2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps

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New 2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps

2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps For Home Buyers

Home Buyers do not need to be employed in the same job for the past two years to qualify for FHA Loans. 2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps for home buyers was recently released on September 14, 2015 under HUD’s FHA 4000.1 Handbook.

  • FHA requires two years employment history and two years residential history
  • FHA’s two year employment history requirement does not mean that a borrower needs to be employed with the same employer for two continuous years
  • Gaps in employments are permitted
  • Unfortunately, most mortgage lenders have mortgage lender overlays
  • Overlays are lending requirements that are above and behind those of minimum HUD Guidelines
  • They require two years of employment history with the same employer and no employment gaps in the past two years as part of their own lender overlays
  • Borrowers who are told they do not qualify for a FHA Loan due employment gaps, please contact us at The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage at 262-716-8151 or email us at gcho@usa-mortgage.com
  • We have no FHA Lender Overlays on FHA Loans
  • The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage has no overlays on government and conventional loans
  • Borrowers with multiple gaps in employment can qualify for FHA Home Loans

2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps: Full Time Employment

2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps state if unemployed for six or more months and got new full time job, borrowers need to stay on new full time job for at least six months to qualify:

  • Mortgage applicants do need two years employment history
  • But the two years employment history does not need to be continuous
  • Lenders do like to see mortgage loan borrowers to be in the same job for the past two years but that is not a FHA Guidelines
  • If they have changed jobs, they like for them to be in the same field for the past two years
  • However, being in the same field with changing jobs is not a FHA Guideline
  • That call is up to mortgage underwriter discretion

If the mortgage loan borrower has had change in employment within the past six months and got a new full time job before the six months gap in employment requirement, there is no seasoning requirement on new full time job.

  • Can qualify for FHA Loan with a job offer employment letter
  • But cannot close on their FHA Loan until they can provide 30 days of paycheck stubs

2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps: Multiple Jobs In Past 2 Years

2018 FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps with multiple jobs in the past two years will require letter of explanation as of why the borrower had multiple jobs in the past two years.

  • If it is the case of one better job offer after another due to the talent of the worker and higher income opportunities, than it is perfectly acceptable
  • However, mortgage loan underwriters will question on why a borrower would have multiple jobs in the past two years
  • There is no set rule with FHA that a borrower with multiple jobs in the past two years cannot qualify
  • However, mortgage underwriters have the authority to use underwriter’s discretion in denying a loan applicant with multiple jobs in the past two years
  • This is especially if the borrower has jobs that have declining incomes and less hours of employment
  • Underwriters need to feel comfortable the new full time job and income will likely to continue for the next three years
  • Again, this is a case by case matter and ultimately will rely on mortgage underwriter’s discretion

Per FHA Guidelines On Income And Employment Gaps, borrowers can have gaps in employment in the past two years and qualify for FHA Loans. Home Buyers and/or Homeowners who need a national direct mortgage lender with no overlays on government and/or conventional loans, please contact us at The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage at 262-716-8151 or email us at gcho@usa-mortgage.com. We are available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

  1. Andy says

    What about people with a full-time job for longer than two years at the same position and company, but they also have a real estate business (buy-and-hold rentals bought for cash) on the side with large expense deductions which drastically lower the AGI on their tax returns. Is there a way your mortgage group can approve someone in this situation? Buying property for cash has many benefits, but not being able to qualify for a mortgage because of this strategy is obviously a down-side!

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