Mortgage Credit Scores Used By Lenders To Qualify Borrowers


Mortgage Credit Scores Used By Lenders To Qualify Borrowers

This BLOG On Mortgage Credit Scores Used By Lenders To Qualify Borrowers Was UPDATED On December 9th, 2018

We all know the importance in credit scores when it comes to the mortgage application process.

  • Borrowers get confused and do not know why lenders require credit scores and credit reports from the three major credit reporting agencies
  • What are credit scores and which credit score do mortgage companies use in qualifying a mortgage loan borrower for a home loan is the topic we will cover on this blog

Credit Reports And Credit Scores In Mortgage Process

When borrowers completes a mortgage application, lenders will pull their credit reports from the three major credit reporting agencies.

  • Lender with get three credit scores from each of the credit reporting agencies
  • Mortgage credit scores differ than regular consumer credit scores
  • Mortgage scores are mainly used for qualifying borrowers for home loans
  • The three credit scores is for each loan borrower
  • If borrower has a co-applicant, there will be a total of 6 credit scores;
    • 3 mortgage credit scores for each borrower

Credit Reporting Agencies

Lenders will pull a tri-merger credit report on mortgage applicants. Each credit bureau has a separate credit score for each consumer. Lenders will use the middle credit score to qualify borrowers.

Here are the three credit reporting agencies:

  • TransUnion
  • Experian
  • Equifax
  • Each credit reporting agency will have different credit scores for each borrower
  • Lenders always uses the middle credit scores in qualifying mortgage applicants
  • For example, here is a case scenario:
    • Lets use a case scenario where James Jones had a Transunion credit scores of 710
    • an Experian credit scores of 650
    • and an Equifax credit scores of 595
    • Lenders will use the middle credit score.
    • Experian score of 650 FICO is the middle credit scores for James Jones
    • This is the credit score that will be used

Co-Borrowers On Mortgage Loan

Now, the co-borrower, Jill Jones has Transunion credit scores of 680,

  • Experian credit scores of 620, and Equifax mortgage credit scores of 565
  • Jill Jones’s middle credit scores are 620
  • James Jones middle mortgage credit scores are 650
  • Co-borrower Jill Jones middle scores are 620
  • Now what! 
  • Which mortgage credit scores will the lender use in calculating credit scores in this particular mortgage loan? 
  • The answer to this question is the lender will always use the lower of the two borrower’s credit scores
  • So in this case, the lender will be using the lower credit scores of Jill Jones, which is 620 FICO

So out of a total of six mortgage credit scores, we now came to one credit score in qualifying for a mortgage loan.

NON-QM Mortgage Guidelines

Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. NMLS 1657322 offers non-qm loans and bank statement loans for self employed borrowers. NON-QM Loans have different lending guidelines than government and/or conforming loans. Gustan Cho Associates will use the middle credit score of the main borrower and NOT the lower middle credit score of the lower credit score borrowers/co-borrowers. There are quick fixes to boost credit scores. Borrowers with lower credit who need help in qualify for mortgage with bad credit, please contact us at Gustan Cho Associates at 262-716-8151. Or text us for faster response or email us at

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