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FHA Loans generally have less strict eligibility requirements, making them ideal for first-time and low-income borrowers.

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What Is an FHA Loan?

What Is an FHA Loan?

If you’ve been in the market for a new home and have been shopping for mortgages, you’ve likely heard of FHA loans. You’ve probably also heard of the much lower down payment requirements and the low interest rates that are key selling points for FHA-backed mortgages. If you are considering going down the route of an FHA mortgage, it’s important you understand exactly how it works.

About FHA Loans

Simply put, an FHA loan is one that is issued by an FHA-approved lender and insured by the Federal Housing Administration. With a lower minimum down payment and credit score requirements, these loans are intended for low- to moderate-income borrowers who could not otherwise afford a conventional mortgage (one that is not backed by the government).

Understand that the FHA is not actually financing your loan, rather it is insuring the mortgage so your lender is protected in case you are unable to pay back what you owe. The chance of this happening is higher since FHA many of the eligible applicants can be considered high risk borrowers. That’s why the FHA mandates that all borrowers pay a Mortgage Insurance Premiums. These funds are how the agency backs the loans and operates with self-generated income.

About the FHA

IThe Federal Housing Administration, commonly known as FHA, is a government agency created in the 1930s, designed to help include more Americans in the housing market. It operates as a part of HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Over the years, the FHA has provided economic stimulation to the country in the form of home and community development. Starting in the 1940s when the agency helped finance homes for veterans returning, till the financial crisis of 2008 when it provided access to mortgage credit when the capital markets had seized up.

Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure

The FHA's purpose has always been to stimulate the housing industry in the U.S., and in doing so it has benefited local communities in the form of jobs, building suppliers, tax bases, schools, and other forms of revenue.

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FHA Loan Articles

How FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Draw Disbursements Work

When you are approved for an FHA One-Time Close Construction loan, you get a single loan that pays for both the costs to build the house, and serves as the mortgage. One application, one approval process, and one closing date.

One-Time Close Construction Mortgages vs. Two-Close Loans

Did you know there is an FHA loan option that lets you build a house from the ground up? You can use this mortgage to build on land you own or on land you buy as part of the loan. But you will want to address some issues comparing construction loan options.

FHA Loans, Appraisals, and Excess Land

Sometimes when buying a home there may be a question of surplus or excess land. You likely won’t face this issue when buying a condo unit, but for other types of purchases, this may be an important factor in the appraisal process.

FHA Loan Income Rules to Consider Before Applying

Your lender is required to make sure you can realistically afford your mortgage, and that means verifying that your income is stable, reliable, and will continue after your mortgage has closed. What some don’t realize about this process is that there are standards for verifying income.

Questions to Ask About an FHA Home Loan Before You Apply

Planning your FHA loan means asking some important questions early in the process.  The most obvious question is associated with the type of home you want. How large a house do you need? FHA mortgages allow the purchase of homes with between one and four living units.

Ready To Apply for an FHA Loan?

Before you get ready to commit to a home loan application, it’s good to review your circumstances and ask a few basic questions about your loan, your plans, and the home itself. Believe it or not, knowing what type of home loan you need is an important step.


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