Some clients get a bit frustrated that minimum monthly credit card payments are counted against them in their debt ratios, even if they pay off their credit card bills every month. 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, and usually pay that amount off every month, and the minimum monthly payments are $150 a month, it seems pretty fair if you are spending $3,000 a month to only count $150 a month against you in your debt ratios.
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. 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 Read the rest of this entry »