Fannie Mae and the new Trended Credit, what it means for you

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Recently, Fannie Mae, one of the main guarantor’s of conforming mortgages, enhanced its underwriting system, Desktop Underwriter. This new version, Desktop Underwriter 10.0, analyzes a borrower’s credit using a new tool called “trended credit”. It requires trended credit data to be taken into consideration when underwriting a single-family mortgage transaction. Desktop Underwriter’s evaluation is fair and impartial, applying the same criteria to every mortgage loan application considered.

What is Trended Credit Data?

Trended credit data is a deeper view of the borrower’s credit history. It provides lenders with a 24-month history of a borrower’s credit payments including balance, credit limit, scheduled payment and actual payment. This helps lenders determine whether a potential borrower will be high or low credit risk, based on how they already manage their lines of credit.

An individual who pays more than their minimum payments on their monthly debt is more likely to be a “lower risk” than someone who only makes the minimum monthly payments.

Trended data has been used by credit card and finance companies for years but until now, it has not been widely used in the mortgage industry.

Trended data will only be used with conforming Fannie Mae loans at this time.

What are the benefits of Trended Credit Data?

The new enhancement will help creditworthy borrowers to gain access to mortgage credit and lasting homeownership. It will benefit borrowers who regularly pay off their revolving debt, increasing the possibility of being approved by the Desktop Underwriter 10.0. Those who would have barely missed the minimum requirements may now be approved.

We are always happy to bring you the latest news on the mortgage industry to keep you and your client’s informed. If you have any questions on how this might affect you and your clients, please give The Polder Group a call today. We would love to hear from you.