FHA defines which closing costs are allowable as charges to the borrower. The specific costs and amounts that are deemed reasonable and customary are determined by each local FHA office.

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November 28, 2014
FHA Rates for November 28, 2014
30 Year Fixed
3.25% Rate
3.29% APR
15 Year Fixed
2.75% Rate
3.0% APR
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FHA Requirements

Closing Costs and Allowable Charges

While FHA requirements define which closing costs are allowable as charges to the borrower, the specific costs and amounts that are deemed reasonable and customary are determined by each local FHA office. All other costs are generally not allowed and are usually paid by the seller when buying a new home, or paid by the lender when refinancing your exising FHA loan.

  • Lender's origination fee
  • Deposit verification fees
  • Attorney's fees
  • The appraisal fee and any inspection fees
  • Lender's origination fee
  • Cost of title insurance and title examination
  • Document preparation (by a third party)
  • Property survey
  • Credit reports (actual costs)
  • Transfer stamps, recording fees, and taxes
  • Test and certification fees
  • Home inspection fees up to $200

Allowed in an FHA refinance loan are wire transfer fees, courier fees, reconveyance fees, and fees to payoff bills.

FHA Loan Articles

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FHA FICO Score Facts

The FHA Bad Credit Loan myth is a common one, but the truth of the matter is that FHA loan rules, as printed in HUD 4155.1, do list minimum credit scores.

Tax Documents and FHA Home Loan Applications

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.

Are FHA Loan Standards More Lenient Now?

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.