Minimum credit scores for FHA loans

Minimum credit scores for FHA loans


FHA announced a policy change to address risk and strengthen finances. FHA has changed the minimum credit score for new borrowers:

  • New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum credit score of 580 to qualify for 3.5% down payment
  • FHA loan requires new borrowers with less than a 580 credit score will be required to put down at least 10%
  • FHA minimum credit score is 500

In the old days, FHA did not have a minimum credit score requirement.

FHA minimum credit score 2016

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.

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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

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Requires a minimum credit score of 620 to buy a home

Freddie Mac minimum

credit score 620


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