More Fannie Changes for Investment Properties and Second Homes

Effective tomorrow (August 1, 2008) borrowers who convert their existing residence to an investment property or second home will be treated to tougher standards if they’re using a Fannie Mae loan.    Here are the new requirements:

Converting existing residence to a “second home”.

  • Borrower must qualify for both payments (this is not new).
  • Unless the borrower has at least 30% equity in the existing property, they will need 6 months PITI for both properties in reserves

Converting existing residence to “investment property”

  • The borrower may only use rental income (75% credit) of their existing property if they have at least 30% equity in the property.   Otherwise, they must qualify with both full payments (no credit for rent).
  • Rental income must be documented with a fully executed lease agreement and a receipt showing the security deposit from the tenant has been deposited into the borrowers account.
  • If the borrower does not have 30% equity in the proposed investment property (former residence) then they will need 6 months PITI for reserves for both properties.

Either an appraisal, AVM or Broker Price Opinion is used to determine if there is 30% equity in the existing home that is being converted to a second home or investment property (this may be determined by underwriting).  

Last, be careful when reading guideline changes, such as this.  Underwriting guidelines and loan programs are changing constantly, post like this are quickly “dated material” and no longer applicable–do verify information you find on the internet with your Mortgage Professional to make sure the information is still valid.