For some interesting reading on “Record Low Mortgage Rates” go here.
Another interesting article about the New Mortgage Reform Bill.
Then there is the HOT STUFF report from T.R. Pierce at the Bank of Jackson Hole. T.R. produces this report when there is interesting and informative information about the “World of Lending”.
The more you know…
It would be an understatement to say that the mortgage industry is changing everyday… and so we wanted to share a couple of the more recent changes we are seeing from a couple of our secondary market investors.
RESERVE REQUIREMENTS – Some mortgage loan programs require that the borrower have sufficient liquid asset reserves to cover two (2) months principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) payments at time of closing. This has always been a requirement on owner occupied conforming high balance (over $417,000 up to $625,500) loans. Now we are seeing that borrowers of second homes will be required to have two (2) months PITI reserves on all conforming loans (regardless of loan amount) and for investment homes the PITI reserve requirement is six (6) months.
Plus, the borrower will have to have two (2) months reserves for each additional financed second or investment property! The thought behind these changes appears to be an effort to insure that borrowers have sufficient reserves for their new mortgage payments.
INTERST ONLY LOANS – This week we received our first announcement of the elimination of interest only loans with one of our secondary market investors. Now, this is just one of many investors we have, but often times we see one investor make an underwriting change and then the rest of the mortgage industry follows. This change appears be an effort to give borrowers the opportunity to reduce their principal with principal and interest payments… especially in markets with declining real estate values.
It is important to note that these changes are just with a couple of our secondary market investors and we still have investors with no reserve requirements and we still have investors who offer interest only loans. Just want to keep you informed of the changes we are seeing that might have an impact on your borrower’s qualifications.
Great stuff T.R.!!! Check back later this week for our weekly Mortgage Rates Update.
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