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FHA Home Loan Credit Score Requirements: FICO Scores And More

FHA Home Loan Credit Score Requirements: FICO Scores And More

Many borrowers worry about their credit scores ahead of an application for an FHA home loan, and it’s hard for some to gauge whether they have sufficient credit to get a loan approved. FHA loans have more forgiving credit requirements and borrowers should not assume they do not qualify for a home loan without discussing their circumstances with a participating lender. When is a low credit score too low? FHA home loan rules specify that the lender must ensure a 500 FICO score (the very minimum) in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage, but your credit score numbers don’t tell the whole story. Lender Requirements For Home Loan Approval Vary You may read that FHA loan rule minimums for FICO scores do not always reflect the participating lender’s credit | more...

 
First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

The COVID-19 pandemic has created economic uncertainty for many current and future homeowners. Many borrowers may have experienced financial setbacks during the coronavirus outbreak in America, and the years to come will involve a lot of credit repair and related efforts American consumers will need to get back on track financially. Protecting your credit is more important than ever–do you know what can hurt your FICO scores? Actively monitoring your credit is an important option–there are services that keep track of your credit report and learn about what affects your scores. It may be tempting to use free credit monitoring offers but financial advisors recommend comparing features on free offers versus subscription-based services. You may find that paying a small fee gets you much better options and features for managing | more...

 
Construction Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Planning Your One-Time Close Construction Loan

Some FHA loan applicants do not realize they have the ability to apply for a One-Time Close mortgage that lets the borrower build a home on their own lot instead of buying an existing construction home. The FHA One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan, like its’ VA construction loan counterpart, is a loan backed by the government that allows the borrower to apply for a single mortgage loan to cover both the costs of construction of a home from the ground up and the purchase of the home.  This is offered as an alternative to construction loans that require two loan applications (one for construction, one for the completed home) and two closing dates. OTC Loans Have The Same Down Payment Requirements As Other FHA Loans The One-Time Close loan avoids | more...

 
Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Do you know what it takes to dispute a problem on your credit reports? If you don’t know the contents of your credit report, or how to dispute your report, you may encounter trouble at loan application time. Are you a potential home loan applicant in planning stages of your home loan? It is very important to look at your credit reports and review the contents. If you have never seen your credit report before, you are not ready to fill out a home loan application. Review Your Credit Reports Now Disputing your report doesn’t happen overnight–you need time to dispute inaccurate or outdated information that may be on your credit report. And entries in your credit file that point to you being a victim of identity theft? That can | more...

 
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Credit Reports and Accuracy In Credit Reporting For Your Home Loan

 Do you know what your credit report says about you right now? If not, you aren’t truly prepared for your home loan application and may learn the hard way about issues on your credit report including identity theft, reporting errors, etc. If you have not looked at your credit reports, you should not fill out loan paperwork; there are many issues that can affect your mortgage loan application and they are directly related to the contents found in your credit file. Three Credit Reporting Agencies, Three Separate Credit Reports Don’t assume you can just pull a single credit report–consider what all three of the major credit reporting agencies have in their files in your name. These agencies do not share information, which makes it more important for you, the future | more...

 
What Affects Your Credit Most As A Home Loan Applicant?

What Affects Your Credit Most As A Home Loan Applicant?

A home loan is one of the most important investments you can make; buying a home means owning property, and being an owner means the potential to watch your investment grow in value over time. Unlike buying a new vehicle, which begins depreciating as soon as you drive it off the lot, buying a home means anticipating more value from your investment and not less. That is one reason why the process of applying for a home loan and getting approved can be so difficult when looking from the outside of the process. The lender has to make sure the borrower is a good credit risk and there are financial benchmarks for doing just that. Credit approval for any large loan depends a combination of factors. One factor is your | more...

 
Coronavirus And Home Loan Appraisals: What You Need To Know Now

What To Do Before You Need To Apply For A Mortgage

Planning for your home loan should always include a review of your credit reports and credit monitoring after you do that initial review. If you are committed to buying a home or building one from the ground up on your own lot using a One-Time Close construction loan, you should start reviewing your credit at least 12 months before you fill out any loan paperwork. Why? Because if you find errors or other problems on your credit reports, you will need more time than you think to dispute and correct those credit reports. It’s a bad idea to apply for any loan when you have an open dispute that has not been resolved; take the extra time to successfully resolve the problem before you apply for a new line of | more...

 
Do You Need to Refinance Your Home Loan?

Do You Need To Refinance Your Home Loan?

Thinking about refinancing your FHA home loan or non-FHA mortgage? You can refinance either one into an FHA loan. Whether you are looking for cash back on the transaction, or you need a lower payment or interest rate, there’s a refi option for you. There are even FHA mortgages that can help you refinance out of an adjustable-rate mortgage and into a fixed-rate loan. Some refinance loans are only for existing FHA mortgages, others can refinance any home loan for a primary residence. Refinance Loans And Cash Back Cash-out refinancing is definitely an FHA home loan refinance option, but only one FHA refinance offers it; the FHA cash-out loan provides cash back to the borrower once the original loan is paid off and other expenses are settled. No other FHA | more...

 
Home Loan Prep: Credit Issues

Home Loan Preparation: Credit Issues

Are you worried about your credit? Do you need to do to prepare for a mortgage loan application? There are avenues that can help you get ready for a home loan including advice and assistance with credit questions. We’ll examine your options in this area below, but first it is important to review some of the most common credit problems that stand in a borrower’s way. Home loan and refinance loan approval is not impossible, but for some borrowers it’s necessary to take some extra time to work on credit issues. Here are some credit concerns you should pay attention to so you can raise your credit score: Late And Missed Payments This area is one of the main reasons consumers are denied any kind of loan. Late and missed | more...

 
FHA Loan Limits For High-Cost and Low-Cost Areas

Home Loans And Your Credit Scores

What can borrowers expect from an American economy trying to recover from coronavirus lockdown measures? Before trying to predict the future, it’s important to examine the present.  Mortgage market watchers and financial experts point to the fact that roughly seven percent of American mortgages are in forbearance at the time of this writing, and demand is changing where certain riskier types of home loans are offered. Some experts are watching mortgage rates falling overall, but are quick to point out that those with FICO scores below the 700 range are experiencing more costly loans; some find it harder to qualify and some find it tough to get certain types of home loan such as cash-out refinance loans according to our sources. What does all this mean for a borrower who | more...