Some clients get a bit frustrated that minimum monthly credit card payments are counted against them in their debt ratios. They feel if they pay off their credit card bills every month no payment should be counted against them. First, the underwriter can’t assume that the client pays them off every month. Second, if you are spending about $3,000 every month on your credit cards for example, assume you usually pay that amount off every month. And the minimum monthly payments are $150 a month, but you pay off the balance each time. It seems pretty fair if you are spending $3,000 a month to only count $150 a month against you in your debt ratios.
Blog Category: credit card debt
There is a new underwriting rule change that is going to be very painful for mortgage borrowers. It has to do with open 30 day charge accounts. This relates to paying off credit cards monthly. The rule says for open 30 day charge accounts that do not reflect a monthly payment on the credit report, or 30-day accounts that reflect a monthly payment that is identical to the account balance, lenders must verify borrower funds to pay off the account balance. The documented funds must be in addition to any funds required for closing costs and cash reserves. This is very important. It used to be