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A Common Sense Approach to Underwriting Mortgage Requests

Here's how to underwrite mortgage requests in three easy steps:

Step 1 - Review the Appraisal Report

When reviewing the appraisal report, there are several things to look out for:

  • Comparable sales

  • Price adjustments made to subject property

  • Condition of the property – how well is it maintained?

  • Appraiser’s designation – CRA or AACI

  • Extraordinary assumptions and comments made by the appraiser

Step 2 – Review Borrower's Request & Credit Bureau

An applicant's credit shows prior and current credit repayment behaviour. Collections and late payments need to be explained.

The application shows both income and assets (liquid, other real estate, etc) as well as the credit request.

Now you should have a better understanding of the deal itself, and how the funds will be used.

Step 3 – Determine the Exit Strategy

The questions that need to be answered at the end of the loan can be as critical as the ones at the beginning.

How will the loan be paid back at maturity?

What steps will the applicant(s) take to repay the loan?

Does the exit strategy make logical sense to you?

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