7 Major FHA Rule Changes – June 15, 2015
As you probably know, HUD has scrapped their old underwriting handbook and has re-written the whole darn thing which they will be implementing on all case numbers order on or after June 15. What they DIDN’T do was indicate which rules were CHANGED significantly from the previous handbook. We compared both the old and the new handbook and found 46 rule changes. Here are seven of them.
Old Rule – Document source of earnest money if the amount exceeds 2% of the sales price
New Rule – Document source of earnest money if the amount exceeds 1% of the salesprice
Old Rule – Federal debt makes borrower ineligible
New Rule – VERIFIED federal debt makes the borrower ineligible
Old Rule – Underwriter discretion allowed when received less than 2 years
New Rule – Two years uninterrupted part-time income is required. Average income over prior 2 years or use 12-month average of hours at the current pay rate if the lender documents an increase in pay rate.
Rental Income on Retained Primary Residence
Old Rule – Rental income may be counted when relocating outside of reasonable commute distance for job and borrower has 25% equity.
New Rule – Rental income may be counted when relocating and the new residence is at least 100 miles from previous residence. If no history of rental income since the last tax filing, borrower must have 25% equity.
Old Rule – Gross up using tax rate evidenced on last tax return. If borrower did not filea return, use tax rate of 25%.
New Rule – Gross up using the greater of 15% or actual tax rate. If borrower did not file a tax return, use tax rate of 15%
Installment Debts Less Than 10 Months
Old Rule – May be excluded from ratios. If manual underwrite—may be excluded if debt will not affect ability to pay the mortgage.
New Rule – May be excluded ONLY if—they have cumulative payment of less than or equal to 5% of the borrower’s gross monthly income AND the borrower may not pay the debts down to achieve this percentage.
Multiple FHA Loans
Old Rule – If relocating for employment, borrower may obtain a second FHA loan for a new principal residence if current residence is more than a reasonable commute to new residence.
New Rule – If relocating for employment, the commuting distance between the old residence and new residence must be more than 100 miles.
Source: Mortgage Currentcy
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior Loan Officer
via FHA STREAMLINES