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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

FHA Standards Versus Local Laws

April 15, 2019 - Some borrowers get confused over the differences in what the FHA home loan program will permit versus state or local laws that have a say in similar or identical areas. It’s easy to assume that FHA loan rules would override a local ordinance, but this is definitely not true.

FHA Condo Loans for Self-Employed Borrowers

April 13, 2019 - FHA condo loans allow financially qualified borrowers to apply for maximum financing of 96.5% and a 3.5% down payment. FHA loan minimums permit maximum financing and the lowest down payment for those with FICO scores 580 or higher.

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Rules to Know

April 12, 2019 - FHA One-Time Close construction loans are different than other FHA new purchase loans. There are some basic differences between new construction and existing construction FHA loans. Before we launch into those differences, it’s important to point out one very important aspect about this program.

Buying a Home With an FHA Loan? Ask Questions.

April 11, 2019 - If you are buying your first home with an FHA mortgage, there are some questions you should ask about the property you want to buy. Sometimes it only takes a little bit of information to help make up a potential homeowner’s mind, but knowing the right questions to ask is key.

Is the FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Right for You?

April 10, 2019 - FHA One-Time Close construction loans are designed for those who want to have a home built for them from the ground up. Construction loan mortgages, especially FHA One-Time Close loans, are unique among mortgage lending products and have some distinct advantages.

Income You Can Use to Qualify for an FHA Mortgage

April 9, 2019 - Not all income is allowed to be used for the purposes of qualifying for your mortgage loan. For example, people who have a side income selling items online on Etsy or eBay may have a hard time convincing the lender to use that as part of your qualifying income.

FHA, VA, and USDA Construction Loan Options

April 8, 2019 - FHA One-Time Close construction loan options are available for borrowers who wish to apply for an FHA mortgage, but don’t want to buy an existing property. Not all borrowers understand they have options for this type of loan-options that include VA and even USDA construction loans for qualified applicants.

First-Time Home Buyer Questions

April 7, 2019 - Buying a home for the first time? Need some advice on how FHA home loans work? Here are some common questions about purchasing a home with an FHA mortgage you should know the answers to before getting started.

Is a Builder's Permit Needed for a One-Time Close Construction Loan?

April 6, 2019 - One of the main issues with construction loans with two closing dates is that there is no guarantee that the borrower will qualify for the second loan. Borrowers who do not use FHA One-Time Close loans must be careful with credit and related financial issues.

Refinance Loan Facts You Should Know

April 5, 2019 - You can apply for an FHA fixed rate refi loan or an adjustable rate refinance loan (ARM) depending on your financial needs and goals. Some home owners who started out with an ARM may wish to refinance  into a fixed rate loan, while others may refinance into another ARM.

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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!