FHA Product Profile

FHA Product Profile

Overlays to FHA Guidelines are Underlined

No Cash-Out Refinance
Cash-Out Refinance
Max LTV – 96.5%
Max LTV/CLTV – 97.75%
Max LTV/CLTV – 85%
Min FICO – 620
Min FICO – 620
Min FICO – 620
Mortgage Insurance Premium
Purchase, No Cash-Out, Cash-Out Refinance
>15 Year Term < 15 Year Term
Applies to Case Numbers assigned on or after January 27, 2015, for base loan amounts equal to or less than $625,000
Annual MIP
Annual MIP
Applies to Case Numbers assigned on or after January 27, 2015, for base loan amounts greater than $625,000
Annual MIP
Annual MIP
Minimum FICO
Owner Occupied
Second Home
  • For loans subject to the ATR/QM rule, V.I.P. will only close loans that comply with the ATR/QM requirements
  • Brokers are responsible for providing evidence of compliance with the ATR/QM Rules
  • Clear itemization of fees and application of all credits that indicate paid by/to will be required on all loans
  • Credit documents must be no more than 90 days old on the disbursement date, including credit reports and employment, income and asset documents.
  • Preliminary Title Policies must be no more than 180 days old on the date the Note is signed.
  • A full appraisal (e.g. form 1004 or equivalent, accompanied by form 1004MC) is required for all submissions
  • Appraisers may perform an update of a previously completed appraisal using the Fannie Mae Form 1004D/Freddie Mac Form 442/March 2005 when requested by the Mortgagee.
  • Unpermitted Property Additions:  V.I.P. Mortgage will close loans secured by properties with “unpermitted” structural additions under the following conditions:
    • The subject addition complies with all investor guidelines;
    • The quality of the work is described in the appraisal and deemed acceptable (“workmanlike quality”) by the appraiser;
    • The addition does not result in a change in the number of units comprising the subject property (e.g. a 1 unit converted into a 2 unit).
    • If the appraiser gives the unpermitted addition value, the appraiser must be able to demonstrate market acceptance by the use of comparable sales with similar additions and state the following in the appraisal:
      • Non-Permitted additions are typical for the market area and a typical buyer would consider the “unpermitted” additional square footage to be part of the overall square footage of the property.
      • The appraiser has no reason to believe the addition would not pass inspection for a permit.
  • All loans must be submitted and approved through FHA TOTAL Scorecard
  • No Manual UW
  • U.S. citizens
  • Permanent resident aliens, with proof of lawful permanent residence
  • Nonpermanent resident alien immigrants
  • All borrowers must have a valid social security number
  • A Borrower on the subject mortgage may be removed from title and new mortgage in cases of divorce, legal separation or death when: the divorce decree or legal separation agreement awarded the Property and responsibility for payment to the remaining Borrower, if applicable; and the remaining Borrower can demonstrate that they have made the mortgage Payments for a minimum of six months prior to case number assignment. In cases of divorce, the payment must be from the remaining borrower’s sole account.
  • Borrower(s) can be added as long as the existing borrowers remain on the note and deed. Credit qualifying is not required to add a borrower.
  • Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program income (commonly known as Section 8 for homeowners) paid via Housing Assistance Payments (HAPs) are an acceptable source of income. However,due to operational constraints, transactions involving HAPs paid directly to the Servicer are ineligible to be brokered to V.I.P. Transactions with HAPs paid directly to the borrower continue to remain ineligible. Transactions with HAPs paid directly to the borrower continue to remain eligible.
  • Must be located in an FHA approved Condominium Project
  • HUD REOs do not require FHA Condominium Project approval.
  • Condominiums involved in minor litigation subject to DE approval and in accordance with FHA requirements.
  • Minimum FICO score of 620
  • Each borrower must have at least one valid credit score to be eligible.
  • 2 years elapsed since completion or discharge of Ch 7 or Ch 13 Bankruptcy, to case number assignment date.
  • 3 years elapsed since completion of Foreclosure, Deed in Lieu or Short Sale, to case number assignment date.
  • Purchase or Rate/Term refinances require manual downgrade if payment history for any mortgage, including HELOCs, reflect 3x30x12, or 1x60x12 plus 1x30x12, or 1x90x12 within the most
  • recent 12 months.
  • Cash-Out refinance requires manual downgrade if payment history for any mortgage, including HELOCs, reflects current delinquency or any delinquency within 12 months of case number assignment.
  • Collections:
    • If the total outstanding balance for all borrowers is less than $2,000, a capacity analysis is not required to be performed.
    • If the total outstanding balance for all borrowers is equal to or greater than $2,000 at time of underwrite, lender must perform a capacity analysis. Capacity analysis includes:
    • Payment in full of collection accounts, prior to or at closing, along with documentation of acceptable source of funds,
    • Borrower makes payment arrangements, and provides proof of arrangement with payment included in DTI, or
    • 5% of the outstanding balance of each collection account is included as monthly payment in DTI.
    • Non-borrowing spouse collection accounts ARE included in cumulative balance.
    • Medical collections and charge offs are excluded.
  • Judgments:
    • Judgments must be paid prior to or at closing. An exception to the payoff of a court ordered judgment may be made if the borrower has an agreement with the creditor to make regular and timely payments. Provide a copy of the agreement and proof of 3 months payments made prior to credit approval. Borrowers may not prepay the scheduled payments to qualify.
  • Disputed accounts:
    • If the credit report utilized by TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard indicates that the Borrower has $1,000 or more collectively in Disputed Derogatory Credit Accounts, the Mortgage must be
    • downgraded to a Refer and manually underwritten. VIP Mortgage does not allow manually downgraded loans.
    • Cumulative outstanding balance of disputed derogatory accounts less than $1,000: Manual downgrade NOT required.
    • Disputed medical accounts, disputed derogatory accounts resulting from identity theft may be excluded from the $1,000 limit. Identity theft documentation must be provided.
    • Disputed Derogatory Accounts defined as:
    • Disputed charge-off accounts,
    • Disputed collection accounts, and
    • Disputed accounts with late payments in the last 24 months
    • The following disputed non-derogatory accounts are not included in the $1,000 limit:
    • Disputed accounts with $0 balance,
    • Disputed accounts with late payments 24 months or older, or
    • Disputed accounts that are current and paid as agreed.
  • Tax liens
    • Tax liens may remain unpaid if the Borrower has entered into a valid repayment agreement with the federal agency owed to make regular payments on the debt and the Borrower has made
    • timely payments for at least three months of scheduled payments. The Borrower cannot prepay scheduled payments in order to meet the required minimum of three months of payments.
    • Lender must provide proof of satisfactory payment agreement, and minimum of three months timely payments.
    • Lender must include the payment amount in the agreement in the calculation of the Borrower’s Debt-to-Income (DTI) ratio.
  • V.I.P. may require a post-disaster inspection when the appraisal occurred before the incident end date of the disaster.  https://www.fema.gov/disasters
  • Tax transcripts are required for each borrower whose income is utilized as a source of repayment. Transcripts must be provided for the number of years of income used to qualify the borrower. Tax transcripts are required to support the income used to qualify the borrower. If only W2 income is used to qualify, the lender may obtain W2 transcripts as long as tax returns are not included in the loan file. Generally, when the documentation used to verify income is from the same calendar period as the tax transcript, the information must match exactly. However, if the income documentation is from the current calendar year and the transcript is from a prior year, there can be acceptable variances. If this variance exceeds 20%, document the rationale for using current income. If tax transcripts are not available (due to a recent filing) a copy of the IRS notice showing “No record of return filed” is required along with documented acknowledgement receipt (such as IRS officially stamped tax returns or evidence that the return was electronically received) from the IRS and the previous one years tax transcripts.  If borrower(s) has any rental properties, then full transcripts are required.
  • A 4506-T, signed at application and closing, is required for all transactions
  • The Lender must obtain a year-to-date Profit and Loss (P&L) statement and balance sheet if more than a calendar quarter has elapsed since date of most recent calendar or fiscal year-end tax return was filed by the Borrower. A balance sheet is not required for self-employed Borrowers filing Schedule C income. If income used to qualify the Borrower exceeds the two year average of tax returns, an audited P&L or signed quarterly tax return must be obtained from the IRS.
  • Additionally, if income used to qualify the borrower exceeds the two year average of tax returns, an audited P&L or signed quarterly tax returns obtained from IRS are required.
  • Down Payment Assistance programs from government entities are permitted in accordance with FHA’s guidelines.
  • Non Profits, Trade Unions, etc. are not permitted
  • No maximum CLTV when the second is provided by a government entity.
  • Secondary financing from family members allowed in accordance with FHA’s guidelines. Maximum CLTV is 100%.
  • All other sources of secondary financing must meet FHA’s requirements. Maximum CLTV is 96.5%.
  • See 4000.1 II.A.4.d.iii (J) for FHA secondary financing requirements.
  • Escrow holdbacks are allowed in accordance with FHA guidelines, including but not limited to:
    • A post funding stipulation for a copy of a 1004D confirming completion will be placed on loans where the appraisal is “subject to” improvements.
    • A post funding stipulation for a final title policy endorsement that ensures the priority of the first lien will be required on any loan where the appraisal is “subject to” improvements.
    • A copy of the escrow agreement (HUD 92300 on FHA loans) will be required that states how the escrow account will be managed and how the funds will be disbursed.
    • Click here to see all of the VIP Mortgage escrow holdback requirement and costs.
  • Financing concessions cannot exceed 6% of the sales price.
  • V.I.P. will not close High Cost Loans
  • Higher Priced Mortgage Loans (HPML) transactions are eligible for purchase. HPML guidelines require:
  • Establishment of an escrow account for taxes and insurance premiums on any transaction secured by a principal residence.  HPML require three (3) month’s reserves.
  • Must meet all applicable state and/or federal compliance requirements.
  • Owner-occupied and Non-owner occupied transactions allowed – Investment properties eligible up to maximum 75% LTV
  • Approve/Ineligible due to LTV/CLTV is acceptable for owner-occupied transactions only.
  • 110% of the estimated cost of the repairs, not to exceed $5,500, may be included in the mortgage amount. See 4000.1 II.A.8.o for full details.
  • Title policy is required
  • Full “as is” appraisal is required
  • 1004D or CIR HUD 92051 required to confirm repairs are completed, which may be provided post-funding.
  • Note: V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc. allows HUD’s $100 Down and Good Neighbor Next Door programs.
  • Generally, the maximum LTV percentage for Identity-of-Interest transactions on Principal Residences is restricted to 85%, see 4000.1 II.A.2.b.ii (A) for exceptions.
  • An Identity-of-Interest Transaction is a sale between parties with an existing Business Relationship or between Family Members.
  • Business Relationship refers to an association between individuals or companies entered into for commercial purposes.
  • Family Member is defined as follows, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or legal marital status:
  • child, parent, or grandparent;
    • a child is defined as a son, stepson, daughter, or stepdaughter;
    • a parent or grandparent includes a step-parent/grandparent or foster parent/grandparent;
  • spouse or domestic partner;
  • legally adopted son or daughter, including a child who is placed with the Borrower by an authorized agency for legal adoption;
  • foster child;
  • brother, stepbrother; sister, stepsister;
  • uncle; aunt; or
  • son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of the Borrower.
  • Purchase
  • Limited Cash-Out/Rate & Term Refinance
  • Includes Simple Refinances meeting FHA requirements
  • Proceeds can be used to pay off an FHA or non-FHA first mortgage regardless of age
  • Proceeds can be used to pay off any junior liens related to the purchase of the subject property, or that are seasoned at least 12 months
  • Pay related Closing Costs and Prepaid items
  • Disburse cash out to the Borrower in an amount not to exceed $500
  • Cash-Out
  • LTV is based on Purchase Price if property owned less than 12 months
  • Borrower must be 0x30x12 on the subject mortgage history
  • Non-occupant co-borrowers may not be added in a cash out refinance transaction in order to meet FHA’s credit underwriting guidelines for the mortgage. Any co-borrower or co-signer being added to the note must be an occupant of the property.
  • Fixed Rate: 15 & 30 year terms. (FHA High Balance allowed on all terms)
  • Section 203(b) Basic with ADP code of 703
  • Section 234 (c ) Condominiums with ADP codes of 734
  • Simple Refinances allowed in accordance with FHA’s guidelines.
  • For Streamline Refinance transactions, please refer to the FHA Streamline Refinance Product Profile.
  • Any FHA programs/mortgage types identified in the FHA Handbook that are not specifically allowed in the Eligible Mortgage Types above, including but not limited to Energy Efficient Mortgages, Weatherization, Solar and Wind, GPM.
  • Temporary buydowns are ineligible.
  • Owner-occupied
  • Investment: See HUD REO section Non-Owner Occupied
  • Single Family Residence
  • 2-4 unit
  • PUDs
  • Low-rise and High-rise Condominiums
  • Rural Properties (in accordance with Agency guidelines, loans must be residential in nature)

In addition to the ineligible property types identified in FHA Handbook, the following property types are ineligible:

  • Manufactured homes (built on a permanent chassis and attached to permanent foundations). Also includes on-frame modular homes built on a permanent chassis.
  • Mobile Homes
  • Cooperatives
  • Condotels
  • Hotel Condominiums
  • Timeshares
  • Working Farms and Ranches
  • Unimproved Land and property currently in litigation
  • Properties resold 90 days or fewer following the date of acquisition by the seller are not eligible for FHA financing unless the loan meets the exceptions set forth in 4000.1 II.A.1.b.iv (A)(3).  The date of acquisition is defined as date of settlement on the seller’s purchase of the property. The resale date is defined as the date of execution of the sales contract by a buyer intending to finance the property with an FHA-insured loan.
  • Properties resold between 91 and 180 days after acquisition require a second appraisal by a different appraiser if the resale price is 100% or more over the price paid by the seller when the property was acquired.
  • For Credit Qualifying: Fixed rate qualify at the Note rate.
  • DTI < 50%: follow program credit score and LTV maximum
  • DTI 50.01 to 55%:
    • Credit score > 680, or
    • LTV is 5% below the maximum
  • DTI >55%: Loans are ineligible regardless of the Total Decision.
  • No Cash-Out Transaction – Allowed when the property is listed for sale. The property and the borrower must be eligible and qualified for the refinance.
  • Cash-Out Transaction – the listing must have expired or been withdrawn prior to the application date.
  • Note: if the property was listed in the prior 30 days to the application date, the Early EPO provision will be extended to one year.
  • Refer to the V.I.P.  Mortgage, Inc. seasoned loan policy.
  • Texas A (6) Refinances are not eligible

V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc. does not discriminate in any aspect of a credit transaction on the basis of sex, marital status, race, religion, national origin, age, income derived from public assistance, or the good faith exercise of rights under the Consumer Credit Protection Act.

rev. 11-2-16