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The most popular FHA home loan is the 203(b). This fixed-rate loan often works well for first time home buyers. It allows individuals to finance up to 97% of their home loan and helps to keep down payments and closing costs.
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The Popular 203(b) Federally Guaranteed Mortgage

Home ownership rates in America continue to increase at a steady rate due in a large part to the implementation of FHA home loans more than seventy years ago. Over the years, FHA has helped Americans gain the financial independence that comes with owning a home. By creating jobs and reasonable mortgage rates for the middle class, financing military housing, and producing housing for the low income and the elderly, FHA has helped Americans become some of the best housed people in the world with over 73 million Americans currently owning their own homes.

HOW IT WORKS

By serving as an umbrella under which lenders have the confidence to extend loans to those who may not meet conventional loan requirements, FHA's mortgage insurance allows individuals to qualify who may have been previously denied for a home loan by conventional underwriting guidelines.

FHA loans benefit those who would like to purchase a home but haven't been able to put money away for the purchase, like recent college graduates, newlyweds, or people who are still trying to complete their education. It also allows individuals to qualify for a FHA loan whose credit has been marred by bankruptcy or foreclosure.

NUTS AND BOLTS

The most popular FHA home loan is the 203(b). This fixed-rate loan often works well for first time home buyers because it allows individuals to finance up to 97 percent of their home loan which helps to keep down payments and closing costs at a minimum. The 203(b) home loan is also the only loan in which 100 percent of the closing costs can be a gift from a relative, non-profit, or government agency.

Insurance on FHA mortgages are often rolled into the total monthly payment at 0.5 percent of the total loan amount which is roughly half of the price of mortgage insurance on a conventional loan. After five years or when the loan balance reaches 78 percent, the additional mortgage insurance is typically met and therefore drops off the total monthly payment.

GUIDELINES

It is not necessary to meet a minimum income requirement in order to qualify for a FHA loan but debt ratios specific to the state in which the home will be purchased have been put into place to prevent borrowers from getting into a home they cannot afford. This is done through a close analysis of income and monthly expenses.

FHA NEWS and RELATED ARTICLES
There’s a type of common question about FHA home loans that involves whether there’s any special help for some FHA loan applicants such as single parents. Is there any assistance for people who need down payment help or lower mortgage payments?

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.

The FHA Reverse Mortgage, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages or HECM loans, is designed for those aged 62 and older who own their home outright or have few payments left on the mortgage.

One type of question that sometimes arises about FHA loans-- Is there a no-credit-check version of an FHA mortgage loan? What is the criteria required for FHA loans that do not require a credit check and/or appraisal?

The FHA has published updates to the rules that affect how FHA Reverse Mortgages or Home Equity Conversion Mortgages are processed. Lenders must perform a financial assessment of all prospective mortgagors on all HECM transaction types.

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