FHA loan requirements credit score
Are shopping for a new home and interested in an FHA loan?
New FHA policy requires a minimum credit of 500 to buy a house. In the old days FHA did not require any credit score. These changes went in to effect in 2010.
To buy a home you will need a minimum credit score of 500. FHA minimum credit score is 500.
Borrowers with credit score above 580 require a 3.5% down payment. The down payment funds can be the borrowers own funds or a gift from a family member and up to a 6% seller's concession is allowed.
FHA does not have a minimum trade line requirement.
FHA allows borrowers with no credit score to qualify for an FHA loan.
If your credit score is below 580 new FHA changes require a 10% down payment. The down payment funds can be the borrowers own funds or a gift from a family member and up to a 6% seller's concession is allowed.
FHA changed the minimum credit scores for new borrowers:
New FHA collection account guidelines
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.
Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Short Sale
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.
Foreclosure - Foreclosure must have been resolved for at least 3 years with no late payments since the date of resolution.
Short Sale - FHA guidelines lets you qualify for a loan after three years from a short sale. FHA guidelines requires three year past from the date of sale of the property. If at the time of short sale your mortgage payments were not late for the previous 12 months there is no waiting period.
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What documentation will I need?
• Personal tax returns for the past 2 years with W2's
• Current pay stubs for the past month
• Bank statements for last 2 months (all pages)
• Sales contract
• Clear copy of Driver’s License (front and back)
• Clear copy of SS card (front and back)
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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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