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    If you intend to buy a house, having a good credit score is important. Banks check your credit reports and scores to understand your credit behavior and see if you qualify for a mortgage loan at low-interest rates. 

    The exact credit score you require to buy a house depends on the type of loan you are applying for. Additionally, lenders may have their own criteria to determine your creditworthiness. The range of scores lies between 500-700. The greater your score, the more options you have to choose from. These are the types of loans available and the minimum score required to apply for them:

    Loan Minimum score Features
    Conventional Loan 620 Non-government insured.

    Conforms to standards set by government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Jumbo Loan 700 Non-conforming.

    Higher than conventional loan amounts.

    Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loan 500 Insured by FHA.

    Minimum score of 500 for a 10% down payment, 580 for a 3.5% down payment.

    VA Loan 620 Government-insured.

    For veterans and their spouses/family.

    No minimum score set by the USDVA, but a minimum score of 620 is usually required by lenders.

    USDA Loan 580 US Department of Agriculture-insured.

    No minimum score set by the USDA, but a minimum score of 580 is usually required by lenders.

     

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