Are There Differences Between FHA Versus Conventional Disputed Tradelines?

This BLOG On The Differences Between FHA Versus Conventional Disputed Tradelines Was Written By Gustan Cho NMLS 873293 Of CrossCountry Mortgage NMLS 3029

The question to are there differences between FHA Versus Conventional Disputed Tradelines, the answer is yes.

  • FHA has much more lenient mortgage lending credit requirements between FHA Versus Conventional Disputed Tradelines.
  • A consumer credit dispute is when a consumer will dispute a derogatory and/or incorrect item on the consumer’s credit report because it is wrong or it is incorrect.
  • Many times, consumers who have derogatory credit tradelines will try to dispute derogatory credit items such as collection accounts, charge off accounts, and late payments in the hopes of the credit bureaus removing it from their credit report.

How Does Credit Disputes Work?

Disputing derogatory credit items is the oldest trick in the book for credit repair companies and consumers trying to delete derogatory credit items off their credit report.

Here is how credit disputes work in trying to get bad credit items deleted off your credit report:

  • Consumer will write a letter to the three credit reporting agencies contesting that the creditor is wrong or that the derogatory credit tradeline is not theirs
  • Once the credit bureaus receive the letter from the consumer, they notify the actual creditor about the consumer’s credit dispute
  • The creditor has 30 days to provide documentation proving that the consumer credit dispute is wrong and needs to provide the validity that the way they are reporting is correct
  • If the creditor does not respond to the creditor within the 30 day window, the credit bureaus need to remove the disputed tradeline or correct it

Why Do Mortgage Lenders Make Credit Disputes Such A Big Deal?

There are reasons why mortgage lenders halt the mortgage process with borrowers who have credit disputes.

Here are the reasons:

  • Credit disputes will halt the mortgage process
  • When a consumer disputes a particular credit tradeline, the credit bureaus automatically exempts the individual credit tradelines that is being disputed from the credit scoring formula so the disputed credit tradeline is like it doesn’t exist
  • With the above statement, whenever a consumer disputes a credit tradeline that is a recent collection account, their credit scores will jump up because the credit bureaus will exempt the derogatory collection account from the credit scoring formula
  • When a credit dispute is removed from a derogatory credit tradeline, whether it is by the consumer’s request and/or the credit dispute has been resolved and the creditor has provided the credit bureaus validity of the derogatory credit item, the consumer’s credit scores will drop.
  • It is like having that derogatory credit item back on the credit dispute like a new derogatory.
  • There are tricks of the trade to use credit disputes to boost credit scores with FHA Loans, which we will explain later

FHA Versus Conventional Disputed Tradelines

FHA Versus Conventional Disputed Tradelines are different. FHA have much looser credit guidelines with regards to disputed tradelines.

Here are FHA Versus Conventional Disputed Tradelines:

  • FHA allows for disputed tradelines on medical collections no matter how much the outstanding collection account balance is
  • FHA does not allow for disputed tradelines on charge off accounts
  • FHA does allow for disputed tradelines on zero balance non-medical collection accounts
  • FHA will allow for disputed non-medical ┬átradelines as long as the total outstanding total of all non-medical collection accounts does not exceed $1,000
  • Any disputed non-medical tradelines that is greater than $1,000 needs to be retracted in order for the FHA mortgage process to proceed

Conventional Versus FHA Disputed Tradelines

Conventional Versus FHA Disputed Tradelines are different. Fannie Mae Desktop Underwriter, or DU, requires that all credit tradelines in dispute cannot be ignored. DU requires that the mortgage underwriter on a Conventional Loan via Fannie Mae needs to ensure that all Desktop Underwriter, DU, conditions associated to tradelines in credit dispute are completely satisfied. Desktop Underwriter, DU, requires that DU Conditions needs to be looked at and reviews as to the accuracy of the credit disputes on disputed tradelines by making sure and verifying that the credit tradelines belongs to the mortgage loan borrower and the underwriter needs to verify the validity of the borrowers credit payment history on their credit report.

Here is the bullet points on how mortgage underwriters are required to satisfy the conditions:

  • In the event if the disputed credit tradelines does not belong to the mortgage borrower and/or the credit payment history on the borrower’s credit report is inaccurate, they need to have the borrower provide written documents and needs to place those in the file of the mortgage borrower.
  • If the information provided by the borrower provided to the mortgage underwriter determines that the information is valid and correct, DU will require no further action.
  • In the event if the disputed tradelines does belong to the borrower and the derogatory payment history on the credit report is accurate, the disputed credit tradelines needs to be retracted from the credit report.
  • A new credit report needs to be pulled showing that the disputed tradelines no longer reflect on the credit report and that new credit report needs to be resubmitted to DU.
  • Manual underwriting is not permitted on Conventional Loans like they are on FHA Loans.

Quick Fixes On Resolving Credit Disputes So Mortgage Process Can Proceed

On cases where it the credit dispute of the tradelines cannot be proved that it doesn’t belong to the mortgage borrower then the second bulletpoint needs to be followed:

  1. The second bulletpoint doesn’t permit for a credit supplement as satisfactory proof nor evidence that the credit tradelines is not longer in credit dispute as the Desktop Underwriter won’t be able to decipher the credit supplement.
  2. The mortgage borrower needs to make contact with the creditor who they are currently in credit dispute with and a new credit report needs to be pulled. A new DU AUS needs to be pulled. This tactic and procedure is mandatory on all zero balance credit disputes as well. This procedure applies to all mortgage loans when a Desktop Underwriting Finding shows this condition concerning tradelines that are in credit disputes.

If you are in need to qualify for a mortgage, whether FHA, VA, USDA, Conventional and have outstanding credit disputes, please contact Gustan Cho of The Gustan Cho Team at CrossCountry Mortgage NMLS 3029 at 262-878-1965 or you can text Gustan Cho on his cell for faster response at 262-716-8151. You can also email Gustan Cho at gcho@gustancho.com 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, holidays. CrossCountry Mortgage NMLS 3029 is a national Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae Direct Lender licensed in 50 states with no lender overlays and known by many for its 21 day closings.

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