Less-than-perfect credit is OK
Minimum credit scores for FHA loans depend on the type of loan the borrower needs. To get a mortgage with a down payment as low as 3.5 percent, the borrower needs a credit score of 580 or higher.
Those with credit scores between 500 and 579 must make down payments of at least 10 percent .
FREE TOOL: Know your credit score before you borrow. Check it today for free at myBankrate.
People with credit scores under 500 generally are ineligible for FHA loans. The FHA will make allowances under certain circumstances for applicants who have what it calls "nontraditional credit history or insufficient credit" if they meet requirements. Ask your FHA lender or an FHA loan specialist if you qualify.