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Despite declining FHA loan originations (from 120,917 in April 2013 to 105,995 in July), HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-24 on August 15,  tightening FHA borrower restrictions effective October 15 .  FHA raised  upfront and monthly mortgage insurance premiums (and made monthly MIP effective for the life of the loan) earlier this year, leaving FHA loans far less desirable for many buyers.  The new guidelines will most affect credit challenged buyers, those least likely to qualify for loans outside the FHA program.

For borrowers with collections and charged off accounts totaling over $2,000, FHA now requires lenders using the Total Scorecard underwriting system to include for the first time monthly payments on charged off accounts.  While some collections report a minimum payment on credit reports, most do not, and lenders will assume a payment of 5% of the outstanding balance.  Adding the assumed payments will raise buyers’ debt ratios, reduce their purchasing power, and potentially prevent some from purchasing homes.Plano Home Loans - credit18

Guidelines for Plano Home Loans underwritten manually are even more stringent, requiring letters of explanation and supporting documentation from borrowers on all charged off/collection accounts.  Underwriters will have to determine if the account resulted from a “borrower’s disregard for financial obligations, inability to manage debt, or extenuating circumstances”.  Minimum payments must still be added to debt ratios, whether the charge offs/collections total $2000 or not.

Plano Home Loans shop8Medical bills are exempt from the new guidelines, but old credit card accounts, utility bills, and other liabilities must be included.  Lenders (who have historically ignored many charge offs) will have to be vigilant to ensure they correctly calculate clients’ debt ratios, especially while doing buyer pre-approvals.

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