Credit Cards / New debt: Once you have applied for a mortgage, do not apply for new debt or credit cards, even if you do not plan to use them until after settlement. When you buy a home, you will undoubtedly buy items for that home; please wait until after you own the home!
Review your credit report: Be proactive in the process by thoroughly reviewing your credit report with me at the beginning of the process and report any inaccurate or missing information so that we can address it accordingly. What is missing on your report today could show up later and derail your closing.
Save everything: Save all of your bank statements, paystubs and credit card statements from time of application until closing. We may need them.
Do not pack your financial papers: Keep all tax returns, W-2’s, paystubs, 1099’s, K-1’s, bank statements etc… in an accessible place – not in POD somewhere in Timbuktu. You never know what you may have to provide at the last minute with the new guidelines. Be prepared!
Gift Funds and Large deposits: Based on the new rules, we will need a more detailed paper trail on gift funds and large deposits that are not consistent with your normal deposit pattern. If you are receiving a gift, we will need to verify that you have received it and that the donor has the ability to give those funds. Large deposits will have to be sourced; be prepared to show and explain where that money came from. If it was from a bonus, have the check ready. If you sold a car, have the bill of sale and a copy of the title transfer.
Changing Jobs: This one may seem obvious, but if you are planning to change jobs during the loan process, please inform me ASAP. If you are forced to change jobs, inform me immediately. You will sign a final application at settlement. When you sign it, you will be verifying the information that it contains. Do not commit mortgage fraud.
Do not move cash around: Lenders must verify all funds for closing and the source of those funds. When you move those assets around, it creates a paper trail nightmare. The best practice is to leave everything where it is. Once we have verified all accounts and given you the ”ok” , then you can commence shuffling funds.
Finally, when in doubt, contact me to ask. Do not take any chances with the approval of your loan. If additional verification is required, it will in most cases, delay your closing.
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The Kentukcy FHA loan application process includes many steps, including running a credit report and having the Kentucky FHA borrower fill out paperwork with personal information like open lines of credit and current income. Applying for a government home loan also requires giving the lender two types of personal history–a record of where the borrower has lived and where the borrower has worked.
KEntucky FHA requirements dictate furnishing at least a two-year work history, but that requirement shouldn’t be mistaken for an employment minimum. According to the FHA’s official site, “FHA does not impose a minimum length of time a borrower must have held a position of employment to be eligible for a mortgage.”
What does a buyer do if they can’t show at least a two-year work history? Some KEntukcy FHA home loan applicants who recently graduated from college or have separated from the military may wonder if they have reduced chances of getting an FHA loan approved because they can’t show a history of traditional employment.
In the case of military members, especially Guard and Reserve members who may have joined and been called to active duty right away because of wartime operations, the military service itself is viewed as employment.
There’s no liability or negative consequences as a result of military service, especially where a government home loan application is concerned. The FHA requests a copy of discharge paperwork or related documents to establish a military work history.
For students, part-time work and internships may be interpreted as employment under the right circumstances, but regardless all the FHA requires is supporting documentation of college attendance. College transcripts are usually sufficient. There is one caveat–according to the FHA official site, “…You must prove steady income for at least three years, and demonstrate that you’ve consistently paid your bills on time.”
Steady income for college students may be more difficult to demonstrate, but those on work-study programs, lengthy internships or other programs may find it easier to get Kentucky FHA approval for a home loan than those who studied full-time but did not work. In the end, it’s up to the lender and the FHA to determine what college experience is worth on the Kentucky FHA loan application.
How Long Do I Have To Be Employed to Qualify for an Kentucky FHA Loan?
Understanding Louisville Mortgage mortgage underwriting guidelines will help you understand your loan options when purchasing or refinacing a home. Now that you have found your dream house, you are going to need to apply for a Louisville Mortgage mortgage loan. Your realtor will either recommend a banking institution or you may already have one in mind. You will be dealing with a loan officer who will be compiling all the data on you to see if you qualify for a loan to pay for this house. All lending institutions have different Underwriting Guildelines set in place when reviewing a borrower’s financial history to determine the likelihood of receiving on-time payments. The primary items reviewed are:
Income is one of the most important variables a lender will examine because it is used to repay the loan. Income is reviewed for the type of work, length of employment, educational training required, and opportunity for advancement. An underwriter will look at the source of income and the likelihood of its continuance to arrive at a gross monthly figure.
Salary and Hourly Wages – Calculated on a gross monthly basis, prior to income tax deductions.
Part-time and Second Job Income – Not usually considered unless it is in place for 12 to 24 straight months. Lenders view part-time income as a strong compensating factor.
Commission, Bonus and Overtime Income – Can only be used if received for two previous years. Further, an employer must verify that it is likely to continue. A 24-month average figure is used.
Retirement and Social Security Income– Must continue for at least three years into the future to be considered. If it is tax free, it can be grossed up to an equivalent gross monthly figure. Multiply the net amount by 1.20%.
Alimony and Child Support Income – Must be received for the 12 previous months and continue for the next 36 months. Lenders will require a divorce decree and a court printout to verify on-time payments.
Notes Receivable, Interest, Dividend and Trust Income – Proof of receiving funds for 12 previous months is required. Documentation showing income due for 3 more years is also necessary.Rental Income – Cannot come from a Primary Residence roommate. The only acceptable source is from an investment property. A lender will use 75% of the monthly rent and subtract ownership expenses. The Schedule E of a tax return is used to verify the figures. If a home rented recently, a copy of a current month-to-month lease is acceptable.
Automobile Allowance and Expense Account Reimbursements – Verified with 2 years tax returns and reduced by actual expenses listed on the income tax return Schedule C.
Education Expense Reimbursements – Not considered income. Only viewed as slight compensating factor.
Self Employment Income – Lenders are very careful in reviewing self-employed borrowers. Two years minimum ownership is necessary because two years is considered a representative sample. Lenders use a 2-year average monthly income figure from the Adjusted Gross Income on the tax returns. A lender may also add back additional income for depreciation and one-time capital expenses. Self-employed borrowers often have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage due to large expense write offs. A good solution to this challenge used to be the No Income Verification Loan, but there are very few of these available any more given the tightened lending standards in the current economy. NIV loan programs can be studied in the Mortgage Program section of the library.
An applicant’s liabilities are reviewed for cash flow. Lenders need to make sure there is enough income for the proposed mortgage payment, after other revolving and installment debts are paid.
All loans, leases, and credit cards are factored into the debt calculation. Utilities, insurance, food, clothing, schooling, etc. are not.
If a loan has less than 10 months remaining, a lender will usually disregard it.
The minimum monthly payment listed on a credit card bill is the figure used, not the payment made.
An applicant who co-borrowed for a friend or relative is accountable for the payment. If the applicant can show 12 months of on-time cancelled checks from the co-borrowee, the debt will not count.
Loans can be paid off to qualify for a mortgage, but credit cards sometimes cannot (varies by lender). The reasoning is that if the credit card is paid off, the credit line still exists and the borrower can run up debt after the loan is closed.
A borrower with fewer liabilities is thought to demonstrate superior cash management skills.
Most lenders require a residential merged credit report (RMCR) from the 3 main credit bureaus: Trans Union, Equifax, and Experian. They will order one report which is a blending of all three credit bureaus and is easier to read than the individual reports. This “blended” credit report also searches public records for liens, judgments, bankruptcies and foreclosures. See our credit report index.
Credit report in hand, an underwriter studies the applicant’s credit to determine the likelihood of receiving an on-time mortgage payment. Many studies have shown that past performance is a reflection of future expectations. Hence, most lenders now use a national credit scoring system, typically the FICO score, to evaluate credit risk. If you’re worried about credit scoring see our articles on it.
The mortgage lending process, once very forgiving, has tightened lending standards considerably. A person with excellent credit, good stability, and sufficient documentable income to make the payments comfortably will usually qualify for an “A” paper loan. “A Paper”, or conforming loans, make up the majority of loans in the U.S. and are loans that must conform to the guidelines set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac in order to be saleable by the lender. Such loans must meet established and strict requirements regarding maximum loan amount, downpayment amount, borrower income and credit requirements and suitable properties. Loans that do not meet the credit and/or income requirements of conforming “A-paper” loans are known as non-conforming loans and are often referred to as “B”, “C” and “D” paper loans depending on the borrower’s credit history and financial capacity.
Here are some rules of thumb most lenders follow:
12 plus months positive credit will usually equal an A paperloan program, depending on the overall credit. FHA loans usually follow this guideline more often than conventional loans.
Unpaidcollections, judgments and charge offs must be paid prior to closing an A paper loan. The only exception is if the debt was due to the death of a primary wage earner, or the bill was a medical expense.
If a borrower has negotiated an acceptable payment plan, and has made on time payments for 6 to 12 months, a lender may not require a debt to be paid off prior to closing.
Credit items usually are reported for 7 years. Bankruptcies expire after 10 years.
Foreclosure – 5 years from the completion date. From the fifth to seventh year following the foreclosure completion date, the purchase of a principal residence is permitted with a minimum 10% down and 680 FICO score. The purchase of a second or investment property is not permitted for 7 years. Limited cash out refinances are permitted for all occupancy types.
Pre-foreclosure (Short Sale) – 2 years from the completion date (no exceptions or extenuating circumstances).
Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure – 4 year period from the date the deed-in-lieu is executed. From the fifth to the seventh year following the execution date the borrower may purchase a property secured by a principal residence, second home or investment property with the greater of 10 percent minimum down payment or the minimum down payment required for the transaction. Limited cash out and cash out refinance transactions secured by a principal residence, second home or investment property are permitted pursuant to the eligibility requirements in effect at that time.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – A borrower is eligible for an A paper loan program 4 years after discharge or dismissal, provided they have reestablished credit and have maintained perfect credit after the bankruptcy.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – 2 years from the discharge date or 4 years from the dismissal date.
Multiple Bankruptcies– 5 years from the most recent dismissal or discharge date for borrowers with more than one filing in the past 7 years.
The good credit of a co-borrowerdoes not offset the bad credit of a borrower.
Credit scores usually range from 400 to 800. Changes to lending standards are occurring on a daily basis as a result of tightening lending standards, and can vary from lender-to-lender– so this information should be considered simply a guideline. For conforming loans, most lenders will lend down to a FICO of 620, with additional rate hits for the lower-end credit scores and loan-to-values. When you are borrowing more than 80%, they typically will not lend if you have a FICO below 680. The FHA/VA program just changed their minimum required FICO to 620, unless you are qualifying a borrower with non-traditional credit. The few non-conforming loan programs that are still available typically require 30% down payment with a minimum FICO of 700 for self-employed and 650 for W-2 employees, and the loan-to-value will change with the loan amount.
A credit score below 600 may require an Alternative Credit mortgage program.
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If a borrower falls behind on a payment, the creditor should be contacted as quickly as possible. Most creditors will work with a borrower who makes an initial good faith effort to communicate with them.
Lenders evaluate savings for three reasons.
The more money a borrower has after closing, the greater the probability of on-time payments.
Most loan programs require a minimum borrower contribution.
Lenders want to know that people have invested their own into the house, making it less likely that they will walk away from their life’s savings. They analyze savings documents to insure the applicant did not borrow the funds or receive a gift.
Lenders look at the following types of accounts and assets for down payment funds:
Checking and Savings – 90 days seasoning in a bank account is required for these funds.Gifts and Grants – After a borrower’s minimum contribution, a gifts or grant is permitted.
Sale of Assets – Personal property can be sold for the required contribution. The property should be appraised and a bill of sale is required. Also, a copy of the received check and a deposit slip are needed.
Secured Loans – A loan secured by property is also an acceptable source of closing funds.
IRA, 401K, Keogh & SEP – Any amount that can be accessed is an acceptable source of funds.
Sweat Equity and Cash On Hand – Generally not acceptable. FHA programsallow it in special circumstances.
Sale Of Previous Home – Must close prior to new home for the funds to be used. A lender will ask for a listing contract, sales contract, or HUD 1 closing statement.
Debt vs Income Ratio
The percentage of one’s debt to income is one of the most important factors when underwriting a loan. Lenders have determined that a house payment should not exceed approximately 30% of Gross Monthly Income. Gross Monthly Income is income before taxes are taken out. Furthermore, a house payment plus minimum monthly revolving and installment debt should be less than 40% of Gross Monthly Income (this figure varies from 35%-41% contingent on the source of financing).
An applicant has $4,500 gross monthly income. The maximum mortgage payment is:
$4500 X .30 = $1350
Their total debts come to:
$75 Master Card
$625 per month.
Remember, their total debts (mortgage plus other debts) must be less than or equal to 40% of their gross monthly income.
$2,800 X .40 = $1800
$1800 is the maximum debt the borrower can have, debts and mortgage payments combined. Can the borrower keep all their debts and have the maximum mortgage payment allowed? NO!
In this case, the borrower, since they have high debts, must adjust the maximum mortgage payment downward, because:
$1975 – which is more than the $1800 (40% of gross debt) we calculated above.