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FHA defines which closing costs are allowable as charges to the borrower. The specific costs and amounts that are deemed reasonable and customary are determined by each local FHA office.

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FHA Requirements

Closing Costs and Allowable Charges

While FHA requirements define which closing costs are allowable as charges to the borrower, the specific costs and amounts that are deemed reasonable and customary are determined by each local FHA office. All other costs are generally not allowed and are usually paid by the seller when buying a new home, or paid by the lender when refinancing your exising FHA loan.

FHA Closing Costs
  • Lender's origination fee
  • Deposit verification fees
  • Attorney's fees
  • The appraisal fee and any inspection fees
  • Lender's origination fee
  • Cost of title insurance and title examination
  • Document preparation (by a third party)
  • Property survey
  • Credit reports (actual costs)
  • Transfer stamps, recording fees, and taxes
  • Test and certification fees
  • Home inspection fees up to $200

Allowed in an FHA refinance loan are wire transfer fees, courier fees, reconveyance fees, and fees to payoff bills.

FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Read About FHA Requirements, Updates, and Guidelines
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. When you are ready to fill out an FHA loan application in the wake of a short sale, what do the FHA loan rules say about having such a transaction on your record?

Minimum Property Requirements for Septic Systems

August 30, 2017 - If you're thinking about applying for an FHA home loan to purchase a house served by a septic system, you may have questions about the acceptability of the system your potential new home uses.

How Many Homes Can I Buy With an FHA Loan?

June 14, 2017 - If a borrower is permitted to purchase one home with an FHA mortgage loan, what's to stop the borrower from purchasing a second property? How many single house can an FHA borrower buy with an FHA loan?

FHA Seller Concession Rules and Possible Changes

May 30, 2017 - FHA seller concessions are limited to a total of six percent. When a seller contributes more, it results in a lowering of the sale price for purposes of calculating the FHA loan amount, dollar for dollar for all money contributed that exceeds the six percent limit.

Are FHA Loans Allowed When One Family Member Buys a Home From Another?

May 29, 2017 - FHA loan rules have special requirements for home loan transactions that may be termed “identity of interest”. These transactions, which are sometimes allowed, are between parties with an existing business relationship or between family members.