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Strong Borrowers Frustrated Because of Need to Comply With Fannie

We address this frequently and are doing so again because it comes up so often. We constantly get extremely strong borrowers from a financial perspective who either cannot qualify for a loan, or who gets conditioned to death. And, as always, they become irate and blame us for the problems, telling us how strong they are and how they present a zero-default risk. These borrowers might have millions in the bank, but b/c they show a business loss (that won’t repeat) or because their CPA was overly aggressive with deductions, or b/c they cannot “paper-trail” their hundreds of large deposits, they get beat up by lenders.

This is a sad manifestation of the regulation pendulum swinging way too far to the “safety side”. We explain time and again that this is not b/c we or the lenders are just being “nasty” or ignorant. We all realize that such borrowers present no default-risk. But, we and the lenders are forced to comply with all of Fannie’s and Freddie’s requirements, irrespective of borrower strength and default-risk.

It is as frustrating to us as it is to the borrowers b/c all the regulatory nonsense requires an immense amount of labor on our part.

If lenders do not comply exactly with all Fannie Mae requirements, they are at risk of being forced to buy back loans they funded long after they fund, whenever Fannie does random file-audits. This is an enormous risk for lenders.

Jay Voorhees
Founder/Broker | JVM Lending
(925) 855-4491 | DRE# 01524255, NMLS# 335646