Official HUD Guidelines for the FHA Program. The FHA loan program is managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They HUD website offers dozens of handbooks relating to the FHA mortgage-insurance program, adding up to more than 10,000 pages. That’s a lot of reading material.
FHA Credit Requirements for 2019 FHA Loan applicants must have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify for the low down payment advantage which is currently at 3.5%. If your credit score is below 580, the down payment requirement is 10%. You can see why it’s important that your credit history is in good standing.
A manual underwrite by FHA standards is when a loan applicant cannot obtain an Approve/Eligible status through the AUS (Automated Underwriting System) and was considered a Refer or the application was downgraded to a manual underwrite by the FHA underwriter, or the FHA program requires a manual underwrite by mere virtue of the program.
September 17, 2013 – There’s a common question about FHA loans and bankruptcy–can potential FHA loan applicants who have filed for bankruptcy be considered for an FHA mortgage? One version of this question we’re asked goes like this: "I filled for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2009, then converted it to a Chapter 7 which was discharged in 2012.