Federal Government Announcing New Mortgage Lending Rules

New Mortgage Lending Rules

In an effort to stabilize the future of our housing market, the government is announcing new mortgage lending rules. Although the new rules may decrease the number of loans made overall, they are necessary for this country. That is in order to maintain a stable housing market.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “For most borrowers, the rules will mean no more interest-only mortgages, no more loans where the principal due increases over time, no more loans that carry a balloon payment and no more loan terms of more than 30 years. In addition, would-be borrowers will be less likely to qualify for a mortgage unless their total debts account for no more than 43 percent of their monthly gross income.”

The purpose of these new mortgage lending rules is to limit the number of risky mortgage loans made. That is in order to prevent another housing bust.

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