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Contingency Periods During COVID-19 Crisis; Which Loans Are Safe; Employment Is a Huge Concern

man seated in a bean bag chair with his feet resting on a coffee table looks at the laptop in his lap to review his loan contingency due to the COVID-19 crisisI mentioned yesterday that we are still getting purchase contracts and agents are still making offers, and asking us about contingency periods in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

We obviously can’t close in 14 days now b/c of COVID-19-related delays, so below are some contingency/closing periods we are requesting until the crisis ebbs.


Escrow Period:30 Days
Loan Contingency:10 Days
Appraisal Contingency:14 Days


Escrow Period:30 Days
Loan Contingency:12 Days
Appraisal Contingency:14 Days

We do not recommend making non-contingent offers at this time b/c so much can change during an escrow period.

The only exceptions would be for very strong borrowers with “vanilla” conforming or FHA loans, or for borrowers with enough liquidity to pay cash for a home.


Most jumbo, conforming, FHA and VA loans remain “safe,” as long as the borrowers have decent credit scores and debt ratios.

FHA and VA borrowers need a 640 score at least now, and a 680 score if their debt ratios are high.

If Jumbo borrowers don’t have at least a 700 score, their rate will be sky-high and their approval will be hard to retain.


The big issues remaining include appraisal delays, tax transcript delays, and employment.

We are overcoming the former two but the employment situation will likely get worse, as record numbers of employment claims continue to pour in (6.6 million last week alone).

Once again, lenders won’t fund loans if a borrower’s employment situation has been adversely impacted by the crisis.

In addition, lenders are doing employment verifications within a day or two of funding to ensure borrowers have not been adversely impacted.

Jay Voorhees
Founder/Broker | JVM Lending
(855) 855-4491 | DRE# 1197176, NMLS# 310167