Flexible Qualification Guidelines
FHA loans have flexible credit and income requirements to help people who might not otherwise be able to qualify for a mortgage to achieve their dream of homeownership.
Use Gift Funds for a Down Payment
Unlike traditional mortgages, FHA Loans allow 100% gift funds for your down payment and closing costs.
Low Down Payments
With an FHA Loan, you can qualify with a down payment as low as 3.5%.
FHA Loans offer low-interest rates to help you afford your payments and get into the home of your dreams.
FHA Loans FAQs
To qualify for an FHA loan, you will need a steady income, proof of employment, a FICO score of 500 or higher, a down payment of at least 3.5% and a debt-to-income ratio of less than 43%. You’ll also be required to purchase mortgage insurance.
A down payment is an up front payment towards the cost of a home. Typically, the more you're able to put down, the lower your interest rate and monthly payment.
Why would you get a lower interest rate? When you put more money down, you're taking some of the risk from the lender. It is your cash investment in your home and the lender can reciprocate by giving you potentially lower mortgage interest rates.
Typically, to get the lower mortgage rates, you will need down payment of at least 20 percent of the home's purchase price.
It is possible to purchase a home with a down payment of 15 percent, 10 percent, or even less. FHA mortgages and VA loans are government backed that may be available to qualified home buyers with little or no down payment. With these loan programs, you may be required to pay for mortgage insurance, which is an additional monthly expense to your mortgage payment.
The mortgage loan process mostly consists of mortgage paperwork; providing documents to show how much you earn, where you've lived, monthly debts and account balances.
Most of the information can either be provided in person or on your application. There are a number of additional documents you may need to provide - it will depend on where you are in the loan approval process.
Mortgage prequalification is an assessment of whether your debt-to-income ratio fits mortgage guidelines and provides an estimate of the amount you may be able to borrow. A prequalification letter can also be given to your real estate agent to show you are a serious home buyer. Prequalification is optional, but it's a helpful step in the process of buying a house..
Mortgage prequalification is free and doesn't require a commitment from you or the bank or credit union.
Mortgage prequalification checklist
It is convenient to get prequalified and can help you in the mortgage process. Here's what you'll need to provide for a mortgage prequalification:
- Your name (plus any co-borrowers' names)
- Your current address
- Your estimated annual household income
- Your estimated monthly household debt expenses
You can apply for pre-approval at any time, regardless of whether you've completed the prequalification process. You'll complete a full mortgage loan application, which will include the following information.
This is a partial list as varying information and documentation can be requested during the closing process. Your mortgage specialist can tell you about any additional requirements.
- Your residential address for the past two years
- Landlord names and addresses for the past two years
- Past months checking and savings account statements
- Past two months for other investments, including CDs, IRAs, stocks, bonds or other securities you intend to use for your down payment
- Current real estate holdings, including property address, current market value, mortgage lender's name and address, loan account number, balance and monthly payment
Employment & Income History
- Paycheck stubs from the last 30 days showing your year-to-date earnings
- W-2 or I-9 tax forms for the past two years
A list of any new monthly debts not listed on your credit report (auto loans, student loans, mortgage loans, credit cards, etc.), including creditor name, address, account number, minimum monthly payment amount and outstanding balance on each account.
Additional documents may be required at your mortgage closing. Your real estate agent and mortgage loan officer will let you know which documents will be needed when you close on your new home and they'll work closely with you at each step of the mortgage loan process.
Your credit score, or FICO score, is a number that reflects your financial responsibility and helps lenders decide if you're a credit risk or not. Your score is based on - but not part of - your credit report. It's generated at the time of the request, then included with the report.
The five factors that determine your Credit Score are:
- Payment History - (approximately 35% of your score) The factor that has the biggest impact on your score is whether you've paid past credit accounts on time.
- Amounts Owed - (approximately 30%) Having credit accounts and owing money doesn't mean you're a high-risk borrower. But owing a lot of money on numerous accounts can suggest that you are financially overextended and more likely to make some payments late or not at all. Part of the science of scoring is determining how much debt is too much for a given credit profile.
- Length of Credit History - (approximately 15%) In general, a longer credit history will increase your FICO score. It shows that you can responsibly manage your available credit over time.
- New Credit - (approximately 10%) Opening several credit accounts in a short period of time can represent greater risk; especially for people with short credit histories. Requests for new credit can also represent greater risk.
- Types of Credit in Use - (approximately 10%) Your FICO score will reflect a combination of credit cards, retail accounts, installment loans, finance company accounts, and mortgage loans. While a healthy mix will improve your score, it is not necessary to have one of each, and it is not a good idea to open credit accounts you don't intend to use.
Learn more about what determines your credit score and how your score is interpreted.
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