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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) 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 score requirements–this | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And First Time Home Buyers

FHA Lender Requirements and Bank Policies

Here is a variation on a typical question we are frequently asked. “I applied for a loan and was told I must submit proof of filing a tax extension for a previous tax year. I was told by my loan officer that I need to show proof of an extension to be approved to close. Is this correct?” There are two critical issues in a situation like this to remember. One is how FHA loan rules work and how lender policies work. The FHA loan program is a voluntary one for financial institutions. Not all lenders participate, but those who do have to meet FHA loan standards and observe FHA guidelines for the loan program. Most financial institutions have their own guidelines above and beyond FHA loan program regulations. If | more...

 
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FHA Loan Rules For Income: Investments, Trusts, and Promissory Note Payments

Part of the FHA loan approval process involves the lender verifying an applicant’s income. FHA rules state that for purposes of calculating a borrower’s debt-to-income ratio, only verifiable income can be counted in that ratio. Do FHA rules allow a borrower’s interest or dividend payments from investments to be counted as verifiable income? For some borrowers, this can be an important question. According to the FHA Lender’s Handbook, “The Mortgagee must verify and document the Borrower’s Investment Income by obtaining tax returns for the previous two years and the most recent account statement.” Additional instructions to the lender for this issue include the requirement that when making the calculation. “The Mortgagee must subtract any of the assets used for the Borrower’s required funds to close to purchase the subject Property | more...

 
Buying A Home with an FHA Loan

Buying A Home With A Lower 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 before your home loan application. This is the first step toward getting yourself ready to 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 Credit Report A credit report is essentially a record of how you deal with your financial obligations. One of the leading credit reporting agencies, | more...

 
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How Do FHA Loan Requirements Work?

How do FHA loan requirements work? Do you know what you need to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan or FHA refinance loan? There are important details about FHA mortgage loans that can help you make an informed decision about applying for one. We’ll examine them below. FHA Loans: Lower Down Payment Requirements FHA loan down payment rules say you’ll need a minimum 3.5% down based on the appraised value of the home. You won’t be able to get a zero-down payment FHA mortgage unless you are a qualified borrower applying for an FHA 203(h) mortgage for disaster victims in a federally-declared disaster area. 3.5% down is the minimum cash investment required. Some borrowers with low FICO scores may be required to put down 10% depending on their scores, lender | more...

 
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Credit Monitoring For First-Time Home Buyers

Modern payment gateways, online selling and re-selling, and even digital currencies such as Bitcoin make for a more complicated relationship with credit and personal security; doing business digitally exposes consumers to more risk every day and from a variety of angles. Your account can be hacked individually, it can be compromised as part of a larger “harvest” of personal data and account numbers from a target company, etc. You may have had a credit card “skimmed” by a third-party device secretly installed in a gas pump payment swiper, or you could have been “shoulder surfed” at the ATM while entering your account information. Whatever the approach taken to this sort of crime, the threat to consumers is very real. Today’s news headlines tell us there are too many ways accounts | more...

 
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Need A Home Loan? Beware Of Escrow Fraud

There are common home loan scams that affect house hunters, even those applying for FHA home loans. One such scam–one you might actually encounter in your home buying journey–is called escrow fraud and it can affect even the most experienced homeowner if they are caught at just the wrong moment. Home Loan Scams Can Affect Any Type Of Mortgage Escrow scams are not associated with FHA mortgages alone, any type of home purchased with any type of home loan could be targeted. An important sense of any successful scam is creating a sense of urgency or emergency or a feeling that a big discount might be missed if you stop to consider the options. The scammer wants you to be in a hurry, not thinking critically, and ready to invest | more...

 
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Before You Start House Hunting: Housing Counseling

Saving money is usually done to prepare for a home loan, but did you know there is a simple trick to saving money on mortgage expenses? It basically involves being a more informed borrower so you don’t mistakenly choose options that cost you more unnecessarily. Getting the right home loan for your needs can help you maximize your real estate dollar, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t know the options they have where home loans are concerned. A Freddie Mac report indicates that housing counseling and/or good financial education is a key benefit when you start the journey toward buying real estate. Knowing which loans are best for your needs and which ones to avoid is key. A Freddie Mac “Generation Z Study”, concluded, “The dream of | more...

 
Conventional Loan Interest Rates Make History, FHA Loan Rates Still Incredibly Low

Are You Ready For An FHA Loan Application?

Are you ready for an FHA mortgage loan? Buying or refinancing a home with an FHA loan takes planning and preparation, but once you’ve put the time in and gather your information, budget for expenses, and check your credit, the process will be far more understandable and accessible. Are You Ready For An FHA Mortgage Loan Application? You may be ready to fill out your FHA mortgage loan or refinance loan application if you have spent the last year reviewing your credit reports, working on reducing your debt-to-income ratio, and have made sure to have 12 months of on-time payments on ALL financial responsibilities. You are ready to apply if you know what kind of home loan you need and how it will be used. For example, are you interested | more...

 
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Credit Score Rule Changes For Mortgage Loans

On October 24, 2022, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced its approval for participating lenders to use both the FICO 10T and the VantageScore 4.0 credit score models by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These options would replace the previous use of “traditional” FICO score model Fannie and Freddie lenders use to approve the loans.  Why are we discussing Fannie and Freddie in an article about FHA home loans? There is a possibility that this move could wind up affecting other lending programs, especially if more borrowers choose Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans as the result of the changes. Other government loan programs may follow suit in the future, and in the case of FHA mortgages, some changes are already underway. These changes do not happen overnight. There | more...