June 20, 2018

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Am I Eligible For An FHA Home Loan If I Am In A Credit Counseling Program?

Bad Credit Scores And FHA Home Loans

Bad credit scores and FHA home loans-do you know what the rules are for FHA credit requirements? FHA loan minimums and FHA lender standards may not be exactly the same, so it’s important to remember that the issues we discuss here are based around FHA minimum guidelines and that you’ll need to talk to a participating lender to see what other requirements must be met. Is There A Bad Credit FHA Home Loan? FHA loan rules require a 500 FICO score at the absolute minimum in order to qualify. Those who apply for an FHA loan with credit scores between 500 and 579 are required to make a higher down payment (10% of the adjusted value of the home) than those who apply with FICO scores 580 or higher. Remember, | more...

 
What If I Miss A Mortgage Payment Before Applying For An FHA Refinance Loan?

Am I Eligible For An FHA Loan Even Though I Have Had Credit Problems?

Am I eligible for an FHA loan even though I have had credit problems? Borrowers often worry their credit scores or credit history aren’t good enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan, but what is the reality? What do FHA loan rules say about credit and your ability to borrow? FHA Loans For Borrowers After Bankruptcy FHA home loans are possible for those who have a bankruptcy on their credit history, but there is a mandatory waiting period and the duration of that wait depends on the nature of your filing. The mandatory waiting period begins when the bankruptcy is discharged, NOT when it is initially filed. FHA Loans For Borrowers After Foreclosure, Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosre, Or Short Sale Borrowers with foreclosure or short sale activity on their credit | more...

 
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Credit Score Issues and FHA Loans

Do you know how credit score issues affect your FHA home loan application? For most borrowers, there’s no such thing as a new purchase loan with no credit check; The FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) instructs the lender that credit score checks for FHA mortgage loan applications are mandatory except in certain instances such as for FHA Streamline Refinance loans, and other transactions as described on page 158: “The Mortgagee must review the credit report to determine the Borrower’s Minimum Decision Credit Score (MDCS), except for Mortgages to be insured under Section 247, Section 248, Streamline Refinances, and Assumptions. The MDCS will be used to determine the maximum insured financing available to a Borrower with traditional credit.” HUD 4000.1 adds that FHA loan applicants who have non-traditional or insufficient credit | more...

 
What does my FHA lender look for in my credit report?

What Does My FHA Lender Look For In My Credit Report?

What does my FHA lender look for in my credit report? That is a very good question to ask, and the earlier in the home loan planning stages you ask, the better off you’ll be. It’s highly recommended that home loan borrowers get copies of their credit reports in the year leading up to a home loan application. You want to know what your credit history says about you before you submit that information to your loan officer. FHA Loan Rules For Credit Reports Your lender is required by the FHA loan program to pull your credit reports, and to use “traditional” credit reporting wherever available. Some borrowers do not have credit, or have non-traditional credit histories. According to the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, the lender is required to | more...

 
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What Is An FHA Loan And How Does It Work?

What is an FHA loan and how does it work? There are many differences between conventional and FHA mortgages, and those differences could mean significant savings depending on your home buying needs and goals. What An FHA Loan Is Not An FHA loan is a mortgage loan, first and foremost. It is intended to buy or refinance a property. An FHA “forward mortgage” or new home loan not intended to act as a personal loan, with cash back to the borrower at closing time. FHA loan rules don’t permit the borrower to apply for a loan greater than the adjusted value of the property plus additional costs that may be rolled into the loan. While your FHA mortgage may be greater than the total adjusted value of the property, you | more...

 
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What Is The Average Credit Score Needed To Buy A House?

If you are a first-time home buyer, you’re likely asking a very common (and very important) question. What is the average credit score needed to buy a house? To get the answer, we decided to see what one of the three major credit reporting agencies, Experian, has to say on this subject. On the official Experian website, the answer to this question might surprise you: “There is no set minimum score to buy a house.” That’s right, you just read a direct quote from the official site of the credit reporting agency, Experian. But that statement does NOT mean there are no FICO score or credit score standards. Each lender has a set of credit score ranges it uses to determine creditworthiness. And many federally insured or guaranteed home loan | more...

 
FHA Loan Credit Score

FHA Loan Credit Score

Do you know what your credit score is? Do you know what lenders require in terms of an FHA loan credit score? The answer might surprise you. The short answer is that there’s a minimum FHA loan credit score requirement to qualify for the program, but lender FICO score requirements will also apply. FHA loan rules in the FHA Single Family Loan Handbook (HUD 4000.1) state that FICO scores of 580 or higher are required for “maximum financing”, which is the cost of the loan minus the borrower’s required 3.5% down payment. Borrowers with FICO scores lower than 580, but not lower than 500 still may qualify for the FHA loan program but with a higher down payment (ten percent). Remember, these are the FHA minimum standards, NOT individual lender | more...

 
Can I get an FHA loan after bankruptcy?

FHA Loan Rules For Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

We’ve had a number of reader questions in our comments section recently asking about scenarios for loan approval that involve bankruptcy and related issues. Can a borrower get a new FHA loan following a bankruptcy? Under what conditions? FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address this issue with separate entries for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. According to the FHA loan rule book, Chapter 7 requires the lender to observe the following: “A Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) does not disqualify a Borrower from obtaining an FHA-insured Mortgage if, at the time of case number assignment, at least two years have elapsed since the date of the bankruptcy discharge. During this time, the Borrower must have: – re-established good credit; or – chosen not to incur new credit obligations.” HUD 4000.1 | more...

 
Can I Get A Second FHA Appraisal If I Don't Agree With The First One?

Credit Score Rules For FHA Mortgages

There’s a common reader question about credit score rules for FHA mortgage loans that we get from time to time that goes something like this: “Is it possible to have a low credit score (500-600) and still get an FHA mortgage?” FHA loan rules state that borrowers with credit scores at 580 or higher are eligible for maximum financing for FHA home loans, which requires a 3.5% down payment from the borrower. For those with credit scores between 579 and 500, 10% down is required. However, these FICO score numbers are FHA loan minimum standards and lender requirements can be and often are higher. Credit score rules for FHA loans include the following instructions (see below) to the lender found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA single-family mortgage loan rule book. | more...

 
Can I get an FHA home loan if I owe back taxes?

FHA Loans and Credit Report Issues

FHA home loans offer an alternative to the more strict requirements of conventional mortgages. FHA loans typically feature a lower down payment requirement than many conventional loans, and have more forgiving credit standards (though lender standards will still apply). Some apply for an FHA mortgage unsure of how their past credit activity or even their current FICO score might affect their chances at loan approval. If you are one of those people, there are some things you can do for greater peace of mind going into the loan process. The catch is that advance planning is required-it’s best to start preparing for a major financial commitment like a mortgage a full year or more before applying. The planning time is crucial since you will need to save up money for | more...