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In March of 2012, there were reports of pending alterations to FHA rules on collections and judgment actions that could affect an FHA loan application. A borrower who had outstanding collection actions against them would be affected by the changes in FHA requirements.
According to FHA Mortgagee Letter 12-03, new changes to the rules for collections and judgments were due to change as follows:
â€œIf the total outstanding balance of all collection accounts is equal to or greater than $1,000 the borrower must resolve the accounts (e.g. entered into payment arrangements with minimum three months verified payments- paid as agreed) or paid in full at the time of, or prior to closing.â€
Those changes as described above have been cancelled pending further review by the FHA and HUD.
FHA later issued a new Mortgagee Letter stating that the new requirement, due to take effect on July 1, 2012, has been rescinded and will not take effect pending clarification and additional guidance.
FHA Mortgagee Letter 12-10 explains the cancellation of the new rules. â€œIn order to provide clarification of policies concerning Disputed Accounts and Collection Accounts through future guidance, FHA is rescinding the new guidance on the following topics in Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2012-3, which was to become effective July 1, 2012â€“â€Handling of Disputed Accounts, Public Records FHA Total User Guide Chapter 2, and Handbook 4155.1 4.C.2.e, Paying off Collections and Judgments.â€
This can be a confusing issue for some borrowers. At the time of this writing, FHA rules currently in effect state:
â€œIf the credit report reveals that the borrower is disputing any credit accounts or public records, the mortgage application must be referred to a Direct Endorsement underwriter for review.â€
Also, â€œFHA does not require that collection accounts be paid off as a condition of mortgage approval. However, court-ordered judgments must be paid off before the mortgage loan is eligible for FHA insurance endorsement.â€
That is the rule in effect at the time of this writing.
It should be noted that the FHA has not stated that these changes are permanentâ€“future guidance and clarification on these rules is under development. For more information, see FHA Mortgagee Letter 12-10 at the FHA official site.
We see many credit reports with low credit scores (anything less than 620), and often many scores in the 500's. This is BAD credit. If you are one of the folks affected by this terrible economy, you have a low credit score and you have a dream of buying a home, here's some simple advice for you.
It is unlikely you could be approved for mortgage financing with that credit score at this time.
Beware of any mortgage professionals promising you an approval with such a low score. Wait on buying a home. I recommend you take the time to resolve your credit issues.
First, settle any outstanding debt. If you owe money on collection accounts, charge-offs and/or judgments, make payment arrangements and get these accounts paid promptly.
Next, begin rebuilding your credit. If you have current accounts with good payment histories, or even some previous late-payment-blemishes, make sure you continue to pay those accounts on time. If you do not have any existing credit accounts then you'll need to establish several in order to create a viable credit history.
I have found that CONSUMER ACTION is an excellent resource for objective advice on all things credit related. You'll find free and sincere advice on everything from settling collection accounts to rebuilding credit to building credit from scratch on their website.
Beware of anyone offering to "repair" your credit! The Federal Trade Commission issued a stern warning last year that such offers are scams. Find more from the FTC HERE.
The best way to buy a home is to have a decent credit history combined with sufficient Income and Assets for a home purchase.
The best way to have a decent credit history is to settle negative outstanding obligations and pay all your bills on time for at least two years.
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Your credit needs some work.. If you are serious about owning a home, give me a call.. We will review your credit and see what you can do to help bump your scores in conjunction with getting the negative items deleted.
Best of Luck;
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Chris Burns at First Mortgage offers loans to fit your needs , she is at 951.656.9335
The FHA guidelines for obtaining a loan after foreclosure is 3 years from recording date of sale, please have that date handy.