Your credit history and credit score are among the top factors lenders consider when they approve a mortgage. This can make it challenging to buy a home for those who don’t have a credit history. Plus, if you’ve never borrowed or used credit cards, your credit score may have little to no information at all.
The good news is, you don’t have to worry about not having an extensive credit history when you shop around for your first home. Here are ways to buy a house without a credit history and still have a chance at mortgage approval.
A co-signer is someone who doesn’t live with you, such as a parent or relative, and is willing to get a loan with you and assume responsibility if you can’t make payments. Choosing a co-signer with good credit gives you a better chance at getting your loan approved even if your credit is low or non-existent.
An FHA loan is backed by the Federal Housing Administration and is popular for helping people buy a new home even if they have no credit history. The program helps many first-time homebuyers by instructing lenders not to turn away borrowers who don’t have credit scores and look at all aspects of their mortgage application.
There are mortgage lenders who are more flexible when it comes to credit history and are willing to accept loans with little to no credit history. Your loan advisor can guide you and connect you if you choose to go this route.
Under normal circumstances, underwriting involves pulling your credit history to prove your creditworthiness. Since you have little to no credit history, you can ask your lender for a manual underwriting process which makes them go through your financial documents such as proof of on-time payments with your landlord, utility companies, insurance companies, and others as evidence of financial responsibility.
If you can put down or save up for a large down payment, you may have the leverage you need to close the loan. Lenders may choose to overlook little to no credit history for someone who can make at least 20% down.
Don’t let good credit scores and long credit history requirements stop you from buying your dream home. There are plenty of ways to get a mortgage with no credit.
Get in touch with our loan experts to help you decide which type of mortgage fits your requirements.