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Borrowers must meet FHA guidelines to be eligible for FHA-insured mortgages. These requirements are considered more flexible when compared to conventional loans.

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FHA Guidelines

Buying a home can be daunting, which is why it helps to be as informed as possible. Learn all about the FHA loan process and what it takes to get approved.

What Is an FHA Loan?

An FHA loan is insured by the Federal Housing Administration. It comes with low down payments for borrowers and protects lenders from financial risk if the borrower defaults on the loan. Lenders have to meet certain criteria for their mortgages to be termed "FHA-approved," and borrowers must also satisfy a number of requirements to qualify for one of these loans.

FHA Loan Limits

LThe FHA has a maximum loan amount that it will insure, based on county and the property size. These caps, known as the FHA Lending Limits, are updated annually and are influenced by the conventional loan limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. FHA loan limits in 2020 range from $331,760 to $765,600.

FHA Credit Requirements

A big selling point for FHA loans is the low credit score requirement. Homebuyers with insufficient credit histories, who find it difficult to qualify for conventional loans with higher minimums, can more easily meet the FHA's minimum credit requirement of a 580 FICO score. Learn about what goes into the make-up of you credit score, and how you can work to increase it.

FHA Closing Costs

As with any mortgage, you'll incur some fees that need to be paid at the closing of your home loan. These charges are collectively called closing costs and they typically amount to 3% of the loan amount. FHA closing costs encompass all the fees and charges owed at the closing of a mortgage, such as appraisal fees, inspection fees, deposit verification fees, and home inspection fees.

FHA Mortgage Insurance (MIP)

In order to continue backing home loans, the FHA collects a monthly Mortgage Insurance Premium. These funds are used to protect the lenders—in that case that FHA borrowers default on their mortgages—and to fund the agency itself. Homebuyers with an FHA loan pay an Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium, as well as the Monthly Mortgage Insurance Premium.

Debt-to-Income Ratio

It's important that the FHA ensures that borrowers are not signing up for mortgages they cannot reasonably afford, which is why it is mandated that all potential homebuyers' debt-to-income ratios fall within certain set maximums. This helps lower the number of foreclosures since borrowers aren't bound to a mortgage they cannot afford.

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What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a House?

If you have ever applied for a loan, you know that your credit score is a deciding factor in whether or not you get approved. Your score holds even more weight if you are applying for a home loan, which is why it can become a stressful subject to many potential homebuyers.

Reasons for FHA Refinancing

Interest rates started to decline in 2019 and still seem considerably low. The average rate for a 30-year, fixed rate home loan has fallen from 4.94% in November 2018 to 3.13% in October 2021. A point drop in your interest rate could translate to huge savings with each monthly payment

What You Need to Know About the FHA Rehab Loan

The FHA Rehabilitation Loan program allows lenders to cover the purchase or refinance, as well as the rehabilitation of the home, as part of a single mortgage. This loan can be used to finance a property that is at least one year old with a total cost of repairs amounting to at least $5,000

When Should I Get Approved for a Home Loan?

One of the first steps to take when you decide to buy a home is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. It is important to know what it means to get pre-approved for a home loan, and what the pre-approval letter does and doesn’t do for your home buying chances.

FHA Loan Requirements for 2021 and Beyond

The FHA’s aim is to make homeownership more affordable and accessible for Americans, and it has been doing so for decades. It insures home loans made by FHA-approved lenders so borrowers can purchase single-family and multi-family homes in the US and its territories. 

Everything You Should Know About Appraising for a Refinance

Savvy homeowners make it a point to monitor interest rates so they can take advantage of a drop. Many choose to refinance their mortgages to capitalize on falling rates and lower their monthly payments and save on interest.


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