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FHA DTI guidelines


FHA DTI guidelines. Debt to income ratios are the calculations underwriters use to determine whether a borrower can qualify for a mortgage. They are used to determine if you have the capacity to repay your mortgage.

There are two calculations. The first or Front Ratio is your housing expense-to-income ratio. This is your proposed mortgage payment (principle, interest, taxes, mortgage insurance, and home owners insurance) divided by your gross monthly income.

The second or Back Ratio is your total monthly obligations-to-income ratio. This is your gross monthly payment including Mortgage PITI divided by your gross monthly income.

FHA loan requirements include a maximum debt to income ratio. When a borrower applies for an FHA mortgage, they are required to disclose all debts, open lines of credit, and all possible approved sources of regular income. Using this data, the bank and the FHA calculate the borrower's debt-to-income ratio.

FHA DTI guidelines

FHA maximum debt to income ratio is 54.99%. Most lenders will limit maximum debt-to-income to under 50% and some lenders to 45%.

FHA allows a borrower with a credit score of 580 to buy a home with only a 3.5% down payment. FHA guidelines allows a borrower with a minimum credit score of 580 to buy a home using their own funds for a down payment or the down payment funds can be a gift from a family member. If reserves are required must be the borrowers own funds.

FHA guidelines allows a home buyer with a minimum credit score above 580 up to a 6% seller concessions. The seller concessions must be written into the sales contract.

FHA guidelines requires a minimum credit score of 500 for all loans.

Home buyers with a credit score below 580 are required to make a 10% down payment. The down payment funds can belong to the borrower or can be a gift from a family member. Up to 6% seller concessions are allowed. If reserves are required must be the borrowers own funds.

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FHA credit requirements - Loan-to-value - Loan limits - Debt-to-income


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FHA Minimum Credit Score Needed to Buy a House or Refinance


FHA requires a minimum credit score of 530 to buy a home or refinance

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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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