The 3 Cs of Underwriting Factors Used in Freddie Mac’s Automated Underwriting Assessment

We recently posted an article revealing the San Diego mortgage underwriting process and wanted to be a bit more specific in terms of what's being looked at and for. 

Credit reputation, capacity and collateral are often called the "three Cs" of underwriting.

If one of these components is not acceptable or if there is excessive layering of risk across components, the mortgage may not be acceptable for sale to Freddie Mac.

Here's a quick rundown of our list:

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Credit Reputation

The 3 Cs of Underwriting Factors Used in Freddie Mac’s Automated Underwriting Assessment (2019 | 2020 Update)

  • Credit Score

  • Foreclosures, bankruptcies, liens and/or judgments

  • Mortgage delinquencies

  • Credit delinquencies, repossessions, collections, or charge-offs

  • Credit accounts: type, age, limits, usage and status of revolving accounts

  • Borrower's request for new credit in last 12 months

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Capacity

The 3 Cs of Underwriting Factors Used in Freddie Mac’s Automated Underwriting Assessment (2019 | 2020 Update)

  • Debt ratios: Qualifying monthly housing expense-to-income ratio or monthly debt payment-to-income ratio

  • Salaried versus self-employed borrower

  • Cash reserves

  • Number of borrowers

  • Loan Characteristics:

    Product: a 15-, 20-, and 30-year fixed rate, an adjustable rate mortgage

    Purpose of Loan: purchase or refinance (cash-out or no cash-out)

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Collateral

The 3 Cs of Underwriting Factors Used in Freddie Mac’s Automated Underwriting Assessment (2019 | 2020 Update)

  • Borrower's total equity or down payment

  • Property type: a 1-unit or 2- to 4- unit detached property, Condominium Unit or Manufactured Home

  • Property use: Primary Residence, Second Home or Investment Property

What do you think?

Do you have any experiences going through the mortgage underwriting process and want to share the good, bad, and ugly?

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Scott

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