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The FHA has many programs set up to assist you with getting into a good home at a fair price, but if you have doubts about your ability to pay, waiting and getting some housing counseling may be a safer bet. A delinquent loan affects your credit rating.

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Am I Borrowing Too Much?

FHA Common Question #46

FHA guidelines are set up to help you get the amount you are qualified for and set up conditions to allow you to successfully buy an FHA home. What the FHA mortgage rules cannot do is determine whether or not you can meet your monthly obligations. It's up to you to make the call; if you begin the process of buying a home only to realize you can't really afford the size of the payments, immediately discuss the situation with a housing counselor and your lender.

The FHA has many programs set up to assist you with getting into a good home at a fair price, but if you have doubts about your ability to pay, waiting and getting some housing counseling may be a safer bet. A delinquent loan affects your credit rating; waiting until you are sure to purchase a home does not hurt at all.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

FHA Home Loan Rules: First-Time Home Buyers

August 9, 2019 - What are the FHA home loan rules for first-time home buyers? If that seems like a trick question to you, you’re on the right track. There are NO FHA home loan rules that pertain exclusively to first-time home buyers.

What Does Your Monthly FHA Mortgage Include?

August 8, 2019 - If you are in the planning stages for an FHA home loan, it’s important to begin budgeting for your home loan-related expenses including appraisal fees, home inspection fees, any required pest control, hazard insurance, and other costs.

Do You Need to Know Your Credit Score?

August 6, 2019 - FHA requirements say that borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 are technically eligible for an FHA mortgage but would be required to put a higher amount of money down. The down payment requirements from the FHA (not the lender) in these cases is 10%.

How Alimony and Child Support Affect Your Debt Ratio

August 5, 2019 - If you have monthly financial responsibilities that include paying alimony or child support, there are FHA loan rules your lender will use to determine how such payments affect your debt ratio. How do these factors affect an FHA home loan approval?

FHA Streamline Refinance: No Verification of Job, Income, or Credit

August 4, 2019 - FHA Streamline Refinances have no FHA-required credit check, appraisal, or job verification in most cases. But there IS a credit-qualifying version of the FHA Streamline, and some lenders may only offer that version while others may provide both. 

FHA.com Reviews

FHA.com is a one-stop resource for homebuyers who want to make the best decisions when it comes to their mortgage. With our detailed, mobile-friendly site, individuals can access information about different FHA products, the latest loan limits, and numerous other resources to make their homebuying experience easier. Take a look at some of the reviews from other FHA.com visitors!