Sunday, April 27, 2008

Mortgage rules and regs tightening.

Due to the lastest housing crisis...yes, I would call it a crisis; the guidelines for underwriting mortgages have tightened and it has become more difficult and the days of stated products are all but extinct.
Reinusa si a real estate investor's website loaded with information for investors or people thinking of owning investment property. You can sign up for the Rein Report and receive emails with the latestest information and changes in today's market. Below is part of a rein report regarding investment properties and different loan options and requirements:

Below are some of the most recent guideline changes concerning investment property financing.

Be sure to look toward the bottom for the latest on cedit scores, rental income, and stated income products!!!

Current LTV limits for investment properties

· Full doc purchase or rate and term refinance

Up to 90% LTV on 1 to 2 unit properties

Up to 75% LTV on 3 to 4 unit properties

· Full doc cash out refinance

Up to 90% LTV on 1 to 2 unit properties

Up to 75% LTV on 3 to 4 unit properties

· Stated income purchase or rate and term refinance

Up to 90% LTV on 1 to 2 unit properties

Up to 75% LTV on 3 to 4 unit properties

Stated income cash out refinance

Up to 75% LTV on 1 to 4 unit properties

Non seasoned refinances (Immediately after purchase)

These loans are still available for either full doc or stated income borrowers and used primarily by investors purchasing rehab properties. Refinance an existing rehab loan or cash purchase project. Some restrictions apply so we recommend speaking to an experienced mortgage professional prior to executing a purchase agreement.

LTV limits vary from lender to lender. The above is a sampling from various lenders and is subject to change without prior notice. Additional qualifying requirements may apply.

Credit score requirements

While credit score requirements vary by lender and property type, most programs require a minimum score of 660 for full doc and 700 for stated income.

Stated income update

Stated income loans for real estate investors are quickly becoming a thing of the past. These programs are only available through a few select lenders and qualifying is very stringent. We highly recommend getting any stated income loans submitted and locked as soon as possible.

Proof of rental income for full doc borrowers

Until recently full doc guidelines only required signed rental agreements in order to use rental income for qualifying purposes. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines now require tax returns to verify rents recieved unless a property was aquired within the past year, and then it is required to provide a signed lease and the HUD from the purchase. If rents are not reported on the borrower's personal tax returns, the rental income can not be included. It is very important to work with a professional CPA to make sure rental income is documented appropriately.

Growing issues regarding title and mortgages held in an LLC

Though many investors feel that holding title or a mortgage in an LLC (or other company name) may benefit them, it can actually hinder their investing goals and their ability to obtain a conventional mortgage. Since guidelines have become more stringent lenders have ceased to allow conventional mortgages to be held in company names. While there are still a few lenders that do not require title seasoning, some now require title be seasoned in a personal name for at least 90 days prior to submitting a refinance. Please contact us for more information on these programs before purchasing or transferring title into an LLC or company name.

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