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        FHA Non-Traditional Credit Guidelines           

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has long permitted mortgage lenders to establish a borrower’s credit history through nontraditional means, including the compilation of performance on rental payments; utility bills; telephone and cellular phone services; cable television service; payments to local stores, etc. 

This practice is appropriate when the borrower has insufficient trade lines with Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion and a credit bureau score cannot be derived.  Mortgage lenders also may use nontraditional credit verification to augment “thin-file” credit reports where a credit score was generated but based on only a few trade lines. However, nontraditional credit reports may not be used to enhance any poor credit history on a traditional credit report. 

Nontraditional Credit—Basic Guidance

          The following provides guidance in establishing that a borrower has sufficient credit references for evaluating bill paying habits, which include: three (3) credit references, including at least one from Group I, covering the most recent 12 months activity from date of application.  Group I references should be exhausted prior to considering Group II for eligibility purposes, as Group I is considered more indicative of a borrower’s future housing payment performance.  Borrowers with no Group I trade references will be underwritten using the criteria set forth under “insufficient credit” below.

Group I – rental housing payments (subject to independent verification if the borrower is a renter), utility company reference (if not included in the rental housing payment), including gas, electricity, water, land-line home telephone service, cable TV.  If the borrower is renting from a family member, request independent documents to prove regularity of payments, such as cancelled checks. 

Group II – insurance coverage, i.e., medical, auto, life, renter’s insurance (not payroll deducted); payment to child care providers – made to a business providing such services; school tuition; retail stores – department, furniture, appliance stores, specialty stores; rent to own – i.e., furniture, appliances; payment of that part of medical bills not covered by insurance; Internet/cell phone services; a documented 12 month history of saving by regular deposits (at least quarterly/non-payroll deducted/no NSF checks reflected), resulting in an increasing balance to the account; automobile leases, or a personal loan from an individual with repayment terms in writing and supported by cancelled checks to document the payments.

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