This change to FHA Loans might help you land a mortgage more easily

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a very conservative calculation when it comes to using rental income to qualify. Here’s what you need to know if you’re getting an FHA mortgage and you have mortgaged rental property…

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s mortgage calculation of use net income is super conservative and will make your mortgage on your rental property worse from a debt to income ratio perspective. Let’s say you’re renting out your property for $3,000 per month. After the calculation you may end up being $1,700 a month based on your taxes, Insurance, utilities and depreciation. If you need that rental income to qualify their analysis just decreases your borrowing power.

The FHA recently changed their interpretation of how lenders calculate income if you are seeking financing and have a mortgaged rental property. The lender is now only required to go to your schedule E of your federal income tax return (where you are required to identify and claim rental property) they take the net income of that rental property income and they simply add back depreciation to the net figure and divide that number by 12. This benefits you because it boosts your borrowing power and gets away from the overly conservative calculation that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac otherwise do on conventional mortgages. This is a win if you’re using an FHA loan to finance a primary home and you are carrying rental property.

The only other way to use rental income to qualify for an FHA loan is if you just acquire the other property and it is not time for you to file your tax return yet which point the lender will give you the benefit of using 75% of those rents that you have coming in to qualify to offset your mortgage payment. If you are coming up on tax time and you need that income to qualify, but you haven’t taken out a mortgage yet or are still house hunting it might be a prudent move to file an extension on your tax returns, so the lender is required to use 75% of your rents to qualify in that type of situation.

In some cases, it now may even make for sense for you to use an FHA Loan to finance a primary home vs a conventional mortgage just due to this rental income qualification change.

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