Credit Score FHA Loan - FHA requires a minimum credit score of 500 to qualify for a home buyer loan.
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.
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.
FHA minimum credit score
FHA allows a home
buyer to make a down payment of 3.50% and allows the seller to contribute up to
6% of the purchase price for closing costs
with a 580 minimum credit score.
First time home buyers with a credit score below 580 must make a minimum 10.0% down payment and allows a seller concession of up to 6% of the purchase price to pay for closing cost.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
At least two years must have elapsed since the discharge date of the borrower and / or spouse's Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, according to FHA guidelines.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
FHA will consider approving a borrower who is still paying on a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy if those payments have been satisfactorily made and verified for a period of one year. The court trustee's written approval will also be needed in order to proceed with the loan.
Foreclosure must have been resolved for at least 3 years with no late payments since the date of resolution. Minimum credit score of 500.
Seasoning Requirements are determined by the type of loan:
FHA requires a minimum of three years from the date of sale. FHA guidelines requires three year past from the date of sale of the property. Documentation of sale date will be required.
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FHA Minimum Credit Score Needed to Buy a House
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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