FHA Loan Info for 1st time Buyer
The Federal Housing Agency (FHA) doesn’t directly offer loans. Instead, its purpose is to provide mortgage insurance for Americans to purchase or refinance a principal residence.
To put it another way, the mortgage loans are funded by private lending institutions (mortgage companies, banks, savings and loan associations, etc.), and those mortgages are then insured by FHA/HUD.
The Benefits of FHA Loans
If you qualify as a prospective homeowner, these loans have three great benefits. First of all, your down payments are lower. Second, closing costs are also lower. And, finally, it’s easier to qualify for credit.
FHA has programs for:
• First-home buyers
• Fixer uppers
• Manufactured housing and mobile homes
• Energy efficiency, etc.
If you’re a first-time home buyer, a FHA loan can be a good deal for you. See the eligibility requirements below. Later, I’ll cover the fixer-upper category requirements. Check with the FHA on other programs.
First-Home Buyer Programs
These programs have the following eligibility requirements:
• You must meet standard FHA credit qualifications (judged by the individual’s credit record).
• You’re eligible for approximately 97% financing.
• You’re able to finance the upfront mortgage insurance premium into the mortgage.
• You’re also responsible for paying an annual premium.
• Within this category, the eligible properties are one-to-four unit structures. Call for latest federal guidelines and more information: 678-298-1619 or