New mortgage guidelines for borrowers continue to evolve

Since 2008, mortgage and financial institutions have seen many changes in the way it does business

Lenders as well as consumers must now consider structured guidelines and steps before receiving a mortgage that might cause consumers harm in the future

 To the best of the lenders ability, the goal is to make sure  consumers can qualify and have the ability to repay their mortgage


Changes in mortgage underwriting for mortgage clients continue to evolve

Home buyers are discovering that the world of lending has changed

Lenders are asking for concrete documentation for income, assets, explanations regarding credit, and other obligations such as student loans and prior collection accounts


These new underwriting guidelines and regulations regarding lending are taking place to make insure consumers are protected

In other words, it doesn’t do a homebuyer much good to get into a mortgage debt repayment, unless they have the ability to repay that debt

Yes, the old days of common sense underwriting and common sense lending have returned



gov/” title=”(CPFB) ” target=”_self”>(CPFB) is now the primary governmental regulatory agency overseeing protecting consumers in financial transactions

 The Bureau promulgates rules and guidelines for lenders to insure consumers are protected

New rules by the Bureau were just announced requiring lenders to insure that indeed consumers have the ability to repay their mortgages

Many lenders have already started implementing these new mortgage standards, which are at this time, set to take affect January 10, 2014

The final rule implements sections 1411 and 1412 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), which generally require creditors to make a reasonable, good faith determination of a consumer’s ability to repay any consumer credit transaction secured by a dwelling (excluding an open-end credit plan, timeshare plan, reverse mortgage, or temporary loan) and establishes certain protections from liability under this requirement for “qualified mortgages

The final rule also implements section 1414 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which limits prepayment penalties

Finally, the final rule requires creditors to retain evidence of compliance with the rule for three years after a covered loan is consummated

At a minimum, creditors generally must consider 8 of the following underwriting factors:
(1) current or reasonably expected income or assets;
(2) current employment status;
(3) the monthly payment on the covered transaction;
(4) the monthly payment on any simultaneous loan;
(5) the monthly payment for mortgage-related obligations;
(6) current debt obligations, alimony, and child support;
(7) the monthly debt-to-income ratio or residual income; and (8) credit history

Creditors must generally use reasonably reliable third party records to verify the information they use to evaluate the factors

The final rule also establishes general underwriting criteria for qualified mortgages

Most importantly, the general rule requires that monthly payments be calculated based on the highest payment that will apply in the first five years of the loan and that the consumer have a total (or “back-end”) debt-to-income ratio that is less than or equal to 43 percent

The Bureau believes that these criteria will protect consumers by ensuring that creditors use a set of underwriting requirements that generally safeguard affordability

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