Wednesday, March 7, 2012

FHA Underwriting Just Got Tougher

Here is an important underwriting change for FHA loans.

At the moment, collection accounts do not have to be paid to qualify for an FHA loan.  However, for FHA loans with a case number assigned on or after April 1, 2012, the borrower must pay off collection accounts if the total amount of all collection accounts is $1,000 or greater.  The borrower can either pay them off prior to closing (not recommended because their credit scores will go way down), pay them off at the closing, or provide documentation that they have made payment arrangements with the creditor and they have already made three monthly payments.

Also, if the borrower has disputed accounts on their credit report, and if those disputed accounts total more than $1,000 and they are not at least 2 years old, they must be paid off or proof must be provided showing that payment arrangements have been made with the creditor and three monthly payments have been made.

How does this affect you?  Simply put, it will prevent a lot of people from getting FHA loans unless they can pay the disputed accounts or the collection accounts. 

What should you do about this?  First of all, NEVER use a credit repair company.  Credit repair companies will dispute every account on your credit report, and that means you will have to pay them all off.

The best thing to do is to use a lender who is as knowledgeable as we are.  We can advise you correctly.  

Getting a loan approved is easy - if you know what to do.  The Mortgage Experts know what to do!!!

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