FHA guidelines to buy a house you will need a minimum credit score of 580 to qualify for an FHA loan with a minimum 3.5% down payment.
How does an FHA loan work with a credit score below 620? If your credit score is below 620 FHA allows two types of loan approval. Your loan will be approved by Fannie Mae with either an Approve/Eligible or Refer/Eligible or what's called a manual underwriting.
The requirements for both are different. When your loan is an Approve/Eligible your maximum debt-to-income will be 31/43. This means that your mortgage payment will be 31% of your monthly income. And 43% of your monthly debts (mortgage payment, car payment, credit card payments, student loans, etc.) of your monthly income.
If your loan receives an Approve/Eligible and your credit score is below 620 there are no reserves required. You will need to have the 3.5% down payment and either enough funds for closing cost or enough credits to close. FHA does allow the seller to pay up to 6% of the purchase price for closing cost.
If your loan receives a Refer/Eligible this means the maximum
debt-to-income ratio should be 31/43 but you will need to have one month's
reserves. Reserves equals one month's proposed mortgage payment in the bank after closing.
What if i do not have a credit score? If you have no credit score FHA guidelines assigns you a credit score of 580. Your loan will be a Refer/Eligible and you will need one months reserve to qualify.
Are you short funds to close? The FHA no closing cost loan allows all of your closing cost to be rolled into your loan including your appraisal fee, hazard insurance premium and even your escrow account.
What if I have Collection Accounts? FHA does not require you to pay off collection accounts. Medical collection accounts, auto repossessions, credit card collection account and any other collection account do not have to be paid off.
What if i had a Bankruptcy? At least two years must have elapsed since the discharge date according to FHA guidelines.
What if I had a Short Sale? To be eligible for a FHA loan 3 years must have past from the date of sale. If your mortgage payments were in default at the time of the short sale FHA requires you to wait 3 years before you can qualify for a new loan.
What if I had a Foreclosure? To be eligible for a FHA loan 3 years must have past from the date the bank sold the property.
Seasoning requirements is determined by the type of loan:
A borrower whose previous residence or other real property was foreclosed on or has given a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure within the previous three years is generally not eligible.
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Credit Score Below 620, Credit Score Below 620 in Florida,
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On January 20, 2010 FHA announced a policy change to address risk and strengthen finances. FHA changed the minimum credit scores for new borrowers:
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