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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 and Mortgage News

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Verifying Alimony and/or Child Support for FHA Loans

May 16, 2017 - The FHA Loan Handbook states that a borrower may use alimony/child support income to qualify for an FHA home loan if it can be verified and meets FHA requirements. How does your FHA lender may consider alimony and child support as part of a borrower’s effective income? 

How FICO Scores Affect Your FHA Home Loan

May 12, 2017 - The FHA Handbook instructs lenders that a borrower is technically qualified for maximum financing  at the required minimum 3.5% down payment when the applicant has a FICO score at 580 or higher. 

Down Payment Assistance for FHA Loans

May 7, 2017 - Is down payment assistance available from the FHA for new home purchases? Many want to know if they can apply for help with their down payment. It may be available depending on what your state or local agencies offer.

Time to Get Started With an FHA Loan

May 1, 2017 - Are you thinking about your options for an FHA mortgage? Borrowers should spend plenty of time examining several aspects of their finances and credit before filling out paperwork or online forms to apply or get pre-approved for an FHA loan.

FHA Loan Rules and House Flipping

April 26, 2017 - Can a flipped home, purchased and renovated for sale at a higher price in a short amount of time, ever be eligible for an FHA home loan? That is a question that’s more common that you might think.

FHA Refinance Loan Options: Lower Rates and Fixed Rate Loans

April 22, 2017 - Some kinds of FHA refinance options are intended for borrowers with existing FHA mortgages, but those with non-FHA mortgages have FHA refinance help waiting, too. What does it mean to refinance your existing home loan? 

What Does the FHA Handbook Says About Work Permit Rules?

April 16, 2017 - U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for borrowers seeking an FHA home loan or refinance loan. The FHA loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1, states clearly that while only legal resident or nonresident aliens are eligible to apply, actual U.S. citizenship is not an issue. 

FHA Loan Appraisal Basics

April 10, 2017 - The FHA appraisal is a necessary process that can be mysterious to some potential FHA borrowers. What purpose does the FHA appraisal serve? It is not as complete as the optional (but critically important) home inspection, and the results of the appraisal should not be mistaken for a home inspection.

FHA Loans and FICO Scores

April 7, 2017 - FICO score issues are a common source of stress to potential FHA borrowers. Everyone wants to know if their FICO scores are high enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage. Is it possible to qualify for an FHA loan or refinance loan with credit scores from 500 to 579? Or are higher scores required?

FHA Loan Rules for Second Homes

April 5, 2017 - If you are interested in an FHA mortgage, it’s important to understand that occupancy is a key issue. All FHA loan borrowers are expected to occupy the home as their primary residence and are usually required to take possession of the home within 60 days of the loan closing.