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Heads up!! There is A LOT changing rapidly in the mortgage industry day by day. Here’s where we are today…
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MORTGAGE LENDING UPDATE 3/24/2020

I wanted to share some industry updates and initiatives. I’m copying and pasting some of this from colleagues in the industry.

• MORTGAGE RATES: The big news…the Fed announced this that they will purchase as much US debt as necessary to stabilize the economy. This will include buying lots of mortgage debt, which should help keep mortgage rates low for some time. – If you don’t have money saved in checking and savings right now, consider a cash out refi asap as a way to get some security funds while rates are low.

• PAYMENT DEFERMENT: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plans to initiate a mortgage forbearance program allowing some borrowers relief of up to 12 months of mortgage payments. The plan will reduce, or delay payments, and will depend on the borrower’s loss of income during the COVID 19 outbreak. Important to note that this does not eliminate the debt payments. It only defers them. Borrowers should continue to make their usual payments until granted the relief. This plan will not affect the borrower’s credit. Do not stop making payments!! For more information, contact your current servicer.

• APPRAISALS: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are changing the requirements for physical inspections for some appraisals. If an appraiser cannot go inside the home, for any reason, they will allow desktop and exterior-only appraisals on primary residence purchases with 3% down, and second homes/investment purchases with 15% down or more.

• VERIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came out with guidelines today that allow for more flexibility and alternatives in verifying employment for customers whose workplaces are temporarily closed. They also allowed for some flexibility for those on leave but did caution lenders to use their best judgement when making loan decisions to ensure the borrower clearly has the ability to repay the loan.

• CONGRESS STIMULUS AND RELIEF BILL: Congress is currently in a stalemate over the administration’s proposed stimulus plan. Although it’s expected they will find common ground very soon, this debate will continue to affect markets.

• NON QM AND JUMBO LOANS: Due to extreme market volatility, most Non QM and, even some jumbo lenders, have suspended all loan applications, locks, closings and funding’s at this time. Non QM loans are non-traditional loans like bank statement loans, no doc investment loans and some other asset based loans. These loans are not backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, nor the government, so loan investors have pulled the plug, or substantially raised the rates, out of economic uncertainty.

****IMPORTANT: During the mortgage meltdown of 2008, loan guidelines changed nearly every day, for months, as loan investors tried to get their arms around the crisis. We are in a similar place. What’s true today could be untrue tomorrow. I’ll do my best to update you with the most current info as I get it and confirm it****

Also, please stay safe, stay home, get good rest, take your vitamins and Pray.

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