FHA 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. By setting up a payment arrangement FHA will allow you to make three on time monthly payments to qualify for a FHA loan.
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.
FHA guidelines allows a home buyer with a minimum credit score of 580 up to a 6% seller's concession. The seller's concession must be written into the sales contract.
2017 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 must belong to the borrower. No gift funds are allowed and no seller's concessions are allowed.
FHA Credit - FHA announced a set of policy changes to strengthen the FHA. The changes announced are the latest in a series of changes enacted in order to better position the FHA to manage its risk while continuing to support the nation’s housing market recovery.
The FHA has taken the following step:
* Update the combination of FICO scores and down payments for new borrowers
* New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify for FHA's 3.5% down payment program
* New borrowers with less than a 580 FICO score will be required to put down at least 10%
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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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