September 21, 2018

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FHA Home Loan Credit Questions And Answers

FHA Home Loan Credit Questions And Answers

There are lots of questions about how the FHA home loan process works, but among the most common are on the subject of credit, and how you qualify for a home loan with your credit scores and credit history. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about home loans and credit. What FICO Scores Are Able To Qualify For An FHA Home Loan? There are two standards; FHA loan minimum requirements and the lender’s individual FICO score rules. FHA minimums are NOT the same as your lender’s standards; the FHA FICO scores are the minimum required to be approved. FHA loan rules say borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 technically qualify for an FHA mortgage, but at a higher down payment than those who qualify for | more...

 
What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Income Verification

Credit Mistakes People Make Before Applying For Home Loans

There are some common credit mistakes home loan applicants make before filling out loan application paperwork that can hurt them later when it comes time for the lender to decide whether to approve the mortgage loan. Avoiding these mistakes can go a long way toward loan approval. If you are applying for an FHA mortgage in the next year, consider these issues carefully! FHA Home Loans Have A Down Payment Requirement: Start Preparing Early Your FICO scores will help determine whether you are eligible for maximum FHA loan financing and the lowest down payment. If you do not work on improving your credit scores over the course of the year leading up to your FHA loan application, you may find yourself unable to get the most advantageous rates and terms. | more...

 
Choosing The Right Options For Your FHA Mortgage

Am I Eligible For An FHA Mortgage After Foreclosure?

“Am I eligible for an FHA loan after a foreclosure?” That is a more common question than some realize, and FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address this question directly. The answer depends greatly on circumstances, how much time has passed since the foreclosure action, and how the borrower has worked to re-establish good credit. FHA Home Loan Rules On Foreclosures HUD 4000.1 contains the FHA loan rules that govern loan approval when the borrower has a foreclosure on their credit history. Much depends on how much time has elapsed since the foreclosure; HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender: “A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a Deed-in-Lieu (DIL) of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And The Accuracy Of Your Credit Data

FHA Home Loans And The Accuracy Of Your Credit Reports

When you start planning for your FHA home loan and reviewing your credit reports, it’s entirely possible that you could find erroneous information in your reports. Sometimes the credit information for another person with a similar name could wind up accidentally being posted in your report, other times there may be inaccurate data in your credit history about the amount, frequency, or age of your credit account payments. How should a potential FHA borrower deal with these issues? HUD 4000.1 addresses some aspects of this issue, but not all the credit problems a borrower could experience when reviewing a credit report are covered by HUD and FHA home loan rules. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, instructs the lender on how to proceed if the lender finds inaccuracy in debt | more...

 
Who Needs Credit Repair Before Applying For An FHA Mortgage?

Who Needs Credit Repair Before Applying For An FHA Mortgage?

Who needs credit repair before applying for an FHA mortgage? If you are worried about your ability to qualify for a home loan because of past financial issues, credit mistakes, or even identity theft, it’s important to begin reviewing your credit and working on raising your credit scores as early as possible before committing to a mortgage loan application. Don’t wait to start working on your credit, begin today! What Kind Of Credit Repair Is Needed? There are many different things you can do to work on your credit rating and credit history but what we NOT suggesting is that you pay a third party offering to “remove all negative credit information” from your credit report or other things that are not actually possible. The best way to begin working | more...

 
What To Do If Your Credit Score Isn't Perfect But You Are Still Buying A Home

What To Do If Your Credit Score Isn’t Perfect But You Are Still Buying A Home

Do you know what to do if your credit score isn’t perfect but you are still buying a home? There are some steps you can take that have nothing to do with paying a third party to try to fix your credit rating, or paying someone else to do things you should be doing for free where credit repair is needed. Start Reviewing Your Credit Rating Early In Your FHA Home Loan Process This means reviewing and working on your credit before you decide it’s time to fill out application paperwork for an FHA mortgage loan or FHA refinance loan. You need to know your credit scores long before you start house hunting. You can request free copies of your credit report (one per year from each of the major | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For Self-Employed People

How To Prepare For An FHA Mortgage: Check Your Spending

Do you know how to prepare for an FHA mortgage? If you aren’t currently doing a check on your spending as part of your mortgage loan preparation stage, you may need to run some numbers on your personal finances before you commit to house hunting and an FHA mortgage application. How To Take A Realistic Look At Your Monthly Spending Habits To Prepare For An FHA Home Loan Consider pulling your bank statements for the last year to review your spending habits, and pay close attention to the habits you notice over the most recent three to six months. Your financial institution may have a spending tracker for personal accounts that may help, or you may wish to invest in a personal finance app or tracking software to help you | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Your Credit Report: Know Your Rights

FHA Home Loans And Your Credit Report: Know Your Rights

When you look for advice about getting approved for an FHA home loan, you will find that many encourage potential borrowers for FHA new purchase home loans and FHA cash out refinancing are urged to request a free annual credit report. Free credit reports are your legal right and you are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. Those agencies are TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. But in addition to the right to a free annual credit report, did you know you have other rights under federal law that apply to your credit reports? All consumers in the United States have the legal right under federal law to contest inaccurate or incomplete information in your credit reports. This right is discussed | more...

 
Are Free Credit Reports Trustworthy?

Are Free Credit Reports Trustworthy?

Long before you fill out FHA home loan application forms, you should be requesting copies of your credit reports and reviewing the information your lender will see when you are ready to get your new home loan. There are many websites and third-party companies that offer free credit reports to help loan applicants, but not all of them are interested just helping consumers. Can you trust the companies that offer free credit reports and credit score information? While it’s not possible to recommend a specific organization (with one exception), it is good for consumers to remember that many companies offer free services in exchange for your personal data that can be used to market goods and services to you via your cell phone number, email address, and other information. The | more...

 
Can I Get An FHA Loan With A Debt Collection In My Credit History?

Can I Get An FHA Loan With A Debt Collection In My Credit History?

Can I get an FHA home loan approved even if I have a debt collection in my credit history? That is an important question on the minds of some FHA loan applicants going into the home loan process. This type of credit issue is commonly referred to as having a collection account, which HUD 4000.1 (the FHA Loan Handbook) defines as follows: “A Collection Account refers to a Borrower’s loan or debt that has been submitted to a collection agency by a creditor.” Collection accounts can be an issue for an FHA loan applicant; generally it is strongly recommended to come to the application process with 12 months of on-time payments for all financial obligations. Depending on circumstances (such as when the lender is required to manually underwrite the loan), | more...