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FHA Loans: Credit Score Tips

What is a good FHA loan credit score? In general, the obvious advice is that you should try to come to the home loan process with as high a FICO score as you can for best results. But not everyone has the advantage of an Excellent credit rating. What do future homeowners need to know about FHA loan requirements and their credit score? To start, you should know that no two lenders are exactly alike and it is a bad idea to assume you will get the same results from all of them. Don’t assume you can’t qualify for a loan–have a loan officer help you determine what kind of mortgage is right for you. FHA Credit Score Tip: Shop Around Why do we say “shop around” when it comes | more...

 
Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Chances At Loan Approval?

Why Your Credit Report Matters

Are you new to the mortgage loan process? It’s easy to make certain assumptions, especially where credit approval is concerned. What do you need to know about your credit report? Don’t forget that how you use your credit, how much credit you use, and whether you pay on time are all factors that go into your FICO score calculations. There are several factors that may help you make better choices about how to plan and apply for your mortgage. Credit Report Factors To Consider Your FICO scores, credit card use, plus information about the amount of credit you use per card (up to the credit limit and by how much) are all things your lender will need to see when looking at your report. FICO scores are an important part | more...

 
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FHA Loan Minimum Credit Scores: Tips That Can Help You

Are you concerned that your FICO score isn’t high enough to meet the minimum credit scores for the lowest down payment possible on an FHA home loan? On paper, FHA loan minimums for credit scores begin at 580 or better to qualify for the lowest down payment. Your participating lender may require a higher score but in general FICO score requirements for FHA home loans may be more competitive than some conventional equivalents. There is some good credit score advice should you take ahead of your home loan–it starts with pulling your credit reports to see what’s lurking in there, then checking your credit often and monitoring it. Being told to check your credit report is obvious advice. You will find that in just about any credit repair article. But | more...

 
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Have You Checked Your Credit Score Lately?

When was the last time you checked your credit score? If you are thinking about applying for ANY line of credit (but especially home loans) you will want to be looking at your credit reports on a regular basis. There are good reasons to monitor your credit and keep track of updates to your report. What kind of reasons? Human error, for one. If your credit report has mistakes like an outdated home address, incorrect spellings of your name or addresses, or other problems those errors could make trouble for you later on. But errors aren’t the only issue to keep an eye on. Credit scores help determine your interest rate on a home loan, and they also help determine what size of down payment you may be required to | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Credit Building For First-Time Home Buyers

Are you interested in buying your first home but aren’t sure how to improve or build up your credit to give yourself a better shot at home loan approval? FHA mortgages have more lenient credit approval requirements than conventional mortgages but even those applying for FHA mortgages need to ensure their credit scores are in an acceptable range for the most affordable home loan possible. In some cases it is a good idea to consider applying for smaller credit first. This may be in the form of store credit cards or similr lines of credit. But what should a new borrower know about doing so? Building credit takes time and patience–it is unrealistic to expect results in a few weeks or even a few months. If you have never applied | more...

 
Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Get Your Credit Ready For A Mortgage

Do you want to buy or build a home? Before you apply for a mortgage loan there are some steps to take in the planning stages to get you closer to loan approval. Checklists can be important tools when making the preparations you need before you apply for a home loan; purchasing a home is one of the most important investments you can make; you’ll have an easier time in the process if you are organized.  You will want to start preparing this checklist long before you are ready to fill out paperwork to apply for the mortgage or to get pre-approved. This is a process that should begin, at a minimum, 12 months ahead of your application. What should you put on a credit checklist when prepping for the | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

FHA Loans: The Credit Check

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 give instructions to the lender on how to establish an FHA borrower’s creditworthiness. FHA loan rules tend to be more flexible on credit issues than their conventional equivalents, but borrowers are still required to financially qualify. Are you looking for a condo loan, a mobile home loan? There’s an FHA loan for that. Do you want to build a house on your own land with an FHA construction loan? Some don’t realize the credit requirements in the FHA Lender’s Handbook are identical. For construction loans, borrowers should expect slightly higher credit requirements from the lender. But on paper, FHA loan rules make no distinction between different loan types and the minimum FICO score needed to qualify for maximum financing. One area that is also | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Planning A Mortgage: Credit Resources You Need

Are you planning a home loan? Are you in the budgeting and saving stages of your home loan journey? If so there are some important resources you should explore before you apply for an FHA mortgage. It’s important to give yourself enough time to plan and save for your home loan and that includes paying more attention to and working on your credit. Credit resources can be a huge help in this regard–don’t pass on the chance to improve your FICO scores, get your payment history into good shape, and prevent identity theft or other problems from stopping your mortgage loan in its tracks. The first resource you should consider is the offer made by the FHA and HUD to give free referrals to a HUD-approved housing counselor. You can | more...

 
What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What is the minimum credit score required to get approved for an FHA mortgage loan? Readers ask questions about this issue all the time, sending in questions asking if it is possible to still get an FHA mortgage with a low credit score. FHA loan rules establish a minimum credit score for loan eligibility but lender standards also apply so this is a harder question to answer than you might think. What is best in these situations is to know that FHA loan rules are the baseline, the minimum. The lender’s requirements are also applicable so you will need to discuss what FICO scores qualify. In general, FHA loan rules in the FHA lender’s handbook say FHA borrowers with credit scores at 580 or higher are eligible for maximum financing | more...

 
First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

Househunters, Do You Need Credit Advice?

Are you a house hunter worried about your credit ahead of your loan application? It doesn’t matter if you want to buy a mobile home, a condo, or even build a house on your own lot with a construction loan, you’ll need to examine your credit closely long before you apply for your mortgage. Many borrowers are afraid to look at their credit report, or they don’t know how to access one. Fortunately, you can get help accessing and reviewing your credit with professional credit monitoring, and there are some things you can do on your own to improve your credit ahead of your loan application. Start As Early As You Can Working on your credit, no matter what state it may be in, takes time. If you find issues | more...