1. What is an FHA loan?
FHA stands for Federal Housing Administration. Basically, an FHA loan is a mortgage that’s insured by the government. The Federal Housing Administration is part of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). FHA loans are great because they provide some flexibility especially for first-time homebuyers who have little savings or have credit challenges.
2. Lowest allowable FHA credit scores
The short answer is that there isn’t one. According to the FHA website, applicants are required to have a minimum score of 580 to qualify for the low down-payment option which is a down payment of 3.5%. However, if you have a lower credit score than this you can still get an FHA loan, you just have to put down a 10% down payment to qualify. If your credit score doesn’t meet these criteria, you will want to weigh the pros and cons and decide if you should use the funds to try to improve your credit or to put down the larger payment.
3. Why do different mortgage lenders have different FHA credit score requirements
Different mortgage lenders may have different FHA credit score requirements even though there are nationally established rates. This is because lenders have flexibility about what types of loans to offer and the lowest credit score they will accept.
4. How to boost your credit score
You can boost your credit score in a variety of ways. You can pay your bills on time, make utility and cell phone payments on time, reduce debt and keep balances low on credit cards, don’t open credit cards you don’t need, and check your credit report.
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