Advantages of an FHA mortgage in 2017

FHA mortgage

Whether they go up or down, FHA loans will always be around. You don’t pay as much for FHA loans as you do for conventional loans. If lenders give too many loans to people with low credit scores, HUD might not let them write FHA-backed mortgages. Borrowers with credit scores under 620 are less likely to get a loan.

Key Takeaways:

  • The FHA requirements for credit score and down payments are far lower than for conventional loans.
  • Borrowers can technically qualify for an FHA loan with credit scores of at least 580 and a down payment of just 3.5 percent, according to HUD.
  • “Loans with the lowest credit scores tend to default at a much higher rate, and lenders are afraid that if they issue too many loans that later fail, HUD will no longer allow them to write FHA-backed mortgages.”

“Add lower down payment and credit requirements to the mix, and the fact that these federally-insured loans are assumable, and FHA mortgages are an attractive option to many borrowers.”

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