February 12, 2016
KY USDA Rural Housing Credit Report Update 2016
Effective immediately, an applicant’s credit score may be validated with at least two eligible trade lines instead of three trade lines as previously required. Such trade lines consist of credit accounts (revolving, installment, etc.) with at least twelve months of repayment history reported on the credit report. Corresponding revisions to the 3555 Handbook will be posted on the USDA Rural Development’s Regulation and Guidance website on March 9, 2016.
At least one applicant whose income or assets are used for qualification must have a valid credit report score or have at least two historical trade line references that have existed for at least 12 months to establish a credit reputation.
For applicants without an established credit history and unable to establish the required number of eligible trade lines to validate the credit score, alternative methods may be used to evidence an applicant’s willingness to pay, such as a non-traditional mortgage credit report or multiple independent verifications of trade references per 7 CFR 3555, Section 3555.151 (i)(6).
Non-traditional credit may not be used to enhance poor payment records or low credit scores. GUS applications receiving an “Accept” underwriting recommendation, but which fail to meet the credit score validation test using a traditional credit report, must be downgraded to a “Refer” by the lender. In these instances the use of a non-traditional credit history will be required in order to proceed.
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
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, NMLS ID# 57916, (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). I lend in the following states: Kentucky