Few people have perfect credit — and that’s not what lenders are looking for anyway. If you have a steady income and pay your bills on time, it may be possible to qualify for a mortgage. The minimum credit score you’ll need depends on the loan type. For example, conventional loans typically require at least 620, and FHA loans allow for credit scores as low as 500 in some cases. But remember, lenders may also have different requirements based on other factors such as your down payment amount or income.