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FHA Loan: Features and Benefits

FHA loans are often an excellent option for first time home buyers. They are government backed and offer more lenient guidelines than other loan programs.  See below for how the features of an FHA loan can benefit a first time home buyer.


FHA Features

FHA Benefits

Minimum down payment of 3.5% of the purchase price.

This low down payment is attractive to those who have little saved for a down payment. In some cases, FHA allows the full 3.5% down payment to be gifted from a very close relative.


Minimum 640 Credit Score 

The FHA Credit Score criteria is not as strict as other loan programs with a low minimum middle credit score of 640. Some investors may allow credit scores to be as low as 620.


Higher Debt-to-Income limits

The FHA Debt-to-income limit may go as high as 41% and may be even higher depending on the investor guidelines.


Seller Concessions allowed

Seller Concessions means the seller may pay the borrowers closing costs and prepaid items up to 6% of the purchase price.


FHA Loans require both an upfront mortgage insurance fee and annual mortgage insurance premium. 

The upfront mortgage insurance can be financed into the loan and the annual mortgage insurance is calculated monthly in the mortgage payment.


Long Term Fixed Rate Financing

Interest rates will not change for the life of the loan. This means your principal and interest payments will never change.




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