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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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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?