On December 2nd, 2020, Freddie Mac announced that they will be implementing reduced loan-to-value (LTV) maximums to the Home Possible program. Their December bulletin stated that this change will be effective on April 1, 2021. The Home Possible amendment largely affects 2- to 4- units for conforming loan limits.
The changes affecting conforming loan limits include:
- Fixed Rate loans
- Maximum LTV will decrease from 95% to 85% on 2 to 4 units
- Adjustable Rate Mortgages
- Maximum LTV will decrease from 95% to 85% on 2 units
- Maximum LTV will remain at 75% on 3 to 4 units
- 1-unit LTVs and all super-conforming loan limits will remain unchanged
- All units with Secondary mortgages
- Total loan-to-value will remain unchanged
A few other noteworthy changes to the Home Possible program include:
- The use of the Monthly Budget and Residential Analysis Form is now optional when the borrowers' personal funds include cash on hand.
- The sweat equity chart previously in Section 4501.10(c)(ii)(4)(C)was removed and the language redirects to the Home Possible Mortgages chart in Section 4501.10(a)(i).
We are already seeing lenders move towards the more restrictive LTV’s now rather than waiting until April. Some lenders have already sent Mortech requests to make these changes in Marksman. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your Customer Success Manager with any questions on these program changes.