FHA Loans (Federal Housing Administration)
Usually available at an attractive lower rate and open to all qualified borrowers, FHA Loans are underwritten through the standards established by the Federal Housing Administration and are fully insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In FHA loans, the FICO score is evaluated in 98% of cases, but a 12-month payment record can be established using nontraditional methods of payment (e.g. phone bill).
The FHA loan interest rates available may be comparable to those offered to conforming borrowers with traditional home loans.
Why choose an FHA Mortgage?
The main advantage to an FHA home loan is that the credit criteria for borrowers is not as strict as conventional loans sold to Fannie Mae (FNMA) or Freddie Mac (FHLMC). Someone who may have a few credit problems or has no traditional credit may be eligible to obtain FHA financing.
Also, FHA loans are assumable, allowing a person to take over the mortgage without the additional cost of obtaining a new loan. In addition, the lender must pay for part of the closing costs while a borrower's allowable costs can partially be wrapped into the loan. The monthly mortgage insurance premium is typically less expensive for an FHA loan verses a conventional loan with 3.5% down. Finally, FHA loans may require less income to qualify as they will exceed the conventional debt ratios of 28/36% as their standard is 29/41%.
Many people assume that FHA loans are only available for first time home buyers. This is not true. FHA loans are available to anyone, whether it is your first or fifth home and this loan can be used to purchase or refinance a home.
Find out if an FHA loan is right for you. Fill out an application or call 800-236-2600 today.