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Do not put yourself at a financial disadvantage to do so, but if you are able, getting rid of any debt on your record will help when you apply for the FHA loan. As always, if you have any doubts at all, consult a financial planner or ask your lender for advice.

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What Should I Avoid When Applying?

FHA Common Question #13

There is one major mistake potential homebuyers can easily make when applying for an FHA home loan; a major credit purchase. Don't cloud your debt-to-income ratio with a big purchase before closing on your home! Remember that your debt-to-income calculation is based on your current debts and the percentage of that debt to the amount of money you have coming in.

Any major credit purchase will seriously alter the balance-sometimes enough to weigh against you when it comes down to FHA loan decision time by the lending institution. In fact, if you can afford to pay off your current auto loan before applying for an FHA loan, it may be a good decision.

Don't put yourself at a financial disadvantage to do so, but if you are able, getting rid of any debt on your record will help when you apply for the FHA loan. As always, if you have any doubts at all, consult a financial planner or ask your lender for advice.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Read About FHA Requirements, Updates, and Guidelines
Changes to FHA Loan Rules on Collections and Judgments

October 7, 2017 - In general, FHA loan rules require the lender to determine that judgments are resolved or paid off prior to or at closing. Judgments of a non-borrowing spouse in a community property state must be resolved or paid in full, with the exception of obligations excluded by state law.

Is There a No Money Down FHA Loan Option?

October 2, 2017 - The FHA Single-Family Home Loan program does not feature a no money down option. However, there are state and local programs that may offer assistance to home buyers, first-time home buyers, or home buyers who are in financial need.

FHA Loans, Disability Pay, and Proof of Income

September 25, 2017 - There are many common questions about FHA home loans, and more than a few uncommon ones. Income verification is one area where FHA loan applicants may experience the need for more information.

Are My Tax Returns Required for an FHA Loan?

September 20, 2017 - When you apply for an FHA home loan, there's a list of documents and documentation needed to process an FHA loan application. These are the minimum needed to establish an accurate picture of a borrower's credit and payment history.

Rules for FHA Loans Following a Short Sale

September 9, 2017 - FHA loan rules for new loans following a short sale may seem complex--the rules that apply to you often depend on the status of your mortgage loan prior to the short sale. But, when is a new FHA home loan possible following a short sale?