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FICO Scores Influence How Much FHA Down Payment Is Required

While FHA loans are known as a great service for people looking for help buying a house, applicants can make the process even easier if they take steps toward ensuring their credit history is in tip-top shape. The agency advises prospective homebuyers to approach FHA loans with their best possible credit history to eliminate any potential risk of not qualifying.

Whether you're looking for a loan to mortgage a new house or to refinance a house you already own, it makes the most sense open up all your options with an optimal credit rating. The FHA recommends having a satisfactory payment history of at least one year before applying for a loan.

Credit Tips for Your FHA Loan

Here are some tips to help you on your way:

  • Take a Close Look at Your Credit Reports
    You don't know what could be hurting your credit score unless you actually check. Get your credit reports from the three national credit bureaus--Experian, Equifax and TransUnion--at no cost and comb them over for anything suspicious or questionable.
  • Dispute Inaccuracies
    If you find errors on your credit report, notify the reporting bureau in writing so you have a record. Provide any additional records or evidence you have to support your dispute.
  • Find Professional Help
    The FHA recommends applicants with credit problems get help from a Consumer Credit Counseling program. A credit counselor can help you get back on track.
  • Bankruptcy / Foreclosure
    If you've suffered from a bankruptcy or foreclosure in the past few years, you might still be able to qualify for an FHA loan. Develop a satisfactory payment history, re-establish good credit and meet the other FHA requirements.

While your credit history is just one of the many factors that make up your eligibility for an FHA loan, it is no doubt one of the most important. Having a higher score not only helps you qualify, you can also benefit from the low 3.5 percent down payment on mortgage loans available to applicants with a FICO score over 580. FHA approved lenders don't take your credit history lightly, and neither should you.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

What FICO Score Do I Need Buy A Home?

October 3, 2022 - First-time home buyer are likely to wonder about the kind of credit requirements needed for an FHA mortgage. According to Experian, there is no set minimum to buy a  house. However, that does not mean you won’t have any minimum FICO score expectations from a lender or the FHA.

FHA Loan Approval: How Much Depends on Credit Scores?

September 29, 2022 - Credit scores are only one part of your credit history and your loan officer will want to see the whole picture. What informs your loan officer’s decision to approve or deny your loan application for an FHA mortgage? Do a bit of basic research into how home loans work.

FHA Loan Rules: Landlords Selling to Renters

September 28, 2022 - From time to time, we get asked questions about whether there are FHA loan rules that apply to home loan transactions where the owner of a rental property wants to sell the rental property to a tenant. The rules for these transactions are found in the FHA Single-Family Lender’s Handbook.

FHA Single-Close Construction Loans and Rehab Loan Issues

September 16, 2022 - If you seek an FHA One-Time Close construction loan or an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loan, there are some questions to ask when comparing lenders. You will need to know the lender’s policy on things like how the loan converts from the construction phase to the permanent phase.

Unpaid Federal Debts and Your FHA Loan Application

September 15, 2022 - Does it hurt a borrower’s chances when applying for an FHA mortgage loan if there’s a debt owed to the federal government? Can unpaid federal taxes become a barrier to an FHA mortgage loan? The FHA recognizes two types of circumstances–tax debt and non-tax debt.