Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Credit Scores Guidelines

Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Credit Scores Guidelines

Adverse credit is listed in section 1980.345(d)(1). If a manually underwritten loan
is approved by the underwriter with any indicators of adverse credit, the underwriter
must document a credit waiver on the underwriting analysis to establish the
applicant’s intent for good credit. The applicant must provide the lender with
evidence to explain how the circumstances of the adverse credit meet the
requirements of 1980.345(d)(3)(i). The evidence must support the adverse credit
was: 1.) temporary in nature, 2.) beyond the applicant’s control and 3.) the
circumstances contributing to the adverse credit have been removed . Evidence
presented by the applicant must be retained in the lender’s permanent loan file. A
properly documented credit waiver will explain the details surrounding the adverse
credit to support the rational of the underwriter for their loan approval decision.
Exception: Manually underwritten loan files and GUS loans that receive a “Refer”
or “Refer with Caution” underwriting recommendation:

Credit scores of 680 and above: A documented credit waiver from the lender must
be submitted to RD. The supporting documentation from the applicant(s) is not
required to be submitted to RD. This documentation must be retained in the
lender’s permanent case file, available for future compliance reviews.

Credit scores of 679 to 581: The documented credit waiver and supporting
documentation must be submitted to RD and retained in the lender’s permanent case
Credit scores for 580 and below: Lenders should not approve loans with credit
scores of 580 and below if the loan exhibits any of the indicators of unacceptable

credit listed in section 1980.345(d)(1).

A 24-month history of residence is required on all files. Additionally, a 12-month verification of rent or mortgage with a payment rating is also required on all files when the primary wage earner has a credit score of less than 640. This may be done using a Request for Verification of Rent or Mortgage Account, or information contained on the credit report, or cancelled checks. All lates greater than 30 days must be documented with an explanation from the applicant.
NOTE: Applicants with credit scores of 640 or greater are not required to explain recent credit inquiries or to document adverse credit history except for those involving delinquent Federal debt or a previous Agency loan. Additionally, existing collection accounts may remain outstanding and rental verifications are not required for applicants with credit scores of 640 or greater.

Loan applications will be underwritten based on one of the following.
  • Credit report must match GUS findings.
  • Must not be older than 120 days on the date of closing for existing properties and new construction.
  • Must contain complete information provided by all three repositories.
  • The credit report must show the following three required FICO scoring models for the report to be valid with P
In obtaining those scores, the following scoring models are recognized in the
Agency’s automated underwriting system in the order listed. Any model other than the
source noted below will not be recognized by the system.
Scoring Model
Description Scoring Model Code
Experian Experian/Fair Isaac risk Model v3 15
Experian New Experian Fair Isaac Model (FICO II) 6
Equifax Beacon 5.0 13
Equifax Beacon 96 3
Transunion FICO Risk Score Classic (04) 14
Transunion FICO® Risk Score, Classic (98) 
  • Must reflect a minimum of 2 scores per borrower.
At least one applicant whose income or assets are used for qualification must have at least 2 historical trade line payment references that have existed for at least 12 months to establish a credit reputation and validate the credit score.

If more than one score is supplied by the same repository, the lesser of the scores will be used.
  • Determining Qualifying Credit Score:
    • Middle of 3
    • Lower of 2
    • If only one score is provided, the loan is ineligible with Platinum Mortgage
Minimum credit score for:
  • Manual Underwrite = 680
  • GUS Approval = 640

Most are familiar with USDA Rural Housing Loan Program  being a great no money down program available and it is not just for Kentucky first time buyers

Joel Lobb
Senior Loan Officer
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