FHA tightening rules - Big deal or not?

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Minneapolis, MN: FHA has announced tightening of their guidelines that lenders must follow when approving loans. It estimates 4% to 5% of all FHA loans would be affected going forward versus current FHA guidelines. This works out to be between 40,000 to 50,000 loans this year.

Should we be worried? 

Not really. While the guideline change headlines posted around social media and on the news sounds all doom and gloom, the reality is the change targets just a small group of potential home buyers with both low credit scores and very high debt-to-income ratios.

FHA Guideline Update

Post Crash Changes

Immediately after the housing market crash, all lending rules were significantly tighened. As the markets returned to normal, underwriting guidelines also returned to a more traditional pre-2001 level.

In 2016, FHA guidelines were relaxed even more for clients with below 620 credit scores and debt ratio's over 43%. This has resulted in an explosion of FHA loans with back debt-to-income ratios exceeding 50% - YES, 50%!  That is crazy. This has also resulted in the average FHA loan credit score dropping to just 670, the lowest average score in the past 10-years.

Moving Forward with FHA Loans

As one can imagine, FHA is very concerned about the performance of these high risk loans, and is simply pulling back some guildelines to make sure these high risk loans receive a "more rigouous manual underwriting process" before being approved.

Will this result in a few people getting denied that may be approved today?  Absolutely.

But understand it is the right thing to do in both the interest of long-term FHA solvency, and not putting someone in a loan they really can't afford.


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

We need to quit trying to get everybody a loan. I see much less issues if we do

Mar 26, 2019 11:02 AM #1
Marc Afzal
Sell Quick California, LLC - Sacramento, CA
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Good post, its a good idea to keep lending tight enough so that we make good lending decisions. We cant have the market sprial and have unqualified and financially sound buyers not knowing what to do. 


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