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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

FHA Home Loan Costs to Save for in 2020

January 15, 2020 - If you've already started saving for your down payment, your appraisal, compliance inspections, and other costs, you’re well ahead of the game. Those who haven’t started truly planning and saving may feel a bit lost when trying to get ready for the loan. 

FHA Home Loan Tips for Buying Multi-Unit Homes

January 12, 2020 - FHA loan rules include the ability for borrowers who intend to be owner-occupiers to buy multi-unit properties. For an FHA loan on a multi-unit home to be approved, the borrower must occupy at least one unit. FHA home loans are for primary residences only.

Applying for a One-Time Close Construction Loan in 2020

January 9, 2020 - FHA One-Time Close construction loans are intended to help those who want to own and occupy a home to build from the ground up on their own land. There is also a VA loan equivalent to the FHA construction loan that, starting in 2020, features no down payment.

Mold-Related Issues and FHA Loans

January 8, 2020 - FHA home loan issues can and do include mold. Not every home for sale is a new construction house presumably built free of mold, some houses may require extensive mold abatement depending on age, environmental factors, and related issues.

FHA Loan Limits for 2020: Going Up in a Housing Market Near You?

January 7, 2020 - FHA loan guaranty limits are higher again in 2020. This comes after last year’s increase in loan limits and a fairly good year for mortgage interest rates. FHA loans have loan guaranty limits that help establish the maximum loan possible for a given market.

FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loan Tips

January 6, 2020 - One mistake about house hunting that’s easy to make is assuming that property values are similar no matter where you look. If you did house hunting upstate, your results downstate may be different. One area may be experiencing a plateau in values while another may not.

Should You Own or Rent in 2020?

January 4, 2020 - Purchasing a home, or building one from the ground up using a construction loan, is a serious commitment. You’ll need to review your credit rating and credit history, which is beneficial no matter what you decide about buying a home.

Six FHA Loan Tips You Need Today

January 2, 2020 -  Did you know FHA mortgages are not limited to first-time home buyers or those who have never owned property before? It’s true--you don’t need to have a financial need or be a first-time buyer to qualify.

FHA Loans and Your Monthly Mortgage Payment

January 1, 2020 - Not all home loan transactions involve the same expenses, and depending on the lender, you may find certain companies may omit or consolidate certain costs, or that the costs are labeled differently but have the same or similar expectations.

Are You Eligible for a Home Loan in 2020?

December 31, 2019 - FHA mortgages have a low down payment requirement, permit down payment assistance, and have lower FICO score requirements than a conventional loan due to the government backing of these mortgage loans.

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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!