COVID-19 Mortgage Guidelines Changes On Home Loans


This ARTICLE On COVID-19 Mortgage Guidelines Changes On Home Loans Was PUBLISHED On September 9th, 2020

COVID-19 Mortgage Guidelines Changes have created stress for borrowers with less than perfect credit.

In this article, we will discuss and cover the COVID-19 Mortgage Guidelines Changes On Home Loans.

COVID-19 Mortgage Guidelines Changes On Home Loans And Impact On Borrowers

The coronavirus pandemic not only has changed the economic engine of the U.S. but has turned the mortgage markets upside down.

  • The COVID-19 outbreak hit the nation without any warning with no one seeing what was coming
  • The coronavirus outbreak also has changed the U.S. mortgage industry
  • It nearly wiped off the non-QM lending markets
  • Specialty loan programs like FHA 203k loans, Reverse Mortgages, One-time FHA and VA Construction loans, manual underwriting, and low credit score loans have been shut down without notice
  • Millions of pre-approved borrowers with lower credit scores and bad credit had their pre-approval become null and void

Jammi Cash of Gustan Cho Associates is an expert when it comes to helping first-time homebuyers qualify for a mortgage. Jammi Cash said the following:

The Corona Virus has changed many economic models and forecasts that no one apparently saw coming.  Because of this, those folks who buy mortgages, and the Institutions who agree to put mortgage insurance on them – have ALL made guideline changes.  Some of those guideline changes are coming to us 3 and 4 times a day.  I can honestly say – this has been one of the most stressful times for those of us involved in any way with a Real Estate Transaction in my career.  We have been SCRAMBLING to try and figure out new ways to get (mostly first time home buyers) approved amid the COVID-19 Mortgage Guideline Changes.

The coronavirus pandemic caused most lenders to increase their credit score requirements across the board due to fear the secondary mortgage bond market will not purchase loans of borrowers with lower credit scores.

The Panic On The Secondary Mortgage Bond Markets

Millions of borrowers with pre-approvals, conditional loan approvals, and clear to close had their approvals revoked after the coronavirus pandemic.

  • All clear to close on non-QM home mortgages were revoked
  • This was because most non-QM lenders either went out of business and/or suspended their operations until further notice
  • 99% of mortgage companies have increased their minimum credit score lender overlays to 660 to 680 FICO on FHA and VA loans
  • This was due to the opinions and attitude of the secondary mortgage bond markets
  • Investors of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) considered any mortgages with under 700 credit score worthless and not worth the risk due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • The coronavirus pandemic also affects first time home buyers
  • This is because most first-time homebuyers do not have established seasoned credit tradelines to have higher credit scores
  • Many workers have been temporarily laid off due to the pandemic

Christy Hembree of Gustan Cho Associates is an experienced mortgage processor, licensed loan officer, veteran DE mortgage underwriter, and credit analyst. Christy Hembree said the following:

When the Recession hit in 2006 to 2009, the credit models showed which borrowers were more likely to go into mortgage default – and many of those were folks with credit scores under 680. If you’ve been working to find the perfect home, and you finally get your score over 640, and now we can’t get you approved – that’s frustrating.  It’s frustrating for the borrower, who did everything we told them to do, it’s frustrating for the Agent who has been working with the Buyer for a year – and it’s frustrating for us.  If you get that call, please understand that no one initially misleads you, the guidelines changed. 

Mortgage rates are at historic lows. Borrowers with high credit scores and solid income will not have any problems qualifying for a home mortgage during the coronavirus pandemic. Mortgage rates of a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are now under 3.0% for prime borrowers. Mortgage rates of a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage are under 2.5% for prime borrowers. Borrowers with under 680 credit scores will have problems qualifying for government and conventional loans. However, Gustan Cho Associates has no lender overlays on government and conventional loans. To qualify for a home mortgage during the coronavirus pandemic with a lender with no lender overlays, please contact us at GCA Mortgage Group at 262-716-8151 or text us for a faster response. Or email us at The team at Gustan Cho Associates is available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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