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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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April 10, 2017 - The FHA appraisal is a necessary process that can be mysterious to some potential FHA borrowers. What purpose does the FHA appraisal serve? It is not as complete as the optional (but critically important) home inspection, and the results of the appraisal should not be mistaken for a home inspection.

FHA Loans and FICO Scores

April 7, 2017 - FICO score issues are a common source of stress to potential FHA borrowers. Everyone wants to know if their FICO scores are high enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage. Is it possible to qualify for an FHA loan or refinance loan with credit scores from 500 to 579? Or are higher scores required?

FHA Loan Rules for Second Homes

April 5, 2017 - If you are interested in an FHA mortgage, it’s important to understand that occupancy is a key issue. All FHA loan borrowers are expected to occupy the home as their primary residence and are usually required to take possession of the home within 60 days of the loan closing.

Child Support Income, Alimony, and FHA Loans

April 3, 2017 - There are specific guidelines for participating FHA lenders who must include child support, alimony, or maintenance payments as part of loan processing. Borrowers who must pay child support, or other forms of support will be required to furnish documentation for their payments.

FHA Loan Employment Guidelines

March 31, 2017 - Are you worried about being denied an FHA loan because of a gap in employment? While FHA loan standards for employment in HUD 4000.1 are not the only standards that are recognized, it is good to know what FHA loan rules instruct the lender to do as a minimum.