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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 Loan Approval: Three Areas to Consider

August 3, 2019 - What does it take to get approval for an FHA mortgage? Your lender will review many things associated with your mortgage loan application, but there are three main areas you should consider at least a year ahead of your home loan application.

First-Time Home Buyer Advice

July 30, 2019 - Buying a home for the first time? You will get plenty of advice-some you want, and some you don’t. What should you do once you have prepared in advance by working on your credit, pulling your credit reports, and saving up for the down payment and closing costs?

One-Time Close Construction Loan Planning

July 28, 2019 - It’s true that even first-time home buyers can apply for an FHA One-Time Close construction loan to have a house built for them from the ground up. You don’t need to be an experienced homeowner to do this, but you’ll need to anticipate some required expenses for your new home.,

FHA Home Loan Credit Check Rules You Should Know

July 25, 2019 - What are the credit check rules for FHA home loans? Some borrowers, who have what is described as thin credit or a small credit history, non-traditional credit, or no credit at all want to know what the FHA home loan rules are for such scenarios.

FHA Loans and Negative Credit Report Information

July 23, 2019 - There are a variety of things that can show up on a credit report. Among the big issues that can affect an mortgage approval are collection agency action, charge-off accounts, and what the FHA calls disputed derogatory credit accounts.

FHA Loan Rules You Should Know About Judgments

July 20, 2019 - FHA home loan rules for lenders includes step-by-step instructions on what to do in certain cases where negative credit information is on a borrower’s credit report. What do you need to know about judgments and how they can affect FHA home loan approval?

Answers to FHA Home Loan Questions About Mortgages

July 19, 2019 - Do you need answers to FHA loan questions about the mortgage process? Here are the answers to several common questions that are on the minds of first-time home buyers and experienced home owners alike.

Credit Repair Advice for First-Time Home Buyers

July 14, 2019 - Long before you apply for an FHA mortgage or refinance loan, you will need to work on establishing or maintaining reliable credit patterns. Your lender is looking for these patterns to justify approving your mortgage loan application.

Questions and Answers About FHA Refinance Loans

July 13, 2019 - Are you thinking about a refinance loan for your home? When interest rate news points to a general downward trend in mortgage loan interest rates, many are tempted to get a better deal on their loan by refinancing into a lower rate. 

Missing an FHA Home Loan Payment

July 12, 2019 - You'll get advice about making 100% on-time payments for all financial obligations 12 months or more before you apply for the mortgage. But after you get the loan, if you miss payments on your mortgage, what kind of repercussions can you expect and what should you do?

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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!