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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

Mortgage Loan Income Guidelines: What You Need To Know

November 22, 2020 - FHA loan rules include instruction to your loan officer about how to process your employment information and also includes guidelines about how much time in the job market is required in order for you to be seriously considered as a home loan applicant.

Which Matters More, FICO Score or Credit Report?

November 20, 2020 - When you apply for an FHA mortgage (or any other type of home loan) you might wonder which factor the lender relies on more to approve or deny your loan--the overall contents of your credit report, or your FICO scores specifically? Which one does the lender rely on more?

Do Bankruptcies, Foreclosures, or Short Sales Affect Home Loan Chances?

November 19, 2020 - In the era of coronavirus, everyone will experience financial hardship at some point. But how you weather these problems can affect your future home loan plans and it’s good to have a contingency plan in case you run into trouble paying your bills.

FHA Home Loan Basics: Why You May Need an Escrow Account

November 17, 2020 - If you need an FHA home loan an escrow account will be an important part of your home loan experience. These accounts are used to store money from your monthly mortgage payments that is set aside for property taxes, insurance, and other expenses.

FHA Mortgage Relief: Do You Need Cash-Out Refinancing?

November 16, 2020 - A lot of borrowers are worried about their ability to pay the mortgage during the global coronavirus emergency. Some aren’t as worried about being able to pay, but see record low interest rates and wonder if they should refinance. Should they consider a cash-out refinance loan?