Long Island NY Mortgage Mistakes: Will Lenders Ever Learn?

Since the mortgage crisis when loans became almost impossible to obtain, Long Island NY mortgage lenders have begun to loosen standards again. This begs to ask the question, will lenders ever learn their lesson from loose lending practices?

Recently, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced changes they hope will encourage banks to give more home loans to worthy but weaker borrowers.

Long Island NY mortgage requirements tightened during the mortgage crisis are now showing signs of being loosened again

The government has extracted billions of dollars in penalties from lenders that made mistakes on loans to borrowers who later defaulted. The errors ranged from small mistakes to ones that affected the riskiness of the Long Island NY mortgage they chose to underwrite in the first place.

Some banks, believing the penalties are too harsh relative to the errors made, have pulled back from originating a Long Island NY mortgage backed by the FHA and argue that the broad "certification" they must make when originating a Long Island NY mortgage should be limited to significant errors.

Will FHA Changes Help Those Trying to Get a Long Island NY Mortgage?

The FHA’s attempt to change the provision shows the tightrope policy makers and regulators are trying to walk. While they want to hold lenders accountable for crisis-era mistakes and retain recourse should the Long Island NY mortgage go bad, they also want the banks to extend loans to some consumers who have been largely shut out of the Long Island NY mortgage market since the crisis.

Lenders typically have pulled back on FHA lending by having more stringent requirements than what the FHA would allow. For example, even though the FHA will guarantee loans to borrowers with credit scores of as little as 580, on a scale of 300 to 850, a bank might not give a Long Island NY mortgage to borrowers with a score below 640.

Meanwhile, Long Island NY mortgage rates remain near a two-year low, even though rates inched up slightly in the past few days. Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is now around 3.69 percent, that's up just a fraction from 3.59 percent a week ago. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.28 percent.

We'll continue to monitor the FHA decisions and how they may affect (negatively or positively) getting a Long Island NY mortgage as we continue moving through the housing recovery in 2015.

In the meantime, you can get more information about news that may affect the Long Island NY mortgage market in our section on Long Island NY Mortgage Info to your right under Long Island NY Real Estate Categories.

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