There are lots of loan programs and loan options. The FHA loan is a great option for people who don’t have much money for down payment. Here are some of the important things that you need to know about the FHA loans. Connect with a lender so you get the best information!
- You must have a steady employment history or worked for the same employer for the past two years.
- You must have a valid Social Security number, you must be a legal resident in the U.S. and you must be of legal age to sign a mortgage in your state.
- You must have a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent. The money can be gifted by a family member.
- You must plan to live in this house yourself and not plan to rent it out.
- Your front-end financial ratio (mortgage payment plus, property taxes, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance) needs to be less than 31 percent of your gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 46.99 percent. Your lender will be required to provide justification as to why they believe the mortgage presents an acceptable risk. The lender must include any compensating factors used for loan approval.
- Your back-end financial ratio (mortgage plus all your monthly debt, i.e., credit card payment, car payment, student loans, etc.) needs to be less than 43 percent of your gross income, typically.
- You must have a credit score of 580 for maximum financing with a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent.
- Typically you must be two years out of bankruptcy and have re-established good credit. Exceptions can be made if you are out of bankruptcy for more than one year if there were extenuating circumstances beyond your control that caused the bankruptcy and you’ve managed your money in a responsible manner.
- Typically you must be three year out of foreclosure and have re-established good credit. Exceptions can be made if there were extenuating circumstances and you’ve improved your credit. If you were unable to sell your home because you had to move to a new area, this does not qualify as an exception to the three-year foreclosure guideline.
Property needs to meet certain standards: Also, an FHA loan requires that a property meet certain minimum standards at appraisal. If the home you are purchasing does not meet these standards and a seller will not agree to the required repairs, your only option is to pay for the required repairs at closing (to be held in escrow until the repairs are complete).
Remember, this information is just meant to help you get a start to understanding the loan guidelines. We are not lenders. You should contact a lender to learn all the details and to get pre-approved for a home loan so you can purchase your next home using the free home buyer services of the Veenstra Team.