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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...

 
Does Credit Monitoring Hurt Your FICO Score?

Does Credit Monitoring Hurt Your FICO Score?

Credit monitoring is an important service. Many borrowers don’t know what their FICO scores are when first starting out, and it is easy to be surprised by outdated or erroneous information on your credit file if you don’t look at it frequently enough. Do you know what your credit reports say about you? Your credit activity including the most recent events can sometimes make or break a credit application. Too many recent applications for credit is one problem, another may be too much of the wrong kind of credit (junk credit cards, payday loans, etc.) The reason for credit monitoring has a lot to do with protecting your identity from fraudsters and thieves, but many people have never even seen a credit report, let alone understand what is in them.  | 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...

 
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...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

What do you need to know about credit requirements for an FHA mortgage? There are plenty of those who have no choice but to seek housing even in the worst of times; what should you know about credit requirements for a mortgage in the age of coronavirus? Borrowers Should Work On Their FICO Scores Earlier You can raise your credit scores by paying all bills on time, every time. You can also raise your credit scores by lowering your credit card balances below the 50% mark (30% is ideal), and by not applying for new credit on top of the credit you are already paying down. Start working on your credit as far ahead of time as you can; knowing the contents of your credit report is a GREAT start. | more...

 
Home loans and your credit scores

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...

 
What Affects Your Credit Most As A Home Loan Applicant?

FHA Home Loans For Borrowers With Thin Credit

Some borrowers worry their FICO scores aren’t high enough to be approved for a home loan. Other borrowers worry that they don’t have a long enough credit history. There are ways you can raise your FICO score, increase your credit file, and make yourself a better credit risk for an FHA home loan, FHA rehab loan, or even a construction loan to build your own house on your own lot. If you apply for a home loan with thin credit non-traditional credit or no credit, your lender will ask for any evidence you have made recurring payments of some kind. That’s a good place to start when it’s time to review your credit. Your lender will want to see that for any financial obligation you do carry, that on-time payments | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Some of our most popular blog posts and articles have to do with buying a home with a low credit score. What can you do if you know your credit isn’t perfect but need to buy a home with an FHA mortgage? Actively Work On Your Credit The most effective way to change your credit rating and improve it is also the simplest. Make all payments on time for at least one year leading up to your home loan application. This is the first step toward getting yourself ready to actually be approved for a mortgage loan. Review Your Credit Report If you don’t know what your credit report says, you are not ready for a home loan. It really is as simple as that. Learn How To Understand Your | more...

 
Home Buying, FHA Loans, And Mortgage Trends

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...