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An FHA loan can apply to many different circumstances. Did you know you could qualify for FHA home mortgages for a fixer-upper home? FHA loan guidelines cover this type of buying and several others. The fixer-upper type loan combines the purchase price of the house and the cost of repairs in one agreement.

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What About FHA Loan Guidelines?

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An FHA loan can apply to many different circumstances. Did you know you could qualify for FHA home mortgages for a "fixer-upper" home? FHA loan guidelines cover this type of buying and several others. The fixer-upper type loan combines the purchase price of the house and the cost of repairs in one agreement.

There are also FHA loans available for qualified borrowers over the age of sixty-two, to convert a portion of the equity in a home into cash. The FHA even has financing available for mobile homes and manufactured homes. (While the FHA has these programs, most FHA lenders either choose not to participate in them or have additional qualifying overlays which are more stringent than the FHA).

It is not mandatory for an FHA lender to offer certain products and you should contact each lender to see if they offer the product you need. All of this information can be explained by your local FHA lender, and you can also get help from a HUD-approved counselor by calling (800) 225-5342. Be sure to ask or do research about pertinent state or local programs in your area that can assist you with any required down payment on your FHA loan.

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FHA Loan Limits for 2020: Going Up in a Housing Market Near You?

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