The FHA requires that borrowers have a credit score above 500 to qualify for an FHA-backed loan, and a score of 580 or higher to qualify for the lowest down payment amount. However, many lenders will prefer a credit score above 620.
An FHA loan is considered one of the easiest type of real estate loans to qualify for because it usually requires a low down payment and the borrower is allowed to have less-than-perfect credit. FHA loans are not just for single family properties.
Unlike FHA loans, conventional loans are not insured by the government. Qualifying for a conventional mortgage requires a higher credit score, solid income and a down payment of at least 3 percent.
We have two loan products – one for those who own the land that the home is on and another for mobile homes that are – or will be – located in mobile home parks. Ask an FHA lender to tell you more about FHA loan products.
For new purchase, rehab loans, and refinance loans it will be important to establish the nature of the property (condo, town house, etc. but regardless of the property type, an FHA loan cannot be used for certain properties even if they are in structures that are technically FHA-approved.