Quicken Loans Eases Credit Score Requirement on FHA Loans

Quicken Loans Inc., announced they have eased the minimum credit score necessary to qualify for an FHA loan to 580.

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"We believe that a credit score, on its own, is not the sole arbiter of a person’s credit worthiness,” said Bob Walters, Chief Economist at Quicken Loans.

(Vocus/PRWEB) February 03, 2011

In an effort to make homeownership possible and more affordable for families across the country, Quicken Loans Inc, the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender, announced they have eased the minimum credit score necessary to qualify for an FHA loan to 580. This change allows more consumers to qualify for an FHA loan, as previous guidelines required a minimum credit score of 620.

“There are folks who have steady incomes, and a solid payment history but were temporarily affected by the economy or a life event in some way. These challenges can lower their credit score significantly. We believe that a credit score, on its own, is not the sole arbiter of a person’s credit worthiness,” said Bob Walters, Chief Economist at Quicken Loans. “This change will open up credit to a significant group of people and allow them to again have access to purchase or refinance a home.”

Qualifying clients can lock in a low fixed-rate on a 30-year, 25-year or 15-year mortgage. Additional underwriting guidelines may apply when qualifying for a loan with a credit score of 580, including specific debt-to-income ratios and limitations on the source of any funds used for down payments.

FHA loans are designed to make housing more affordable with lower down payment requirements than conventional loans on purchases and less home equity requirements on a refinance.

About Quicken Loans Inc:
Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation's largest online retail mortgage lender and among the five largest overall retail home lenders in the United States. The company closed a record $29 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2010, and recently closed its 1 millionth loan. Quicken Loans employs approximately 3,700 team members and generates loan production from five web centers located in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Michigan as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates for 2010. "QuickenLoans.com" has been named "Best of the Web" by Forbes and Money magazines. The company also has been named to FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies To Work For" eight consecutive years, ranking as high as #2, and named in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine's "100 Best Places to Work In Technology" for six years in a row. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press' 'Top Workplaces of 2010' List. The company recently moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its 3,700 full-time team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit http://www.quickenloans.com.

About Rock Holdings Inc:
Rock Holdings Inc. is the parent company for several financial services related businesses and employs over 4,000 team members. These client-focused and technologically-driven companies include Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online home lender and One Reverse Mortgage unit, the fastest growing reverse mortgage lender in America; Title Source, a nationwide leader of title insurance and settlement services; Quicken Loans Mortgage Services (QLMS), a mortgage origination platform servicing community banks and credit unions across the country; In-House Realty, the preferred real estate partner of Quicken Loans that matches clients with trusted real estate agents in all 50 states; and, Quizzle.com, the online innovator and website where consumers manage their home, money and credit. Rock Holdings, Inc. also recently moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit.

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