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In 2019, HUD made home ownership more affordable for millions of Americans with increased loan limits in 3,053 counties due to higher housing prices. FHA limits inform borrowers how much is available for an FHA home loan.

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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.

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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.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Warnings About Credit Repair and Home Loans

July 10, 2019 - There are many borrowers who worry that they won’t qualify for a home loan because of past credit mistakes, low FICO scores, and other problems. What do you need to know about fixing your credit ahead of an FHA home loan or any other major credit application?

FHA Loan Interest Rate Tips

July 9, 2019 - Interest rates in recent months have moved to lows that have prompted many to consider refinancing their real estate and taking advantage of the lower rates while they last. But what should home buyers know about the nature of mortgage rates in general?

FHA Purchase and Refi Loan Questions and Answers

July 8, 2019 - 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.

Things You Can Do With an FHA Loan

July 7, 2019 - There are many uses for an FHA mortgage loan, and not everyone is aware of those options. You are not limited to buying a typical suburban house with an FHA loan whether you are a first-time home buyer or a repeat mortgage borrower.

Learning How to Buy a Home With an FHA Loan

July 6, 2019 - Buying a home is a major investment and it pays to prepare early. Expect to make a down payment of at least 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home, save up for closing costs, and be ready for the lender to take a close look at your finances and work history.

FHA Forward Mortgage Loan Options

July 5, 2019 - An FHA forward mortgage allows the borrower to apply for funds to purchase the home, with options to finance the Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium and certain approved, appraiser-required corrections where applicable.

Who Offers Down Payment Assistance for FHA Loans?

July 4, 2019 - FHA loan rules permit down payment help that meets FHA and lender requirements. You can get down payment gift fund help from a state agency or other government program, parents, and employers.

When Should I Apply for an FHA Mortgage?

July 3, 2019 - Borrowers should be prepared to come to the home loan process with no fewer than 12 consecutive months of on-time payments on all financial obligations. Lenders want to see patterns of responsible credit use and reliable payments.

Fixing Credit Report Problems Ahead of Your FHA Home Loan

July 2, 2019 - If you are planning to apply for an FHA home loan or any other type of mortgage, you will need to review your credit report long before you start filling out loan paperwork. One of the most important reasons to start early is to check for errors or evidence of identity theft.

FHA Refinance Loans and Interest Rates

July 1, 2019 - With rates so low, what do you need to know about refinancing to get a better mortgage rate? If you are shopping around for a loan and have not yet applied for a refinance, the rates you see today may change tomorrow.

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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!