Monday, July 16, 2012

New Fannie Mae Underwriting Guidelines


Fannie Mae just announced some changes to their underwriting guidelines.  Here are a few of the most note-worthy:
  • The maximum loan-to-value (LTV) and combined loan-to-value (CLTV) ratios for adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) is being lowered from 97% to 90% for 1-unit, primary residences for purchase and no cash-out refinances.  This means you will need 10% down if you're buying a house and financing it with an ARM.  The ratios are being lowered even more for other types of transactions.
  • They are eliminating exterior-only appraisals and property inspections.  This means only full, interior appraisals will be allowed.  No more "drive-by" appraisals.
  • They are raising the minimum credit score for ARM loans from 620 to 640.
These changes will take effect in October 2012, but lenders are free to implement the changes earlier than that if they want to.

So things just got a little bit stricter.  The message?  The government, which now runs Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, and VA - the four places where just about all mortgages end up - is not fooling around with foreclosures.  They want to stop them. 


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