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The FHA usually requires two lines of credit for qualifying applicants. An FHA loan might make the difference between owning your dream house comfortably and turning it into a financial nightmare.

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NOTICE: Some FHA mortgage lenders are substantially raising FICO score requirements during the Coronavirus crisis, even though FHA minimums remain unchanged.


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Credit Requirements for FHA Loans

Good Credit History Makes it Easier to Qualify

FHA loans provide great assistance to many first time home buyers by offering mortgage loans with lower down payments. While this is a benefit for many people, recent changes in policy may have put the loans just out of reach for some would-be homeowners with questionable credit history.

Credit History and Score Requirements

FICO Scores

For those interested in applying for an FHA loan, applicants are now required to have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify for the low down payment advantage, which is currently at around 3.5 percent.

If your credit score is below 580, however, you aren't necessarily excluded from FHA loan eligibility. Applicants with lower credit scores will have to put down a 10 percent down payment if they want to qualify for a loan.

So if you're planning to buy a house, and your credit score doesn't meet the minimum, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of putting down a larger down payment or using those funds to try and improve your credit score first.

Benefits of an FHA Loan

The reason why FHA loans are so popular is because borrowers that use them are able to take advantage of benefits and protections unavailable with most traditional mortgage loans. Loans through the FHA are insured by the agency, so lenders are more lenient. Here are a few benefits you can enjoy with an FHA loan:

  • Easier to Qualify
    While most loans exclude applicants with questionable credit history and low credit scores, the FHA makes loans available with lower requirements so its easier for you to qualify.
  • Competitive Interest Rates
    You've heard the horror stories of subprime borrowers who couldn't keep up with their mortgage interest rates. Well, FHA loans usually offer lower interest rates to help homeowners afford housing payments.
  • Lower Fees
    In addition to lower interest rates, you can also enjoy lower costs on other fees like closing costs, mortgage insurance and others.
  • Bankruptcy / Foreclosure
    Just because you've filed for bankruptcy or suffered a foreclosure in the past few years doesn't mean you're excluded from qualifying for an FHA loan. As long as you meet other requirements that satisfy the FHA, such as re-establishment of good credit, solid payment history, etc., you can still qualify.
  • No Credit
    The FHA usually requires two lines of credit for qualifying applicants. If you don't have a sufficient credit history, you can try to qualify through a substitute form.

For many home buyers, using an FHA loan can really make the difference between owning your dream house comfortably or turning it into a financial nightmare. The FHA provides a wealth of benefits for applicants that qualify, so make sure you're making full use of them.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Mortgage Rates in Early 2021

January 18, 2021 - 2020 was a newsworthy year for many important reasons, but for the housing market one of the biggest headlines involved volatility in mortgage loan interest rates for both government-backed mortgages like FHA loans and VA mortgages as well as for conventional lenders.

FHA Home Loan Discount Points

January 8, 2021 - Points can be paid up front by the borrower or rolled into the loan amount depending on the loan and the lender, and some wonder if they should purchase points as they are planning and saving for the new loan. When is it a good idea for borrowers to purchase discount points?

Home Loan Resources for First-Time Buyers

January 3, 2021 - If you are considering your first home loan, there are some great resources you should use in your planning and saving stage of the mortgage. No new borrower has all the information they need to buy a home at their fingertips in the early days.

Five FHA Loan Tips for the New Year

January 1, 2021 - Whether you’re looking at a starter home or you want to build a house on your own lot to retire in, there are many options with FHA mortgages and not all of them involve purchasing someone else’s suburban house; you can choose from condo units, mobile homes, and more.

Home Construction Mortgage Options: One-Time Close Loans

December 30, 2020 - If you want to build a home on your own land or on land you buy in conjunction with your construction loan, you should know there are a variety of construction mortgages out there and  not all of them are the same.