FHA Home Loan
FHA loans are perhaps the most well-known type of loan for buying a home. They’re backed by the Federal Housing Administration, making them less risky for lenders. And for home buyers, FHA loans have less stringent requirements, making them easier to obtain than other loans.
Who It’s For
FHA loans are designed for those with low or moderate income, lower credit scores, and want to buy a home with a lower down payment. For example, borrowers may have limited savings and are moderately credit challenged. Or they may be first-time home buyers attracted by the lower down payment option.
You can qualify for an FHA loan with a credit score as low as 500 and, in some cases, a higher debt-to-income (DTI) ratio.
Low Down Payment
The down payment is 3.5% (if your credit score is 580 or higher) or 10% (if your credit score is 500 to 579).
Affordable Interest Rates
Borrowers with lower credit scores can often qualify for the same interest rates as borrowers with higher credit scores.
Seller-Paid Closing Costs
Sellers can pay up to 6 percent of the loan amount for closing costs. Some closing costs can also be rolled into the loan.
- 3.5% down payment if your credit score is 580 or higher
- 10% down payment if your credit score is 500 to 579
- Debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of 43% or lower (can go higher on a case-by-case basis)
Are FHA loans only for low-income borrowers or first-time home buyers?
Any borrower interested in the benefits of an FHA loan and who qualifies can get this type of loan. There are no income restrictions, and FHA loans are offered to all home buyers, whether it's your first time purchasing a home or you've bought a home before.
What if I have a bankruptcy in my past? Can I qualify for an FHA loan?
Yes, you can qualify for an FHA loan if you’ve filed for bankruptcy. However, there is a waiting period. For a Chapter 7 discharge, you’ll need to wait at least two years before applying for an FHA loan. For a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you’ll need to wait one year.
Can I get an FHA loan if I’m self-employed?
Yes, you can. To qualify, you’ll need to meet these basic requirements (in addition to providing a down payment):
- Self-employed for at least 2 years
- At least 25% ownership in the business
- Last 2 years’ tax returns to show your income
- A minimum credit score of 500
- No bankruptcies within the past 2 years
You may also be required to show one or more of the following to verify your business:
- Business license
- Online business listing
- Verified physical commercial address
- Letter from a CPA verifying how long your business has been in operation
What types of homes can I buy with an FHA loan?
There are many types of homes that are eligible for FHA financing, including a:
- Single-family home
- Manufactured home
- New construction
- Mixed-use property
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