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For 2020, HUD made home ownership more attainable for millions of Americans by increasing the loan limits in almost all of the 3,233 counties where they back home loans. FHA limits inform borrowers how much is available for an FHA home loan. These new loan limits are effective for case numbers assigned through Dec. 31, 2020.

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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

Qualifying for a New FHA Mortgage With a Past Loan Forbearance

October 20, 2020 - In the age of coronavirus, many home loan and refinance loan policies have been re-examined to see how borrowers can be helped into new loans or refinance loans even having needed a loan forbearance.

Credit Monitoring Before Your Home Loan

October 14, 2020 - If you don’t know the contents of your credit report, you aren’t ready for a home loan. But subscribing to a credit monitoring service is just the first step--knowing what options to choose can be an important step in getting better prepared for your mortgage loan application.

Do You Need to Refinance Your Mortgage?

October 13, 2020 - Mortgage loan interest rates fell to incredible lows in 2020 and many homeowners have taken advantage of those low rates to refinance their mortgages. There are many reasons to do so including saving money over the lifetime of the loan by paying a lower interest rate.

Why Some Homes Aren't Approved for FHA Mortgages

October 10, 2020 - Some borrowers find the property they want does not qualify for an FHA mortgage loan and they aren’t sure why--at first. You can save a lot of time and money by understanding what FHA loans are approved for and the kinds of property you cannot purchase using an FHA home loan.

Credit Monitoring Is Your Early Warning System

October 7, 2020 - With credit monitoring you opt into a level of protection that can warn you if such issues become present in your credit report. But keep in mind that knowing is only part of the battle--it takes time to contest a credit report problem.

Should You Build a Home or Buy a Home?

October 6, 2020 - Build a home on your own land using a One-Time Close construction loan or buy an existing property? There are some questions to ask yourself about your financial needs and goals that could change your mind about choosing one path or the other.

Buying or Building a Home: Credit Checklist

October 3, 2020 - Are you interested in buying an existing home or having one built for you on your own lot? Before you apply for a mortgage, there are some important credit issues you’ll want to address to improve your chances at home loan approval.

FHA Home Loans and Hazard Insurance: Is it Required?

October 1, 2020 - Do homes purchased with an FHA home loan require hazard insurance? This is a common home loan question and one a borrower should take pains to sort out since such insurance can affect your bottom line when buying or building a home. 

FHA Temporary Guidelines for Employment Verification to End Soon

September 29, 2020 - When the coronavirus pandemic began affecting America, federal agencies began establishing certain temporary guidelines to help employees, customers, and clients to continue having access to important services including FHA loans.

FHA and HUD Announce New FHA Home Loan Approval Rules

September 26, 2020 - The FHA and HUD have announced new guidelines for borrowers who are applying for FHA mortgages and have had previous mortgage forbearance. Since the start of the global pandemic, these agencies have offered borrowers mortgage relief to help offset new financial burdens.

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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!