Florida FHA Loan

Florida FHA Loan

What is an FHA Loan?

An FHA loan is a Government Backed Mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans require lower down payments, lower minimum credit score, and income requirements to qualify. Very popular with first-time homebuyers for many reasons.


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What are the Advantages of FHA loans

Unlike other conventional loans, if you have a lower credit score this type of loan could be ideal for you. With an FHA loan you can purchase a home with as little as 3.5% down. Also, the down payment can be gifted from an acceptable gift/donor.


As with any type of loan the qualifying factors are based on your credit score to the amount of the required down payment. You can qualify for an FHA loan with a credit score as low as 500 with 10% down payment. To qualify for the maximum financing of 96.5%, you need a credit score of 580 or higher, and 3.5% down payment. (Private Mortgage Insurance is required).


What are the FHA loan requirements?

To be eligible for an FHA loan, borrowers must meet the following lending guidelines and requirements:

  • Loan must be used for a primary residence only.
  • Your front-end debt ratio (monthly debt payments, excluding a mortgage) should not exceed 31% of your gross monthly income. Lenders may allow a ratio up to 40% in some cases.
  • Your back-end debt ratio (mortgage, plus all monthly debt payments) cannot exceed 43% of your gross monthly income. Lenders may allow a ratio up to 50% in some cases.
  • You must make a down payment of at least 3.5% of the purchase price.
  • Down payment can come from an acceptable verified gift from a relative or government program.
  • A minimum FICO score of 500 to 579 with 10% down payment, and 580 or higher with 3.5% down payment.
  • Steady employment history or you have worked for the same employer for at least two years.
  • Your income must be verified through pay stubs, bank statements, and federal tax returns.
  • Property must be appraised by an FHA-approved appraiser and meet HUD property guidelines.
  • You must wait least two years after the discharge date of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The discharge date should not be confused with the date bankruptcy was filed.
  • A lender can consider approving an FHA loan application from a borrower who is still paying on a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, but only if those payments have been made and verified for a period of at least one year.
  • Any foreclosure within the previous three years typically will not qualify. (Lenders may make exceptions with extenuating circumstances.)
  • Delinquent tax debt is ineligible unless you are currently in a repayment plan. Repayment Plan Tax liens are not required to be paid in full if documentation is provided indicating you are in a valid payment plan.


What are FHA loan limits for 2019?

For 2019, the maximum loan limit for FHA loans in high-cost areas is $529,000 and the minimum limit in low-cost areas is $314,827. FHA updates limit amounts each year in response to changing home prices.


Loan limits vary from one county to the next.

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