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Create more homeownership opportunities

For borrowers without credit scores

We believe consumers should benefit from their responsible money management habits and a steady stream of income when buying a home, even if they don’t have an established credit history. With new enhancements in Desktop Underwriter® (DU®), consumers who apply for home loans where no borrower has a credit score will be better positioned to access credit, and lenders will benefit from a simplified underwriting process too.

New enhancements help lenders qualify more borrowers with no credit score:

Updating the eligibility criteria for loans where no borrower has a credit score to align with Fannie Mae’s standard Selling Guide requirements, which may help more borrowers qualify for a home loan.

Now permitted:

  1. One- to four-unit properties (including manufactured homes) up to standard LTV, CLTV, and HCLTV ratios, and
  2. Up to the standard maximum allowable debt-to-income ratio of 50%.
  • Data is gathered through a third-party asset verification report containing 12 months of data.
  • DU will assess or consider a borrower’s cash flow by reviewing transaction patterns, balance trends and other observations over time in their checking and savings accounts and investment accounts.

When an asset verification report is used by DU in the analysis of loans where no borrower has a credit score, the report may be used to satisfy the nontraditional credit source documentation requirements per the Selling Guide.

Propel your business with powerful capabilities and make the most of every lending opportunity

Take advantage in three easy steps

After you have ordered a credit report and verified that the borrower(s) on the loan application does not have a credit score, follow the steps below to enable DU to conduct a cash flow assessment: