What Does Refer Eligible Per Automated Underwriting System Mean?

Refer Eligible Per Automated Underwriting System means that the Automated Underwriting System cannot render an approve eligible per automated findings and that the mortgage loan applicant is eligible but further analysis is required by a mortgage loan underwriter. Most banks and/or mortgage companies will not approve a mortgage loan applicant who has a refer eligible per automated underwriting system findings. Refer eligible per automated underwriting system mortgage loan file can be done through manual underwriting if and only if the mortgage loan borrower has compensating factors . Compensating Factors are positive factors that borrowers have in their favor such as low payment shock , which is how underwriters determine the factor of what they are paying for rent currently to what the new housing payment will be when they close on their home purchase. Other examples of compensating factors a borrower can have is larger down payment. Larger down payment on home purchase shows that the home buyer has skin in the game and is less risk to the mortgage lender in the event if the lender forecloses on the home. Reserves is another great example of compensating factors. Reserves are one month P.I.T.I. P.I.T.I. stands for principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. Mortgage lenders like to see at least three months of reserves from home buyers. Reserves does not have to be cash. Asset accounts such as IRA accounts, 401k Accounts, Securities Accounts, and other type of liquid investment accounts can go towards reserves.

Refer Eligible Per Automated Underwriting System Versus Approve Eligible Per AUS

As long as you meet the minimum federal mortgage lending guidelines, mortgage loan applicants should get an approve eligible per Automated Underwriting System. Let’s take a case scenario on a FHA Loan mortgage loan applicant where they should get an approve eligible but gets a refer eligible per Automated Underwriting System. Minimum FHA mortgage lending guidelines for a borrower is that they need a 580 FICO credit score to qualify for a 3.5% down payment FHA home purchase mortgage loan. The maximum debt to income ratios required on borrowers with under 620 FICO credit scores are 43% debt to income ratios . FHA allows for 100% gifted funds for down payment on home purchase. FHA does not require minimum amount of active credit trade lines, however, aged credit trade lines are viewed favorably and considered compensating factors. Verification of rent is required in most cases where the mortgage loan borrower has credit scores of under 600 FICO credit scores. By all means, a FHA mortgage loan applicant who meets all of these requirements should get an approve eligible per automated findings. Correct? Not always. There are many cases where mortgage loan applicants who meet all federal minimum mortgage lending guidelines will not get an approve eligible and get a refer eligible per Automated Underwriting System because the automated system considers the borrower as having multiple layers of risk.

Is It Possible To Get A Refer Eligible Per AUS Converted To An Approve Eligible?

The answer to this question is yes. It is done all the time. Experienced mortgage loan originators will see if they get a refer eligible per automated findings to see if they can somehow reconfigure the mortgage loan application where they can get an approve eligible per automated findings. The loan officer needs to first carefully review the automated findings and see why they got a refer eligible and not an approve eligible. Many times, with mortgage loan applicants who just barely meet the federal minimum mortgage lending guidelines, the automated findings does not like gifted funds for down payment on home purchase. Just removing the gift funds and using the borrower’s own funds can convert the refer eligible to an approve eligible. Other factors where a refer eligible can be converted to an approve eligible is by adding assets to the borrower’s application. The automated system considers reserves as great compensating factors and on cases where the mortgage borrower barely meets the mandatory minimum lending guidelines, having more assets can change the refer eligible finding to an approve eligible findings.

What If Refer Eligible Findings Cannot Be Changed To Approve Eligible Findings

There are cases where there is no way of changing a refer eligible per Automated Underwriting System to an approve eligible per Automated Underwriting System. Perfect example is on a borrower who recently got a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged. Under FHA mortgage lending guidelines, there is no mandatory waiting period for a FHA mortgage loan borrower to qualify for a FHA Loan after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged date. Unfortunately, the Automated Underwriting System will not get an approve eligible per AUS on mortgage loan applications with a borrower who recently had a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy until 2 years has passed from the discharged date of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. These folks will get a Refer Eligible Per Automated Underwriting System and these files can be done by mortgage lenders like myself who handles manual underwriting .  Not all mortgage lenders handle manual underwriting and you need to make sure that a mortgage lender can handle manual underwriting if you just got a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged and want to qualify for a home loan. There are other cases where the automated system will not budget on the refer eligible findings and the only way to get a home loan approved is through manual underwriting if you get a refer eligible per automated underwriting system.

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