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July 29, 2013

Jumbo Loans in Illinois – Credit Score Requirements

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Searching for Jumbo Loans in Illinois? A “Jumbo” mortgage loan, also known as a non-conforming loan, is any loan that exceeds the 2023 conforming loan limit of $726,200. Due to the larger loan amount, Jumbo Loans are a bigger risk for banks. Therefore, Jumbo Loans typically come with more stringent qualifying requirements than non-jumbo loans.

Your Qualifying Credit Score

One of the factors to assess a borrower’s potential risk is their credit score. One common misconception in determining your credit score is that your highest credit score is your qualifying credit score. In reality, your qualifying credit score is the median score reported by the three bureaus. For example, let’s say your credit scores are: Equifax = 720, Experian = 740, Transunion = 760. The median score, and therefore your qualifying score, is 740.

Below are the typical credit score requirements for the purchase or rate/term refinance of a primary home:

Purchase and Rate/Term Refinance of 1-Unit Primary Residence


Max. Loan AmountMax. LTVCredit Score

In addition to the minimum credit score requirements, other requirements related to your debt-to-income percentage, your home’s value to loan amount, and reserves will have to be met to qualify.

Also, there are circumstances that will prevent you from being able to obtain Jumbo financing regardless of credit score. For example, if you have declared bankruptcy, had a foreclosure, or had a deed in lieu of foreclosure within the last seven years you will be ineligible for Jumbo financing. While there are limited exceptions that can be made for borrowers that fall into these categories, typically it will be difficult to obtain Jumbo financing if any of these situations have occurred recently.

If you have questions regarding rates and qualifying requirements for Jumbo Loans in Illinois, contact our team today.

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