We hear it all the time!
What's the minimum credit score for an FHA loan?
The answer is. It depends on who you ask.
All the major banks Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, etc. have minimum credit score requirements. When you apply for an FHA mortgage at a major bank and they tell you their minimum credit score requirement is 640. This does not mean that it's FHA's minimum credit score. It means that they are the bank's minimum credit score requirements.
After the financial crisis of 2008 all the major banks raised their standards for approving FHA loans. 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. What this means is, all the major banks including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, etc. banks make the rules for loans they will approve.
FHA announced a new policy to address risk.
FHA has changed the minimum credit score for new borrowers:
FHA requirements new borrowers will now be required to have a minimum credit score of 580 to qualify for 3.5% down payment FHA loan requirements new borrowers with less than a 580 credit score will be required to put down at least 10% This has allowed the FHA to better balance its risk and continue to provide financing for home buyers
New 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.
New FHA loan requirements 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.
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* FHA requirements new borrowers will now be required to have a minimum credit score of 580 to qualify for 3.5% down payment
* FHA loan requirements new borrowers with less than a 580 credit score will be required to put down at least 10%
FHA Credit Score
Requires a minimum credit score of 500 to buy a home or refinance
A collection is minor in nature usually does not need to be paid off as a condition for loan approval
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy at least two years must have elapsed since the discharge date
Foreclosure must have been resolved for at least 3 years
FHA guidelines requires three year past from the date of sale of the property
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