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Posts: 293
Registered: ‎01-12-2012

Letters of explanation

Hello. I finally have my loan package and its pretty straight forward.  M mortgage broker does want a letter of explanation for


short sale 2009

car late payment 2011

credit card late payments (one card has 2 lates and the other has several)


do I write ne letter explaining everything or a separate letter for each issue?



2009 spouse laid off short sale happened


2010, 2011 late payments spouse finally working but 100% commission so rent, utilities, food, child care came first, car payments and credit cards second priority


last three late payments on the one credit card baby born, three months maternity leave, spouse still on commission job


Spouse finally  went back to a salary job, bills on time for the last 12 months.  Six months ago we separated and also seperated  our finances. Trying to buy a house on my own and I am so close.  

middle score 664 and no late payment for 12 months.


Equifax my fico 629
Transunion my fico 669
Experian fako 663
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Registered: ‎06-09-2010

Re: Letters of explanation

Separate LOE for each incident.

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Posts: 7,048
Registered: ‎07-03-2007

Re: Letters of explanation

seperate letter for each "issue/event"......  (each issue might affect more than one item)


1. what happened?

2. how did you deal with it?

3. what steps have you taken to assure it doesn't happen again?



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Posts: 3,406
Registered: ‎12-19-2012

Re: Letters of explanation

I actually wrote one LOE for all conditions. I put it in outline format and explained why in about 4 or 5 sentences. I had 22 conditions to satisfy. If I wrote one LOE for each, it would have taken much longer. I already had to pull two all nighters to satisfy the conditions by dawn with ONE letter that was signed and dated at the bottom. I had the conditions listed in the same order and number format as what was on my commitment letter. I don't think it truly matters if you write individual LOEs or one big LOE. You will save time and writer's cramp if you write one big LOE. I had 3 rounds of conditions to satisfy so I ended up writing 3 or 4 LOEs for all 22 conditions that was 3 pages long max.

An LOE shouldn't be a novel. You should be able to fit at a minimum 2 or 3 on one page. And if the same reason applies to multiple conditions, write "see item #X" plus add anything additional that applies to that condition but not the other. This will save you time.
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