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Mortgage-Readiness Assessment for Housing Professionals

Loan Prospector® Outreach Underwriting Feedback Enhancements

On October 27, 2013, we updated Loan Prospector® Outreach to provide you with more transparency about Freddie Mac’s underwriting guidelines by enhancing the income documentation feedback messages with more loan-specific details and actionable information.

Detailed Income Documentation Feedback Messages

Beginning October 27, 2013, loan submissions and resubmissions to Loan Prospector Outreach will receive enhanced income documentation feedback messages. The changes to the income documentation feedback messages in Loan Prospector Outreach include adding:

  • More loan-specific, customized messages relevant to the income type. In addition, we have discontinued the return of messages that are not applicable to the types of income specific to the subject loan.
  • New messages with specific underwriting guidelines for income types.
  • Consistent message formats that eliminate unnecessary information and include specific direction key to underwriting to Freddie Mac requirements.

To help you better understand these Loan Prospector Outreach changes, review the following examples:

  • Loan Specific Feedback Messages – Prior to this enhancement, feedback messages relevant to some income types were returned on every loan submitted to Loan Prospector Outreach such as:
  • Alimony/Child support
  • Base
  • Self-employed
  • Bonus
  • Commissions
  • Dividends/Interest
  • Notes Receivable/Installment
  • Overtime

As a result of this Loan Prospector Outreach enhancement, the feedback messages are only returned when the specific income type is submitted for the loan.

This is an example of the previous alimony and child support feedback message, which was returned on every loan. The newly enhanced feedback message is only returned if the alimony and child support income type is submitted for the loan:

Past Feedback MessageUpdated Feedback Message
If using alimony, child support or separate maintenance payments to qualify, obtain copy of signed court order documenting payor's obligation to Client for previous six months and evidence payor is obligated to make payments to Client for the next three years. File must contain proof of consistent receipt for total court ordered amount for most recent six months. Alimony or child support income for <Client Name> must be supported by copy of signed court order documenting payor’s obligation for previous 6 months and evidence payor is obligated to make payments to Client for next 3 years. File must contain proof of consistent receipt of total court ordered amount for most recent 6 months. For child support, file must contain proof of ages of children to prove 3-year continuance.
  • New Feedback Messages Specific to Income Type – Previously, specific feedback messages had not been returned for some income types submitted on a loan such as:
  • Military (multiple income types)
  • Other
  • Social Security
  • Pension
  • Subject Property Net Cashflow
  • VA Benefits/Non-Educational
  • Trust
  • Unemployment
  • Mortgage Differential
  • Automobile Expense Account
  • Foster Care
  • Contract Basis

With this enhancement, we have added new feedback messages that return specific underwriting guidelines for the income types you currently submit for the loan.

Here is an example of a past income type feedback message that was not income type specific. Now, feedback messages are returned based on the income data submitted in Loan Prospector Outreach for the loan:

Past Feedback MessageUpdated Feedback Messages
For all income, including income topics such as retirement, long-term disability, temporary leave, public assistance, military reserves, mortgage differentials and assets as a basis for mortgage qualification, refer to the Freddie Mac Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide, Chapter 37. The guidance includes income topics referenced within the existing Loan Prospector Outreach messages as well as all other income topics. Military income for <Client Name> must be supported by a YTD LES documenting at least 30 days of income and most recent W-2 OR a written VOE covering the most recent 1-year period. A verbal VOE is required and must be dated no more than 10 Business Days prior to Note Date or after Note Date but prior to Delivery Date. In lieu of a verbal VOE, an LES dated no more than 30 days prior to Note Date may be provided.
Social Security income for <Client Name> must be supported by a copy of the award letter, 1099 or other equivalent documentation that reflects the income type, source and amount. File must contain most recent 2 months bank statements or other equivalent documentation evidencing consistent receipt of income.
Trust income for <Client Name> must be supported by a copy of the Trust Agreement.
Foster care income for <Client Name> must be supported by proof of receipt of the income for the most recent 2-year period.
Mortgage differential income for <Client Name> must be supported by a copy of the agreement from the employer stating the amount and duration of the payments.
  • Consistent Format of Income Feedback Messages – All income feedback messages are concise, easy-to-read, follow a consistent format for each message returned, and include key underwriting documentation requirements for each borrower.

    In this example, the updated message contains the consistent format, lists the type of income first, the applicable borrower name, and then the specific underwriting guidelines. A separate message for the verbal verification of employment (VOE), is returned only once per client when it is applicable.

    Past Feedback MessageUpdated Feedback Messages
    (DOC-CV) Obtain most recent YTD paystub documenting 1 full month, W-2(s) from the most recent tax year, and a verbal VOE, using Form 90 or comparable form, dated no more than 10 Business Days prior to the Note Date or after the Note Date but prior to the Delivery Date; or, a written VOE for 12 full months and a verbal VOE dated no more than 10 Business Days prior to the Note Date or after the Note Date but prior to the Delivery Date for <EmplClient>. Employment/base income for <Client Name> must be supported by a YTD paystub documenting at least 30 days of income and W-2(s) for the most recent tax year or a written VOE covering the most recent year.
    A verbal VOE for <Client Name> is required from each employer for which income is used to qualify. If a verbal VOE cannot be obtained, obtain a written VOE or third-party VOE. The VOE must be dated no more than 10 Business Days prior to the Note Date or after the Note Date but prior to the Delivery Date.

With the changes to the income documentation feedback messages, the Loan Prospector Outreach Feedback Certificate  is streamlined with only feedback messages returned on loans when they apply. There will be no changes to the Loan Prospector Outreach interface specification, style sheet, or data field requirements with this enhancement. Additionally, there are no Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide (Guide) or credit policy changes with these enhancements to Loan Prospector Outreach.

As a reminder, the Loan Prospector Feedback Certificate is not a replacement or substitute for the requirements outlined in the Guide and/or Master Agreement.

Importance of Providing Income Types

To receive accurate feedback messages that specifically relate to the income types for a loan, it is necessary to enter the monthly income breakdown details for the appropriate income type field in Loan Prospector Outreach. If there is not a specific income type field currently available in Loan Prospector Outreach, displaying an applicable income type (e.g., tips, seasonal income), income must be entered as "Other Income" and the Lender must refer to the Guide for the applicable documentation requirements.

October 27, 2013, Enhancements to Loan Prospector Outreach:

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