Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan Per HUD Guidelines

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Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan Per HUD Guidelines

This BLOG On Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan Per HUD Guidelines Was Published On July 13th, 2019

Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan Per HUD Guidelines

Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan?

A large percentage of our borrowers are folks who were turned down by other mortgage companies because they had outstanding collection accounts and/or charge off accounts.

  • Most of our borrowers at Gustan Cho Associates are familiar with FHA Guidelines On Collection Accounts
  • They realize HUD does not require borrowers to pay off outstanding collection accounts and/or charge off accounts to qualify for an FHA Loan
  • It is stated in black and white on HUD 4000.1 FHA Handbook that borrowers do not have to pay any outstanding collection accounts and charge off accounts
  • This holds true no matter what the unpaid outstanding balance is
  • They often wonder why they are told that they do not qualify with the lender they just visited to get pre-approved for an FHA Loan
  • Borrowers are told that unless they pay the outstanding collection accounts and/or charge off accounts, they are out of luck
  • Most often, these borrowers who get turned down by other lenders due to outstanding collection accounts and charge off accounts
  • They are not told that they may not qualify with their particular lender but may qualify with another lender with no overlays on collection accounts
  • These borrowers often due to their own research online for lenders who have no overlays such as Gustan Cho Associates and reach out to us about qualifying for an FHA Loan with outstanding unpaid collection accounts and charge off accounts
  • Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan?
  • The answer is NO. You do not have to pay outstanding collection accounts or charge off accounts to qualify for FHA Loans

In this article, we will cover and discuss Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan.

Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan: How FHA Views Collections And Charge Offs

Do I Have To Pay Collections For FHA Loan: How FHA Views Collections And Charge Offs

HUD does not require borrowers to pay off outstanding collection accounts and charge off accounts. However, unpaid non-medical collection accounts with outstanding collection balances can affect a  borrower when it comes to qualifying for debt to income ratios. HUD classifies collection accounts into three categories:

  1. Non-Medical Collection Accounts
  2. Medical Collection Accounts
  3. Charge Off Accounts

HUD does not require non-medical collection accounts with outstanding balances to be paid off.

  • However, if the total sum of the outstanding unpaid non-medical collection accounts is more than $2,000, then HUD requires the lender take 5% of the outstanding non-medical collection account balance and use that figure as a monthly debt payment
  • The borrower does not have to make any monthly payments on the 5% of the outstanding unpaid collection account balance
  • However, it will be used as a paper debt and used for DTI calculations

Solutions For Borrowers With High-Balance Collection Accounts

Solutions For Borrowers With High-Balance Collection Accounts

If the non-medical collection account balance is a substantial amount, then 5% of the outstanding balance can be a significantly large number:

  • It may disqualify the borrower
  • This is because the DTI will exceed the maximum allowed per FHA Guidelines On Debt To Income Ratios 
  • If this is the case, the borrower can arrange a written payment agreement with the creditor and/or collection agency
  • Whatever the monthly payment agreement is, that figure will be used in lieu of the 5% of the outstanding collection account balance
  • Let’s take a case scenario where a borrower has $30,000 worth of non-medical collection accounts
  • A borrower can qualify for an FHA Loan without having to pay the $30,000 outstanding collection account balance nor do they need to make any payment arrangements
  • However, 5% of the $30,000 outstanding collection account balance, or $1,500, will be used as a monthly debt payment by the mortgage underwriter
  • This holds true even though the borrower does not have to pay anything every month
  • $1,500 is a large monthly debt obligation payment
  • Unless the borrower makes substantial income, this $1,500 monthly debt payment on paper may disqualify the borrower
  • This is because it may exceed the maximum debt to income ratio requirement of 56.9% DTI allowed for borrowers with credit scores of greater than 620 FICO credit scores

HUD maximum debt to income ratios are capped at 43% DTI for borrowers with credit scores under 620 FICO. However, if the borrower was to make a written payment agreement with the creditor and/or collection agency for $200 per month, then the $200 per month per the written payment agreement will be used in lieu of the $1,500 per month debt payment in the calculations of the debt to income ratios.

Medical Versus Non-Medical Collections

Medical Versus Non-Medical Collections

Medical collection accounts and charge off accounts are exempt from debt to ratio calculations:

  • This holds true no matter how large the outstanding unpaid medical collection account balance is
  • No matter how much the charge off amount is, this guideline still applies
  • It does not matter whether or not the charge off account is a medical charge off account or non-medical charge off account

Do I Have To Pay Collection Accounts For FHA: Why Do Most Lenders Require Collections Paid Off

Do I Have To Pay Collection Accounts For FHA: Why Do Most Lenders Require Collections Paid Off

Unfortunately, most lenders will require that collection accounts and charge off accounts to be paid off before you can qualify with them:

  • This holds true even though HUD Guidelines does not require that outstanding collection accounts be paid off
  • Other lenders may have a cap on the collection account balance such as you cannot have any outstanding collection account balances and/or charge offs that is greater than $5,000
  • It is not illegal for a lender to ask for borrowers to have satisfied collection accounts and charge off accounts
  • This holds true even though FHA Guidelines on Collection Accounts do not require that borrowers pay off collection account balances and charge off account balances
  • Lenders can have additional FHA Requirements that exceeds the minimum HUD mortgage guidelines
  • This additional FHA requirement imposed by lenders is called FHA Lender Overlays

If you consult with a lender and are told that you do not qualify for an FHA Loan because you have outstanding collection accounts and charge off accounts with outstanding unpaid balances, please contact us at 262-716-8151 or text us for faster response. Or email us at gcho@loancabin.com. We do not require you to pay off any outstanding collection accounts or charge off accounts. We are direct lenders with no FHA Lender Overlays..  The Team at Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage Group is available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays to take your calls and answer any questions. We can get you pre-approved on an FHA Loan or any other mortgage loan program that we offer such as VA, USDA, Conventional,  Non-QM, FHA 203k Loans, Reverse Mortgages, Non-Conforming Loans, Jumbo Mortgages, and Commercial Loans.

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