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B3-4.3-19, Cash Value of Life Insurance (05/27/2014)

This topic contains information on the cash value of life insurance, including:

Cash Value of Life Insurance and Debt-to-Income Ratios

Net proceeds from a loan against the cash value or from the surrender of a life insurance policy are an acceptable source of funds for the down payment, closing costs, and reserves.

The lender must assess repayment or additional obligation considerations to determine the impact on borrower qualification or reserves.

If penalties for failure to repay the loan are limited to the surrender of the policy, payments on a loan secured by the cash value of a borrower’s life insurance policy do not have to be considered in the total debt-to-income ratio.

If additional obligations are indicated, the obligation amount must be factored into the total debt-to-income ratio, or subtracted from the borrower’s financial reserves.

Documenting Borrower Receipt of Funds

If the funds are needed for the down payment or closing costs, lenders must document the borrower’s receipt of the funds from the insurance company by obtaining either a copy of the check from the insurer or a copy of the payout statement issued by the insurer. If the cash-value of the life insurance is being used for reserves, the cash-value must be documented but does not need to be liquidated and received by the borrower.

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