What are the Qualifications for an FHA Home Loan?

An FHA Home Loan is the easiest to qualify when buying or refinancing. Borrowers that do not qualify for conventional financing an FHA mortgage is the option. In comparison, the government-backed program allows for lower credit scores, higher debt to income ratios and less stringent guidelines. As a result, more borrowers may qualify to buy a home. In addition, rates are better for lower credit scores as compared to conventional. In fact, can be the better overall lower monthly payment.

Are you’re looking to purchase a primary residence?  An FHA Home loan may be the best option.  FHA also offers a home renovation loan. As a result, a home buyer with no experience can purchase and renovate a home. The loan includes the purchase price and cost of renovations with 3.5% down payment.

Call us for details we are available at your convenience we will compare FHA to other first-time buyer and other conventional loans. Find out the best mortgage option for your situation. Available 7 days a week.

Check out our other first-time buyer loans, In addition, you may qualify for zero down payment loans.

What are the Requirements for an FHA Loan?

  • 580 minimum Credit scores for 3.5% down payment
  • Debt to Income ratios to 45% housing and 57% total
  • 3.5% down payment may be a gift from a relative, for instance
  • Gift funds may be used for both down payment and closing costs
  • No Income limits
  • The first-time buyer not required
  • Property types allowed are Single family homes, townhomes, 2-4 multifamily homes manufactured homes and approved condos
  • Lower interest rates than conventional

What is an FHA Loan?

FHA loans are mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Consequently, the government will repay the loss to a lender if a borrower stops making payments.  Mortgage insurance provides protection against default to the lender that makes the loan. In fact, mortgage insurance is guaranteed by the federal government. Buyers may apply for an FHA home loan with private lenders like banks, credit unions, direct lenders and mortgage brokers.

Furthermore, in 1934 during the Great Depression, the housing market was struggling. Consequently, the FHA government agency was formed. The agency assisted households in buying homes.  For example, at that time buyers could only finance 50% of the home value. FHA solved that issue. As a result, home ownership rates increased from 40% to about 70% today.

FHA loans have easier qualification requirements than conventional mortgages, but they also have more costly mortgage insurance fees and often lower loan limits. If you’re looking to finance your home with a small down payment and more lenient approval process, an FHA loan could be right for you.

Benefits of FHA Home Loans


Low Down Payment

FHA Loans allow you to buy a home with 3.5% down payment. In contrast, conventional loans may require a larger down payment. In additional conventional loans need higher credit scores

Gift Funds

FHA allows the down payment to be a gift from a relative or employer. The gift funds can be used for the down payment and closing costs.

Debt to Income Ratios

What is the debt to income Ratios allowed for an FHA Loan?   FHA allows for a housing ratio of 45% and a total Debt to income ratio of 57%. However, some lenders have restrictions and only allow for lower ratios.   Check with your Loan Officer at CharterStone Mortgage where there is no limitation over the minimum guidelines.

What are the FHA Loan Limits?

In addition to homebuyer qualification requirements, FHA has limits to the loan amount according to property type and region.  The government calculates the maximum allowed loan amount by each county median-priced home. Not to mention the number of units the dwelling is also increased the maximum loan amount.

FHA Mortgage Insurance

What is mortgage insurance?  As stated above, mortgage insurance insures the lender against losses should the borrower default.  FHA requires the borrower to pay an up-front mortgage insurance premium.  The premium is financed into the loan amount. However, this amount It is not considered in the loan maximum loan limit. In addition, FHA requires monthly mortgage insurance. I fact, with less than 10% down up-front mortgage insurance is required for the life of the loan. In Contrast, a down payment of 10% or more upfront mortgage insurance is required for a minimum of 11 years.

FHA vs Conventional Loans

What is the difference between FHA and Conventional?  FHA Loans are for home buyers that have few assets low credit scores that may not be approved for a conventional loan. In contrast, Conventional loans are best for home buyers including first time home buyers that have scores above 700. In addition, may have 20% or more for a down payment.

Conventional loans require Private mortgage insurance that can be canceled. Mortgage payments are sometimes less with an FHA loan with lower scores.  In general, if credit scores are less than 680, FHA will offer lower mortgage payments. First-time home buyers should look at Fannie Mae HomePath and Freddie Mac Home Ready.  These programs offer lower rates and mortgage insurance for lower credit scores.

What is the best home loan? Consult with CharterStone Mortgage to advise the best loan programs for your set of income, credit history and assets.

**CharterStone Mortgage is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of FHA, VA, USDA or the Federal Government.

Programs are subject to change without notice. All applicants must meet underwriting guidelines from the lender that are subject to change without notice and must meet all Federal and State regulations. This information is not guaranteed to be accurate due to changing financial and economic environment.  

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