Why so few low-FICO home loan applicants?

  • There is a new CFPB definition of “application,” which requires six pieces of consumer information.
  • All over the country we have crazy conversations in which the lender avoids income or address, yet runs a credit report.
  • Another element has changed since the heat of the bubble: In 2005 we had a zillion ways to put a loan together. Today's product array is much more limited.

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Our friends at CoreLogic have asked two good questions in a blog this month. First, why so few loan applications by borrowers with low FICO scores today compared to 10 years ago? And, if credit is tighter today than then — as it is, by all testimony — why has the rate of decline of applications fallen?