Thursday, October 24, 2013

What is the minimum Credit Score Needed to Buy a House and get a Kentucky Mortgage Loan?

What is the minimum Credit Score Needed to Buy a House and get a Kentucky Mortgage Loan?

When applying for a mortgage loan, lenders will pull what they call a "tri-merge" credit report which will show three different fico scores from Transunion, Equifax, and Experian. The lenders will throw out the high and low score and take the "middle score" For example, if you had a 614, 610, and 629 score from the three main credit bureaus, your qualifying score would be 614. Most lenders will want at least two scores. So if you only have one score, you may not qualify. Lenders will have to pull their own credit report and scores so if you had it ran somewhere else or saw it on a website or credit card you may own, it will not matter to the lender, because they have to use their own credit report and scores. 
Most lenders will pull your credit report for free nowadays so this should not be a big deal as long as your scores are high enough. 
The Secondary Market of Mortgage loans offered by FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae, and KHC all have their minimum fico score requirements and lenders will create overlays in addition to what the Government agencies will accept, so even if on paper FHA says they will go down to 580 or 500 in some cases on fico scores, very few lenders will go below the 620 threshold. 
If you have low fico scores it may make sense to check around with different lenders to see what their minimum fico scores are for loans. 
The lenders I currently deal with have the following fico cutoffs for credit scores:
FHA--620 minimum score
VA----620 minimum score
Fannie Mae--620 minimum score
USDA--640 minimum score
KHC with Down Payment Assistance --640 minimum score.
As you can see, 620 is the minimum score with most lenders for a FHA, VA, or Fannie Mae loan, and 640 is required for the no down payment programs offered by USDA and KHC in Kentucky for First Time Home Buyers wanting to go no money down.
http://kentuckyfirsttimehomebuyer.blogspot.com/2016/08/four-things-to-know-about-qualifying.html


Fannie Mae

According to the "Washington Post," Fannie Mae raised its minimum credit score for conventional loans in 2009 from 580 to 620. Even if you have a 20-percent down payment, you can be rejected if your score is below 620. Fannie Mae will also reject a loan if more than 45 percent of your income goes toward paying debt.




Government-Backed Loans

FHA recently changed its minimum credit score to 520=580 , which qualifies you for lending programs that require only a 3.5 percent down payment.

VA loans are 100-percent financed and set aside for active and retired military, along with their families. There is no minimum credit score to qualify, though a better credit score will get you a better interest rate. Typically to get approved on A VA loan, you will need a 620 mid score with no bankruptcies or foreclosures in last 2 years with clean credit since BK or Foreclosures.

The better your score, the better your interest rate is likely to be. If your score is between 620 and 639—considered a risky score by some creditors—you could pay an interest rate of 5.718 percent on a $300,000, 30-year conventional mortgage. As of mid-August, 2010, If your score is at the high end, 760 to 850, your interest rate could be 4.129 percent on the same loan. A score of 650 may net you a rate of 5.172 percent.


USDA Home Loan Debt Ratio Waivers will be considered when the borrower has a middle credit score of 640 or higher, and the co-borrower has a credit score of at least 640.  

If borrowers have credit scores of 640 or below, additional compensating factors will need to be documented for the USDA Home Loan Underwriters.





Resources for this article are below:


http://ncfhaexpert.com/usda-loans/compensating-factors-for-usda-home-loan-approval/

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/minimum-credit-score-needed-buy-house-7410.html



Minimum Credit Score Needed to Buy a House in Kentucky and get a Mortgage backed by FHA, VA, USDA, Rural Housing Loans, Fannie Mae