First time home buyers with a low credit score can purchase a home. However, it depends on how low the score is. FHA guidelines for first time home buyers allow a credit score as low as 580 with a 3.5% down payment. For those with a lower score the guidelines call for a 10% down payment.
However, even though the FHA has these guidelines lenders don’t typically follow them. They require as high as a 640 credit score to get the 3.5% down payment. The reason lenders require a higher down payment is that the FHA penalizes them for too many bad loans. Therefore lenders are protecting their ability to offer FHA programs long term.
First Time Home Buyers Low Credit Score – Reasons
There’s more than one reason why someone may have a less than 580 credit score. Younger people simply may not have established enough positive credit. They have clean credit report but not enough on the credit report. This person would be wise to use an FHA loan to purchase a home if they have the income.
Some people that have a sub 580 credit score have a lot of negative items. They may have just fallen on bad times in the past. This person should go through the process of repairing their credit. This would increase their score and lower the interest rate on the loan.
However, there is a category of people that need to budget themselves first. Diving into a $200,000, give or take, mortgage when they are struggling to pay bills now is not a good move. They need to stabilize their financial situation before taking on further debt. This is true even if their mortgage payment is less than their rent payment. If you don’t pay your mortgage you can lose your home.
If you fall into any of these 3 categories we can help. We have services to help people build credit, remove negative items from their credit report, and budget themselves and otherwise stabilize their finances.
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