Originating & Underwriting
Underwrite the Loan
The loan is ready for underwriting!
Once loan processing is complete with all verifications and required documentation, the file is sent to the underwriter. The underwriter is responsible for determining whether the borrower and property are deemed acceptable by analyzing the 5C’s of underwriting:
How much can the Borrower afford?
Consider: DTI, Cash Flow, Occupation, Employment History, Income Stability, Timing of Repayment, Continuance, etc.
What will the borrower invest and have for reserves?
Consider: Checking/Savings, Investments, Liquidity, Cash for Close, Reserves, Overdraft/Non-sufficient Funds, etc
In the event of a default, what is the property worth?
Consider: LTV, Marketability, Appraisal Discrepancies, Liens, Easements, Judgments, etc.
What are unique factors surrounding the loan?
Consider: Market Conditions, Loan Purpose, Use of Cash Out (if applicable), etc.
Will the borrower repay the loan?
Consider: Borrower Attitude, Payment History, Credit Score, etc.
For additional Underwriting training, please attend our On-Demand webinars.
Underwrite the loan manually or with Desktop Underwriter® (DU®) in accordance with the Fannie Mae Selling Guide.
- For loans underwritten using Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter® (DU®) automated underwriting system, follow the DU feedback requirements.
- The only MPF Program requirements that supersede DU requirements are the following:
- Occupancy Requirements
- Property Type Eligibility (for example: Co-ops are not eligible for sale under the MPF Xtra product)
- Products or loan attributes on the ineligible list (See MPF Xtra Selling Guide Chapter 2.3.3)
- For manually underwritten loans: Comply with the Fannie Mae Selling Guide Chapter B3-1: Manual Underwriting.
Determine if the loan meets all of the documentation and eligibility requirements of the MPF Guide.
- This includes all approval conditions generated on the feedback report (if using DU) or any additional conditions the underwriter may require.
- If more information is needed, the borrower is contacted to supply additional information and/or documentation.
- If the loan is acceptable as submitted, continue on with the next steps in the loan process.