Get Approved for an FHA Loan with a 500 credit score in Johnson County Kansas

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Partners, Inc. SP00225692 Kansas

I hear a lot of lenders and Realtors say that FHA requires a 620 credit score to get approved for a loan. Well if you have been looking to buy a home in Johnson County Kansas over the last 2 years you will find out that it is mostly true. It is true that you have needed a 620 credit score but what wasn't true is that FHA required a 620. FHA loans don't actually have a requirement, it was the lenders enforcing higher standards due to a increase in foreclosures the last couple of years.

Well the lenders have found out that there has been a significant number of would be home buyers who fit every requirement to purchase (good job, good income, low debts) a home except the 620 credit score. They were finding a large group of buyers who's credit score were affected by Divorce, Old items on their credit report and misreported items that didn't belong to them. 

To make the process more fair to people whos credit score has been affected by these circumstances some lenders are lowering their credit score requirement down to 500. Yes, 500 but there is a kicker. You will be required to make a larger down payment based on your individual situation. 

Right now FHA requires a 3.5% down payment but certain loans under the new guidelines may require a down payment of up to 10%. While considerably more that the 3.5% at least it doesn't close the door on home ownership for deserving buyers.

For More information on the new guidelines call Michael Russell today at 913-735-7104

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 Michael Russell is a REALTOR with The Russell Home Team at Keller Williams Realty. Michael specializes in Johnson County Kansas Homes and Real Estate for sale. Michael is a tech savvy realtor with over 13 years experience. Did you enjoy Michael's Blog? Feel free to subscribe or join Michael on his Social Network to stay up to date on Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa, Shawnee and all of Johnson Counties real estate news and more...

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