New FHA Rule

Have you heard about the new rule for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration?

Starting on April 1st, 2012 the FHA will no longer be insuring mortgage commitments to borrowers that have more than $1,000 in ongoing credit disputes in the file. What this means is that you will have to either pay off the amount or enter into a payment plan for the balance in order to qualify. Just saying you have set up a payment plan isn’t enough though. The plan has to be documented with and submitted to the FHA and you have to have made at least 3 payments.

There are some exceptions though. Of course if it’s listed as fraud/identity theft then that will not count against you. Also, any disputes that are older than 2 years will not be held against you either.

The FHA has said that part of the reason is because their reserve, which is mandated by congress has fallen bellow the limit (which is why they will also be increasing the insurance premiums on the 1st as well).

So what are you thoughts? Oh….and as always….

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