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FHA has issued 3 mortgagee letter out this week, with big changes coming on October 15th! FHA will now allow serious job loss or income reduction (20% reduction in income)to be counted as an extenuating circumstance. Buyer might be eligible to purchase a new home after a 12 month waiting period with excellent re-established credit and documentation of income loss and credit counseling. Stay tuned! More info to come but this will certainly help get more buyers into the market in our area.
According to a letter sent to mortgage lenders, the FHA said it would offer mortgage insurance to borrowers who, during the recession, filed for bankruptcy or lost their homes through a foreclosure or short-sale proceeding.
The insurance is now available to those who can prove they are no longer financially compromised — and met all other FHA requirements.
"FHA recognizes the hardships faced by these borrowers, and realizes that their credit histories may not fully reflect their true ability or propensity to repay a mortgage," the letter says.
Besides the burden of proof on the borrower to demonstrate a recovery from the "economic event," the potential homeowner must also complete housing counseling. This event would need to result in a minimum loss of 20% of the household income.