What’s a good debt-to-income ratio for a mortgage? What lenders want to see

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What's a good debt-to-income ratio for a mortgage? Most lenders want to see 43% or lower. About Mortgages Mortgage StrategyBut a higher DTI can be ok, too. Here's what you should know.

Debt-to-income ratio, taxes, and insurance: How your DTI is calculated

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DTI, your 'debt-to-income ratio,' includes taxes and insurance as part of your mortgage payment. Here's how to find your DTI with taxes and insurance. About Mortgages Buying a home

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Tired of renting? 6 signs you’re ready to buy your first home

Housing Wire

At least, more complicated than simply paying rent to a landlord every month. Not to mention, expensive. In fact, depending on where you live, your monthly rent could be more expensive than your monthly mortgage. Are you finally ready to put down some roots?

Should You Focus on Saving for a Down Payment or Lowering Your Debt-to-Income Ratio?

RIS Media

When you apply for a mortgage, the lender will look at your income and debt, as well as the amount of money you can put down. When to Prioritize Debt. A lender will limit the percentage of your total income that can go toward debt payments.

How much should my mortgage be compared to my income?

The Mortgage Report

How much should your mortgage be? It's all about how large of a monthly mortgage payment you can comfortably afford. Learn how to find the answer. How much should my mortgage be compared to my income? How much should my mortgage be

How much should my mortgage be compared to my income?

The Mortgage Report

How much should your mortgage be? It's all about how large of a monthly mortgage payment you can comfortably afford. Learn how to find the answer. How much should my mortgage be compared to my income? How much should my mortgage be

Mortgage industry provides commentary on CFPB’s proposed changes to QM loan definition

Housing Wire

Prior to the deadline for public commentary on Tuesday, housing industry trade groups, companies and organizations responded to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rulemaking for the general qualified mortgage definition and the expiration of the QM patch in January 2021.

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Understanding the seasonal patterns of mortgage rates

Housing Wire

Much like the changing of the calendar, buying and selling homes follows a seasonality that that those in mortgage and real estate have grown accustomed to. So, what do lenders have to do to be competitive? But at first, mortgage rates didn’t drop.

CFPB proposes a new category of qualified mortgages: Seasoned QM

Housing Wire

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing a new category of qualified mortgages called Seasoned QM, which would require loans to meet certain performance requirements over a 36-month seasoning period.

Black mortgage applicants far more likely to be rejected

Housing Wire

Black homebuyers’ mortgage applications are 2.5 times as likely to be rejected as the submissions of white home shoppers. That compares to 6% Hispanic applicants, 4 % white and 4% Asian applicants.

Ballard Spahr’s Andreano: CFPB is open to “other approaches” to QM

Housing Wire

and co-leader of the law firm’s mortgage practice group, to talk about regulatory proposals being considered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Q: What developments at the CFPB should the mortgage industry be watching?

Stepping up the fight against fraud in mortgage lending

Housing Wire

Wherever there is commerce, there will be fraud, and the mortgage industry is no exception. The transition to a largely remote workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic only gave criminals more of an incentive to attempt to deceive lenders or misrepresent qualifications.

Here’s the salary you need to buy a home in five of the largest U.S. cities

Housing Wire

One being, how much do you need to earn in a year to afford a mortgage in the U.S.? . Since home prices vary state-by-state, the salary you need to qualify for a mortgage in the U.S. and how much a potential homeowner would need to earn to live comfortably.

CFPB delays QM compliance date to October 2022

Housing Wire

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a notice of proposed rulemaking on Tuesday to delay the mandatory compliance date of the Qualified Mortgage final rule from July 1, 2021 to October 1, 2022. “At

Should I pay off student loans before buying my first home?

Housing Wire

Do I need to pay off my student loans before buying my first home? It’s a common question, but unfortunately, not an easy one to answer. Are you still scratching your head wondering what to do? Here’s what to expect in the mortgage application process.

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Is the FHFA about to delay the refi fee?

Housing Wire

According to reporting by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has been communicating with mortgage industry groups about delaying the implementation of a fee which would add a 0.5% The post Is the FHFA about to delay the refi fee?

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage

Keeping Current Matters

Once you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. Below is a list of things you shouldn’t do after applying for a mortgage. They’re all important to know – or simply just good reminders – for the process.

Think these credit problems are stopping you from buying a house? Think again

Housing Wire

Your credit plays a huge part in your ability to get a mortgage. Still, it’s not the end-all, be-all—and many borrowers believe they need picture-perfect credit to buy a home. Myth 2: You can’t buy a house if you have lots of student loan debt.

CMHC Finds Toronto and Vancouver Mortgage Debt Ratios Fall, But Not As It Seems

Better Dwelling

Canadian mortgage debt indicators are looking better, but the state-owned housing agency is putting a big asterisk beside them. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) data shows the mortgage debt to income ratio made a sharp drop in Q2 2020.

Why federal CRA requirement on IMBs is not necessary

Housing Wire

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently announced his support to extend the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to nonbanks. Therefore, the mortgage questions federal policymakers should be asking are: 1) Why do IMBs have a much better mortgage access to credit record than banks?

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4 Reasons You May Have Been Denied Refinance

RIS Media

If you are looking to lower the interest rates on your monthly mortgage payments, refinancing may be the answer. But, according to a recent study by Lending Tree, even though most mortgage refinances were approved at the start of 2021, many were denied.

CFPB delay of QM rule implementation is a terrible move

Housing Wire

As reported yesterday, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a notice of proposed rule-making that would “delay the mandatory compliance date of the general qualified mortgage rule 15 months to Oct. To contact the author of this story: Dave Stevens at dave@davidhstevens.com.

Buying a home? Boost your FICO score first

Housing Wire

If you’re thinking about buying a home, then boosting your FICO score should be at the top of your to-do list. Thanks to the pandemic, the three main credit bureaus — TransUnion, Equifax and Experian — are all offering free weekly credit reports until April 2021. Avoid new debt.

Attention all first-time homebuyers: Here are some steps to affording a home

Housing Wire

In this market where homes are selling like hot potatoes, it might seem like everyone can afford to buy a house, but that’s not true. It takes time, money, energy, planning, money and more money to become a first-time homebuyer. So, what are you supposed to do?

Mortgage rates fall again but credit availability gets tighter

Realty Biz

Mortgage rates are at an all-time low, but that’s just too bad for the thousands of potential home buyers who’re missing out on the action due to tighter lending standards. According to Bloomberg News , housing credit availability has reached its lowest level since February 2014.

MBA asks CFPB to extend GSE patch

Housing Wire

The Mortgage Bankers Association sent a letter on Monday to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking for a six-month extension to the so-called “GSE patch” that allows Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home loans to borrowers with high debt levels to be considered Qualified Mortgages.

MBA seeks clarity on GSE investment property policies

Housing Wire

The MBA said several of the revised PSPA amendments could cause “unnecessary disruptions in the housing finance system,” and asked for a meeting to cover these topics. Reports that the GSEs are requiring some lenders to adjust loan deliveries as early as April. Fed Policy Mortgage

The CFPB missed a chance to fix the QM rule

Housing Wire

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appears to have lost an opportunity to correct a nagging issue in its definition of a qualified mortgage. At the heart of the issue is a borrower’s ability to repay their mortgage.

Should You Submit an Application to a Different Lender if Your Mortgage Preapproval Was Denied?

RIS Media

Before you start looking for a new home, you should get preapproved for a mortgage. This will help you figure out how much you can afford to spend and show a seller that you’re a serious and qualified buyer. Common Reasons for Denial and How to Address Them.

HPC: Delaying final QM Rule “not in public interest”

Housing Wire

The Housing Policy Council sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday expressing its opposition to delaying the implementation of the Final QM Rule and expiration of the 2013 QM Rule, set to take effect on July 1, 2021.

Make Sure You’ll Have Mortgage Reserves Left After Closing

RIS Media

You may think that cleaning out your bank account to make a large down payment on a house would be a smart move, but that’s inaccurate. Mortgage reserves are expressed in terms of the number of months you can cover all those costs. . Why Might Mortgage Reserves Be Required?

Making Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a single utility

Housing Wire

The clock has effectively run out for FHFA Director Calabria to release Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from their 12-year captivity under conservatorship following the great financial crisis. The next stage in their evolution is within reach to ensure that legacy while protecting taxpayers.

How lenders can help borrowers improve their credit score

Housing Wire

It’s no secret credit scores can hinder a potential borrower’s ability to qualify for the best loan program, which can ultimately lead to poor borrower satisfaction. Consumers have access to credit scores, more than ever,” Hydrew said. To learn more, visit CreditXpert.com.

Why does credit matter so much in the home-buying process? Here’s the scoop

Housing Wire

A good credit score increases the likelihood of qualifying for a mortgage because it indicates to the lender that you’re more likely to make timely payments on your loan. There are methods to improve and maintain your credit as you move toward buying a home.

How Can an Existing Mortgage Affect Your Ability to Buy a Second Property?

RIS Media

If you already own a home and you’re thinking about buying another to use as a vacation house or as an investment property that you can rent out, you will have to clear higher hurdles than you did when you bought your first house. Here are some important things to know.

Self-Employed and Applying for a Mortgage? Here’s What’s Changed Since COVID-19

Realtor.com

valentinrussanov/Getty Images The gig economy has blown up in the past few years, with more and more people choosing to work as freelancers, either by starting their own businesses, or by picking up nonsalaried jobs from bigger companies. Getting a mortgage as a freelancer (pre-coronavirus).

Your Credit Score Can Affect Your Private Mortgage Insurance Premiums

RIS Media

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) will be required in most cases if you put down less than 20% of the purchase price when you buy a house. You will have to pay monthly premiums, but the insurance won’t protect you; it will protect your lender if you default on your mortgage payments.

Non-QM lenders are back. But will brokers pick up the phone?

Housing Wire

Mark Dodson was having a promising start to the year. His corner of the Atlanta mortgage market – high-value home loans that wouldn’t be bought by the GSEs – was booming. But by March there were whispers that the non-QM space was going to vanish soon.

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What Is an Alt-A Mortgage?

RIS Media

Lenders offer mortgages for borrowers with a wide range of financial circumstances. Between prime (highest-quality) and subprime (lowest-quality) home loans are a category called “Alt-A mortgages.” . Alt-A mortgages generally don’t meet those criteria.

Buying a Home With a Low Income

RIS Media

Saving enough for a down payment and closing costs may be challenging, but achieving those goals is possible with planning and foresight…even with a low income. If your credit score is too low to qualify for a mortgage with a competitive interest rate, work on boosting your score.