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FHA Loan Down Payment Amounts
FHA home loans have plenty of differences from conventional loans, including down payment requirements and the amount of that down payment. When it's time to start planning a budget to cover the costs of an FHA home loan, one of the big questions is "How much down payment should I have saved up?"
These payments depend on percentages. Conventional loan down payment requirements vary from company to company-you may be told by one lender that five percent of the sale price of the home is required, while another may ask for 10%. When it comes to FHA loans, the traditional, bare-minimum down payment amount is 3.5% of the contract sales price of the home.
Since FHA down payments are calculated by multiplying the sale price of the home by 3.5%, if you don't know the specific sale price of the home, you won't be able to come up with an exact figure for that down payment.
Figuring out how much to save in the early days of planning requires a bit of simple math--buyers should try to find a price range for homes they want to buy and start saving for the down payment as early as possible, calculating a minimum of 3.5% of the highest figure in that price range just to be safe.
There's no reason why you can't choose a lower amount, but be ready to make up the difference if you find a home you're qualified to buy that has a higher price tag than anticipated. The reverse is also true--FHA mortgage loan applicants can put more money on their down payment in order to lower monthly mortgage bills-there is no requirement that the borrower must only pay the 3.5% minimum.
One important detail to be aware of--the FHA requires down payments be made by the buyer. The seller is allowed to offer concessions such as paying closing costs or other expenses related to selling the home, but the seller is prohibited from contributing a down payment.
The buyer must provide the funds for the down payment and other up-front costs do not count towards the down payment amount. That's one reason why a long period of planning and saving is recommended for those who want an FHA mortgage or a conventional home loan.
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After the housing market crisis of the previous decade, many mortgage borrowers found themselves having trouble making their monthly payments. In some cases, borrowers just walked away from the mortgage completely and allowed the home to be foreclosed upo
The FHA has announced it would accept electronic signatures (also known as e-signatures) on several FHA home loan documents. The new policies are found in detail described in FHA Mortgagee Letter 14-03.
Some of your FHA loan closing costs may be financed, and some may--after being negotiated between buyer and seller--be paid by the seller within the boundaries of the FHA loan programís rules. The borrower can also pay some closing costs out of pocket.