Can You Use A HomeReady Mortgage to buy Your Next Texas Home

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Fannie Mae launched a new First Time Home Buyers program called HomeReady designed to encourage home ownership. For those clients looking for larger properties or that have higher credit scores, HomeReady is an excellent choice. As a home buyer, our team will provide you with all the tools and a customized analysis to ensure you are getting the best loan program at competitive rates to suit your needs. We are dedicated to you – the home buyer – and to the principle that all transactions should be on time and as agreed.™

There are many benefits for a borrower using HomeReady mortgages. Besides that it is accessible and the financing is practical here are a few more borrower benefits:

  • There is a low down payment. The down payment is only 3% for loans up to $417,000 in Plano Texas and all of Texas.
  • The down payment can come for the borrowers own funds or as a gift from a relative or fiancé.
  • HomeReady has an online home ownership education that really help buyers prepare and get ready for what is required as a homeowner. Completion of the home ownership course is mandatory.  You can start the Framework Home ownership course here.
  • HomeReady is a conventional home financing program with a monthly mortgage insurance that can be easily be cancelled as compared to FHA which currently has mortgage insurance for the life of the loan when making the minimum down payment.

HomeReady designed to encourage homeownershipThere are a lot of questions concerning HomeReady loans. While it is less difficult to get a HomeReady loan than a more traditional loan it is also important to understand all the requirements and responsibilities that come with buying a home. Here are some common concerns and questions for HomeReady Mortgages:

·       “How does a HomeReady mortgage make it easier to qualify?”

·       “Why Should I Own Rather Than Rent?”

·       “Home Much Can I Borrow”

·       “How Much Will I Save In Taxes?”

·       “Can I own any other homes with HomeReady?

·       “How Much Financial History and/or Documentation Do I Need?”

“How does HomeReady mortgage make it easier to qualify?”

The most notable difference is that HomeReady uses flexible rules to determine applicants’ debt-to income ration. The HomeReady program's requirements are more flexible in whose income may be included in your mortgage application.  For instance, you may be able to rely on income:   

    • from other adults living with you, like an adult child, who also contributes to the house. 
    • family and friends who might be helping you pay the mortgage, but don't live with you. 
    • rental income from leasing a basement apartment to help pay the mortgage. 


“Why Should I Own Rather Than Rent?”


Homeownership has many benefits.  Some of them include having a home where you can do whatever you want with it -- paint it, decorate it, you name it! Besides making it your home, there are other benefits related to your home purchase loan.  You may, for example, be able to claim income tax deductions for interest payments under your mortgage.   Plus, by making regular monthly payment under an amortizing loan, you will build up your own equity, and not your landlords.


“Home Much Can I Borrow”


Most loan programs require that your total debt be less than 45% of your gross monthly income. That percentage includes the new mortgage payments, any car loans, student loans, credit card, and any other debt you have occurred. It does not include expenses like cable bills, utilities, gym memberships and such. However, HomeReady does have flexible debt to income guidelines.  If you have a history of paying your bills on time, then you may qualify for higher debt to income ratios up to 50% of your income.


You also need to think personally how much debt you can live with. Take time to determine how much debt you prefer to manage and if it is an amount you can one day pay off.

“How Much Will I Save In Taxes?”


Talk with a professional CPA or tax preparer to understand your deductions, but you can usually deduct from your income the amount of property taxes and interest you have paid for the year.   This reduction in your federal   taxes can make buying more affordable than renting.


“Can I own more than one home with HomeReady?

No, because the occupant borrowers may not have an ownership interest in any other residential property at the time of loan closing.



The following list highlights some of the major policy changes that have been incorporated in the HomeReady mortgage:


  • Borrower eligibility – Income limit of 80% of area median income. Eligibility is also provided for properties located in low-income census tracts with no borrower income limits, and up to 100% of AMI for properties located in high minority census tracts or designated disaster areas.
  • Underwriting enhancements – Non-borrower household income from a family member is permitted as a compensating factor to support a higher debt-to-income (DTI) ratio in DU. The lender must obtain a written statement from the non-borrower that he or she intends to reside with the borrower in the subject property or can use the HomeReady Non-Borrower Household Income Worksheet and Certification (Form 1019) that has been developed to assist lenders in capturing the non-borrower household income requirements.
  • Non-occupant borrowers are permitted for qualifying purposes.
  • Boarder income guidelines have been updated to provide documentation flexibility.
  • Rental income from an accessory unit may be considered in qualifying the borrower.
  • Homeownership education – This is required for at least one borrower
  • Mortgage insurance – Standard mortgage insurance is required on loans with LTV ratios at or below 90%, and 25% coverage is required for loans with LTV ratios above 90% to 97%.
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Richard Woodward, NMLS 217454

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Office: (214) 945-1066

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7711 San Jacinto Place, Ste 100 Plano, Texas 75024


Licensed by the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending (SML) Mortgage Banker Registration. InterLinc is an Equal Housing Lender. This is not an offer of credit or commitment to lend. Loans are subject to buyer and property qualification. Rates and fees are subject to change without notice. Link to RMLO Complaint recording instructions.


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