Fannie Mae Increases the Allowance for Financed Properties Owned

It is really challenging to keep up with our constant changing guidelines.   Just this morning I was commenting over at the Seattle PI Real Estate Blog about the conventional guidelines permitting only four financed properties at a time for a borrower (more than four financed properties–no conventional mortgage for you!).    Moments ago, I received this updating Fannie’s guidelines (Announcement 09-02):

Multiple Mortgages to the Same Borrower
To support prudent lending for housing investment, Fannie Mae is changing our current limit of four financed properties per borrower. We will allow five to ten financed properties per borrower, with certain eligibility and underwriting requirements, including a 720 minimum credit score and 70-75% maximum LTV/CLTV/HCLTV (depending on the transaction and property type). The requirements apply to any loan being delivered to Fannie Mae, regardless of whether Fannie Mae is the investor on the borrower’s other mortgages.

Just a reminder that any mortgage guidelines that you find on the internet may no longer apply!

I better hop on over to the PI and correct my comment from this morning.  🙂