December 2, 2021

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FHA Loan Down Payment Rules

FHA Loans: For Buying Your First Home

Are you looking for your first home? The FHA home loan program offers mortgages with 3.5% down payments if you qualify with FICO scores, income, and responsible credit use. What do you need to know about what it takes to get approved for an FHA mortgage as a first-time buyer? A lot may depend on variables in your life such as how long you have been in the job market, what your current debt ratio looks like, and whether the employment you have now is stable and likely to continue into the first years of the new loan. Why do we say this? Because FHA mortgages require a minimum income history but not a minimum income.  FHA loan approval depends on your credit history, your FICO scores, AND your employment. | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And First Time Home Buyers

Credit Advice Before Applying For A New FHA Mortgage

Do you know how to get your own credit ready for a major loan application like an FHA mortgage? If you want to discuss your home loan options with a participating lender, you’ll want to have worked on your credit for a significant amount of time before your application or pre-qualification process starts. How much time do you need to get your own credit ready to apply for an FHA mortgage? Many sources say at least one year is ideal, and the credit reporting agencies themselves urge borrowers to take matters into their own hands and begin reviewing credit reports and monitoring credit. The shortest answer to the question, “Am I ready to apply for a mortgage” is, “It depends on how long you’ve been working on your credit.” If | more...

 
Buying a House

What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Your FICO Score

FHA home loan approval depends on a number of things–your payment history on your financial obligations, your employment, and your FICO scores. Credit scores are a big worry for some home loan applicants. Do you have thin credit? Have you had poor credit habits in the past that you are trying to fix?  Remember, more consumers than you realize have had similar issues in the past–there is no shame in trying to correct your past mistakes and get back on track with your credit. Too many people feel a sense of shame about their past credit issues–and that shame can prevent people from taking constructive steps to help themselves. Did you know that you can begin repairing your own credit by making consistent on-time payments and lowering your balances on | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Can I Apply For A New Mortgage After Bankruptcy?

Is a home loan in the wake of bankruptcy an impossible dream? In many cases, no, it’s not. But a potential borrower looking to start house hunting again after a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy has been discharged should know about some rules that will apply in such cases.  Do you know what they are? Some borrowers, including first-time home buyers, assume that after a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing it is all but impossible to get a participating FHA lender to consider a loan application. It’s a mistake to count yourself out of the running to apply for a new home loan.  Some people wrongly assume you must wait seven years or longer to apply for a new mortgage after bankruptcy. FHA home loan rules indicate | more...

 
FHA Loan Approval: Credit Check Facts

Credit Scores For An FHA Home Loan: When Low Credit Is Not Bad Credit

Are you worried about your credit scores for an FHA home loan? When is a low credit score a reflection of bad credit behavior? FHA home loan rules specify that the lender must ensure a borrower as a 500 FICO score at the very minimum in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage, but your credit score numbers don’t tell the whole story. It’s true that FHA loan rule minimums for FICO scores do not always reflect the participating lender’s credit score requirements; borrowers are technically eligible for an FHA mortgage with the lowest possible down payment if they are applying with FICO scores at 580 or higher. The lender may require a credit score of 620 or higher for the same applicants. But your FICO scores only make up | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Before You Apply For An FHA Mortgage

One of the biggest worries about buying a home? Having good enough credit to qualify.  Do you know what it takes to raise your credit scores? Do you know what it takes to do so without paying a third party to do things on your behalf? Improving your credit scores ahead of an FHA mortgage loan application requires time, which is why financial advisors say it’s best to start early when planning and saving for your loan. Raising your credit scores means changing some basic habits associated with your payments, and getting into new habits can be an adjustment. But that is not the reason why it takes time to repair your credit.  There are three basic issues you should be concerned with if you want to raise your score. | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Home Loans After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Those looking for home loans in the wake of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy often get conflicting messages about when, how, and even whether they can apply. Circumstances and causes of bankruptcy may vary, but borrowers often ask the same kinds of questions about what their options are after the proceedings are done. A typical version of such questions may go like this: “I had a bankruptcy that was discharged and I was told I needed to wait two years before I can apply for an FHA loan.  But other sources say I have to wait longer. What is the reality? How long do I have to wait to apply?” What follows is advice about how long you might have to wait but keep in mind that the clock starts ticking | more...

 
New FHA Home Loan Guidelines Announced

FHA Loan Guidelines For Verifying Your Credit History

FHA loan rules have a lot to say about what the lender needs to look for to verify a potential FHA borrower’s creditworthiness. No matter if you are looking for a condo loan, a mobile home loan, or you want to build a house on your own land with an FHA construction loan, the requirements in the FHA Lender’s Handbook are identical. There are minimum FICO score requirements, instructions to the lender for reviewing the borrower’s record on-time payments (12 months of reliable payments on all financial obligations is strongly recommended), and much more. One area that is also covered in HUD 4000.1 is what the lender should do if collections are included in the borrower’s credit history. The presence of a collection action on a loan applicant’s record may | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

Home Loan Advice From TransUnion

Credit issues are among the biggest worries for many FHA loan applicants. Are you concerned that you aren’t fully prepared for a home loan application? If you tackle home loan issues early enough, you can get much closer to home loan approval. We regularly encourage readers to check their credit scores, read and monitor their credit reports, and be extra-vigilant about checking those credit reports all the way until the loan closes. One of the reasons why we do that?  Your lender will not check your credit ONCE during the home loan process–your credit may be reviewed multiple times. And that is one very good reason to keep checking your credit reports, too. And while we’re talking about credit reports, why not take some advice from the very agencies responsible | more...

 
Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Chances At Loan Approval?

FHA Home Loans: Why You Need To Review Your Credit Report Now

Why is it so important to review your credit report long before you apply for a mortgage? One important reason–the one you read in almost every article with advice on this topic–is to start reviewing your credit early in case you have to dispute an item on your report. But what happens in the event you find errors, outdated information, or evidence of identity theft? In the 21st century the likelihood of having any–or even all–of these in your credit report is elevated due to hackers, accidental breaches of personal data, or even mistaken identity. So what should a potential borrower do if they discover trouble with their credit reports? The first thing to do is to remember you’ll need to check all three credit reporting agencies to determine if | more...