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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!

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

FHA Home Loan Options To Consider: Refi and Reverse Mortgages

March 16, 2018 - FHA home loan options you should consider aren’t just for those seeking their first home, a starter home, or first condo unit. FHA mortgage loans are available for many steps in a borrower’s home ownership journey. Do you know what your FHA home loan options are aside from buying a new home in the suburbs?

FHA Rehab Loan Rules for Contractors

March 14, 2018 - FHA rehab loans have specific rules for using contractors and for situations where the borrower wants to do her own work. Rehab loans are complex and can requires escrow accounts, consultants, and hiring outside contractors.

FHA Loan Down Payments and Their Sources

March 12, 2018 - If you are wondering about FHA loan down payments and the rules that govern their sources, you aren’t alone. Down payment rules can seem a bit confusing on the surface, but if you remember a few basic FHA loan rules, this is an area you can understand quickly.

FHA Loan Rules for Income From Family-Owned Businesses

March 9, 2018 - FHA loan rules require the lender to verify the borrower’s employment and income. This verification process can have different requirements depending on the nature of the applicant’s job.  There are also different rules for the employees of family-owned businesses given that some family employees are not owners.

FHA Rehab Loan Rules You Should Know

March 7, 2018 - FHA 203(k) standards are listed in the FHA Single Family Home Loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1. Those rules include a list of approved projects, plus a list of ineligible projects. Borrowers should know ahead of time what is allowed and what is not with these FHA rehab loans for best results when applying.

FHA New Construction Home Loans: One-Time Close

March 5, 2018 - The FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage allows a borrower to apply once and have a single closing date for a house built from the ground up-a great option to consider for those who don’t want to purchase already lived-in property.

Student Loan Debt Can Affect Your FHA Loan

March 1, 2018 - The student loan issue is an important one and many first time home buyers applying for FHA mortgage loans want to know how much of an impact their education debt will have on their ability to borrow. Student loans, whether or not they are in deferment status, can affect that debt ratio.

FHA Loan Applications and Debt Ratios

February 26, 2018 - When you apply for an FHA mortgage loan, your lender is required to make sure you can afford the loan and your current amount of monthly debt. The loan officer will be required to calculate the amount of your financial obligations, compare it to your current income, and determine of the ratio is within an acceptable range for home loan approval.

How Your Credit Report Affects FHA Loan Approval

February 20, 2018 - No matter what kind of major line of credit you need to apply for, credit history counts. Some mistakenly focus only on their FICO scores, thinking that the score is all you need to be approved. But those FICO score numbers only tell part of the story.

How to Use an FHA Home Loan

February 15, 2018 - There are many things you can do with an FHA mortgage, and just as many ways to use FHA refinance loans; buying a home with more than one living unit, refinancing an existing loan to do rehab work, and including energy-efficient upgrades into your new mortgage.

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