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REALTORS® Reported High Credit Score Requirements Are Easing

Qualifying for a mortgage is still generally difficult, although becoming easier, according to the February 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.

About 52 percent of REALTORS® providing transaction credit score information reported FICO credit scores in the range of 620-740; in 2013, the share was hovering at about 40 percent. About 2 percent of REALTORS® reported a purchase by a buyer with credit score of less than 620, up from about 1-2 percent in 2012-2014. In a normal market, the share of credit scores below 620 would be closer to 5 percent.

Potential buyers facing credit limitations might want to consider a mortgage origination by community banks, local banks, and credit unions.

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Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research

Jed Smith is Managing Director, Quantitative Research with the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.

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