Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2020


Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

 

 

Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2020 to include Credit Fico Scores, Down Payment, Income and Job history

FHA

An FHA loan is a mortgage issued by federally qualified lenders and insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans are designed for low-to-moderate income borrowers who are unable to make a large down payment.

  • Minimum Credit Score is 500 with at least 10% down
  • Minimum Credit Score is 580 if you put less than 10% down
  • The maximum loan amount varies by Geographical Area, for 2019 it is as follows:
  • The FHA national low-cost area mortgage limits, which are set at 65 percent of the national conforming limit of $510,400 for a one-unit property, are, by property unit number, as follows:
    • One-unit: $331,760
    • Two-unit: $42,800
    • Three-unit: $513,400
    • Four-unit: $638,100
  • Upfront and Monthly Mortgage Insurance is required regardless of the Loan to Value
  • FHA Loans are only available for financing primary residences
  • Maximum Debt to Income Ratio of 50% (unless mitigating factors justify allowing a higher DTI)

 

Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

The requirements for Kentucky FHA loans are set by HUD.

  • Borrowers must have a steady employment history of the last two years within the same industry or line of work. Recent college graduates can use their transcripts to supplant the 2 year work history rule as long as it makes sense.
  • Self-Employed will need a 2 year history of tax returns filed with IRS. They will take a 2 year average.
  • FHA requires a 3.5% down payment. Can be gifted from family member or from retirement savings plan, or money saved-up. Any type of cash deposits are not allowed for down payments. No exceptions to this rule!! This is one of the biggest issues I see in FHA underwriting nowadays.
  •  FHA loans are  for primary residence occupancy. Not rental houses.
  • Borrowers must have a property appraisal from a FHA-approved appraiser.
  • Borrowers’ front-end ratio (mortgage payment plus HOA fees, property taxes, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance) needs to be less than 31 percent of their gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 43 percent. If the Automated Underwriting System gives you an Approved Eligible you can go higher on the debt ratios
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 580 for maximum financing with a 3.5% down payment
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 500-579 for maximum LTV of 90 percent with a minimum down payment of 10 percent. Most lenders will not go below 620 score, and very few lenders will go to 580 score. It’s best to work on getting your scores up before you apply or work with a loan officer to improve them.
  • 2 years removed from Chapter 7 is required with good pay history after bankruptcy
  • 1 year removed from Chapter 13 is okay with an excellent pay history with the Chapter 13 plan and permission from trustee. You will need to qualify with the Chapter 13 payment along with new house payment. Again, scores will play into your loan pre-approval.
  • Typically borrowers must be three years 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.
  • Max FHA loan in Kentucky is between $331,760.00  depending on the county in Kentucky
    I can answer your questions and usually get you pre-approved the same day.



 

FHA 

Low Down Payment which can be 100% gift from family member or Grant Program
Seller can pay closing costs-Maximum 6% of purchase price
There is maximum mortgage amount for each county. Check FHA loan limit for your county.
500 Minimum Credit Score
More flexible underwriting guidelines and extenuating credit and income circumstances may be considered by the lender.
Non-occupant co-signers are allowed on this program.
FHA Approved Condos-Single family home-2-4 unit properties, and PUDs are eligible.
Fast automated underwriting approval available. Also, the file can be manually underwritten by a live person to get loan approval if you do not receive approval through automated underwriting system.

FHA Foreclosure Program 

Must be HUD Owned property or FHA Foreclosure in HUD Participating Communities
$100 Down Payment than standard FHA program
620 minimum credit score
Single family, 1-4 unit properties, HUD approved condominiums, and PUDS eligible

 

 

 

 

Down Payment Plus Assistance Program 

Up to $5000 Grant to buy a home in the Northern Kentucky Area of The Homebuyer Assistance Program for 2019 is funded through the HOME Program and administered by the Northern Kentucky HOME Consortium through the City of Covington’s Neighborhood Services Department. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of homeowners in the Northern Kentucky HOME Consortium cities of Ludlow, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton

 

 

  • Borrower’s gross annual household income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income ($43,900 for a single person, $62,650 for a 4 person household). Borrowers must attend a HUD approved homebuyer education course.
  • All properties must be one to two units, owner-occupied or vacant, and meet minimum local housing standards.
  • Up to $5,000 to cover the lender required down payment and customary settlement charges to the borrower.
  • Interest Rate/Loan Term: 0%, 5 years
  • Monthly Payment Amount: No monthly payments. The loan will be forgiven if the owner occupies the home as their principal residence for 5 years from the date of purchase.

b. Credit: Credit history and documentation which indicates substantial evidence of borrower’s ability to pay will be reviewed. Reports from a Credit Bureau will be obtained for all borrowers.
c. Education: All applicants must participate in a HUD/City-approved homebuyer education course and must present a certificate of completion prior to loan closing.

d. Loan Underwriting: Borrower’s debt ratios cannot exceed 31% and 43% to ensure that the borrower’s income is sufficient to cover their mortgage and other monthly obligations. The interest rate on the first mortgage cannot be higher than 2.5% above the average 30 year conventional loan rate as published by Freddie Mac in the Weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Borrowers may not use first mortgage financing with balloon payments, adjustable rates, or other terms that are determined to be subprime. Adjustable rate mortgages may be considered if the City determines them to be the most affordable financing option for the borrower.

e. Non occupant co-borrowers will be allowed, however debt ratio limitations will apply to primary borrower’s household income only.

f. Liquid Asset Limitation Policy: The applicant(s) must not have liquid assets in excess of the following amounts at time of loan application:

 $10,000: Liquid assets in excess of this amount will be required to be used in the purchase transaction prior to the use of any Program funds.

 Stocks and other readily salable securities will be considered liquid assets unless they are restricted by IRA, 401(k) or other similar requirements. Funds in IRAs, 401(k) plans or other qualified retirement accounts will not be considered liquid assets.

 Applicants that are at or near retirement age may have retirement savings, which will not have to be contributed, unless such savings exceed an amount that
Persons in Household

 

2. Kentucky Housing Corporation Down Payment Assistance for 2020.

 

Regular DAP

  • Purchase price up to $314,257 with Secondary Market.
  • Assistance in the form of a loan up to $6,000 in $100 increments.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 5.50 percent.
  • Available to all KHC first-mortgage loan recipients.

Affordable DAP

  • Purchase price up to $314,257 with Secondary Market.
  • Assistance up to $6,000.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 1.00 percent.
  • Borrowers must meet Affordable DAP income limits.

More about down payment and closing costs

  • No liquid asset review and no limit on borrower reserves.
  • Specific credit underwriting standards may apply to down payment programs.

 

$6000 Kentucky housing grant for 2020 first time home buyers

 

 

Down Payment Assistance of $6,000 for KHC Loans. Apply online

3. Welcome Home $5000 Grant for Kentucky Homebuyers 2020

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati (FHLB Cincinnati) has established a set-aside of Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds to help create homeownership through a program called the Welcome Home Program. Welcome Home funds are available to Members as grants to assist homebuyers.

Welcome Home grants are limited to $5,000 per household, households are eligible only if the total household income is at or below 80% of Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) income limits, and funds are offered on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Other program requirements are identified below.

What are the Program Requirements?

Below is an abbreviated list of program eligibility requirements:

The total income for all occupants must be at or below 80 percent of the Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) limit for the county and state where the property is located. The FHLB has an Income and Affordability Workbook to assist in determining household income eligibility.
Home-buyers must contribute at least $500 of their own funds towards down payment and/or closing costs.
WHP applicants do not have to be first-time home buyers. However, all first-time home buyers are required to complete a home ownership counseling program.
WHP grant funds are intended only for home buyers who qualify for the first mortgage based on their own merit. Co-signors and co-borrowers are not allowed unless they will occupy the home as their primary residence and their incomes are included in determining eligibility.
WHP grant funds may be used in conjunction with other local, state and federal funding sources and with the FHLB Cincinnati’s Community Investment Cash Advance Programs.
The Member who reserves the WHP funds must originate the first loan, but the loan may close in the name of a third party.
The interest rate for the first mortgage may not exceed 7.50 percent.
The interest rate for the second mortgage may not exceed 11.00 percent.
Only second mortgages provided by formal organizations, community development financial institutions, housing finance agencies, non-profit organizations, etc. are acceptable.
All eligible property assisted with WHP funds is subject to a five-year retention mechanism (Retention Agreement), which may require the household to repay all, or a portion, of the subsidy, if the home is sold or refinanced within five years from the closing of the transaction.

Kentucky WELCOME HOME GRANT Available beginning March 4, 2021

*Welcome Home grant offered by FHLB of Cincinnati is available on a “first-come,
first-serve” basis only to the extent the funds are available.
Buyers do not have to be first-time home-buyers.
Home-buyers must contribute $500 toward down payment or closing costs, and cannot get cash back. Closing costs include appraisal, underwriter, title exam, credit reporting, title insurance, recording and flood determination fees.
First time home buyers must complete a home buyer counseling course.
Home buyer’s income cannot exceed specific county income limits.
The home must meet specific condition requirements. Manufactured housing may be allowed. No 203k programs allowed.
Offer is subject to credit approval. Contact a Mortgage Lender for details, limits and guidelines, or if you have any questions.
Limited Time Offer

 

 

Kentucky Income limits for Welcome Home Grant for 2020

Income limits are obtained from the state housing finance agency for each state.

Use the 80% limits for the Welcome Home Program.*******

Use the 100% limits for the Disaster Reconstruction Program.

 

Kentucky 

County 100% limits 80% limits****Welcome Home Funds limit
1-2 Persons 3 + Persons 1-2 Persons 3 + Persons
Adair $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Allen $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Anderson $69,400 $79,810 $55,520 $63,848
Ballard $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Barren $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Bath $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Bell $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Boone $78,300 $90,045 $62,640 $72,036
Bourbon $84,120 $98,140 $67,296 $78,512
Boyd $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Boyle $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Bracken $93,960 $109,620 $75,168 $87,696
Breathitt $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Breckinridge $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Bullitt $71,500 $82,225 $57,200 $65,780
Butler $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Caldwell $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Calloway $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Campbell $78,300 $90,045 $62,640 $72,036
Carlisle $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Carroll $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Carter $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Casey $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Christian $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Clark $84,120 $98,140 $67,296 $78,512
Clay $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Clinton $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Crittenden $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Cumberland $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Daviess $62,300 $71,645 $49,840 $57,316
Edmonson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Elliott $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Estill $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Fayette $70,100 $80,615 $56,080 $64,492
Fleming $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Floyd $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Franklin $65,200 $74,980 $52,160 $59,984
Fulton $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Gallatin $93,960 $109,620 $75,168 $87,696
Garrard $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Grant $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Graves $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Grayson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Green $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Greenup $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Hancock $62,300 $70,725 $49,840 $56,580
Hardin $61,500 $72,220 $49,200 $57,776
Harlan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Harrison $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Hart $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Henderson $65,100 $74,865 $52,080 $59,892
Henry $85,800 $100,100 $68,640 $80,080
Hickman $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Hopkins $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Jackson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Jefferson $71,500 $82,225 $57,200 $65,780
Jessamine $70,100 $80,615 $56,080 $64,492
Johnson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Kenton $78,300 $90,045 $62,640 $72,036
Knott $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Knox $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Larue $73,800 $86,100 $59,040 $68,880
Laurel $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Lawrence $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lee $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Leslie $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Letcher $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lewis $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lincoln $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Livingston $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Logan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lyon $60,500 $69,575 $48,400 $55,660
Madison $79,080 $92,260 $63,264 $73,808
Magoffin $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Marion $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Marshall $59,600 $68,540 $47,680 $54,832
Martin $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Mason $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
McCracken $60,800 $69,920 $48,640 $55,936
McCreary $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
McLean $74,760 $87,220 $59,808 $69,776
Meade $60,500 $69,575 $48,400 $55,660
Menifee $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Mercer $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Metcalfe $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Monroe $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Montgomery $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Morgan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Muhlenberg $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Nelson $74,520 $86,940 $59,616 $69,552
Nicholas $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Ohio $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Oldham $71,500 $82,225 $57,200 $65,780
Owen $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Owsley $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Pendleton $93,960 $109,620 $75,168 $87,696
Perry $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Pike $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Powell $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Pulaski $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Robertson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Rockcastle $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Rowan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Russell $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Scott $84,120 $98,140 $67,296 $78,512
Shelby $75,200 $86,480 $60,160 $69,184
Simpson $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Spencer $85,800 $100,100 $68,640 $80,080
Taylor $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Todd $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Trigg $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Trimble $85,800 $100,100 $68,640 $80,080
Union $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Warren $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Washington $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Wayne $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Webster $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Whitley $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Wolfe $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Woodford $70,100 $80,615 $56,080 $64,492

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Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans Guidelines

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Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

The requirements for Kentucky FHA loans are set by HUD.

  • Borrowers must have a steady employment history of the last two years within the same industry or line of work. Recent college graduates can use their transcripts to supplant the 2 year work history rule as long as it makes sense.
  • Self-Employed will need a 2 year history of tax returns filed with IRS. They will take a 2 year average.
  • FHA requires a 3.5% down payment. Can be gifted from family member or from retirement savings plan, or money saved-up. Any type of cash deposits are not allowed for down payments. No exceptions to this rule!! This is one of the biggest issues I see in FHA underwriting nowadays.
  •  FHA loans are  for primary residence occupancy. Not rental houses.
  • Borrowers must have a property appraisal from a FHA-approved appraiser.
  • Borrowers’ front-end ratio (mortgage payment plus HOA fees…

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Does FHA require collections to be paid off for a borrower to be eligible for FHA financing?


 

 

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Does FHA require collections to be paid off for a borrower to be eligible for FHA financing?

A Collection Account refers to a Borrower’s loan or debt that has been submitted to a collection agency by a creditor.
If the credit reports used in the analysis show cumulative outstanding collection account balances of $2,000 or greater, the lender must:
•     verify that the debt is paid in full at the time of or prior to settlement using an acceptable source of funds;
•     verify that the Borrower has made payment arrangements with the creditor and include the monthly payment in the Borrower’s Debt-to-Income ratio (DTI); or
•      if a payment arrangement is not available, calculate the monthly payment using 5 percent of the outstanding balance of each collection and include the monthly payment in the Borrower’s DTI.Collection accounts of a non-borrowing spouse in a community property state must be included in the $2,000 cumulative balance and analyzed as part of the Borrower’s ability to pay all collection accounts, unless excluded by state law.   Unless the lender uses 5 percent of the outstanding balance, the lender must provide the following documentation:
•     evidence of payment in full, if paid prior to settlement;
•     the payoff statement, if paid at settlement; or
•     the payment arrangement with creditor, if not paid prior to or at settlement.For manually underwritten loans, the lender must determine if collection accounts were a result of:
•     the Borrower’s disregard for financial obligations;
•     the Borrower’s inability to manage debt; or
•     extenuating circumstances.

The lender must document reasons for approving a mortgage when the Borrower has any collection accounts. The Borrower must provide a letter of explanation, which is supported by documentation, for each outstanding collection account. The explanation and supporting documentation must be consistent with other credit information in the file.

For additional information see Handbook 4000.1 II.A.4.b.iv.(M); II.A.5.a.iii.(D), II.A.5.a.iv.(O)  at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh

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Kentucky FHA Loans Compared to Kentucky Conventional Loans


 

When it comes to financing a home a buyer is faced with the decision of what type of loan they want. The two most common choices are FHA or Conventional. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Follow the chart below to see which one is a fit for you!

For more information on homes available for FHA or Conventional

Which Loan is better for you?

Kentucky FHA Loans are good for borrowers who have the following:

• Credit scores less than 680.
• Less than 5% down payment and no reserves to use.
• Borrowers with past foreclosures between 3 and 7 years old.
• Borrowers with past short sales between 2 and 4 years old.
• Borrowers who need a gift for the down payment and/or closing costs, prepaid taxes and
insurance.
The FHA Mortgage Insurance premium is a premium that exists for the FHA Loan that is
paid up front and monthly by the homebuyer. This premium protects the lender should the
buyer default. They vary per state and per type of loan Kentucky home buyers qualify for. In Kentucky, upfront mortgage insurance premiums are 1.75%.
Below are the rates per type of loan:
• 15-Year Fixed with down payment more than 10%: .45%
• 15-Year Fixed with down payment less than 10%: .70%
• 30-Year Fixed with down payment more than 5%: .80%
• 30-Year Fixed with down payment less than 5%: .85%

Kentucky Conventional loans are usually reserved for the following:

• Credit scores greater than 680
• Greater than or equal to  5% down payment with reserves
• Borrowers with past foreclosures over 7 years old.
• Borrowers with past short sales between 5-7 years old.
• Borrowers who have a lot of money saved up and want to get rid of mortgage insurance within the first 5 years give or take. 20% equity position is needed for no mi

The biggest difference between conventional loans and FHA loans comes down to the mortgage insurance.  Mortgage insurance is more expensive for FHA loans, but the trade off is a lower fixed rate than conventional loans.

On Conventional loans there is no upfront mortgage insurance like FHA, and if you have a high credit score you can possibly get a lower monthly mi premium as compared to FHA where everybody gets the same mortgage insurance premium not matter your credit score or down payment. 

Lastly, FHA Mortgage insurance is for life of loan, whereas Conventional mortgage insurance or pmi it’s called, is discontinued once you reach the 80% threshold equity position of your home loan.

Again, I would not get too caught in FHA having mortgage insurance for life of loan, because most loans are only kept open a minimum of 5-7 years so a lot of times it may make sense to go with the lower rate and pay the mortgage insurance with FHA because most people don’t hold their mortgage for 30 years.

 

You can call or text me with your questions and we can compare the differences based on your credit score, down payment and income.

 

FHA vs conventional loans comparison chart

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Looking at FHA loans vs Conventional loans can arm you with a lot of valuable information as these are the 2 most popular mortgage loan products today. Before getting to the content let’s look at some abbreviations that will need to be defined.

 

  • PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance
  • MIP stands for Mortgage Insurance Premium
  • Credit Scores are a numerical measure of your credit worthiness, the maximum score is 850
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio measures your monthly income versus your monthly obligations. A good rule of thumb is to try to be below 45%

 

FHA Loans vs Conventional Loans

 

fha loans vs conventional loans

 

Conventional Mortgage Benefits

 

  • Minimum Down Payment is 5%
  • Maximum loan amount is $424,100
  • 20% down payment preferred to avoid PMI
  • No upfront PMI
  • 3% Down Payment Conventional Loan Option is available
  • Mortgage Insurance is cheaper on a Conventional Loan at .51%
  • PMI expires once principal balance is less than 78%
  • Houses do not have to be owner-occupied (so they can be used at rentals)
  • Can purchase any condominium and townhome (no FHA regulations)

 

Conventional Mortgage Disadvantages

 

  • Significant upfront investment (20% down preferred)
  • Credit score of 620 required
  • No Down Payment Assistance
  • Down Payment must be at least 5% unless you qualify for a 3% conventional mortgage
  • Harder to Qualify for a Conventional Mortgage
  • No government inspection so the home can be in any quality
  • Only a portion of a down payment can be a gift
  • Interest rates are higher than FHA loans

 

Most of the disadvantages of conventional mortgages stem around qualifications and resources needed upfront. If a borrower has significant resources most of these disadvantages are of little consequence.

 

Conventional loan rates today

 

FHA Loan Advantages

 

The major advantage to going with an FHA loan is that there are much more lax credit standards you have to meet to obtain financing. Usually, FHA mortgages require a lower down payment, can work with lower credit scores, less elapsed time is needed if you have some credit problems (charge-offs, foreclosures) and you can use a non-occupant co-borrower or co-signer (who is a relative) to help you qualify for the loan. That way you can use blended ratios. Blended ratios are debt-to-income ratios that equally blend or combine the primary borrower’s income and the non-occupant co-borrower’s income and monthly payments to help get approval for the loan. Except for HomeReady (formerly Fannie Mae HomePath) mortgages, conventional loans do not allow you to use a non-occupant co-borrower.

 

  • Government-backed program. Ideal for first-time home buyers
  • Easier to obtain, lower credit scores needed and lower minimum down payment
  • Down Payment minimum is 3.5%
  • All of down payment can be a gift
  • Down Payment Assistance Available (in some circumstances)
  • No reserves required
  • Minimum credit score is 580 (for 3.5% down payment)
  • Home has to meet a minimum condition to be approved for FHA so there are less potential upfront repairs needed
  • Lower interest rates than conventional mortgages

 

 

FHA Loan Disadvantages

 

  • FHA loans require the owners to live in the home
  • Mortgage Insurance Premium required if borrowers put down less than 10%
  • Private Mortgage Insurance monthly cost is higher for FHA loans
  • Government Licensed Inspector required to inspect home before sale can be approved
  • FHA maximum loan limit is $271,050
  • Condominiums require FHA approval
  • FHA Loans take longer to process because of government requirements and all mandated repairs have to be completed before sales can be finalized

 

Most of these disadvantages involve extra requirements or limits added to the process of the house (see Pros and Cons of FHA Loans). Some of these might not be disadvantages depending on one’s personal situation, but they are extra steps to note. Since FHA mortgages are a government program, more care and consideration goes into the process, which may be better in some situations.

 

FHA loan rates today

 

Compare and Contrast FHA loans vs Conventional loans

 

There are four important numbers in deciding which loan you will go with: credit scores, down payment amount, debt-to-income, and mortgage insurance percentage rate. Conventional mortgages and FHA home loans have different limits and rates which are important to examine. They also have important differences which affect the availability of properties, the condition of the properties one wishes to buy and how your down payment can be paid. So comparing FHA loans vs Conventional loans can sometimes be a tricky endeavor.

 

Down Payment Requirements

 

  • Conventional Mortgages require between 5 and 20% upfront
    • In certain circumstances, down payments can be as low as 3% (Conventional 97 loan program)
  • FHA Mortgages have 2 possibilities
    • If Credit Score is 500-579 then 10% down payment is required (not all lenders will even go down this low)
    • If Credit Score is 580+ then 3.5% down payment is required

 

 

Debt-to-Income Ratio

 

  • Conventional Mortgages’ maximum debt-to-income ratio is 43% (hard cap)
  • FHA Mortgages’ maximum debt-to-income ratio is 45%
    • Soft cap as in certain circumstances this can be adjusted up to 50%

 

Mortgage Insurance Premium Rates

 

  • Conventional Mortgages PMI rate is .51% PMI
  • FHA Mortgages
    • If Down Payment is 10% or more the percentage is .80% MIP
    • If Down Payment is less than 10% the rate is .85% MIP.

 

Credit Score Minimum Requirement

 

  • Conventional Mortgage minimum credit score
    • Most lenders will require between 620 and 640
    • Some lenders it will be as high as 700
  • FHA Mortgage minimum credit score
    • Credit Score is a minimum of 500 if putting 10% down
    • Credit Score is a minimum of 580 if not

 

 

These four numbers are important to know and will affect one’s decision to pursue a particular type of home loan. Knowing your combination of numbers as you are looking to buy a house will help buyers find the best loans for their particular situation.

 

Other Comparisons

 

  • All sellers will take conventional mortgages and some sellers will not take FHA Loans
    • People looking for short-sells won’t take FHA because FHA has a longer closing process.
    • If sellers know there are FHA repairs that are needed in order to sell their house, they will not always accept FHA financing.

 

Thus, if one is wanting a low-risk transaction then the FHA home loan route is a better option to pursue, even though it limits your options for homes that you might wish to buy. If one is looking to fix-up a house and raise its equity quickly then a conventional loan is going to be more beneficial because there are no requirements as to the condition of the house and it’s occupied status.

 

Down Payment Gifting

 

  • Making the Down Payments (Assistance and Gifts)
    • Conventional mortgages have no assistance but can be partially fulfilled with a gift
    • FHA Mortgages have loans and assistance programs available and the whole down payment can be fulfilled with a gift

 

In this article, we have given you the basic parameters of FHA loans vs Conventional loans. The conventional loans are for people who have a better financial track record and can handle a larger upfront cost. Because of PMI, conventional loans are cheaper in the long run if you can put enough of a down payment to get rid of PMI. However, there are no down payment assistance programs to help you reach that goal. FHA loans are for people who are looking to build their investment and in some cases may not have a great financial track record. FHA loans have lower down payment requirements and many grants/forgivable loans to help people wanting to buy a first house in which to live for at least a few years. It is important to assess your situation and decide which mortgage is going to work better for your circumstances.

 

Conclusion

 

Both mortgages have a lot of benefits and drawbacks because they are designed for people with different needs. This article has hopefully helped you to get a basic understanding of the different terms and conditions of different mortgage packages when looking at FHA loans vs Conventional loans. Home buying can be an emotional roller coaster and the knowledge in this article will help you navigate the various emotional struggles of home buying.

 

 

 

 

 

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