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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

Five Ways to Tell You Are Ready to Apply for a Home Loan

January 28, 2019 - There are five basic areas you should prepare in before filling out paperwork to apply for an FHA home loan. If you haven’t taken these steps, it is best to do so before you submit your application to the lender. 

Credit Score Requirements for Mortgages: Facts You Should Know

January 27, 2019 - There are published minimum FICO scores for many government-backed mortgage loan programs including FHA loans. The VA home loan program requires no down payment AND has no VA-required minimum FICO scores, but they're not available to just anyone.

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans and Interest Rates

January 26, 2019 - Mortgage loan Interest rates can and do change on a daily basis; some of those changes are minor, others may result in a sharp upward or downward turn. The mortgage loan rates a borrower checks in the morning may not be the same rates as those posted later in the day.

FHA Loan Credit Scores: How Low Is Too Low?

January 24, 2019 - First-time home buyers often wonder how low their credit scores can be and still get FHA home loan approval. The FHA Single Family Loan Handbook states that borrowers with FICO scores below 500 are not eligible for FHA mortgages.

Reasons to Refinance With an FHA Mortgage in 2019

January 22, 2019 - Lender requirements will vary, but FHA program rules allow a borrower to refinance an ARM loan to another ARM loan. A strategy some may use to keep a lower mortgage loan interest rate but stick with a plan to sell the home at a later date rather than keeping the house for the lifetime of the mortgage.

Higher Credit Scores in 2019

January 20, 2019 - New purchase mortgages, auto loans, and insurance are all potentially more affordable when you have a higher credit score. Experian, one of the three credit reporting agencies, may be rolling out new features in the new year that could bring participating consumer credit scores higher.

FHA Loans for First-Time and Second-Time Home Buyers

January 18, 2019 - First-time home buyers have plenty of things to learn about the mortgage loan process compared to veteran buyers, but second-time home buyers also have a few things to consider before making the jump. A misconception about FHA mortgage loans is that they have an income limit and are need-based.

FHA Loans for First Homes

January 17, 2019 - What should first-time home buyers know about buying a first home with an FHA mortgage? There are several areas to be aware of when comparing mortgage loan products including how your choice of home loan can affect your refinance loan options later down the line.

Are FHA Home Loans Available During a Government Shutdown?

January 16, 2019 - Are FHA home loans, which are government-backed mortgages offered by participating commercial lenders, still available during a government shutdown or partial shutdown? This is an important question and borrowers or potential borrowers should know the facts.

FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgages for 2019

January 14, 2019 - The interest rate on an FHA ARM loan is required to remain constant for an initial period of 1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 years, depending on the ARM program chosen by the borrower. It may then change annually for the remainder of the mortgage term.

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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!