Financial reporter John Carney — brother of Examiner political columnist Tim Carney — reports at MSNBC that bank credit standards are going to be challenged as racist:
Banks will be accused of employing discriminatory credit standards when making mortgages in a series of fair housing complaints that a national consumer coalition plans to file beginning next week.
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition plans to challenge the widespread practice of requiring borrowers asking for FHA-backed loans to have higher FICO scores than the minimum required by the FHA, according to a report from Ken Harney at New Times.
The FHA requires a minimum FICO score of 500. Borrowers with down-payments as low as 3.5 percent must have a score of at least 580. Borrowers with scores between 500 and 580 must put a minimum of 10 percent down.
Note the median FICO score ins 723. But requiring a score of at least 580 to get a home loan with only 3.5 percent down is racist? Huh?