Qualifying For Home Mortgage In 2018 And New Guidelines

Qualifying For Home Mortgage In 2018 And New Guidelines

This BLOG On Qualifying For Home Mortgage In 2018 And New Guidelines Was Updated On December 8th, 2017

Many wonder if it will be Tougher To Qualify For Mortgage Loan In 2018. 2017 have been a stellar year for the mortgage business.

  • Record number of people became first time homeowners
  • Many new mortgage loan programs were implemented and launched. NON-QM Loans and Bank Statement Mortgage Loans for Self Employed Borrowers are now very popular with The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage
  • Home sales hit historical highs
  • Home Prices have increased almost 7% in 2017 that the FHFA has increased conforming loan limits to $453,100 starting January 2018

Due to the financial and credit meltdown of 2008, Congress pass the Dodd-Frank Mortgage Reform Act which overhauled the mortgage lending and mortgage industry by creating new rules, regulations, guidelines, and the birth of new federal regulatory agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also known as the CFPB.

  • The overhaul of the mortgage industry due to the Dodd-Frank Mortgage Reform Act has forced many mortgage companies and mortgage loan originators out of business
  • It has set new standards in training and licensing requirements for veteran and newer mortgage loan originators
  • Quality Mortgage (QM) was created and implemented
  • The old Good Faith Estimate was replaced with the Loan Estimate (LE)
  • The HUD-1 Settlement Form was replaced with the Closing Disclosure (CD)

New Mortgage Regulations

Many mortgage companies were originating, processing, and underwriting residential mortgage loan and reselling them to mortgage lenders.

  • The mortgage companies were extremely profitable due to the fact that they were charging upfront charges for originating mortgage loans
  • Lenders were not too considered on the mortgage loans they were originating to mortgage loan borrowers and the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage loan back

FHFA Increases Conforming Loan Limits For 2008

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Increases Conventional Loan Limits to $453,100 from $436,100 effective January 2018.

  • This is great news for home buyers with Conventional Loans
  • The FHFA increased conforming limits now for the second year in a row
  • Main reason for the Federal Housing Finance Agency increasing Conventional Loan Limits is due to the rise of housing prices nationwide

Normally, when one agency like the FHFA increases loan limits, other governmental agencies such as FHA, VA, USDA follow. Stay tuned on what the new loan limits for FHA, VA, and USDA will be.

Will Qualifying For Home Mortgage Be Harder In 2018?

The Dodd-Frank Mortgage Reform act has been passed in 2010 to eliminated predatory mortgage lending practices by the mortgage industry.

  • The act is being fine tuned and the Dodd Frank Mortgage Reform Act of 2010 will make tougher to qualify for mortgage loan in 2018
  • The Dodd Frank Mortgage Reform Act and new mortgage rules, regulations
  • The Dodd Frank Mortgage Reform Act will make tougher to qualify for mortgage loan in 2018 and mortgage lenders are required to follow eight checklist in originating and closing a residential mortgage loan to a public mortgage loan borrower

Debt To Income Ratio In Qualifying For Home Mortgage

A mortgage loan borrower will need sufficient income and assets to cover their residential mortgage loan payments.

  • Income is extremely important and probably the most important factor for mortgage lenders to determine and predict whether or not a residential mortgage loan borrower can make his or her mortgage payments
  • Employment history and credit history is a good indicator on the probability of the mortgage loan borrowers ability on him or her making his mortgage payments on time and not defaulting on his or her residential mortgage loan
  • Mortgage lender’s rely on the four C’s of mortgage lending which is:
    • Capacity
    • Credit
    • Collateral
    • Cash on qualifying and approval a residential mortgage loan

The Dodd-Frank Mortgage Reform Act is based on the four C’s of mortgage lending and the main objective of this act is focused on the ABILITY TO REPAY ( Regulation Z under the Qualified Mortgage Standards Under The Truth In Lending Act) the original mortgage obligation from the mortgage loan borrower.  Qualified Mortgage is commonly known as QM. The Capacity in the Four C’s refers to the mortgage borrowers gross monthly income and their assets and reserves.

Employment When Qualifying For Home Mortgage

A mortgage loan borrower needs to prove that he or she is employed and that they will be continued to be employed whether as a W2 employee or independent contractor

  • Mortgage loan borrowers need to prove that they have income by providing the sources of regular monthly gross income
  • A Borrower’s job is probably the most common way of proving income
  • Other sources of income is tax returns if borrowers are
    • Self employed
    • Social security income
    • Pension income
    • Disability income
    • Royalty income
    • Other income that can be documented

Income documentation and verification is more tougher to determine.  If borrower owns own business or are a 1099 employee or independent contractor, they need to prove to the mortgage loan underwriter that the income will continue for the next three years.

  • Also provide two years minimum personal and business tax returns
  • The previous tax returns will prove that the borrower had consistent income and income will continue in future years to come

Ability To Repay Home Mortgage: Quality Mortgage

Mortgage loan borrowers need to prove that they can afford housing expenses including property tax, homeowners insurance, and homeowner association fees if applicable

  • Besides the mortgage principal and interest payments, the mortgage loan borrower has added monthly housing expenses on top of the mortgage payments which are property taxes, homeowners insurance, and homeowner association fees
  • All of these fees need to be calculated in qualifying the mortgage loan borrower and make sure that the mortgage loan borrower can afford it according to the Dodd-Frank Mortgage Reform Act of 2010

Liens On Property

Need to document and factor in any additional mortgage loans and the amount the borrower pays on additional mortgage loans

  • If a mortgage loan borrower has other properties with mortgages or has second, third, or HELOC mortgages, these mortgages and mortgage loan payments need to be factored in when the mortgage lender qualifies for a mortgage loan borrower’s mortgage loan request
  • Many mortgage lenders did not factor in second mortgages and HELOC mortgages when qualifying for new mortgage loans

Total Properties

Mortgage loan borrowers need to fully disclose any other properties they own

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has special guidelines when it comes to 5 to 10 financed properties. If a borrower is a real estate investor, they may be limited on options with government and conventional loan programs.

  • If a mortgage loan borrower owns a vacation home or second home, or investment properties, they need to disclose that
  • The mortgage lender needs to factor in the other properties the mortgage loan borrower owns and their respective expenses into qualification for the new mortgage loan

Debt And Liabilities When Qualifying For Home Mortgage

Alimony and child support payments need to be used in qualifying a residential mortgage loan

  • Alimony and child support payments need to be fully disclosed and be used as a liability in mortgage loan qualification
  • This is already a practice most mortgage lenders use but again, it will be mandatory for all mortgage lenders and no exemptions can be made

Debt to income ratios will be lowered

  • Debt to income ratios for Conventional mortgage loans is normally capped at 50% DTI
  • Many mortgage lenders who are FHA insured mortgage lenders with no lender overlays are capping the back end debt to income ratio on FHA insured mortgage loans at 56.9%
  • FHA insured mortgage lenders are most likely be lowering the back end debt to income ratios on FHA insured mortgage loans due to their own lender overlays

I will keep you posted

Credit Scores Versus Credit Payment History

Mortgage loan borrowers will be required to have clean credit and  descent credit scores

Loan Programs have minimum credit score requirements. For example, FHA requires a 580 credit score for borrowers to qualify for 3.5% down payment home purchase. However, just meeting the minimum credit scores is not sufficient. In order to get an approve/eligible per Automated Underwriting System (AUS), borrowers need 12 months timely payments and other credit requirements.

  • A consumer’s credit scores is one factor that will always be used when a borrower applies for any types of credit
  • Mortgage lenders expect that you have no late payment history in the past 24 months and no derogatory credit after a bankruptcy and/or foreclosure

Home Buyers needing to qualify for a home mortgage with a lender with no lender overlays, please contact 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.

This BLOG on Qualifying For Home Mortgage In 2018 Was UPDATED On December 8th, 2017

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