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What are FHA Loans?

FHA loan is a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans are an attractive option for many home buyers, especially first-time buyers, because of their low down payment requirements and competitive interest rates. With an FHA loan, you can purchase a home with as little as 3.5% down, giving you more flexibility and freedom to purchase the home you want without breaking the bank. The less money that you need to put down on your home also makes it easier to qualify for a loan, regardless of your credit score or history.

Are FHA Loan Rates Competitive?

FHA loans also provide more competitive interest rates than conventional mortgages, allowing borrowers to save more money over time on their monthly payments. To protect lenders in case of default on a loan, FHA loans require mortgage insurance premiums that are normally added onto the total loan amount and paid off over the life of the loan. These premiums help reduce some of the risk associated with lending money to borrowers who may not have ideal credit scores or large amounts of cash upfront.

FHA loans also offer flexible terms and conditions when it comes to debt-to-income ratios and eligible property types. This additional flexibility allows borrowers to tailor their loan terms to fit their unique needs and financial goals. With a minimum credit score requirement of only 500 for an FHA loan, borrowers with lower credit scores can still access this type of financing. 

Our team of The Letson Group has extensive experience in helping clients qualify for the right home mortgages, including FHA loans.

What are the FHA Loan Requirements?

To qualify for an FHA loan, you will generally need to meet the following requirements:

 

  1. Credit score: You will need a credit score of at least 500 to qualify for an FHA loan.

  2. Down payment: FHA loans require a down payment of at least 3.5% of the purchase price of the home, however, if your  credit score is 500 – 579, you will be required to put down 10%.

  3. Debt-to-income ratio: Your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) will vary depending on your credit profile. FHA loans do allow for much higher DTI ratios than conventional.

  4. Employment: You will need to show that you have a stable employment history and income.

  5. Property: The property you are purchasing must meet certain FHA requirements, such as being a single-family home and being in good repair.

  6. Mortgage insurance: FHA loans require mortgage insurance, which protects the lender if you default on your loan. The mortgage insurance premium (MIP) is typically added to your monthly mortgage payment.

A few things to consider when deciding if the FHA loan is right for you:

 
  • Limited loan amounts: FHA loans have limits on the amount that can be borrowed, which may not be sufficient for high-cost areas or for borrowers who need a larger loan.

  • Appraisal requirements: FHA loans require a detailed appraisal of the property, which can be a hassle for some borrowers.

  • Limited property options: FHA loans can only be used to finance a primary residence, so they may not be an option for investors or those looking to purchase a second home or vacation property.

It’s important to carefully consider all aspects of the FHA loans before deciding if this type of mortgage is the right choice for you.

It’s important to carefully consider all aspects of the FHA loans before deciding if this type of mortgage is the right choice for you.

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