What Are Debt To Income Ratio Requirements With Manual Underwriting

Debt To Income Ratio Requirements With Manual Underwriting:

Debt to income ratios are one of the most important factors when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage loan. Every mortgage loan program has their own set of guidelines when it comes to debt to income ratio requirements. For example, conventional loans have debt to income ratio caps at 45% DTI. With FHA Loans, to get an approve/eligible per Automated Underwriting System, the maximum front end debt to income ratio is capped at 46.9% DTI and the maximum back end debt to income ratios are capped at 56.9% if the mortgage loan borrower has credit scores of at least 620 FICO. For mortgage loan borrowers applying for FHA Loans has credit scores under 620 FICO, the maximum debt to income ratio requirements is capped at 43% DTI to get an approve/eligible per Automated Underwriting System. There are FHA mortgage loan applicants who cannot get an approve/eligible per Automated Underwriting System because the automated system cannot render a decision and will render a refer/eligible. What a refer/eligible means is that the mortgage loan applicant is eligible for a FHA Loan, however, the automated system cannot approve the mortgage loan. On cases where the automated system yields a refer/eligible, the mortgage loan applicant may be eligible for manual underwriting where a mortgage loan underwriter needs to manually underwrite the mortgage loan application and review the whole file and render its decision. There are no debt to income ratio requirements with manual underwriting, however, the mortgage loan underwriter will thoroughly review the layers of risk the mortgage file has and will especially look for compensating factors . Compensating factors are extremely important on manual underwriting mortgage loan applications. Compensating factors are positive factors that show strength on the mortgage borrowers such as low payment shock through verification of rent, reserves, longevity on the job, part time or other income that the borrower has but is not used to qualify for the mortgage loan, working spouse who is not added to the loan, and other positive factors.

How Do Underwriters Evaluate Debt To Income Ratio Requirements On Manual Underwriting

How Do Underwriters evaluate debt to income ratio requirements on manual underwriting is a question I get asked often. Not all mortgage lenders will do manual underwriting. Manual underwriting are needed on files that cannot get an approve/eligible per the Automated Underwriting System. For example, all mortgage loan applicants who had a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged and that discharged date has not been seasoned for at least two years, can qualify for a FHA Loan but will not get an approve/eligible per Automated Underwriting System. I recently got a borrower who just had a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged less than a year ago that got a refer/eligible per Automated Underwriting System and got them approved via manual underwriting. However, the back end debt to income ratios were 52% which is considered extremely high. The manual underwriting underwriter approved this file because this client had a lot of compensating factor. The borrower had two full time jobs but could only use one of the full time jobs as income because she did not have two year seasoning with her second full time job as a nurse. The borrower had plenty of reserves, not just in her bank accounts, but also had a hefty 401k. The borrower has been in the nursing field for over 10 years and has been with the same employer without any gaps in employment in the past 2 years. The borrower has verification of rent, which is mandatory on all manual underwriting mortgage loan applications. The borrower has paid all of her bills on time during the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy re-payment plan and has not had a late payment since her Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged date. On this particular case scenario, there was no debt to income ratio requirements with manual underwriting due to the many compensating factors that the mortgage underwriter saw on this file and approved her with a 52% back end debt to income ratio.

Rental Verification Is Required On Manual Underwriting

Many folks who rent do not realize the importance with paying their rental payments with a check. Many renters pay their monthly rental payments on time, month after month, year after year, but do not pay it with a check or online and pay it with cash. Any cash rental payment will not count for verification of rent . Verification Of Rent is one of the most important compensating factor a borrower can have and verification of rent is a requirement on all manual underwriting mortgage loan applications. The only way verification of rent can be proven is by providing 12 months canceled checks to the mortgage underwriter and/or 12 months bank statements if the rental payments were wired to the landlord and paid online. If the renter has been renting from a registered property management company, then a verification of rent form signed by the property management manager can be used in lieu of canceled checks and/or online bank statements. Verification of Rent is also required for mortgage loan applicants with credit scores of under 600 FICO. Reason verification of rent is so important is that mortgage lenders want to determine payment shock. For example, if you are living rent free with family and are used to paying no rent and your new housing payment will be $1,200, that is a huge payment shock. However, if you are currently paying $1,000 per month in rent and your new housing payment will be $1,200, then your payment shock of $200 per month or 20% should be no issue.

If you are told that you do not qualify for a home loan by another mortgage lender because you do not meet debt to income ratio requirements with manual underwriting or the mortgage lender you are dealing with does not do manual underwriting or has many mortgage lender overlays please contact Gustan Cho Associates at 1-262-716-8151 or email us at gcho@gustancho.com. We are available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays to answer all of your questions and issue pre-approval letters. We are full service mortgage lenders with no mortgage lender overlays.

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