What Credit Score do You Need to qualify for a FHA VA KHC USDA Kentucky Mortgage


 

What Credit Score do You Need to Buy a Home?

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When it comes to mortgages and credit scores, there are two really important questions to ask:

–What credit score do I need to qualify for a mortgage?

–What credit score do I need to get the lowest interest rate on a mortgage?

These different but related questions are important if you are looking to buy a home. And the second question is particularly important. With a high FICO score, you can literally save tens of thousands of dollars in interest over the life of a home loan. So let’s take a look at both questions. And if you don’t know you score, be sure to get you free credit score.

What credit score do you need to qualify for a mortgage?

The first thing to keep in mind is that qualifying for a mortgage involves a lot more than just a credit score. While your FICO score is a very important ingredient, it is just one factor. Lenders also look at your income and level of debt, among other things.

As a rule of thumb, however, a credit score below 620 will make buying a home very difficult. A FICO score below 620 is considered sub-prime. In the past there were mortgage companies that specialized in sub-prime mortgages. Because of the challenges in the credit market over the last year or so, however, sub-prime loans have become difficult if not impossible to obtain.

A FICO score between 620 and 650 is considered fair to good credit. But keep in mind, this range of credit scores does not guarantee you will qualify for a mortgage, and if you do qualify, it won’t get you the lowest interest rate possible. Still, to buy a home aim for a score of at least 620, recognizing that other factors weigh in the decision and that some banks may require a higher score.

What credit score do you need to get a low rate mortgage?

It use to be that a score of about 720 would yield the lowest mortgage rates available. Today, the best rates kick in with a FICO score of 760. And interest rates go up significantly as your credit score drops. To give you an idea, the following table shows current rates by credit score and calculates a monthly principal and interest payment based on a $300,000 loan:

Eligibility Requirements  for a Kentucky  FHA Loan after September 15, 2015

When applying for eligibility for A Kentucky  FHA Loans, There are some factors taken into account:
  • Credit score 620 and above with the mortgage investors we work with, even though FHA will insured lower credit scores, most mortgage lenders will create overlays
  • No bankruptcies (Chapter 7) in last 2 years with clean credit afterwards and 3 years after a foreclosure or short sale
  • 3.5% Down payment. Can be gifted or money saved-up or money taken out of 401k or retirement account. No cash gifts or unsourced deposits are allowed for down payment on a FHA loan.
  • Debt to income ratios can be up to 55% on an Approved Eligible Files but restricted on manual underwrites to 31% and 43% respectively.
  • Overtime or bonus income needs to show a 2 year history for it be eligible for income qualifying on a FHA loan. FHA underwriters typically will take a 2 year average.
  • FHA appraisals with the new changes now call for the FHA appraiser to check and review the home more thoroughly, hence the typical costs of a FHA appraisal has gone from $325 to $425 due to more legwork involved on a FHA appraisal.
  • Any disputes on credit bureau will need to be taken out of dispute status typically for your credit scores to be validated, so please be aware of this.
  • Rent references are usually not called for unless your file get downgraded to a manual
  • FHA mortgage insurance the upfront and annual mi monthly fee is for life of loan.
  • A lender may approve a borrower if:  acceptable payment history and  no major derogatory credit on revolving accounts in the last 12 months. “Acceptable payment history” means:  the borrower made all housing and installment debt payments on time for the previous 12 months, and  there are no more than two 30‐day late mortgage or installment payments in the last 24 months. “Major derogatory credit” means:  payments made more than 90 days after the due date, or  3 or more payments made more than 60 days after the due date.
  •  Child support income is Allowed If using a voluntary payment agreement, the lender:  obtains 12 months canceled checks, deposit slips, or tax returns.  For divorce decree, legal separation agreement, or court order if there is evidence of receipt for the most recent 6 months, may use the current payment to calculate income, &  if there are not 6 months of consistent payments, may average the income received over the prior 2 years, or less if the income has not been received that long  4000.1 II.A



Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com
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What Credit Score do You Need to qualify for a FHA VA KHC USDA Kentucky Mortgage

 

WHAT CREDIT SCORE DO YOU NEED FOR A KENTUCKY MORTGAGE LOAN

You Are More Than a Credit Score. However, you still need to understand what your score means.
Why do credit scores matter for Kentucky Mortgages?
Because they have a direct impact on your chances of qualifying when you apply for a mortgage, car loan or credit cards.  Your credit score is a numerical indication of the risk of you not repaying a loan. The lower your score, the higher that risk has been determined to be. A company called the Fair Isaac Corporation is responsible for these scores, also known as FICO scores. Credit scores are derived from reports kept by major credit agencies, including Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. These agencies track the amount of debt consumers have taken on and whether they pay their bills on time.
Credit scores range from 350-850. Consumers with scores below 600 may be charged higher loan rates, while those with scores above 700 are generally charged lower rates. Those with scores above 760 generally get the best rates.
How Lenders View Your Credit Score for a Kentucky Mortgage
There are 3 national credit programs at 3 different bureaus:
  • Fair, Isaac Model at Experian (formerly TRW)
  • BEACON at Equifax
  • EMPIRICA at Trans Union
Beacon and Empirica, both subscribe to the Fair Isaac’s FICO model of scoring and then they integrate their own version of a person’s FICO score.  On the other hand, when borrowers are looking for a mortgage loan, lenders pull what’s called a “tri-merge.”   A tri-merge merges and verifies all information detailed from all 3 unions into one report.
The main determinants of a credit grade are based on your credit and debt ratio. Beacon scores range from 400 – 844; while, FICO scores range from 350 – 880. Conversely, lenders determine the investment quality of a loan, with the equivalent of a grade, A, B, C or D. y ‘A” paper represents the highest quality loan, and D paper is the highest risk loan for the investor.
For example, if your credit score is 680 or more, you fall in the ‘A’ paper category; however, not all lenders rate credit the same way. So the question is: how does your credit affect the interest rate a lender will charge you? The answer depends on the level of the consistency of good payment in your credit history, along with your debt ratio. If both are great, the loan is assigned “A” grade; and, qualifies for the best interest rate. If even one of the factors is not up to par, the quality of the loan is downgraded to ‘A-” or ‘B’ paper. Consequently, the interest rate goes up as the perceived risk factor increases. There is a higher risk for a lender making a B, C or D paper loan because there is a higher risk for a defaulted loan. Therefore, the lender is compensated for the higher risk by charging the borrower a higher interest rate.
When lenders review one’s credit score, an underwriter reviews it. The underwriter and credit scores are assessed and rated by the following criteria:
Lifestyle History
  • How long you’ve lived at your residence
  • Do you own or rent (Owning property – earns extra credit)
  • How long you’ve been employed at your current job
  • How much money earned and how credit has been used
Payment history
  • Public record and collection items
  • Severity, recent and frequency of delinquencies noted in trade line section
Outstanding debt
  • Credit history
  • Number of balances recently reported
  • Average balance across all trade lines
  • Relationship between total balances and total credit limits on revolving trade lines
Pursuit of new credit
  • Number of inquiries and new account openings in the last year
  • Amount of time since most recent inquiry
Types of credit in use
  • Number of trade lines reported for each type
  • Bankcard
  • Department store cards
  • Personal finance company references
  • Travel and entertainment cards
  • Installment loans
Quick Improve Your Credit Scoring Tips
  • Obtain Your Credit FICO Score
  • Make any credit corrections with the proper documentation
  • Pay off small balances on high limit credit cards
  • Cancel certain credit cards and consolidate all the balances into a lower interest home equity loan or refinace your home loan with a cash out option.
All Current FHA, VA, KHC, USDA , Fannie Mae Programs for a mortgage in Kentucky with our company require a FICO Score of 640-We take your middle score.

Louisville Kentucky Mortgage Loans

 

What Credit Score do You Need to Buy a Home?

When it comes to mortgages and credit scores, there are two really important questions to ask:

–What credit score do I need to qualify for a mortgage?

–What credit score do I need to get the lowest interest rate on a mortgage?

These different but related questions are important if you are looking to buy a home. And the second question is particularly important. With a high FICO score, you can literally save tens of thousands of dollars in interest over the life of a home loan. So let’s take a look at both questions. And if you don’t know you score, be sure to get you free credit score.

What credit score do you need to qualify for a mortgage?

The first thing to keep in mind is that qualifying for a mortgage involves a lot more than…

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Credit Fico Score for a Kentucky Mortgage FHA VA KHC


Credit Fico Score for a Kentucky Mortgage FHA VA KHC.

As a rule of thumb, however, a credit score below 640 will make buying a home very difficult. A FICO score below 640 is considered sub-prime. In the past there were mortgage companies that specialized in sub-prime mortgages. Because of the challenges in the credit market over the last year or so, however, sub-prime loans have become difficult if not impossible to obtain.

A FICO score between 620 and 650 is considered fair to good credit. But keep in mind, this range of credit scores does not guarantee you will qualify for a mortgage, and if you do qualify, it won’t get you the lowest interest rate possible. Still, to buy a home aim for a score of at least 640, recognizing that other factors weigh in the decision and that some banks may require a higher score.

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346