December 11, 2019

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FHA Loans: What Is The Ideal Credit Score?

Many readers write us asking questions about FHA loans. We field questions about bankruptcy, foreclosure, loan default, and many others. We also get plenty of questions about credit scores, qualifying for FHA home loans in general, and what it takes to qualify.

Credit is the topic of many of our most frequently asked questions. Many borrowers want to know what the FHA is looking for in a credit report, what the minimums are, but the FHA’s “ideal credit score” is seldom discussed. Please note: this score is NOT the FHA minimum, it’s what the FHA considers to be an “ideal” score. Something to live up to, rather than basic qualifying criteria.

What does the FHA consider to be an optimal credit score? According to the FHA official site at,

Joe Wallace - Staff Writer

By Joe Wallace

January 6, 2012

Joe Wallace has been specializing in military and personal finance topics since 1995. His work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and a member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. He was Managing editor for for (8) years and is currently the Associate Editor for

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