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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

Getting Started Before You Find a Home

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.

FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

Read About FHA Requirements, Updates, and Guidelines
FHA Loan Rules: 203(K) Rehab Mortgage Loans

July 19, 2017 - The 203(K) Rehab loan is the FHA's primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties. As such, it is an important tool for community and neighborhood revitalization and for expanding homeownership opportunities.

FHA Loan Rules for Second Home Purchases

July 12, 2017 - FHA loan rules for the single-family loan program are designed for owner-occupiers, but depending on circumstances a borrower may be approved by a participating lender to buy another home--usually in response to a pragmatic need like a larger family or job requirements.

FHA vs. Conventional Loans: Interest Rates and Payoff Dates

July 7, 2017 - Are there major differences between FHA loans and conventional loans? Why do borrowers choose FHA mortgages over conventional loans? A participating FHA lender can offer qualified borrowers lower interest rates, early payoffs without a penalty, and more.

FHA vs. Conventional Loans: Mortgage Insurance and Refinance Options

July 3, 2017 - Do you know what major differences exist between FHA loans and conventional loans? After learning about some features of an FHA mortgage, many undecided borrowers wind up choosing FHA mortgages over conventional loans.

Can I Get an FHA Home Loan for a Multi-Unit Property?

June 21, 2017 - FHA loan rules permit owner-occupiers to buy multi-unit properties and rent out the unused living units. Can the borrower convince a participating lender to factor in potential rental income and include it as part of the applicant’s debt-to-income ratio?