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While prequalifying for an FHA loan doesn't necessarily guarantee that you will be able to purchase the home of your dreams, it does help you and potential lenders know your borrowing power and what you can afford.

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Prequalify for an FHA Loan

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Prequalify for an FHA Loan

FHA home loans were designed to help Americans fulfill their dream of homeownership and are therefore the easiest type of real estate mortgage loan to for which you can qualify. Among the home loan options available that require a minimal down payment, FHA loans are the most popular. In fact, the FHA loan is the most flexible type of home mortgage loan available.

THE ESSENTIALS

  • Steady employment history, at least two years with the same employer.
  • Consistent or increasing income over the past two years.
  • Credit report should be in good standing with less than two thirty day late payments in the past two years.
  • Any bankruptcy on record must be at least two years old with good credit for the two consecutive years.
  • Any foreclosure must be at least three years old with good credit for the past three years.
  • Mortgage payment qualified for must be approximately 30 percent of your total monthly gross income.
  • If you can answer YES to these statements you should have no problem qualifying for an FHA home mortgage loan.

While prequalifying for a loan doesn't necessarily guarantee that you will be able to purchase the home of your dreams, it does help you and potential lenders know your borrowing power and what you can afford in terms of a monthly mortgage payment. Prequalifying for a loan simply means that you have taken an inventory of your income and assets and submitted them to your potential lender. Based on that information you should be able to qualify for a home mortgage loan.

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FHA Refinance Loan Advice

February 26, 2021 - If you have been looking at home loan interest rates and considering your refinance loan options, it’s a good idea to take some steps that will help you get closer to refi loan approval. It's a good idea to shop around and get all the information possible about how much a refinance loan will cost.

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