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August 26, 2014

Survey Says the Biggest Red Flag for Mortgage Lenders Is ...

Homeownership
Mortgage Lenders

Your credit score is the most important factor to a lender deciding whether to give you a mortgage loan, right?  Wrong, according to a survey conducted for credit-score company FICO by the Professional Risk Managers' International Association.

About two-thirds of the credit-risk professionals responding to the latest Consumer Credit Risk – North America Trends and Expectations survey were from the United States, and about one-third from Canada.

When asked which factor would make them most hesitant to approve a mortgage loan application, here's how they responded:

  • High debt-to-income (DTI) ratio tops the list by a wide margin.  The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) suggests a maximum DTI of 43%.
  • The second-biggest potential red flag is if you’ve submitted multiple credit applications recently, such as for a new credit card or car loan.  To lenders, this means that you're planning to take on even more debt, which could affect your ability to repay a mortgage loan.
  • Low credit score comes in third.
  • Frequent job changes and lack of savings round out the top five.

See the full survey report for more details.

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