Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fannie Mae to tighten lending standards

The Washington Post reports:
Starting Dec. 12, the automated system that Fannie Mae uses to approve loans will reject borrowers who have at least a 20 percent down payment but whose credit scores fall below 620 out of 850. Previously, the cut-off was 580.

Also, for borrowers with a 20 percent down payment, no more than 45 percent of their gross monthly income can go toward paying debts. Fannie declined to disclose the previous threshold, except to say that it was higher. The company will raise the level to 50 percent in cases with "strong compensating factors."
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