Starting in 2016, HUD is making home ownership more affordable for millions of Americans with the loan limits in 188 counties set to increase due to changes in housing prices.

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FHA Loans for Home Owners

Whether you're a first time homebuyer, moving to a new home, or want to refinance your existing conventional or FHA mortgage, the FHA loan program will let you purchase a home with a low down payment and flexible guidelines.

FHA loan limits were established to define how much you can borrow for a HUD-backed mortgage. Each state has different limits, so be sure to look up your state to understand what is available for your FHA home loan.

Paying the upfront costs of buying a new home can be challenging.To help overcome this hurdle, many local and state agencies offer down payment assistance in the form of grants or second mortgages.

If you’re getting ready to shop around for mortgage options, it’s a good idea to brush up on some of the technical terms in our Mortgage Glossary. You’re going to be hearing a lot of them!

FHA Loan Articles

Mortgage News, FHA Credit Requirements, and Guidelines
Income and Debt Ratios for FHA Mortgages

What does a borrower needs to know when preparing to apply for an FHA mortgage? There is a list of items to pay attention to that does include FICO scores; you may find that lenders are looking for FICO scores averaging between 620 and 640.

FHA Loan Rules for Overtime and Bonus Payments

Can an FHA loan applicant use current overtime income or bonus payments to help qualify for a mortgage? Do these payments count towards overall monthly or annual income? This can be a tricky question to answer because not all overtime or bonus payments are alike. 

Can I Use 401K Income to Qualify for an FHA Mortgage?

Many borrowers want to know if the income coming from 401K accounts can be used as part of the debt to income calculation. What does the FHA loan rule book say about using a 401K to qualify? Are there cases where 401K income can be used in eligibility calculations?

FHA Amends Rehab Loan Policies

In August 2016, the FHA issued a press statement announcing amended policies for the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program. The policies were specifically changed regarding the 203(k) Consultant Draw Inspection Fee.

The Obama Mortgage, Refinancing, and HARP

Many people refer to government foreclosure avoidance programs as Obama mortgages, but the Making Home Affordable program is basically the original Obama mortgage. It includes a variety of options for those who need help to better afford their monthly house payments.

Making Home Affordable Options for Obama Mortgages

The government program sometimes known as the Obama Mortgage is called Making Home Affordable. When going to the Making Home Affordable official site, you will find a variety of options designed to help depending on your circumstances.

Obama Mortgage Refinancing Options

Some borrowers need Obama mortgage help from the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program because they have fallen behind on their mortgage payments and don’t know what their options might be.

Can Overtime Pay Be Used to Qualify for an FHA Loan?

FHA loan rules require your loan officer to verify your income as part of your FHA loan application. Not all income can qualify to be used towards the calculation of the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio, only that which the lender can determine is reliable.

Tax Liens and FHA Loan Approval

Not all borrowers come to the FHA loan or refinance loan process with the same types of credit history, FICO scores, or other financial qualifications. Some come with past financial judgments, some come with a bankruptcy or foreclosure in the past, and still others may be applying for an FHA mortgage with a tax lien on their credit record.

Common Questions About FHA Reverse Mortgages

The FHA’s version of the reverse mortgage, known as the FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), is available to qualified borrowers who meet the FHA’s age requirements, occupancy requirements, and more. Reverse mortgages can be a bit more complex than a typical refinance loan.