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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 Loans and FICO Scores

June 12, 2019 - 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?

Comparing FHA Refinance Loan Options

June 11, 2019 - The kind of FHA refinance loan you get will depend on what your financial needs and goals are; some borrowers want cash back, others need a lower mortgage payment, and some just want to get out of an adjustable rate mortgage into the predictability of a fixed-rate FHA mortgage.

The FHA Appraisal Rule You Need to Know

June 8, 2019 - The FHA and HUD warn consumers that the appraisal is not to be considered a home inspection. It’s true that you certainly could buy a home without having it inspected, and while you’re at it you could also buy a car without test-driving it first.

Selling Your Home Purchased With an FHA Mortgage

June 7, 2019 - If you buy a home using an FHA home loan, there are built-in protections. Those protections include rules that prevent loans for certain properties with homeowner association agreements that don’t allow the borrower to freely sell or transfer the property.

FHA Loan Rules for Taxes and Residency

June 6, 2019 - Did you know that the FHA home loan rulebook has guidance for lenders who aren’t sure whether FHA mortgages are available to those without U.S. citizenship? There are also rules that govern what is possible if you owe outstanding tax debt and related issues.

FHA Loan for a Second Home?

June 5, 2019 - FHA refinance loans are intended for residences, so you can’t refinance a vacation home, a time share, or any kind of commercial operation such as a Air B-nB, a bed and breakfast, condohotel, or other transient occupancy type rental space.

Home Loan Down Payment Do's and Don'ts

June 4, 2019 - Down payment assistance gift funds are not offered by the FHA and cannot be offered by the lender, but local agencies that meet FHA guidelines in this area may. You will need to search in your local area to learn what sources of down payment help might be open to you.

FHA Home Loans and Water Issues

June 3, 2019 - This is not the first thing a first-time home buyer thinks of when reviewing a home, but if a swimming pool does not meet local building code requirements and other local laws, the appraisal process could make the pool a sticking point in loan approval. 

Who Needs a Co-Borrower for an FHA Mortgage?

June 2, 2019 - FHA home loan rules permit more than one person to be obligated on the mortgage, and there are situations where multiple borrowers may wish to purchase a home together even if only one of those borrowers will actually live in the home. 

Can FHA Closing Costs Be Financed?

June 2, 2019 - Some of your FHA loan closing costs may be financed, and some may - after being negotiated between buyer and seller - be paid by the seller within the boundaries of the FHA loan program's rules. The borrower can also pay some closing costs out of pocket.

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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!