Selling Guide

Published June 3, 2020

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Can mortgage debt paid by another party be excluded from the DTI ratio?

Debts Paid by Others

When a borrower is obligated on a mortgage debt - but is not the party who is actually repaying the debt - the lender may exclude the full monthly housing expense (PITIA) from the borrower’s recurring monthly obligations if

  • the party making the payments is obligated on the mortgage debt,
  • there are no delinquencies in the most recent 12 months, and
  • the borrower is not using rental income from the applicable property to qualify.

In order to exclude mortgage debts from the borrower’s DTI ratio, the lender must obtain the most recent 12 months' cancelled checks (or bank statements) from the other party making the payments that document a 12-month payment history with no delinquent payments.

When a borrower is obligated on a mortgage debt, regardless of whether or not the other party is making the monthly mortgage payments, the referenced property must be included in the count of multiple financed properties (if applicable per B2-2-03, Multiple Financed Properties for the Same Borrower).

Refer to B3-6-05, Monthly Debt Obligations for additional information.

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