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What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a Home?

March 9th, 2016 6:38 AM by Jackie A. Graves

Buying a home may no longer be the American Dream (now people just want to get out of debt someday), but it’s still a huge goal for many. But if you don’t have a good credit score, that dream might go up in flames.

A lot of things factor into getting a mortgage, but it starts with your credit score. If your credit score isn’t good enough, nothing else matters. Depending on the loan program, lender and an applicant’s specific credit history, the minimum credit score necessary to buy a home varies. Heather McRae, a senior loan officer for Chicago Financial Services, said 580 is the lowest score she’s seen in recent loan approvals, and she hasn’t seen anything lower than that in a long time.


Posted by Jackie A. Graves on March 9th, 2016 6:38 AM


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