Important FHA Guideline Changes

LoanToolBox.com summarizes this so well that I felt that it was best to just copy and paste it:

FHA recently announced several changes that will impact underwriting in several areas. These changes are effective April 1, 2012.

For self-employed borrowers: P&L statements are now required if the last business tax return is more than 3 months old; statements must be audited if P&L income is greater than the two year average.

For loans with disputed accounts that receive an “Accept” by TOTAL: These are not required to be referred to a DE underwriter for review as long as the total amount of combined balances (1) does not exceed $1,000 and (2) the dates of last activity are older than 2 years. If singular or combined balances total more than $1,000 they must be paid in full at or prior to closing, or provide proof of payment arrangements with 3 months of payments verified.

For collection accounts: If the total balances of all collection accounts are less than $1,000, the borrower is not required to pay them off as a condition of approval. If singular or combined balances total more than $1,000 they must be paid in full at or prior to closing, or provide proof of payment arrangements with 3 months of payments verified. Judgments must be paid unless payment arrangements have been made and 3 months of payments are verified.

For definitions: The following are now included in the definition of family member for the purposes of Identity of Interest transactions: Brother, Stepbrother, Sister, Stepsister, Uncle, and Aunt.

If you have any questions about these updates, and what they might mean, give me a call or send me an email and I’ll be happy to discuss this or any other pertinent matters with you.