FHA Loans vs. Conventional Home Loans
The main difference between an FHA Loan and a Conventional Home Loan is that an FHA loan requires a lower down payment, and the credit qualifying criteria for a borrower is not as strict. This allows those without a credit history, or with minor credit problems to buy a home. FHA requires a reasonable explanation of any derogatory items but will use common sense credit underwriting. Some borrowers, with extenuating circumstances surrounding bankruptcy, discharged 3-years ago, can work around past credit problems. However, conventional financing relies heavily upon credit scoring, a rating given by a credit bureau such as Experian, Trans-Union or Equifax. If your score is below the minimum standard, you may not qualify.