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Will forbearance hurt my credit score?

Many people are struggling these days. Mortgage forbearance (pausing payments) may seem like the answer.

One of the biggest questions people are asking is, will forbearance hurt my credit score?  The answer is both no and yes.

Per the CARE ACT, lenders are not allowed to report any paused (missed) payments as a late payment on the credit report, so technically no, it shouldnt effect your credit score.

BUT, the word forbearance WILL show up as a comment under your mortgage (I've seen it already). Lenders will know, and will be extremely reluctant to lend to you in the near future.

Long standing underwriting guidelines have always required we review a minimum of your last 12 months mortgage payment history, which we normally just see on your credit report. Lenders will likely NOT lend to you until you can prove, document, and verify you've had a normal on time payment history for at least the last 12 months.

I've created a webpage related to how COVID 19 has affected the mortgage and real estate industries. You can read more at


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Comment balloon 2 commentsJoseph Metzler • April 28 2020 03:40PM


It would be very unfortunate if the missed payments due to the coronavirus are held against borrowers.  I have family members that have chosen to go that route.  I would not be surprised, though.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 7 months ago

This is timely information to share. Many mortgage borrowers are being impacted.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

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