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Volume 7 - Number 2

January 17, 2014

Manual Underwriting Changes Get Mixed Reviews

The FHA's recently updated manual underwriting standards provide some objective criteria for qualifying more borrowers but, at the same time, some of those standards could bar certain people from obtaining an FHA mortgage, according to compliance experts. A key change in the guidelines is the lowering of the credit score threshold from 620 to 580 to allow manually underwritten borrowers – those that have received a “refer” recommendation from FHA’s Total Mortgage Scorecard or those that were not scored because they did not have credit scores – to use compensating factors in order to ...

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With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

Do you think your shop will loosen standards over the coming three months?

Yes, but not by much.
Yes, by a lot.
Yes and, heck, we may even do non-QM lending.
No, not at all.
No and we may even tighten credit.

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