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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 Loan Articles and Mortgage News

FHA Announces Updates to Home Loan Rules

May 6, 2021 - Many Americans have needed foreclosure avoidance measures due to economic hardship brought on by the global pandemic. The FHA and HUD have announced many steps to help homeowners with FHA mortgages keep their home.

Home Loan Issues You Should Know About

May 1, 2021 - What kinds of problems make it tougher for your lender to approve your mortgage loan application? We all know that credit scores, loan repayment history, and the amount of debt you carry can affect your ability to get home loan approval.

Plan Your FHA Mortgage Before the Application Process

April 29, 2021 - Before you fill out loan application paperwork, you’ll need a year or more to save up for the down payment and closing costs, work on your credit to lower your FICO score, and reduce the amount of your debt. But there are some other areas you will want to consider during this time.

Why Did I Get Denied an FHA Home Loan?

April 22, 2021 - If you are afraid of being denied an FHA home loan, there are some things you can do to work on your credit to get closer to home loan approval. A consistent record of on-time payments, low debt to income ratios, and good credit scores get you loan approval.

Things That Can Derail Your Home Loan

April 18, 2021 - When you apply for a home loan, there are some things that can stop your loan dead in its tracks. If you are concerned about being approved for a home loan, in addition to the typical things you’ll do to prepare, add these issues to your checklist and make sure you know how to avoid them.