It just got a little bit easier to buy a home in Raleigh

Credit requirements for a loan in Raleigh gets easier

A few weeks ago I sent an email to my clients titled “Credit standards ARE loosening” which was inspired by a blog  FHA 203(b) Loans for North Carolina borrowers with 620 Fico Scores . In that email I pontificated that because of rising interest rates, the Fed exiting the space  it has occupied for too long as well as improving real estate sales, private equity was returning to the marketplace and that we would begin seeing a relaxing of lending guidelines.

“One of the primary concerns I hear from Realtors is that credit standards are still, too tight, and they are right! Even though interest rates have begun to creep up, one of the benefits of higher rates is that  both investors and underwriters are beginning to ease up on credit standards because the increased margins allow for greater risk.” Ricardo Cobos – Mortgage Lender

Today I received a bulletin from a major source of funding who announced that they were reducing credit scores for all Conventional, FHA, USDA and VA loans to 620.


Even though borrowers still have to income qualify, show a willingness to repay their obligations when due, and property conditions remain tight, this is a great indicator that even though mortgage rates are rising … credit standards are beginning to decline commensurate to the rise in rates. What this means is that  people who just a few months ago were denied access to credit might now be eligible once again to purchase a home. No longer do you have to have excellent or A++ credit in Raleigh to get a loan to purchase a home, even C-grade credit may now qualify!

Ricardo Cobos is a licensed mortgage loan officer  in Raleigh-Cary-Durham North Carolina who has been helping families achieve financial security through responsible home-ownership since 1998. (919) 526-0183


This article was written by ricardocobos

Since relocating from Northern Michigan in 2007 I have lived in Garner (27529) with my wife Melanie and our four children. With personal production of 8MM in real estate sales across Southern Wake County I am considered to be a local market expert in the following communities: Garner (27529), Fuquay-Varina (27526), Holly-Springs (27540), Apex (27502), and Raleigh (27603, 27604, 27606, 27609, 27610)) which spans from downtown Raleigh to Willow Spring including Lake Wheeler. Call or email me, I’m here to help! Ricardo Cobos (919) 526-0183