FHA is getting harder on Debt to Income Ratios for Low Credit Scores

Mortgage and Lending with www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending NMLS #293883

HUD (FHA) literally just announced that they are getting harder on higher debt to income ratios for lower credit scores.  Now their announcement is vague but here is what I do know:

  • Credit Scores getting Lower: The average credit score for FHA loans that closed in 2018 was 670.  This is the lowest it has been in 10yrs.  Already in 2019, 28% of the loans closed had a credit score under 640.  13% had a score under 620.  So HUD believes the credit scores are continuing to decrease or at least do not seem to be increasing.
  • Higher Debt To Income Ratios:  in 2018 amount of loans with a debt to income ratio over 50% was 25%, this is the highest it has been since 2000!  Already in 2019 the percentage is over 28%.  FHA normally approves loans to a 55-56% debt to income ratio.
  •  Getting Tighter: For all FHA case numbers(meaning the loan started) ordered on March 18th and after, the automated approval system is going to get tougher on loans with credit scores and higher debt to income ratios.  While they are vague on this, based on my research and thoughts it means credit scores of 640 or 620 and under with a debt to income ratio of 50%+ will have a harder time getting approved.
  • What you need to do: First is go back and make sure any client falling in this situation is still pre-approved with their lender.  Second, this change obviously hurts those buyer’s buying power, but what we need to do is focus on getting their credit scores up.  This would include credit rescores to get the credit score a little higher such as 640+, to get them more buying power.

Do not look at this as being negative info, but rather FHA adjusting their underwriting guidelines so we can keep the program.  Lord knows we need FHA loans!!  Please call me with any questions and below is my video also breaking this down: https://youtu.be/LOOL0ZjQJT0 



Posted by





David Krichmar 

Mortgage Banker NMLS#293883 

Legend Home Lending

LLC NMLS #229421

Has Written For Realtor Magazine, Houston Agent Magazine, Scotsman Mortgage Guide

Appeared On Fox Business


Named 5 Star Mortgage Professional 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Named Top Mortgage Professional 2010,2011




For More Mortgage Info Follow me at  Dave's Blog


If you are looking for a FHA, VA, USDA, Homepath, Conventional, Jumbo, Construction, FHA 203k mortgage in Fort Bend County, Sugar Land, Houston, Katy, Harris County, Brazoria County, Pearland, Richmond, Bellaire, West University, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Friendswood, Clear Lake, Galveston, Fulshear, Tomball, Spring, Conroe, Montgomery County or anywhere in Texas I am your GUY!  


facebook Dave Your Mortgage Guylinkedin David Krichmaryoutube David Krichmartwitter Dave Your Mortgage Guy              

Use or reproduction of the material published on this site is expressly prohibited without the express written permission of the author


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Home Buying
Texas Harris County Houston
Realtors Needing the services of the Lending Powers
The FHA Mortgage Group
Lenders & Realtors with a CONSCIENCE
Austin & Central Texas Originators
FHA 203-k and FHA 203-k Streamline Loan Group
sugar land
the woodlands
debt to income ratio
fha is getting harder on debt to income ratios for low credit scores

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share. FHA financing is very popular for first time home buyers in our area.

Mar 18, 2019 08:15 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Well to avert another down spiral banking needs to be a bit more critical

Mar 18, 2019 08:57 AM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I recently read that banks are giving more credit to those with lower FICO scores because the pool of higher credit worthy people has been shrinking.

Mar 18, 2019 02:43 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, that is not good for our first time buyers, but if they cannot afford buying, they shouldn't.

Mar 25, 2019 10:23 AM #5
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


David Krichmar

Ask me a question
Spam prevention