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Am I Eligible For An FHA Loan Even Though I Have Had Credit Problems?

Am I Eligible For An FHA Loan Even Though I Have Had Credit Problems?

Am I eligible for an FHA loan even though I have had credit problems? Borrowers often worry their credit scores or credit history aren’t good enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan, but what is the reality? What do FHA loan rules say about credit and your ability to borrow? FHA Loans For Borrowers After Bankruptcy FHA home loans are possible for those who have a bankruptcy on their credit history, but there is a mandatory waiting period and the duration of that wait depends on the nature of your filing. The mandatory waiting period begins when the bankruptcy is discharged, NOT when it is initially filed. FHA Loans For Borrowers After Foreclosure, Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosre, Or Short Sale Borrowers with foreclosure or short sale activity on their credit | more...

 
Can I get an FHA loan after a short sale?

Can I Get An FHA Mortgage After A Short Sale?

Can I get an FHA loan after a short sale? Many have asked this question, unsure of the FHA loan rules for transactions in the wake of a negative credit event such as a foreclosure, bankruptcy, or short sale. To begin, we should address the basic definition of a short sale and what that means for a potential FHA borrower. What Is A Short Sale? A short sale involves a transaction where a property is sold to avoid foreclosure, often at a loss. It is referred to professionally as a “pre-foreclosure sale”. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 specifically define the short sale transaction as follows: “Pre-Foreclosure Sales, also known as Short Sales, refer to the sales of real estate that generate proceeds that are less than the amount owed | more...

 
Do I have to pay off collection accounts to qualify for an FHA home loan?

Do I Have To Pay Off Collection Accounts To Qualify For An FHA Home Loan?

Do I have to pay off collection accounts to qualify for an FHA home loan? That’s a question on the mind of anyone who has a collection agency action in their credit history. What does the FHA have to say about this issue? On the FHA official site, there is a Frequently Asked Questions section that directly addresses this potential problem for loan applicants nervous about issues in their credit report. It begins with a definition of the phrase “collection account”: “A Collection Account refers to a Borrower’s loan or debt that has been submitted to a collection agency by a creditor.” FHA loan rules address collection accounts in the amount of $2000 or more: “If the credit reports used in the analysis show cumulative outstanding collection account balances of | more...

 
Am I Eligible For An FHA Loan Even Though I Have Had Credit Problems?

What Are The FHA Loan Credit Score Rules?

What are the FHA loan credit score rules? Do you know the difference between FHA loan standards and lender standards? First time home buyers should know what the rules are long before starting the search for a new home. FHA Loan Credit Score Standards FHA home loans require a FICO score minimum of 580 or better to qualify for the lowest down payment of 3.5%. FICO scores are not the only criteria for approving or denying the home loan, so if you know your FICO score but aren’t sure about the rest of the financial qualifications for FHA loan approval, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. Lender Credit Score Standards Lender FICO score standards can be (and often are) higher than FHA loan minimum requirements. That means that even though | more...

 
Credit Score Issues and FHA Loans

Credit Score Issues and FHA Loans

Do you know how credit score issues affect your FHA home loan application? For most borrowers, there’s no such thing as a new purchase loan with no credit check; The FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) instructs the lender that credit score checks for FHA mortgage loan applications are mandatory except in certain instances such as for FHA Streamline Refinance loans, and other transactions as described on page 158: “The Mortgagee must review the credit report to determine the Borrower’s Minimum Decision Credit Score (MDCS), except for Mortgages to be insured under Section 247, Section 248, Streamline Refinances, and Assumptions. The MDCS will be used to determine the maximum insured financing available to a Borrower with traditional credit.” HUD 4000.1 adds that FHA loan applicants who have non-traditional or insufficient credit | more...

 
How Does My Credit Score Affect My FHA Mortgage Loan?

How Does My Credit Score Affect My FHA Mortgage Loan?

How does my credit score affect my FHA mortgage loan? There are several areas where FICO scores may affect how much a borrower pays including interest rates, down payment issues, and more. FHA Loan Credit Score Rules: Two Standards There are two basic sets of rules and requirements governing borrower credit scores. One set of rules is found in HUD 4000.1, and gives the FHA Single Family Home Loan program minimum requirements for credit scores and how they affect a borrower’s down payment requirements. The other set of rules and regulations are those of the individual participating lender. Your chosen lender may have higher standards than FHA minimums, and this is permitted by law as long as those higher standards conform to Fair Housing Act policies and other federal regulations. | more...

 
Am I ready to apply for an FHA mortgage?

Am I Ready To Apply For An FHA Mortgage?

Am I ready to apply for an FHA mortgage? There’s a set of questions you should ask yourself that can help gauge your readiness to apply for a home loan. Some of them are obvious questions, some aren’t so obvious. All of them deserve some thinking time before you begin filling out application data. Have I Requested Copies Of My Credit Report? If you don’t know what is on your credit report, or if it’s been more than six months since you last reviewed your credit, it is best to wait to fill out a home loan application until you know what your lender will see. Identity theft is a major issue, and now more than ever a borrower should be fully informed as to the contents of those credit | more...

 
FHA loan general credit requirements.

FHA Loan General Credit Requirements

Do you know what the general credit requirements are for FHA mortgage loans? Outside of FHA loan FICO minimums (580 or above for maximum financing according to HUD 4000.1, though lender standards may apply beyond this) and employment history, there are a set of standards listed in the FHA loan handbook. Those standards include instructions to the lender on how credit is to be analyzed and how credit data may be collected. Those standards include the requirement that a participating FHA lender must “analyze the Borrower’s credit history, liabilities, and debts to determine creditworthiness.” In the pursuit of this, the lender must get credit reports from “an independent consumer reporting agency”. The lender “must obtain a credit report for each Borrower who will be obligated on the mortgage Note. The | more...

 
Can I get an FHA home loan if I owe back taxes?

Can I Get An FHA Home Loan If I Owe Back Taxes?

Can I get an FHA home loan if I owe back taxes? The answer to this question depends on more than one factor, the most important being whether or not the borrower is delinquent on the taxes owed. In general, borrowers who come to the home loan process with delinquent accounts will find it difficult to get loan approval. Borrowers should expect to come to the FHA home loan process with a minimum of 12 months of on-time payments for all financial obligations. That said, disputed accounts and/or issues connected to identity theft may have different requirements (police reports, documentation of the issues, etc.) When it comes to taxes, FHA loan rules emphasize the requirement to be in a satisfactory payment arrangement with the creditor and a minimum period of | more...

 
Can I Get A Second FHA Appraisal If I Don't Agree With The First One?

Can I Get An FHA Loan After A Short Sale?

Can I get an FHA loan after a short sale? This is a question we handle frequently, and the answer depends on circumstances as well as guidelines found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook. HUD 4000.1 starts off by defining what it considers to be a “short sale”, also known as pre-foreclosure sales. According to the handbook, these terms refer to “the sales of real estate that generate proceeds that are less than the amount owed on the Property and the lien holders agree to release their liens and forgive the deficiency balance on the real estate.” So we see that a short sale is something that can affect your credit, and as we’ll see, the ability to purchase a home in the near future after the sale. FHA | more...