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What is the minimum credit score required to get a mortgage loan?

Asked by Trulia Miami, Miami, FL Tue Feb 12, 2013

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The standard and "preferred" is 640 however there are lenders like HSBC that would work with non- premier loans, meaning those most banks don't want to touch. HSBC will also work with low income and credit score as low as 580 for FHA loan.

They also have portfolio product called COMMUNITYWORKS that allows financing up to 97% LTV with only 620 credit score (for owner occupied property only).

Best Regards,
Meg Sahdala

Vivienda Miami Real Estate Group
Tel: 305.877.2880
Fax: 305.675.3976
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2013
Great Answer Meg! We should all be this knowledgeable.
Flag Mon Jul 28, 2014
Meg, you really know all this stuff; it is very good. That demonstrates that you are extremely professional!!! You know what you need to know to always help your clients. That is very impressive!!!
Flag Sat Mar 2, 2013
For FHA the minimum credit score is a 580 according to the FHA. Most lenders will not lend to borrowers with scores under a 620-640. I know of a few that will lend down to a 580 credit score, if you want some help locating one.
11 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 1, 2013
Unfortunately, not one single answer you received was factual. They may be giving you credit score limits that they personally have available or what they may have "heard" from someone else, but not one single answer is grounded in fact.

Here are the facts.

You may obtain an FHA mortgage without any credit score at all. If you find any experienced mortgage broker they should be able to explain this to you.

Also, FHA allows for scores as low as 500. I'm not guessing or just throwing a number out there, it's taken directly from FHA guidelines. While I readily admit that this is harder to find, it doesn't mean it's not available and not mentioning it when asked a specific question about the MINIMUM credit score would be incorrect.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 3, 2013
FHA will normally require a minimum credit score of 580. This is in contrast to Lenders such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which look for at least 620.

Private Financing is available to those with a poor credit score that will not qualify for a Conventional or FHA loan. Typically a Private Lender requires a 50% down-payment.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2013
580 if all the other factors are in line. Down payment , closing cost, the area the property is located are just a few.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 28, 2014
what's the minimum credit score you need to get a homemortgage loan in fl
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 28, 2014
Shop around for a mortgage broker that can explore all your financing status. Mortgage brokers have access to many banks, private lenders and different programs. Lenders preferred clients with a minimum of 640 credit score, but I see programs that with a 580 and a good down payment you can get a mortgage loan. Each case is different.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 28, 2013
Different mortgage lenders will have varying minimum credit score requirements. Here in CT, my mortgage lenders will use the middle fico score of 1 borrower and the lower middle fico score of 2 borrowers. For example, one mortgage lender has a FHA 640 minimum and conventional 660 minimum(5% down). Check with your local mortgage professional about what are the credit qualifications for the mortgage program you seek.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 28, 2013
We suggest that you meet with a loan officer at two local banks to discuss if you qualify for a loan; and, if not what must you do to qualify for a mortgage loan ASAP.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013
580 is the guidelines by FHA but most Lenders want a 640.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 10, 2013
There are several ways to approach this questions. It depends of several factors; but most importantly the type of property and type of occupancy, type of transaction, if conforms or not, and type of program. .

The most common are:

FHA - 203B (Standard FHA) - 580 UP TO 96.5%; AND 540 UP TO 90% LTV
FHA - 203K (Renovation Loan) - 620 UP TO 125% LTV
HomePath Renovation - 620 < 80% LTV & 660 > 80%

Currently there are discussions at the regulatory level, about the validity of the existence of Government Loans with low credit scores requirements, and about the existence of community based programs. For the sake of the consumer with infome limitations, I hope these programs do not dissappear.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 2, 2013
In now days most lenders require a 640 credit score for an FHA loan and 620 for conventional.
Shirley Rico 305-949-LOAN (5626)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2013
In today's lending marketplace, the Lender's look for a client to have a middle credit score of 640. This applies to Conventional and FHA mortgages.

Please feel free to contact me for further information: 561-271-1611
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2013
Do you realize you're asking TRULIA to call you? This was posted by trulia, not a consumer!
Flag Wed Feb 13, 2013
The minimum credit score to get a mortgage in today economy is about 640.....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2013
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