7 crucial facts about FHA loans
Less-than-perfect credit is OK
The FHA doesn't mandate a minimum credit score, according to Vicki Bott, HUD deputy assistant secretary for single-family housing. Instead, each borrower's creditworthiness is considered in context. Some leeway is allowed, even for borrowers who've filed for bankruptcy.
That said, however, lenders can overlay their own requirements on top of the FHA's guidelines. Some lenders might require a minimum credit score. Ask prospective lenders about such a requirement if your credit is less than perfect.
"Lenders underwrite FHA loans to ensure that the customer has the willingness and capability to repay the loan, but we do have flexibility beyond pure credit score to look at the borrower's financial situation," Bott says.