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2017 FHA Streamline

2017 FHA Streamline

We hear it all the time!

What's the minimum credit score for an FHA streamline loan?

The answer is. There is no minimum credit score required.

All the major banks Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, etc. have minimum credit score guidelines. What this means is that all the major banks including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, etc. banks make the rules for the loans they approve.

Because the banks make the rules for loans they will approve they may require a minimum credit score of 640 for their loans. These guidelines are the bank's guidelines. When you apply for an FHA streamline loan at a major bank and they tell you their minimum credit score requirement is 640. This does not mean that it's the same as FHA's minimum credit score requirements.

It means that they are the bank's minimum credit score guidelines.

FHA announced a policy change to address risk and strengthen finances. FHA changed the minimum FICO scores for new borrowers.

  • New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify for FHA's 3.5% down payment program. New borrowers with less than a 580 FICO 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.
  • This change will be posted in the Federal Register in February and, after a notice and comment period, would go into effect in the early summer.

The 2017 FHA streamline refinance program does not have a minimum FICO score requirement. FHA no longer requires employment and income verification on streamline refinance loans.

  • No minimum credit score to qualify
  • No employment verification
  • No credit report required
  • No appraisal required

A borrower is eligible for a FHA streamline refinance if for the last 12 months mortgage payments were made on time and there current mortgage is an FHA mortgage. To qualify for a streamline refinance there must be a net tangible benefit to the homeowner.

  • the borrower must have made at least six payments on the FHA-insured loan
  • mortgage being refinanced at least six full months must have passed since the first payment due date of the refinanced mortgage
  • at least 210 days must have passed from the closing date of the mortgage being refinanced

The 2017 FHA streamline refinance is designed to lower the monthly principal and interest payments on a current FHA-insured mortgage. The new loan must involve no cash back to the borrower, except for minor adjustments at closing, not to exceed $500.

The 2017 FHA streamline guidelines requires no minimum credit score, no employment verification, no credit report required, no appraisal required.

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FHA loans

FHA loans require a minimum 500 credit score to buy a house or refinance

500 credit score

VA loans

VA loans require a minimum 500 credit score to buy a house or refinance

500 credit score

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae loans require a minimum 620 credit score to buy a house or refinance

620 credit score

USDA loans

USDA loans require a minimum 580 credit score to buy a houseor refinance

580 credit score

HOMEPATH

HomePath loans require a minimum 620 credit score to buy a house

620 credit score

HARP refinance

HARP loans require no minimum credit score torefinance

No minimum credit score

Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac loans require a minimum 620 credit score to buy a house or refinance

620 credit score

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