Is this true? Not according to HUD 4155.1 Chapter Four, Section C, which has instructions for the lender on checking credit report data. A strict interpretation of Chapter Four reveals that there is no difference between how the FHA or the lender should view late or missed mortgage payments OR the equivalent in meeting monthly rental obligations.
“The borrower’s housing obligation payment history holds significant importance when evaluating credit. The lender must determine the borrower’s housing obligation payment history through the
The FHA takes this issue seriously enough to include the following note to the lender; “The lender must verify and document the previous 12 months’ housing history even if the borrower states he/she was living rent-free.”
A lender may not reject an FHA loan application on the basis of a one-time missed payment, or a period of financial difficulty that the borrower can show is now resolved. But much is left to the lender’s discretion. It’s good to know this before you apply for an FHA mortgage loan. Knowing what the lender is looking for in your credit history is a very good thing to understand fully as you get ready to apply.
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