The latest Tuesday Tip of the Straight Up Chicago Investor Podcast features guest Chris Puleo, who discusses a significant change in the conventional loan requirements for owner-occupied properties with hosts Tom Shallcross and Mark Ainley.
Change in Down Payment Requirements:
Fannie Mae has announced a change in down payment requirements for two to four-unit properties, reducing it to as little as 5%.
This is a substantial shift from the previous 15% down for two-unit and 25% down for three and four-unit properties.
Impact on House Hackers:
The discussion emphasizes the importance of having options, especially for house hackers who were initially considering FHA with a 3.5% down payment.
The FHA has a self-sufficiency test for three and four-unit properties, making it challenging to pass in certain high-tax areas, potentially requiring more than 3.5% down.
Comparing Conventional and FHA:
Chris emphasizes the significance of comparing the 5% down conventional option with FHA, considering factors such as FICO score and overall qualifying criteria.
The goal is to determine which option provides the lower rate and better aligns with the individual's financial goals.
The conversation touches on the perception that FHA appraisals are more challenging. While FHA has additional health and safety standards, conventional appraisals may result in a cleaner deal and closing.
The episode explores the limits of cash-out refinancing, noting that currently, it cannot exceed 80% on three and four-unit properties.
There is speculation about potential competition leading to higher limits in the future, but the cost implications need to be carefully evaluated.
Competition Among Lenders:
Mark and Tom express their optimism that competition between Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA could lead to more favorable terms for borrowers.
They encourage individuals to get quotes, compare options, and ensure that loan officers provide thorough explanations of the financial
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Guests: Chris Puleo, Puleo Group
Link: Episode 130: Chicago Mortgage Lending in this Inflationary Environment with Chris Puleo
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