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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.

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May 27, 2020 - Do you want to have a house built for you from the ground up? This is an option, even for first-time home buyers. An FHA One-Time Close construction loan has a 3.5% down payment requirement, which is lower than you may be offered on a conventional loan.

Do You Need Down Payment Help for Your FHA Loan?

May 26, 2020 - If you want to apply for an FHA mortgage, one of the first things you will learn is that FHA borrowers make a minimum 3.5% down payment, unless required to pay more due to low credit scores. How should you approach the down payment issue?

Areas of Your Credit to Work on Before Applying for a Mortgage

May 25, 2020 - While it is true that FHA mortgages have more forgiving FICO score requirements, lender standards will also apply and those standards are often higher than the FHA minimums. Improving your credit score is a combination of establishing good habits, avoiding too much credit, and reducing your debt.

COVID-19 Update: The State of Credit in the Age of Coronavirus

May 24, 2020 - If you have been watching the ups and downs of the mortgage market, you will notice that mortgage rates have been falling recently, but market watchers are quick to point out that those with FICO scores below the 700 range are experiencing more costly loans.

FHA Home Loan Procedures During COVID-19

May 23, 2020 - HUD’s updated policies for closing loans during COVID-19 includes a reminder to lenders and borrowers that HUD does not set or enforce guidelines for the use of notarized paperwork to close the loan. Many home buyers were caught by surprise by coronavirus issues.