FHA loan requirements 2016

FHA loan requirements 2016


FHA requires a minimum credit score of 500

VA requires a minimum credit score of 500

Fannie Mae minimum credit score of 620

USDA requires a minimum credit score of 580


FHA credit score

Borrowers with a credit score above 500 are eligible for an FHA home loan.

  • 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%

Borrowers with a 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.

Updated guidelines

FHA does not require collection accounts to be paid off as a condition of mortgage approval. However, FHA does recognize that collection efforts by the creditor for unpaid collections could affect the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage.

  • If evidence of a payment arrangement is not available, the lender must calculate the monthly payment using 5% of the outstanding balance of each collection, and include the monthly payment in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.

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.

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.


FHA minimum down payment of 3.5%

VA loan no minimum down payment

Fannie Mae minimum down payment of 5%

USDA no minimum down payment


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FHA

Requires a minimum credit score of 500 to buy a home

FHA minimum

credit score 500

VA

Requires a minimum credit score of 500 to buy a home

VA minimum

credit score 500

Fannie Mae

Requires a minimum credit score of 620 to buy a home

Fannie Mae minimum

credit score 620

Freddie Mac

Requires a minimum credit score of 620 to buy a home

Freddie Mac minimum

credit score 620


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