FICO Reduced to 500 on FHA and VA Loans

August 29, 2017


Help meet the individual needs of your borrowers and grow your business with our new reduction in FICO to 500 for FHA & VA government purchase programs.***
FHA Purchase

  • 500 FICO to 90% LTV on purchase loans
  • Debt to income ratio determined by AUS with FICO>640 (1-2 unit)
  • First-time home buyers – no overlays with DU approved eligible with FICO>640

VA Purchase

  • 500 FICO – 2 valid credit scores required
  • Up to 100% LTV

In addition to our recent reduction in FICO score (down to 500) on FHA and VA Purchase Programs, below are details on our new minimum FICO scores for FHA & VA Refinance Loans.
FHA Streamline & VA IRRRL’s

  • No FICO Score requirements

Rate & Term Refinance
(FHA* Credit Qualifying)

  • 500-579 FICO to 90% LTV
  • 580 FICO or greater to 97.75% LTV

Cash-Out Refinance

  • FHA*
    • Minimum 500 FICO
    • 85% max LTV for all FICOs
  • VA*
    • Minimum 500 FICO to 100% LTV**

***Owner Occupied Only. 1-4 Units. PUD's, FHA approved condominium projects, land contracts, manufactured homes that follow HUD requirements.
*FHA & VA: Owner-occupied. 1-4 Units. Subject to Specific County Mortgage lending limits. Subject to Debt-to-Income and Underwriting requirements.
**Subject to compensating factors and Debt-to-Income restrictions. A Veteran must have combined entitlement & equity totaling 25% of appraised value.

Government Agency Approvals

FHA Non-Supervised Mortgagee Approval #:
24751-0000-5
VA Automatic Lender Approval #:
902324-00-00

Mortgagee/Loss Payee Clause

Carrington Mortgage Services LLC
ISAOA/ATIMA
P.O. Box 692408
San Antonio, TX 78269-2408

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Government Agency Approval | FHA Non-Supervised Mortgage Approval #: 24751-0000-5 | VA Automatic Lender Approval #: 902324-00-00

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