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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

The 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 for single-family homes in 2022 range from $420,680 to $970,800.

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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FHA Loan Articles

What Kind of Home Loan Works for Me?

Once you’ve decided that you’ll be purchasing a home, one of the first questions you need to ask yourself is what kind of mortgage you’ll be using to finance it. When it comes to shopping for a home loan, there are a number of options to consider.

How Much Do I Need to Put Down on a House

A down payment is an upfront installment or part of a larger amount paid on a purchase. The remainder is paid off in separate installments, usually with interest, as part of a loan. The down payment represents your initial ownership stake in the home you continue to make payments on.

First-Time Homebuyers and the FHA Loan Requirements

For many first-time home buyers, the FHA loan is a popular option. With its lenient credit and income requirements, it appeals to young borrowers who don’t have an extensive credit history, or enough money saved up for a down payment.

Things to Know About Making an FHA Loan Down Payment

Many first-time homebuyers need some help understanding and navigating the ins and outs of the mortgage process, and down payments are an essential part of that. A down payment is an upfront installment made on a large purchase while the remainder is paid off with a loan.

The FHA Streamline Refinance Mortgage

The FHA Streamline Refinance allows mortgage holders to refinance their home loan without going through the process of second appraisal. Since this is a step that was completed with the first FHA mortgage, the FHA waives it for the refinance

Benefits of an FHA Loan

Making the decision to buy a house is a big one, followed by the choice of which house to buy. The next biggest decision you make is going to be the type of home loan you need to go through with the purchase. One option for financing your home is an FHA loan.


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