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The FHA is not funded by tax dollars, but from the revenue generated by FHA mortgage insurance. This cost is borne by the home buyer, but the insurance cost ends approximately five years later, or when the FHA mortgage balance is seventy-eight percent of the property value, whichever occurs last.

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What is FHA Mortgage Insurance?

FHA Common Question #15

FHA mortgages are insured to protect lenders in case of a default on the FHA loan. An FHA mortgage is advantageous to the borrower because of the reduced cash investment needed to close on a home. The FHA mortgage is possible in part because the FHA is funded solely from income it creates itself.

The FHA is not funded by tax dollars, but from the revenue generated by FHA mortgage insurance. This cost is borne by the home buyer, but the insurance cost ends approximately five years later, or when the FHA mortgage balance is seventy-eight percent of the property value, whichever occurs last. Other home loans have more stringent requirements, but FHA mortgages have flexible payment schedules and more inclusive definitions of monthly income.

All of this may be quite confusing to a first-time home buyer. If you aren't sure why an FHA loan may be right for you, ask your lender to do a side-by-side comparison between the FHA mortgage and the current non-FHA versions. It will soon become apparent which is the best value for your money, especially if you don't have a lot to invest in a down payment.

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Tips for FHA Home Loan Cosigners

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Are You Due a Mortgage Insurance Refund From an FHA Loan?

January 15, 2020 - Some borrowers are, and some are not--much depends on the nature of your mortgage transaction. UFMIP is always required on FHA loan transactions and must be paid either in cash at closing time or must be financed into the loan amount.

There Are Different Kinds of One-Time Close Construction Loans

January 13, 2020 - A One-Time Close loan can help you build a home without the requirements some other construction loans have -- two applications, two loans, and two closing dates. These construction loans are for first-time home buyers AND experienced home owners alike.

FHA Home Loan Costs to Save for in 2020

January 12, 2020 - If you've already started saving for your down payment, your appraisal, compliance inspections, and other costs, you’re well ahead of the game. Those who haven’t started truly planning and saving may feel a bit lost when trying to get ready for the loan.