Banks Raise Credit Scores to Qualify for a Mortgage | Pound Ridge NY Real Estate

Credit Score Requirements Stifling Borrowers

 
Despite record-low interest rates, an increasing number of Americans can’t afford to buy a house. 

The nation’s two largest mortgage lenders, Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp., have raised the minimum required credit score on FHA-insured loans to 640 from 620.  

Requiring a 640 credit score excludes about 15 percent of FHA borrowers, FHA commissioner David Stevens said.

Such a high limit will further delay a recovery in the real estate market, says Ron Phipps, president of the National Association of REALTORS®.

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