A reader asks, “I had a question about buying a home with no credit. My partner has had a very good job for over 2 years now and I am a stay at home mom. Our problem is that she has no credit it’s not bad credit it’s no credit history.”
“I, on the other hand have some credit but since I stay home that wouldn’t be sufficient. She has records of paying her bills on time and rent on time. Would we be able to qualify for a home loan with that information and no credit?”
The answer to this question is found in the FHA loan rules as published in HUD 4155.1 Chapter Four Section C, which states the following:
“The lack of a credit history, or the borrower’s decision to not use credit, may not be used as the basis for rejecting the loan application.” That is good news for anyone in the same situation as the reader. What else does the FHA loan rulebook say about non-traditional or non-existent credit history?
“Some prospective borrowers may not have an established credit history. For these borrowers, including those who do not use traditional credit, the lender must obtain a non-traditional merged credit report (NTMCR) from a credit reporting company, or develop a credit history from
• utility payment records
• rental payments
• automobile insurance payments, and
• other means of direct access from the credit provider”
Your loan officer can provide you with more details on what may be required at application time in order to verify income, payment history and other factors. But in general, the FHA does have a pathway to an FHA mortgage loan for such borrowers, provided they meet other FHA loan requirements the same as any applicant.
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