As of March 1st, Fannie Mae is changing the maximum number of mortgaged properties allowed per borrower from four properties (reduced in 2008) back UP to ten properties Obviously this will help restore the ability of investors to get conventional mortgages in this market.
Many local investors in NW Washington who have been salivating over the selection of great home buys today will be much relieved by this news. Perhaps our local stimulus effort is to be the bearers of good news! With the Stimulus Bill getting a boost today, mortgage rates actually jumped up .25%. We expect things to settle again next week. Now is not the time to dither.
Multiple Mortgages to the Same Borrower and Reserve Requirements Changes
Fannie Mae has issued the following Announcement:
Announcement 09-02, Updates to Multiple Mortgages to the Same Borrower Policy, Reserve Requirements, Reserves Definition, and Form 3170
Multiple Mortgages to the Same Borrower To support prudent lending for housing investment, Fannie Mae is changing our current limit of four financed properties per borrower. We will allow five to ten financed properties per borrower, with certain eligibility and underwriting requirements, including a 720 minimum credit score and 70-75% maximum LTV/CLTV/HCLTV (depending on the transaction and property type). The requirements apply to any loan being delivered to Fannie Mae, regardless of whether Fannie Mae is the investor on the borrower's other mortgages.
Second home and investment property loans to borrowers with five to ten financed properties will be accepted for whole loan purchase or delivery into MBS with purchase dates on or after March 1, 2009, and new Special Feature Code 150 will be required at delivery.
Reserves Definition and Policy Requirements We also are updating our definition of liquid financial reserves to include all components of the monthly housing expense - which will now be known as PITIA - including homeowners' association dues, special assessments, ground rents, and subordinate financing payments.
Assignment of Rents Investment property borrowers are required to execute a Multistate 1-4 Family Rider (Assignment of Rents) (Form 3170, or 3170.53 for Puerto Rico) to authorize transfer of rental revenues to the lender. We are reiterating this existing requirement, and have updated the Summary documents for the Riders to delete the requirement for rent loss insurance.
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