July 22, 2019

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The Difference Between FHA Loan Credit Score Requirements And Your Lender's FICO Score Rules

The Difference Between FHA Loan Credit Score Requirements And Your Lender’s FICO Score Rules

We answer many reader questions about FHA home loans, including information about credit requirements, appraisal issues, and FHA loan standards. Among the most common reader questions about FHA home loans? Questions about the credit scores required to get home loan approval. This issue is confusing to some borrowers because they don’t realize that FHA loan rules say one thing and lender requirements may say another. Is this a contradiction? No. The FHA loan credit score requirements should be viewed by the borrower as the minimum standard, with the knowledge that the lender is permitted to require higher FICO scores than the FHA’s minimums but NOT permitted to require LOWER scores than the FHA minimum. In other words, consider the FHA loan FICO score numbers as the baseline lowest scores permitted. | more...

 
What You Need To Know When Your Home Loan Lender Pulls Your Credit Report

What You Need To Know When Your Home Loan Lender Pulls Your Credit Report

Everyone who applies for a home loan should know the contents of their credit reports long before they start filling out FHA loan application paperwork. Just as important? Knowing what your loan officer is looking for out of your credit report. Did you know that FHA home loan rules published in HUD 4000.1 instruct the lender on specific areas of the report to examine? In fact, there are FHA loan standards for the credit report itself-the report must meet the following requirements in order to be used by the lender. The credit report must contain: the name of the FHA lender ordering the credit report; the name, address, and telephone number of the consumer reporting agency; the name and SSN of each Borrower; and the primary repository from which any | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Credit Issues: Collection Agencies

FHA Home Loan Credit Issues: Collection Agencies

Many borrowers want to know if they are still eligible for a home loan even if they have debts that were referred to a collection agency. Can a borrower still get an FHA mortgage if they have collection accounts listed on their credit report? The FHA rules governing this issue can be found in HUD 4000.1, which begins with the FHA definition of “Collection Accounts”: “A Collection Account is a Borrower’s loan or debt that has been submitted to a collection agency through a creditor. “ When the lender finds collection information listed on the credit report, it is not necessarily an automatic denial of the loan waiting to happen. FHA loan rules require the lender to review the information to make sure the borrower wasn’t simply disregarding the debt | more...

 
Get A Free Credit Report Before Applying For An FHA Loan

Get A Free Credit Report Before Applying For An FHA Loan

Are you considering an FHA mortgage, FHA refinance loan, or even a reverse mortgage? It is important to take the right amount of time to prepare for your FHA loan before filling out the application and that means knowing what your credit report says long before you start the process. You want to know the contents of your credit report so you can make sure there is no identity theft, inaccurate information, or other problems. But many borrowers don’t know how to get copies of your credit report. You Can Get A Free Credit Report From All Three Major Credit Reporting Agencies Once Per Year All consumers are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months. This report is available from each of the three credit reporting agencies; Equifax, | more...

 
Don't Make These Home Loan Mistakes

Don’t Make These Home Loan Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is stressful, but there are things you can do as a first-time buyer that will help. Avoid these big mistakes when planning your mortgage. Don’t Change Jobs Before Your Mortgage Closes This advice does not apply to everyone, but it does for those who are contemplating changing the nature of their employment from having a boss and a traditional workplace to a freelance, contract, or per-project type work. There are different FHA home loan rules for non-traditional employment, freelance jobs, commission income, etc. If you were working in a typical job at the start of the home loan application process and are tempted to switch to contract, freelance, or commission work, your job switch could hinder your mortgage loan process since the income | more...

 
5 FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

5 FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

There are many rules and regulations that govern FHA home loans and knowing how the system works can save you time and money when you are ready to start the journey toward home ownership. Some borrowers may ask themselves if they are ready to buy a home; if you know some or all of the areas below you may be closer than you think. FHA Home Loans Require Occupancy You cannot buy a home with an FHA single-family home loan unless at least one person obligated on the loan will use the property as their primary residence. This occupancy requirement is non-negotiable and the borrower must take possession of the home within a reasonable time after closing, usually 60 days for existing construction home. Properties that require repairs (such as | more...

 
FHA Loan Credit Advice

FHA Loan Credit Advice

First-time home buyers and experienced home owners alike sometimes need help understanding what it takes to be approved for a major line of credit like an FHA home loan. What does it take to financially qualify for the mortgage and get on the road to home ownership? Buying real estate with an FHA mortgage means making a serious investment of time and money. And that usually begins with budgeting, saving, and working on your credit. Preparing your credit a year in advance or more is a very good way to prepare for the home loan application process. Why? Your lender needs to see at least 12 months of on-time payments on ALL financial responsibilities prior to your applying for the home loan. Anything less than this can hurt your chances | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: Things To Do, Things Not To Do

FHA Home Loans: Things To Do, Things Not To Do

FHA home loans, like all mortgages, represent a major investment for a borrower. There are things you should do in the FHA home loan process to get closer to loan approval, and there are things you should definitely NOT do as a new home buyer. Do you know what they are? FHA Loans: DO Work On Your Credit As Early As Possible Your FICO scores will determine the interest rate you are offered and the amount of the down payment required. It’s best to examine your credit report at least a year ahead of your loan application to make sure you have plenty of time to work on credit issues. FHA Home Loans: DO NOT Run Up More Debt Prior To Your Home Loan Opening new credit cards, adding more | more...

 
FHA Credit Score Eligibility: FICO Scores You Need To Qualify For A Loan

FHA Credit Score Eligibility: FICO Scores You Need To Qualify For A Loan

How low can your credit score go before you are not eligible for an FHA home loan? Borrowers get confused on this point but there is an easy way to remember what it takes to qualify for an FHA mortgage when it comes to the FICO score numbers. There are two requirements-that is what confuses many first-time home buyers. They hear that FHA home loan rules say one thing, and assume that is the final word on the matter. But it’s not. FHA loan rules state that borrowers with credit scores starting at 500 or better are technically eligible for an FHA home loan. Those with FICO scores between 500 and 579 are required by the FHA to make a 10% down payment. Those with FICO scores at 580 or | more...

 
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FHA Loans After Bankruptcy

Yes, it is possible to get a home loan following a bankruptcy with an FHA mortgage loan. Some borrowers, including first-time home buyers, assume that after a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing that it is impossible to get a new home loan. Others assume you must wait seven years or longer to apply for a new home loan. What’s the reality? Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy The most important thing about getting a new loan after bankruptcy is when you apply, and following that the most important issues include whether or not your bankruptcy has been discharged or not. FHA home loans are possible but only after the bankruptcy has been discharged, not after they have been initially filed. The FHA Home Loan Seasoning Period After a | more...