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Kentucky FHA loans have new guidelines for collections, judgements, and disputed accounts on credit report.

Kentucky FHA loans have new guidelines for collections, judgements, and disputed accounts on credit report. 

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I. ML 2013-25 (and 2013-24) – Collections, Judgments and Disputed Accounts
This guidance amends the TOTAL Scorecard User Guide (FHA’s guide for
using AUS) and is effective for all case numbers assigned on or after October
15, 2013. It applies to all FHA loans with the exception of non-credit
qualifying streamline refinance transactions.
A. FHA does not necessarily require collection accounts to be paid off for
approval, but it is recognized that collection efforts by the creditor could
affect the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage. To that end, FHA is
requiring lenders to follow these guidelines when collection accounts are
present with an aggregate balance equal to or greater than $2000. When
the loan is rated approve/eligible or accept/accept by TOTAL:
1. If the cumulative outstanding balance of all collections is LESS than
$2000, then no further consideration is required.
2. If the cumulative outstanding balance of all collections of ALL
borrowers is equal to or greater than $2000 the lender must include
monthly payments in the borrower’s debt to income ratio for accounts
that will remain open after closing. This means that you will need to
document payment arrangements with the creditor and count the
payment or use 5% of the outstanding balance.
Note 1: Collections accounts of a non-purchasing spouse in a community
property state are included in the cumulative balance.
Note 2: Medical collections and charge offs are excluded from this
guidance.B. Judgments – Loans for borrowers with outstanding judgments are
generally not acceptable unless the following documentation is obtained.
a. Judgment must be on the credit report that is linked to the TOTAL
Scorecard findings and the findings must be “approve/eligible” or
“accept/accept.”
b. If the judgment will not be paid off and released prior to the
closing, evidence of a payment agreement may be considered. The
payment agreement must be in writing and provided at the time of
underwriting. Crescent will require evidence that 12 months
satisfactory payments have been made as scheduled. Borrowers
may not pre-pay scheduled payments in order to meet this
requirement. The monthly payment must be considered in the
borrower’s debt-to-income ratio for qualifying.
c. Any judgments that are discovered in the processing of the loan
that ARE NOT on the credit report linked to the TOTAL findings
require the loan to be manually downgraded to “refer” status.
Crescent does not approve loans that must be manually
downgraded.
d. A subordination agreement will be required for any judgment that
is also a lien against the borrower and/or the subject property.
C. Disputed Accounts – Because disputed accounts are not generally
considered in the borrower’s credit report FHA will now require loans of
borrowers who have derogatory disputed accounts with cumulative
balances of $1000 or more (excluding medical) to be downgraded to
“refer” findings and manually underwritten. As you are aware, Crescent
does not approve loans that require manual underwriting.
NOTE 1: Disputed derogatory credit account of a non-purchasing spouse
in a community property state are not included in the cumulative balance
for purposes of determining if the mortgage application must be
downgraded to a “refer.”
NOTE 2: Disputed medical collections are excluded from the $1000 limit
as are derogatory credit accounts resulting from identity theft, credit theft
unauthorized use, etc. However, documentation must be provided to
conclusively support the disputed status. Documentation might entail
police reports, letters from the creditor, etc.
II. ML 2013-26 – Back to Work-Extenuating Circumstances
The guidance provided in ML 13-26 requires loans to be manually
underwritten. For this reason Crescent cannot approve loans that need these
credit underwriting leniencies. III. ML 2013-29 – Application of Unused Funds from Escrow Account on
Refinance Transactions
This guidance is effective with case numbers assigned on or after November
1, 2013.
A. Unused funds from an escrow account that are not sent directly to the
borrower must be used for a purpose authorized by the borrower.
B. If the current servicer nets the escrow balance out of the payoff, it does not
change the way the new loan amount is calculated. You must still start
with the unpaid principal balance on the current loan, NOT the payoff
amount.
C. When the borrower has determined that they want the unused funds to be
applied to costs associated with the new FHA loan the lender is required
to:
a. Obtain a written authorization from the borrower to apply the funds
from an existing mortgage for any purpose prior to using them. The
borrower’s written authorization must clearly state the purpose for
which the authorization is provided.
b. The credit must show on the HUD-1 when the funds are applied to
settlement charges or to the new escrow account.
IV. Reminder: Loan officers are not to sign the initial 92900a (addendum to the
loan application for sponsored originator cases. This includes lenders who
have their FHA approval, but have not completed the test case phase of the
process.
A link to the FHA mortgagee letters is provided here > Mortgagee Letters.

Louisville Kentucky FHA Update Collections, Judgments, Disputes, Escrow Credits
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell

kentuckyloan@gmail.com

--  Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916) Senior  Loan Officer 502-905-3708 cell 502-813-2795 fax kentuckyloan@gmail.com
– Collections, Judgments and Disputed Accounts for Kentucky FHA Loans

Kentucky FHA Credit Score Requirements for 2014, Based on Lender Feedback

 

FHA Minimum FICO

 

 

 

FICO 620-639 will be allowed as long as the borrower has an Approve through DU . Manually underwritten loans will still be capped at a minimum FICO of 640.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Louisville, KY 40223
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The Latest Guidelines on Waiting Periods – Valley Business Journal

The Latest Guidelines on Waiting Periods – Valley Business Journal.

 

It might be interesting to update everyone on the latest guidelines on required waiting periods after a Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale. The rules seem to change fairly often and, of course, may vary greatly with lenders and mortgage investors.

For conventional financing, basic guidelines at this time show a waiting period of four years after a Chapter 7 or 11 Bankruptcy, two years with extenuating circumstances; after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, it would be two years from the Discharge date, four from Dismissal date (two from Dismissal with justifying circumstances). A Foreclosure on your record would mandate a seven-year waiting period, three with extenuating circumstances but with additional restrictions as to the maximum loan-to-value allowed and occupancy of the property. A Short Sale or Deed-in-Lieu on a person’s credit requires a waiting period of at least two years for an 80% loan-to-value and four for 90%, two with mitigating circumstances can be possible up to 90%.

FHA and VA requirements may be considerably different. For example, if a person had a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the usual waiting period would be two years for FHA, but under some circumstances it could be moved down to just one, not with VA though. Many factors must be clearly illustrated, including either no new debt since discharge or re-establishment and maintenance of good credit plus a demonstrated ability to manage one’s financial obligations. A new purchase after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (where debts are being paid over time) has different guidelines also, primarily being that the Bankruptcy has been in a payout period for at least one year, with satisfactory performance and Court approval. Foreclosures and short sales generally mandate three years with FHA, two with VA.

These are some of the lending policies, but of course a person must also qualify for the new loan – income, stability of same, debt ratios and credit scores are critical. We must measure that with the basic question of whether a person is ready to purchase again and take on ownership responsibilities. Working with an experienced, professional mortgage advisor should be very helpful if you find yourself in this kind of situation.

The snag would come in the underwriting portion of the mortgage application process.

“The IRS office won’t be able to provide the forms to prove income, deal with tax lien information, and the like. Because those documents aren’t available, those loans will be stuck until further notice,’’ Herrera said.

It’s in the intake — the starting of the files — where a backlog could occur, he said.

With the housing recovery in the Inland region still viewed as fragile, any slow-down in sales has a trickle-down effect on the economy.

National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun recently pinned the August slow-down in pending home sales — contract signings eased 1.6 percent — on tight inventory conditions, higher interest rates, rising prices and restrictive mortgage credit.

For the three month quarter ended June 2013, nearly 20 percent of the 8,758 mortgage transactions reported to the Inland Valleys Association of Realtors were FHA-insured.

Conventional loans insured by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae accounted for 34 percent of the transactions; Veterans Administration-backed mortgage applications represented 4 percent of the loan business, Herrera said.

Donavon Ternes, president and chief operating officer of Provident Savings Bank, agreed the FHA-furloughs could end up harming – or bogging down — the number of refinance transactions or purchase money transactions looking for FHA-insurance on the loan.

Mortgages and Credit Scores

Today, credit scores plays a big role in determining whether or not your mortgage loan is approved and at what interest rate.  Obtaining a mortgage loan at an interest rate just one point less results in a savings of about $5,000 on the average 15 year mortgage, and significantly more on a 30 year mortgage (about $50,000).
 
Why do lenders use your credit score in their lending decisions?  Because they discovered that there is a direct correlation between your credit score and the odds of your becoming delinquent on your monthly mortgage payments. Consider the following statistics the mortgage industry has compiled:

If Your Credit Score Is
 
780  

700
680
660
645
630
615
600
585
Your Odds of Becoming 90 Days Delinquent are
 

Factors contributing to someone's credit score...
Factors contributing to someone’s credit score, for Credit score (United States). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
576 to 1
288 to 1
144 to 1
72 to 1
36 to 1
18 to 1
9 to 1
4 to 1
2 to 1
As the above table illustrates, those with credit scores below 630 are not a very good risk, so they will obtain a mortgage at a significantly higher interest rate and this will add anywhere from $50 to about $250 to their monthy mortgage payment and add thousands to the price of the home.
 
If your score is 660 or above, you can get a mortgage loan fairly easily since you are a pretty good risk. As stated above, the higher your score the lower your interest rate, so your goal shouldn’t be to obtain a credit score of 660; it should be to achieve a credit score of at least 700.  Some lenders will reward you if your credit score is higher than 725, by lowering your interest rate by about 1/4th of a percent.  If it is between 700 and 724, it will be lowered by 1/8th of a percent.
 
Does an interest point or two make such a big difference in the price of the house?  You bet it does!  It means saving  thousands in finance charges and a lower monthly payment.  For example, paying an interest rate just two points higher means paying an additional $200 each month on your house payment on the typical $150,000, 30-year mortgage loan.  That’s at least $72,000 more you’re going to pay for your house!
 
There are steps you can take to raise your credit score or overcome a low credit score:
 
(1)  Offer a larger down payment so that you aren’t borrowing so much money
(2)  Lower your debt-to-income ratio by paying off as much debt as you possibly can before applying for a mortgage loan in order to increase your credit score
(3)  Don’t buy a car just before applying for a mortgage loan as it lowers your credit score
For a Kentucky FHA Purchase Loan, we can go down to a 620 credit score with the minimum down payment of 3.5%.  No bankruptcies or foreclosures in the last 2 years.

FHA Manual Underwriting

The minimum FICO for FHA Manual Underwrites is being lowered to 620

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346