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Can you qualify for a USDA loan if your credit score is below 640?

February 17th, 2017 by usdaadmin

Can you qualify for a USDA loan if your credit score is below 640?

While many lenders will only offer USDA loans if your credit score is 640 or above, it can still be possible to qualify for a USDA loan when your score is below that mark.

In today’s video, I will walk you through the qualifying steps on how it can be possible to qualify for a USDA loan if your credit score is below 640.

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As a starting point, by having a 640 qualifying credit score, it allows access to the USDA automated Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) which can allow for a more streamlined approval process.

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Also, USDA guidelines state that loans with credit scores of 580 or below should not be approved.  However, while a certain credit score can help open the door to available loan programs, it is important to understand that a credit score does not guarantee an approval.

In cases when your credit score is below 640, it is still possible to qualify for a USDA loan under more stringent underwriting guidelines.  If you are not familiar with the term, it is exactly how it sounds, a more manual process to qualify for a USDA loan.  For example, we may need to verify rental payment history, or require more explanations for any collections, charge-offs, or previous negative credit history.

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It is always important for a potential applicant to show their intent for good credit through proper explanations and documenting any adverse credit which includes evidence to support that the negative event was:

  1. Temporary in nature
  2. Beyond the applicant’s control, and
  3. Circumstances contributing to the adverse credit have been removed.

Once this evidence has been provided, a properly documented credit waiver will be created to explain the details surrounding the adverse credit, thus supporting the underwriter’s rationale for initially approving the loan.

While the steps seem overwhelming, through proper planning and guidance, USDA loan qualifying can be possible with credit scores below 640.

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