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If you have erroneous items on your credit rating, challenge them in writing with the major credit reporting agencies. Be sure to get resolution before you begin work on the FHA mortgage. If you have multiple credit cards, try to pay them down and get rid of one or two of them.

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How Can I Improve My Credit Rating?

FHA Common Question #14

One of the most important aspects of getting your credit rating in shape before applying for an FHA home mortgage is time. If you believe your credit is in poor shape, you'll want to establish payment reliability over a period of at least one year before starting your FHA loan paperwork.

Another smart idea is to eliminate your debt potential. If you have multiple credit cards, try to pay them down and get rid of one or two of them. This can improve your credit rating by showing you have less potential debt waiting to happen. The FHA loan process hinges on a good credit report.

If you have erroneous items on your credit rating, challenge them in writing with the major credit reporting agencies. Be sure to get resolution before you begin work on the FHA mortgage. You may need several months to clear up contested entries on your credit report-its best to begin the contesting process early.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Read About FHA Requirements, Updates, and Guidelines
Changes to FHA Loan Rules on Collections and Judgments

October 7, 2017 - In general, FHA loan rules require the lender to determine that judgments are resolved or paid off prior to or at closing. Judgments of a non-borrowing spouse in a community property state must be resolved or paid in full, with the exception of obligations excluded by state law.

Is There a No Money Down FHA Loan Option?

October 2, 2017 - The FHA Single-Family Home Loan program does not feature a no money down option. However, there are state and local programs that may offer assistance to home buyers, first-time home buyers, or home buyers who are in financial need.

FHA Loans, Disability Pay, and Proof of Income

September 25, 2017 - There are many common questions about FHA home loans, and more than a few uncommon ones. Income verification is one area where FHA loan applicants may experience the need for more information.

Are My Tax Returns Required for an FHA Loan?

September 20, 2017 - When you apply for an FHA home loan, there's a list of documents and documentation needed to process an FHA loan application. These are the minimum needed to establish an accurate picture of a borrower's credit and payment history.

Rules for FHA Loans Following a Short Sale

September 9, 2017 - FHA loan rules for new loans following a short sale may seem complex--the rules that apply to you often depend on the status of your mortgage loan prior to the short sale. But, when is a new FHA home loan possible following a short sale?