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.
If your credit score is below 620 FHA allows ratios above 31/43 with compensating factors. Compensating factors can be one of the following:
FHA below 620 credit score. If your loan receives a Refer/Eligible FHA allows the maximum debt-to-income ratio should be 37/47 with one compensating factor.
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 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.
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What's the minimum credit score needed to buy a house or refinance in Florida?
FHA loans require a minimum 500 credit score to buy a house or refinance
VA loans require a minimum 500 credit score to buy a house or refinance
Fannie Mae loans require a minimum 620 credit score to buy a house or refinance
USDA loans require a minimum 580 credit score to buy a houseor refinance
HomePath loans require a minimum 620 credit score to buy a house
HARP loans require no minimum credit score torefinance
Freddie Mac loans require a minimum 620 credit score to buy a house or refinance
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