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Before you get an FHA mortgage for a new or existing home, a loan checklist will help you prepare properly for the loan process and the FHA requirements.
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FHA Requirements: Your Loan Checklist

Prepare for a Smooth Application Process

Before you start the FHA loan process, be prepared to provide some information to your loan officer. Have it ready now to save time later.

  • Address to your place of residence (past two years)
  • Social Security numbers
  • Names and location of your employers (past two years)
  • Gross monthly salary at your current job(s)
  • Pertinent information for all checking and savings accounts
  • Pertinent information for all open loans
  • Complete information for other real estate you own
  • Approximate value of all personal property
  • Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 (for veterans only)
  • Current check stubs and your W-2 forms (past two years)
  • Personal tax returns (past two years), current income statement and business balance sheet for self-employed individuals

In addition, you will need to pay for a credit report and appraisal of the property.

FHA NEWS and RELATED ARTICLES
When applying for an FHA home loan, some lenders may ask for tax paperwork as part of the application process. Some borrowers may wonder if this is legal, or an acceptable practice for home loans in general.

FHA loan applicants should compare rates and terms with competing lenders to try to get the most favorable terms on the loan or refinance loan. Down payment rules for FHA loans require a minimum 3.5% down compared to up to 20% for conventional loans.

There are many typical questions about FHA loan closing costs. For example, some wonder if the closing costs can be viewed as part of the required FHA loan down payment. (That is not possible, the closing costs and down payment are two separate things.)

Some borrowers come to the FHA loan process with a long credit history, while other borrowers are just getting started. Is it possible for a borrower be turned down for an FHA loan because of a lack of credit history?

When the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the FHA’s Back to Work program, it was very good news for any potential FHA loan applicant who may have experienced previous financial hardship as a result of the recession.

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