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For 2021, HUD made home ownership more attainable for millions of Americans by increasing the loan limits in 96.13% (3,108) 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, 2021.

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FHA Loan Requirements

Lower Standards for Credit Scores and Down Payments

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 Down Payment Tips

July 29, 2021 - You’ll need to save up a minimum of 3.5% to put down on the loan if you credit qualify. Those with FICO scores that are too low to qualify for the lowest down payment may still apply for an FHA mortgage, but the down payment requirement will be 10% instead of 3.5%. 

What You Need to Complete a Mortgage Application

July 27, 2021 - What documents do you need to complete a mortgage application? Once you get past the eligibility question, there are a variety of things you’ll want to have at your fingertips when filling out forms to get pre-approved for a purchase loan or apply directly for one.

FHA Loan Requirements in 2021 and Beyond: Credit And Income

July 26, 2021 - The most important thing you should know as a buyer about FHA loan credit requirements this year is that FHA standards (580 or better FICO scores for the lowest down payment) are not the only minimum credit score standards at work. The lender’s own standards also count.

What Factors Affect FHA Loan Rates?

July 24, 2021 - ​What factors change FHA loan rates? Interest rates, in general, can fluctuate daily, and it can be difficult to know what to think when you see rates offered at one level from one lender, and at a higher or lower rate elsewhere. 

FHA Loan Calculators for Mortgage Borrowers

July 22, 2021 - How many mortgage calculators do you need? There are multiple versions and they all have an important function. Many seeking FHA loans won’t need to use all of them or even most of them. Sometimes you just need a little extra information for planning and saving purposes.

Reasons Why Underwriters Might Deny Your Home Loan

July 21, 2021 - Are you concerned that your lender might deny your home loan? Do you know why your loan might be denied and what you can do about it ahead of time? Reasons may include late or missed payments on rent or past mortgages, low credit scores, or houses that cannot pass the appraisal process.

FHA Loan Rates: Things to Know

July 17, 2021 - The interest rate on your mortgage is an important aspect of your home loan--one you’ll want to think about as early as possible in your planning stages.  If you don’t run the numbers on how much your mortgage will cost over the lifetime of the loan, you’re at a disadvantage.

Benefits of an FHA Loan

July 14, 2021 - What are the benefits of an FHA mortgage loan? There are many things that borrowers may view as helpful, more than may be viewed as pro-consumer, but what are the actual benefits of an FHA mortgage over other types of home loans?

FHA and USDA Home Loan Comparison - Part Two

July 10, 2021 - USDA loans are intended for purchasing a home in agency-defined rural areas. FHA home loans feature no such restrictions on where you may purchase the home, though there are typical considerations for certain natural disaster zones, coastal barrier resource system or protected areas.

FHA and USDA Home Loan Comparison - Part One

July 8, 2021 - If you are looking for an affordable home loan with a low down payment, you have several options depending on your circumstances, financial goals, and credit history. Yes, you have conventional mortgages as an option, but there are also USDA and FHA mortgages.

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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!