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Alternative Lines Of Credit For FHA Loan Approval

We need a credit reference or printout showing that you made your payments on the following untraditional credits on time for a 12 month period or longer.  It can be as far back as 3 years ago.  I need names, addresses, and phone numbers on these letters.  We will verbally verify this information so legibility and accuracy is critical.

(Letter on letterhead of respective creditor is required/preferred)

Auto/Health/Life/Homeowners Insurance
Cell Phone/Pager & Cable TV & Satellite TV

Water & Gas & Electricity

Newspaper Subscription

Gym Membership

Furniture Rental or Day Care/Baby Sitter

School Tuition

Medical/ Doctor Bills

Here are the guidelines directly from FHA:

must have a minimum of 3 sources of credit with a minimum of 12 months of history. The last date of activity should be less than 36 months from the date of the loan application. This indicates information about the borrower’s financial picture is current.

Provide  non-traditional credit from Group I as shown below for a total of 3 sources of credit (traditional or non-traditional). When necessary, Group II may be used when Group I has been exhausted.

Group I – rental housing payments (subject to independent verification if the borrower is a renter), utility company reference (if not included in the rental housing payment), including gas, electricity, water, land-line home telephone service, cable TV.  If the borrower is renting from a family member, request independent documents to prove regularity of payments, such as cancelled checks.

Group II – insurance coverage, i.e., medical, auto, life, renter’s insurance (not payroll deducted); payment to child care providers – made to a business providing such services; school tuition; retail stores – department, furniture, appliance stores, specialty stores; rent to own – i.e., furniture, appliances; payment of that part of medical bills not covered by insurance; Internet/cell phone services; a documented 12 month history of saving by regular deposits (at least quarterly/non-payroll deducted/no NSF checks reflected), resulting in an increasing balance to the account; automobile leases, or a personal loan from an individual with repayment terms in writing and supported by cancelled checks to document the payments.


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