What is an FHA Loan?
An FHA loan is a solution for buyers that might not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage. An FHA loan is a mortgage that allows for a purchase of a primary residence with a low down payment and is insured by the Federal Housing Administration. FHA loans help families become homeowners by lowering the cost of financing and the down payment barrier to buying.
Several refinancing options are also available with FHA loans.
Less-than-perfect credit can be considered
FHA allows for people with a credit score of 580 or higher to potentially obtain financing. Borrowers who do not have FICO scores and can provide acceptable alternative credit have the possibility of qualifying. FHA has shorter waiting periods than conventional loans for borrowers who have had credit events, such as a bankruptcy, foreclosure or a short sale as long as they have re-established credit. FHA allows a relative(s) to be a non-occupant co-borrower(s) to assist the borrower in qualifying.
Down payment requirements can be low
FHA’s minimum down payment can be as little as 3.5% on most types of properties. These mortgages are insured by FHA which allows borrowers to finance approximately 96.5% (excluding mortgage insurance) of the value of their home purchase in many cases.
Borrowers can make the down payment with a gift
The down payment can be 100% gift funds from a family member or in some cases a charitable organization. This is one of the key benefits to an FHA program. Verification of the source of gift money is required, and cash gifts are not allowed.