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February 26, 2014

FHA Credit Scores Fell While DTI Increased

By John Bancroft

For Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities issued in January 2013, the average reported credit score was 701 and the average DTI ratio was 38.0. By December, the average FHA credit score was down to 680, while the average DTI ratio was up to 40.3.

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