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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

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When the Seller Wants to Help Pay Your FHA Closing Costs

June 12, 2017 - FHA loan rules in the FHA Handbook limit the contributions of an interested party, who may be the seller or any other person or party who wants to contribute to closing costs. These contributions are limited to a maximum of six percent of the sale price of the home.

Are FHA Loans Allowed When One Family Member Buys a Home From Another?

May 29, 2017 - FHA loan rules have special requirements for home loan transactions that may be termed “identity of interest”. These transactions, which are sometimes allowed, are between parties with an existing business relationship or between family members.

Is it Possible to Apply for Another FHA Mortgage?

May 22, 2017 - Some borrowers experience some confusion over the rules for FHA loans in cases where a homeowner wants to think about applying for an FHA mortgage to buy a second home. What are the FHA loan rules that apply in such circumstances? 

Verifying Alimony and/or Child Support for FHA Loans

May 16, 2017 - The FHA Loan Handbook states that a borrower may use alimony/child support income to qualify for an FHA home loan if it can be verified and meets FHA requirements. How does your FHA lender may consider alimony and child support as part of a borrower’s effective income? 

How FICO Scores Affect Your FHA Home Loan

May 12, 2017 - The FHA Handbook instructs lenders that a borrower is technically qualified for maximum financing  at the required minimum 3.5% down payment when the applicant has a FICO score at 580 or higher.