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Published December 16, 2020

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What are HomeReady income calculation requirements?

In determining whether a mortgage is eligible under the borrower income limits, the lender must count the income from all borrowers who will sign the note, to the extent that the income is considered in evaluating creditworthiness for the loan.

The lender must use the same methodology in determining income eligibility for a HomeReady mortgage as the lender uses in reporting “Monthly Income” in data delivery. Eligibility for a HomeReady mortgage loan compares the borrower’s income to the applicable area median income (AMI) for the property’s location. For determining Fannie Mae loan eligibility, lenders must refer to the AMIs that Fannie Mae uses in Desktop Underwriter or on Fannie Mae’s website, and may not rely on other published versions (such as AMIs posted on huduser.org).

To be eligible as a HomeReady mortgage, the total annual qualifying income may not exceed 80% of the AMI for the property’s location.  If the property has resale restrictions, see B 5-5.2-02, Loans with Resale Restrictions: Loan and Borrower Eligibility, for additional requirements. 

Note: For loan casefiles that are not underwritten as a HomeReady mortgage loan, DU will issue a message indicating that the loan may be eligible as a HomeReady loan if the total qualifying income entered in DU appears to be within the applicable AMI limit for the property’s location. See B5-6-02, HomeReady Mortgage Underwriting Methods and Requirements, for additional information.

For additional information, see B5-6-01, HomeReady Mortgage Loan and Borrower Eligibility.

 

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