FHA mortgage home loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) which can make it easier for you to qualify to purchase or refinance a home. This mortgage loan option offers flexible qualification guidelines to help people who might not qualify for a conventional mortgage.
According to FHA guidelines, the FHA generally will not insure more than one mortgage for any borrower, noting an exception for transactions in which an existing FHA mortgage is paid off and another FHA mortgage is acquired. There are other exceptions as well. One of those exceptions is provided for relocations.
If the borrower is relocating and re-establishing residency in another area not within reasonable commuting distance from the current principal residence, the borrower may obtain another FHA mortgage and is not required to sell the existing FHA-financed property. Other exceptions may be approved when a family has increased in size or for a borrower who is vacating a jointly-owned property. Exceptions are processed on a case-by-case basis.
If you put down 10% or more as a down payment, you can wait for the FHA mortgage insurance to fall off your loan, which happens after 11 years. If you put down less than 10%, the only way to get rid of the monthly mortgage insurance payments is to refinance into either a Conventional or VA loan, if you qualify for either. Read more about this at Home.com.
It depends! For people with better or more established credit profiles and low levels of debt, it may be advantageous to choose a Conventional loan over an FHA loan, even if the interest rate is the same or similar, due to other advantages associated with Conventional loans. For those who may not have as much established credit, a lower credit score or who may have slightly higher levels of debt, an FHA loan might be the cheaper option over the life of the mortgage loan, or it may be an entryway into a home loan for some who may not qualify for Conventional. As always, though, a Fairway mortgage loan officer will be able to go over your specific situation more closely in a phone consultation or online, and then advise which option would be advantageous for you.
An FHA 203(k) loan is a type of FHA loan that is specifically for bundling the costs of necessary renovations or home improvements into the mortgage loan at the time of purchase or refinancing. It is a great option for people who have found a home that needs a little love before it is 100% move-in ready. Or, some borrowers choose to take out an FHA203(k) refinance loan later, when certain updates to the home become necessary.
At Fairway we offer FHA Limited 203(k) loans, which can provide up to $35,000 (including a contingency reserve) to help make non-structural home improvements or renovations, such as updating a kitchen or bathroom, replacing flooring, purchasing new appliances or repairing the roof. We also offer an FHA Standard203(k) for homes that may need more than $35,000 in renovations, or for homes where the necessary renovations may be more structural in nature.
*The Rome Team of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of FHA, VA, USDA or the Federal Government.
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*Pre-qualification is not an approval of credit and does not signify that underwriting requirements have been met.