened to allow for up to ten financed properties.  There are unique restrictions regarding credit score, Loan to Value (or LTV) and reserve requirements that make getting them funded very difficult. Here are a couple of bullet point guidelines you’ll need to be aware of: No foreclosures in the preceding 7 years No late mortgage payments within the last 12 months 6 months of mortgage payments in need to be in reserves for each other second home or …

5 Things I Wish All Homebuyers Knew Before Getting Their Mortgage

A good mortgage loan officer is like a financial psychiatrist for residential housing.  Years of training and experience are packed into our minds for the purpose of reacting correctly to buyers’ financial profiles, stories and desires.  The moral of the story?  All those years of training and experience are an empty value unless you put your entire buyer profile, story and set of desires before your loan officer.  Not doing this is like buying a 600 dollar phone and only using ten percent of its features. A good mortgage loan officer is not a peddler of a financial commodity (I …

Fannie Mae Tightens Condo Mortgage Underwriting. . . . Again!

Many would say that perhaps Fannie Mae should have become tighter on their guidelines for condos back in 2008 and now that they’re seeing recovery, start to loosen up (kind of like the private mortgage insurance companies did).  The opposite is happening as clearly Fannie Mae wants to limit their exposure to condos in their portfolio.  Periodically, changes are made to Fannie’s underwriting guidelines and their automated underwriting software.  Some are small and some are large and impactful.  Condo buyers beware as they snuck this one in (effective October 20th): “A limited project review will no longer be permitted on …

The Breaking Mortgage Industry

This excerpt from the Twin Cities Real Estate Radio Show covers the pressures that are bringing the mortgage industry to its knees. Charles Dailey – Branch Manager, Loan Officer, Certified Military Housing Specialist – CA DOC, MN DOC & WI DFI The Home Buyers Scouting Report® is provided directly to the buyer by HBM II, a licensed national real estate brokerage service company, not to or through a lender. The FREE home finding service is provided directly to prospective homebuyers by HBM II and its real estate brokers, as part of their ordinary real estate brokerage services. HBM II, Inc. …

First Time Homebuyers – OK, Now What?

As a First Time Home Buyer it is like opening up a new IPad you just received from Santa.  You are excited to open the box, fire it up, but once it is out of the box you don’t even know what you don’t know about your new IPad.  The same generally apply’s to First Time Home Buyers, the decision is out of the box to start the home buying process, but there are so many things you don’t even know that you don’t know.  First suggestion, find a Mortgage Professional & Realtor that Specializes in First Time Home Buyer …

The Mortgage Process is Simply the Perfection of a Loan Application

Understanding the mortgage process is a constant frustration for consumers.  One can search the web and find all kinds of long articles breaking the mortgage loan process into anywhere between 6 and 9 individual steps.  Upon reading these, a consumer gets even more confused since each individual step is confusing in and of itself.  Unfortunately, the wrong question is likely getting answered in these articles.  Most mortgage clients don’t want to become experts on the minutia of processing and underwriting, they just want to know where to start and have an accurate context for why everything happens as it does.  …