Can I Qualify For FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit?

This Article On Can I Qualify For FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit Was Written By Gustan Cho NMLS 873293

This BLOG On FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit Was UPDATED On January 5th, 2018

There is a huge market for FHA Loan with under 620 Credit Scores

  • I get so many phone calls daily where the first question the borrowers ask me is ” Can I Qualify For FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit?”
  • The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage are direct lenders with no mortgage lender overlays on government and conventional loans. Gustan Cho Associates are experts in originating and funding FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit Scores

Here is what The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage has to offer for borrowers who need to Qualify for FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit Scores:

  • FHA requires only a 580 FICO credit score for a borrower to qualify for a 3.5% down payment FHA Loan
  • However, most FHA mortgage lenders do have higher credit score requirements
  • For example, most banks require a 640 credit score while most mortgage companies will require a minimum of 620 FICO
  • A substantial percentage of my borrowers qualifying for FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit
  • USA Mortgage, a division of DAS Acquisition Company NMLS 227262, is a five star national mortgage banking company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and licensed in most of the 50 states
  • USA Mortgage, under the leadership of mortgage icon President and CEO Doug Shukar and COO Linda Pring. is hands down the fastest growing mortgage company in the country
  • Most of the loans close in 21 days or less
  • The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage has no overlays on government and Conventional Loans 
  • Our underwriters will only go off DU/LP FINDINGS

Lender overlays are when a bank or lender has additional requirements than those set by HUD, VA, USDA, GINNIE MAE, FANNIE MAE, FREDDIE MAC

FHA Minimum Credit Score Requirements To Qualify For Mortgage

When borrowers asks their local loan officer at their local bank ” Can I Qualify For FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit”, the banker’s response will probably say NO.

  • Most of them do not reply that you do not qualify with their bank but you may qualify with another lender that has no lender overlays on credit scores
  • Most lenders do not explain to the borrower who visit or contact them that FHA minimum credit score requirements is 580
  • It is a shame that there are folks out there who meet the minimum FHA Guidelines on credit scores but are told that do not qualify by lender after lender
  • These lenders do not tell them that they do not qualify with them but may qualify somewhere else
  • 75% of my borrowers are borrowers who were told that they do not qualify or were denied for a loan at the last minute due the lender overlays by their lender

Qualifying For FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit Scores

Having credit scores under 620 FICO does have disadvantages for the borrower and if at all possible.

  • I try to help all of my borrower get their credit scores up if there are quick fixes like paying down their credit cards
  • Adding borrowers to a family member and/or close friend as an authorized user are ways of boosting credit scores
  • Getting secured credit cards is the fastest and easiest way of re-establishing and boosting your credit scores
  • I can touch on the above tips shortly but if a borrower has under 620 FICO credit scores, the maximum debt to income ratio allowed per HUD is 43% DTI to get an approve/eligible per automated findings
  • If credit scores are 620 FICO or higher, then the maximum back end debt to income ratios allowed to get an automated approval per Automated Underwriting System is a back end debt to income ratio of 56,9% DTI and the front end DTI is capped at 46.9% DTI to get an automated approval per AUS
  • Borrowers with higher debt to income ratios may need to try to get their credit scores to at least 620 FICO and again, there are some quick fixes that their loan officer can help with to boost credit scores
  • Disputing medical collections is one quick fix I use which I can explain in later blogs

Meeting AUS Conditions With Under 620 Credit

Another major issue with having credit scores under 620 FICO.

Here are some conditions the Automated Underwriting System may condition:

  • The AUS may or may not conditon VOR.
  • Automated Underwriting System may ask for Verification Of Rent which is proof that the borrower has paid their monthly rent payments with either a bank check and/or wire the funds from their bank account to their landlord
  • If paid with a check, then the lender will require 12 months canceled checks
  • The renter cannot have been late with their rental payment in the past 12 months
  • If the renter has paid their rental payment via bank wire to their landlord, then 12 months bank statements will need to be provided where it shows the monthly rental payment being wired out of their account into the landlord’s bank account
  • If the renter has paid their rental payment with cash and gotten a cash payment receipt payment by their landlord, that does not count and is not considered proof of rental verification
  • Borrowers who have credit scores under 620 FICO and the automated approval conditions for rental verification and they cannot provide it cannot qualify for a FHA Loan because they need to meet all of the conditions of the Automated Underwriting System
  • This ends up hurting home buyers who are living with family trying to save their down payment money for a home purchase
  • When this happens, the loan officer should be able to guide you in boosting credit scores to at least 620 FICO where the AUS will not require verification of rent

Loan Process With Under 620 FICO

The answer is YES to the question of Can I Qualify For FHA Loan With Under 620 Credit:

  • As mentioned, a large percentage of my borrowers have credit scores under 620 FICO
  • However, there are negatives with having lower credit scores
  • Besides having a lower debt to income ratio cap of 43% DTI versus 56.9% DTI cap on borrowers with at least a 620 FICO credit score, and the potential of the Automated Underwriting System requiring verification of rent, the AUS can also require one month’s of PITI ( PRINCIPAL, INTEREST, TAXES, INSURANCE ) in reserves
  • Reserves cannot be gifted
  • FHA does allow 100% gift funds from family members to gift borrowers for their home purchase, however, gift funds are not viewed favorably
  • There are many times where if borrowers have credit scores under 580 FICO, the Automated Underwriting System may not allow gift funds
  • Borrowers with under 620 FICO credit scores will get higher mortgage interest rates on a FHA Loan even though FHA Loans is insured by HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tips In Improving Credit Scores To Qualify For FHA Loan

There are ways of boosting credit scores in a very short period of time:

  • Borrowers with maxed out credit cards need to pay them down preferably below the 10% of  credit limit
  • However, do not pay it down to a zero balance
  • Leave $10 dollar or so in there to maximize credit scores
  • Leaving a few dollars on a credit card will maximize credit scores than having a zero balance
  • There are many consumers who always pay their bills on time but still have a low credit score
  • The reason for this is because they do not have any credit tradelines which are having credit cards or other debt obligations where they have had a on time payment history for at least 12 months
  • Those who have low credit scores due to not having any credit reporting on their credit report can instantly boost their credit scores by adding themselves on as an authorized user on a family member and/or friend’s credit card
  • However, make sure that the person they are adding themselves on as authorized user has perfect payment history and a very low credit card balance, otherwise it will hurt them more than help

Re-Establishing And Boosting Credit Scores With Secured Credit Cards

Consumers with poor credit or who recently gone through bankruptcy and/or foreclosure can get secured credit cards to re-establish their credit.

  • Secured credit cards are the easiest and fastest way of not just re-establishing credit, but also to boosting up credit scores
  • Make sure to get at least a $500 credit limit secured credit card
  • Preferably a $1,000 limit credit card for faster optimization
  • The higher the credit limit, the better it is 
  • For maximum optimization, try to get three secured credit cards
  • Borrowers with low credit scores can potentially increase credit scores by 20 to 60 plus FICO points by getting secured credit cards
  • I have seen borrowers’ credit scores boost over 30 points with just one secured credit card

Mortgage Borrowers who are told they do not qualify for a FHA Loan by a lender or multiple lenders for not having a 620 or higher credit scores, can rest assured that they can qualify for FHA Loans with The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage. Borrowers may not qualify with that particular lender but do qualify with a FHA mortgage lender like myself that has no lender overlays. There are plenty of mortgage lenders like myself so all you need to do is Google FHA LENDERS WITH NO OVERLAYS and borrowers will see lists after lists of lenders with no lender overlays.

2018 FHA Guidelines In Qualifying For FHA Loan With No Overlays

The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage has no overlays on FHA Loans.

Here are borrowers who can qualify with us at The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage:

  • Closings in 21 days or less
  • Borrowers do not have to pay outstanding collections or charge offs to qualify for a FHA Loan
  • 580 FICO score to qualify for a FHA Loan with 3.5% down payment
  • Non-occupant co-borrowers allowed and no limit as of how many non-occupant co-borrowers can have
  • Borrowers in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Repayment Plan can qualify one year into the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy with approval of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee
  • No waiting period after Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged date
  • The Gustan Cho Team at USA Mortgage will work with borrowers with under 580 Credit Scores to boost their credit scores and get them qualified
  • The Gustan Cho Team Rapid Response Group at USA Mortgage is available 7 days, evenings, weekends, and holidays

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