New Lender Mandates

Keeping up with the changing real estate and mortgage regualtions has become a full time job these days. It’s tough for anyone looking to buy or sell a home. So we wanted to share the latest update from RIS Media

Effective with applications on or after June 1, 2010, Fannie Mae has issued new lender mandates (FNMA LL-2010-03 Loan Quality Initiative) on a national basis that, if not understood properly, could have devastating consequences for many buyers and sellers. We want to be certain that everyone understands the implications of the new rules and ensure that all interested parties know what they need to know to minimize negative repercussions.

The intent of this initiative is to assure that all applicant information is disclosed and is honest and accurate as of the moment of closing. Lenders will now be required to
re-pull credit report information just prior to closing, re-verify employment, validate Social Security numbers, verify intent to occupy and verify that all parties to the transaction have been checked against the national “excluded party” list, which is managed by HUD and by the General Services Administration. Changes in any of these factors are likely to result in a re-underwrite, the need for additional documentation, or suspension of loan closing.

The most onerous of these is the credit re-pull. It is important that this is done as a “soft pull” so it does not show as an inquiry, which could potentially change the borrower’s credit score. Firms will, however, have to match the outstanding debts and inquiries with the report used to approve the loan. Additional credit or increased balances that change the debt-to-income ratio more than 2% (or less if it now exceeds guidelines) will require the loan to be suspended and re-submitted to underwriting.

Any additional delinquencies will result in a new, full credit re-pull and re-underwriting, utilizing the new credit. Any and all inquiries from other lenders or credit suppliers must be verified by the credit bureau and certified that new debt did not occur. If new credit has been extended, the new debt must be included in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio and the loan must be re-underwritten.

Other considerations are W-2 employees that may own more than 25% of a business, mandating business returns and cash flow analysis and full disclosure of child support and alimony. Changes could render the applicant unqualified or could delay the closing. As a result of TILA, GFE and risk-based pricing changes, additional debt could result in re-pricing the loan due to a change in credit score, which even if approvable, would delay the closing three business days as re-disclosure would be required.

Submitted by Minneapolis REALTOR, Mary Rugani

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