ATTENTION! Mortgage insurance companies are adapting a similar rule as FHA in regards to flipping properties. This will impact the mortgage market starting 10/12/2009, not leaving us with much time. If you have Conventional buyers above 80% loan to value, please make sure the mortgage insurance has been ordered prior to this date. This is coming out at rapid speed 3 out of 5 mortgage insurance companies have adopted this rule. The other two are in the process and have strict requirements to do a loan under 90 days and I believe they will be changing their rules as well within the next couple of weeks. Also, ALL are requiring restrictions up to 180 days much like FHA does with requiring improvement details, appraisal reviews & extra underwriting requirements. Please prepare your buyers and sellers, this is something that will impact all of us. If you have sellers/investors, make sure they are making sound upgrades and keeping ALL receipts of services performed. Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac have not adapted this rule YET, but there are talks of doing so. Please be prepared.
Below are a few guidelines of what is NOT a flip.
•· A lender, mortgage investor or a mortgage insurance company that acquired the property as a result of a foreclosure or deed in lieu of foreclosure
•· A spouse who acquired the property through a divorce settlement
•· An employer that acquired the property through its relocation program
•· An administrator, executor, or personal representative selling property of an estate