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About the Author:  Chuck Walden (NMLS #148160) is a loan officer with Prospect Mortgage.  Email Chuck at chuck.walden@prospectmtg.com or call 678-725-8076. Website is www.ChuckWalden.com

As a loan officer, I have to look at every loan as if I’m the underwriter.  If I put myself in her/his shoes, what will I see?  What are potential issues and red flags?  A question asked of me constantly is, what does an underwriter look at when evaluating my loan?  Listed below is my opinion on what can make a strong loan.

First, your credit will be evaluated.  Your credit score is a number which will tell the underwriter if you have been paying bills on time and if you have had any issues related to collection accounts, judgments, liens, bankruptcy, or a foreclosure.  if you have credit cards, are they maxed out?  Your credit score is also a great representation of the likelihood of you making your future house payment.  The higher the score, the more likely you are to make your payment and make it on time.

Second, your debt to income ratio will be evaluated.  Debt to income is basically money coming in verses money going out.  If you make $2500 per month and your bills are $1250 per month, the debt to income ratio is 50%.  The debt to income ratio is also broken down into two numbers.  The first number is your housing ratio. This number is your total house payment (principal,interest, taxes, insurance, and mortgage insurance if applicable) divided by your monthly income.  The strongest number would be anything at 28% or less.  If your number is over 28%, that’s ok.  Loans are approved all the time with a number higher than 28%.  The second number analyzes your total debt.  This would be your future house payment plus all of your other monthly debt divided by your monthly income.  A solid number is 42%.Once again, loans are approved at a higher number up to and including 50%.  The higher the number, the weaker the loan.

Third, the property you are buying will be evaluated.  Lenders do not want to lend money on a home that has issues or that does not appraise for the amount you are purchasing the home for.  The underwriter will look at the appraisal to determine if there are any safety and health issues, comparable sales in the area, square footage, etc. If you are using FHA financing, appraisals are very strict and if anything is noted on the appraisal that could be a concern, then it will be imperative that the issue is resolved before an approval will be granted.  The appraisal is one aspect of the loan that cannot be predicted.

Fourth, your assets will be evaluated.  The underwriter will look at how much money you are putting down on the home and how much you will have after you close.  If you are using every dollar you have to purchase the home, that will be an issue.  Don’t forget, you have to turn on utilities, buy furniture, etc.  All of which will cost money.  The more money you put down the stronger you look to the underwriter.  The more money you have in the bank after you close, the stronger your file will look.  If your bank statements have large deposits or multiple deposits that are not payroll related, you will have to prove where that money came from.

All four of the above items are important and will be looked at as a total picture.  When discussing buying a new home with your loan officer, do not hold anything back.  Layout your problems, concerns, and dreams.  It’s best for everyone involved in the transaction to be upfront and honest right from the beginning.  This will make your home buying experience much less stressful.  Also, when you first start thinking about purchasing a home, call me. Don’t wait until you have already found your dream home.  It’s much better to know how much you can afford and if there are any issues before you even start looking for your home.

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