What is an FHA Loan?
FHA.com explains it well:
“FICO® score at least 580 = 3.5% down payment.
FICO® score between 500 and 579 = 10% down payment.
MIP (Mortgage Insurance Premium ) is required. (can vary from 0.45% to 1.05% per year depending on your loan amount and down payment.)
Debt-to-Income Ratio < 43%.
The home must be the borrower’s primary residence.
Borrower must have steady income and proof of employment.
FHA loans are a good option for first-time homebuyers who may not have saved enough for a large down payment. Even borrowers who have suffered from bankruptcy or foreclosures may qualify for an FHA-backed mortgage. An FHA Loan is a mortgage that’s insured by the Federal Housing Administration. They allow borrowers to finance homes with down payments as low as 3.5% and are especially popular with first-time homebuyers.”
This type of loan allows a buyer to finance home improvement (construction) into an FHA loan. The FHA 203(k) loan program allows rehabilitation or improvement costs to be financed into the purchase or refinance home loan with the ease of one loan and one closing.
FHA limits for 2020
For Bay Area surrounding counties and high cost counties in CA, the FHA limits are as follows:
The prices will range throughout California. Contact me to determine your specific parameters.
FHA Credit Score Requirements:
580 or higher FICO score requires a 3.5% down payment
Lower than 580 FICO score requires a 10% down payment
FHA Downpayment Assistant Programs:
- MyHome Assistance Program
- Brentwood Down Payment Assistance Program
- Emeryville First Time Homebuyer Loan Program
- GSFA Platinum Program
- CalHome Program
- First Home Mortgage Program
- Monterey County Down Payment Assistance Program
- Santa Ana Downpayment Assistance Program
- Riverside Down Payment Assistance Program
- School Teacher Employee Assistance Program
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