FHA loans are designed to help creditworthy individuals and families to buy a home for a 3.5% Minimum Required Investment, AKA 3.5% total move in. These loans are beneficial to those borrowers that wish to put a minimum amount of down payment or total cash to close into the transaction. FHA also has more flexibility in terms of borrower qualifications and seller contributions.
Some of the advantages of the FHA loan are:
- Low down payment (only 3.5% may be required).
- Down payment may also be in the form of a qualified Down Payment Assistance program or bona fide gift.
- Seller contributions are allowed up to 6%.
- More flexible underwriting (approval).
- Closing costs that lenders can charge are restricted. Lender Credits are not included in the seller contribution.
- FHA loans are “assumable” to other qualified buyers.
- FHA Refinances can be streamlined (less documentation required for approval).
- Some closing costs may be financed (less out of pocket expenses via lender credit).
- Some FHA loans allow for Energy Efficiency credits.
- Some FHA loans can allocate costs for repair/upgrade within the loan.
- The FHA loan is covered by a government loan insurance program which makes it more desirable for lenders and other institutions.
The amount of money you can borrow -- which typically determines the cost of the home you can afford -- is set by the US Government. Contact Us for more information on FHA loans.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is a division of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).