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2012 FHA Loan

September 20, 2012


Apply for a 2012 FHA loan.

FHA minimum credit score is 530. New FHA policy requires a minimum credit of 530 to buy a home or refinance. In the old days FHA did not require any credit score. These changes went in to effect in 2010.

To buy a home you will need a minimum credit score of 530.

Borrowers with credit score above 580 require a 3.5% down payment. The funds can be a gift from a family member and a 6% seller's concession is allowed. Often, 12 months of rental history is required for credit score below 620.

If you have credit scores below 580 new FHA changes require a 10% down payment. All funds must be the borrower's own funds. No gifts are allowed and no seller's concession allowed. Many times 3 to 6 months reserves may be required.

Apply for a FHA loan online.

To refinance your mortgage you need a minimum credit score of 530.

Borrowers with a credit score above 580 can refinance up to a 97.5% loan-to-value on a rate and term refinance. And up to 85% cash out refinance with a credit score above 580.

If you have credit score below 580 new FHA changes require a maximum loan-to-value of 90% for a rate and term refinance. And up to 75% cash out refinance with credit score below 580.

Most lenders require a minimum credit score of 640 for a 2012 FHA loan.
Whether you're planing to buy your first home, refinance, lower your monthly payments, buy a second home, consolidate debt or get pre-approved for a mortgage. A perfect credit score is not needed for an FHA loan approval.

In fact, even if you have had credit problems, such as a bankruptcy, it's easier for you to qualify for an FHA loan than a for a conventional loan. Credit scores down to 530 are accepted if there are compensating factors that offset the credit risk.

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Mortgage World Home Loans is an online mortgage company specializing in FHA loans for first time home buyers. To buy a home with 3.5% down payment and a minimum credit score of 580 using an FHA loan, apply now.


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FHA Minimum Credit Score Needed to Buy a House


On January 20, 2010 FHA announced a policy change to address risk and strengthen finances. FHA changed the minimum credit scores for new borrowers:

  • New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum credit score of 580 to qualify for FHA's 3.5% down payment program
  • New borrowers with less than a 580 credit score will be required to put down at least 10%
  • This allows the FHA to better balance its risk and continue to provide access for those borrowers who have historically performed well

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