October 17, 2017

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FHA loans, debt ratios, and rental income.

FHA Loans, Income Verification, And Rental Income (Part Two)

In our last blog post, we discussed some basic FHA loan rules about using rental income to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan. Some borrowers are interested in purchasing a multi-unit property that they intend to live in as their primary residence, with the goal of renting out unused living units. FHA loan rules permit this only when the borrower lives in the property; you cannot plan to be an absentee landlord and expect FHA loan approval. In our last blog post, we wrote: “It is reasonable to expect that such a borrower would want to know if she could use projected rental income from that arrangement as ‘verifiable income’ for the purposes of loan approval. Can the borrower reasonably expect a lender to approve of income from this rental | more...

 
FHA Loans, Income Verification, And Rental Income From Other Properties

FHA Loans, Income Verification, And Rental Income From Other Properties (Part One)

In a previous blog post, we discussed the issue of a borrower using projected rental income from the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage. Some borrowers are interested in purchasing property that they intend to live in as their primary residence, while planning on renting out unused living units in a multi-unit property. It is reasonable to expect that such a borrower would want to know if she could use projected rental income from that arrangement as “verifiable income” for the purposes of loan approval. Can the borrower reasonably expect a lender to approve of income from this rental situation when calculating the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio? This is possible in situations that meet FHA loan approval; some scrutiny will be given to a borrower’s rental income history or | more...

 
Which of my debts are evaluated for an FHA home loan?

Which Debts Are Evaluated For My FHA Home Loan?

Which of my debts are evaluated for an FHA home loan? Borrowers sometimes get nervous about this issue, especially if they are concerned about carrying too much debt to qualify for a home loan. FHA loan rules governing how a borrower’s debt load must be reviewed by the lender are found in HUD 4000.1. One section titled “General Liabilities and Debts” states: “The Mortgagee must determine the Borrower’s monthly liabilities by reviewing all debts listed on the credit report, Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), and required documentation.” The basic answer to the question may depend on whether the lender is manually underwriting the mortgage loan or using the TOTAL system to evaluate the application. TOTAL is an “automatic” underwriting tool, and when using this tool, the lender is instructed as | more...

 
Do Section 8 Housing Vouchers Count For FHA Loans?

Do Section 8 Housing Vouchers Count For FHA Loans?

There are many different types of income that can be used to qualify for an FHA home loan. While there is no minimum or maximum income requirement to qualify for an FHA mortgage, the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio, stability and duration of income, and other factors will be scrutinized as part of the loan application process. Some income is simple to verify. Other types of income have have additional requirements. That is true of certain public assistance including Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers and income received from government-run public assistance programs. In these cases the duration of the payments will be an important factor. Using Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers As Income The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, states on page 210 that a lender is responsible for verifying the nature | more...

 
What Is Undisclosed Debt?

FHA Mortgage Questions: What Is Undisclosed Debt?

What is undisclosed debt and how can it affect your FHA home loan application? Undisclosed debt is basically credit information that is either not listed by the borrower on the credit application, or debt that does not show up yet on a credit report. There are several reasons why a lender would be concerned by undisclosed debt and FHA loan rules anticipate situations where such problems occur. Undisclosed Non-Mortgage Debt FHA loan rules for this type of debt which is not volunteered by the borrower on a mortgage application (or does not show up on the borrower’s credit report) are found on page 187 of the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1. There we find these instructions to the lender: “When a debt or obligation (other than a Mortgage) not listed | more...

 
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FHA Loan Income Requirements

How much or how little can you earn and still qualify for an FHA loan? Do you know what the FHA loan income requirements are for the type of mortgage loan you seek? The truth is, the FHA home loan program does not specify a minimum (or maximum) dollar amount necessary to qualify for an FHA home loan or FHA refinance loan. Instead, the lender is required to make sure you qualify with FICO scores, credit history, and an acceptable debt-to-income ratio. FHA Debt To Income Ratio There are two ways your participating FHA lender will review your income compared to your financial obligations in order to qualify you for an FHA mortgage. The first is to review the amount of verifiable income you bring in and compare it to | more...

 
Who can apply for an FHA mortgage?

Part Time Income: FHA Loan Rules

What are the rules for using part time income to qualify for FHA loans? A reader asked us a question on that topic in our comments section this week: “I have a client that worked full time for a company for eight years. In the last eight months he went to half time. Why cant we use this income since hes been at the same employer for more than 2 years?” Instructions to the lender on this issue are found in HUD 4000.1. There, we learn that for all income sources, the lender is required to do some calculations. “For employees who are paid hourly, and whose hours do not vary, the Mortgagee must consider the Borrowers current hourly rate to calculate Effective Income. For employees who are paid hourly | more...

 

FHA Loan Questions: Verifying Alimony and Child Support

FHA loan questions often come in our comments section after we’ve posted on a certain topic. Recently we wrote about how a lender is supposed to verify child support and alimony payments to a borrower who wants to use them as income: “I applied for a loan and my loan officer said I need proof of continuing payment for the next 3 yrs because my oldest son is 16 but will not graduate high school until after he turns 19. Would my court ordered support papers, my sons school records showing graduation year, and a copy of the law stating that he has to pay until he graduates be good enough proof?” FHA loan questions like these are proof that there’s still much work to do on explaining how FHA | more...

 

FHA Loans and Alimony/Child Support

A reader asked a question in our comments section about FHA loan rules for alimony and child support payments: “What is a voluntary payment agreement? I am divorced its a closed case and I actually pay a little more than what we agreed to in the official settlement agreement. Shes now trying to buy a house and will be dealing with the whole proving amount of alimony/child support and its very difficult to amend a closed case.” “If we have an agreement between ourselves for (x) dollars/month for (x) amount of time and have this notarized, would this constitute a voluntary payment agreement?” The reader is referencing an earlier blog post from 2013, which includes the following about how the lender may consider alimony and child support as part of | more...

 
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FICO Scores And FHA Loan Approval

How do FICO scores affect your FHA home loan application? A reader got in touch this week to ask a question in this area: “Hello, my credit score is between high 500s, low 600s. I make $8,000 a month. My mother in law said she would co-sign for my wife and I, her score is near perfect. Is this situation possible to get a loan for a home? She manages an apartment complex and pays no rent. Thanks for your time.” FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state that a borrower is technically qualified for maximum financing (with a required minimum 3.5% down payment) with FICO scores at 580 or higher. Borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 are technically eligible for FHA loans with a 10% minimum required | more...