Borrowers with bad credit may have to make higher down payments. The FHA allows credit scores down to 500. Borrowers with scores above 580 qualify for the minimum down payment of 3.5 percent and borrowers with less than 580 must put down 10 percent. The fha sets minimum guidelines for down payments, however, individual lenders may impose stricter rules, known as overlays.
· FHA loans: This is another government program, and it’s been around even longer than the VA program. FHA loans have been part of the american mortgage system since 1934. The minimum down payment requirement is 3.5%. There’s a mortgage insurance premium,