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Credit score needed to buy a house 2017


FHA World - Credit score needed to buy a house 2017

The mortgage industry has changed dramatically in the last few years. In the old days obtaining an FHA loan was easy. Today, most lenders require a minimum credit score of 640 to qualify for a FHA loan.

It is important to understand that just because one lender will not qualify you for an FHA loan, it does not mean that another lender will not approve you.

After the financial crisis of 2008 all the major banks raised their standards for approving an FHA loan. 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.

FHA World - Credit score needed to buy a house 2017

Borrowers with a prior bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, or short sale may be eligible for an FHA insured loan if the bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, short sale was the result of a documented extenuating circumstance.

Borrowers may also be eligible for an FHA insured loan on a purchase transaction after 12 months from the completion, discharge, trustee's sale if the borrower meets the requirements for extenuating circumstances Economic Event.

FHA World - Credit score needed to buy a house 2017

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%
  • FHA allows the seller to pay up to 6% for your closing cost
  • FHA minimum credit score is 500

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.

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Minimum Credit Score Needed

to Buy a Home


FHA requires a minimum credit score of 500 to buy a house

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Collection accounts

A collection is minor in nature usually does not need to be paid off as a condition for loan approval

Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy at least two years must have elapsed since the discharge date

Foreclosure

Foreclosure must have been resolved for at least 3 years 

  • Government loan: Seasoning is determined by the date the claim was paid
  • Loans other than Government: Seasoning is determined by the date of sale the lender sold the property

Short Sale

FHA guidelines requires three year past from the date of sale of the property


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