FHA Collection Accounts

FHA Collection Accounts

FHA starting in April 2012 FHA has changed it's collection account guidelines. Going forward all collection accounts within the last two years must be paid off.

All collection accounts totaling over $1,000.00 must be paid off. Collection accounts that total less than $1,000.00 and are over two years old may not have to be paid off.

If you have collection accounts that are not paid off - FHA allows you to set up a payment arrangement to qualify for a loan. By setting up a payment arrangement FHA will allow you to make three on time monthly payments to qualify for a FHA loan.

Minimum Credit Score

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.

2016 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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2019 FHA Credit Score needed to buy
a condo or refinance


FHA loan requirements new borrowers with less than a 580 credit score will be required to put down at least 10%

FHA requires a minimum credit score of 500 to buy a home or refinance


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


What documentation will I need?

  • Personal tax returns for the past 2 years
  • Current pay stubs for the past month
  • Bank statements for last 2 months (all pages)
  • Clear copy of Driver’s License (front and back)
  • Clear copy of SS card (front and back)

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