Manual Underwriting With Late Payments Mortgage Guidelines

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This BLOG On Manual Underwriting With Late Payments Mortgage Guidelines Was PUBLISHED On February 28th, 2019

Manual Underwriting With Late Payments
Gustan Cho Associates

FHA and VA Loans allow manual underwriting.

  • Borrowers who cannot get an approve/eligible per automated underwriting system (AUS) can qualify for manual underwrites
  • Borrowers need a refer/eligible per AUS in order to be able to qualify for FHA and/or VA manual underwriting
  • Not too lenders will do Manual Underwriting With Late Payments
  • With manual underwriting, borrowers need perfect timely payments in the past 24 months
  • Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. can do Manual Underwriting With Late Payments in past 24 months as long as borrowers have extenuating circumstances

We will discuss FHA and VA Manual Underwriting With Late Payments Mortgage Guidelines on this blog.

FHA And VA Manual Underwriting Guidelines

What are FHA And VA Manual Underwriting Guidelines

FHA and VA Manual Underwriting Guidelines are very similar.

  • When the automated underwriting system renders a refer/eligible per AUS, FHA and/or VA Loans can be downgraded to manual underwriting
  • Not all lenders do manual underwriting
  • Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. are one of the few national lenders with no overlays and experts in VA and FHA Manual Underwriting
  • Manual Underwrites is no different than the automated underwriting system approved files
  • However, a mortgage underwriter will manually underwrite the file with a fine tooth comb
  • Underwriters will make sure borrowers meet all mortgage guidelines required by HUD and/or VA
  • Manual Underwriting With Late Payments is not allowed by most lenders
  • Majority of lenders do not want any late payments in the past 24 months
  • Also, no late payments after bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, and short-sale

The great news is Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. will allow Manual Underwriting With Late Payments if it is just one or two late payments in the past 24 months. Borrowers will need proof they had extenuating circumstances.

Automated Underwriting System

What is the Automated Underwriting System

The automated underwriting system (AUS) is an intricate sophisticated system residential mortgage lenders use on all loan applications. Loan officers will enter borrower’s data, credit and income profile to the automated underwriting system. The automated underwriting system will render the following decision:

  • Approve/Eligible
  • Refer/Eligible
  • Refer/Caution

Approve/Eligible means borrowers got an automated approval. Refer/eligible means that AUS cannot make a determination and needs to be downgraded to manual underwriting where a human underwriter needs to underwrite the file. Refer with caution means a denial.

Types Of Automated Underwriting Systems

What are Types Of Automated Underwriting Systems

There are two types of automated underwriting systems. 

Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. are both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac approved direct lenders.

General FHA And VA Manual Underwriting Guidelines

What are General FHA And VA Manual Underwriting Guidelines

FHA and VA Manual Underwriting Guidelines are very similar:

  • VA does not have a maximum DTI cap on automated approvals
  • Maximum debt-to-income ratios on VA Loans is 41% DTI is on manual underwrites
  • Debt to income ratios can go as high as 55% on VA manual underwrites with 2 or more compensating factors
  • FHA allows 31/40 DTI with no compensating factors
  • 37/47 with one compensating factors
  • 40/50 DTI with two compensating factors
  • Timely payments in the past 24 months
  • Verification of rent required on all manual underwrites
  • Gustan Cho Associates will exempt rental verification if the borrower is living rent-free with family member
  • Rent-free letter will be provided by Gustan Cho Associates that needs to be completed by family member where borrower is living rent free
  • Timely payments in the past 24 months with no late payments
  • One month’s reserves for one and two unit propertiesThree and four unit properties requires three months’ reserves
  • Reserves is one months of principal, interest, taxes, principal (PITI)
  • Reserves cannot be gifted
  • Needs to be borrowers own funds

FHA And VA Guidelines After Bankruptcy And/Or Housing Event

What are FHA And VA Guidelines After Bankruptcy And/Or Housing Event

Homebuyers can qualify for FHA and/or VA Loans after bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, short-sale. There is a mandatory waiting period to qualify:

  • HUD requires a two-year waiting period after Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to qualify for FHA Loans
  • HUD mandates a three year waiting period after foreclosure, deed in lieu, short-sale to qualify for FHA Loans
  • VA requires a two-year waiting period after Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, short-sale to qualify for VA Loans
  • Homebuyers can qualify for VA and FHA Loans during Chapter 13 Bankruptcy repayment plan via manual underwriting
  • Need trustee approval
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy does not need to be discharged
  • There is no waiting period to qualify for VA and FHA Loans after Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged date
  • Any FHA and/or VA Loans without a two-year seasoning after Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged date needs to be manually underwritten

Qualifying For VA And FHA Manual Underwriting With Late Payments

How Qualifying For VA And FHA Manual Underwriting With Late Payments

Manual Underwriting With Late Payments is possible if borrowers have extenuating circumstances. Borrowers who had a death in the family, had major health issues, or suffered job loss can potentially qualify for VA and/or FHA Manual Underwriting With Late Payments. Please contact us at Gustan Cho Associates at 262-716-8151 or text us for a faster response to go over your case scenario. Or email us at gcho@loancabin.com. 

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