Did You know that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac differ on their definition of primary residence?

Freddie Mac defines a primary residence as:

  • The Borrower occupying the property for the majority of the year.
  • The property is in a relatively convenient location to their primary employment.
  • It is the address of record for such activities such as federal income tax filing, voter registration, occupational licensing, etc. SUBJECT to Underwriter review

BUT Fannie Mae defines a primary residence as follows:

  • If multiple Borrowers ONLY ONE of them needs to occupy the property.
  • If the Borrower is considered handicapped and unable to work, then the parent or legal guardian is considered the owner/occupant.
  • If the parent is unable to work or handicapped or does not have sufficient income to qualify for a mortgage on their own then the Child is considered the owner/occupant.

As you can see we are always looking for ways to make sure that our borrowers have the proper financing they need. Contact our office to speak to a loan consultant who can give more insight into financing a primary residence.

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