FHA loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration and can be a great option for people who would normally find it difficult to qualify for a mortgage due to their income level, credit history, or their ability to put down a sufficient amount of down payment. For borrowers with a credit score of 580 or higher, these loans allow a down payment of just 3.5% of the total cost of the home. For those with a credit score between 500 and 579, a 10% down payment is required.
Whether you need a reduced down payment, or have not-so-perfect credit, an FHA loan remains one of the easiest loans to obtain today, benefiting first-time home buyers, as well as those who plan to make substantial repairs and need additional cash set aside for those improvements.
But there are qualifying factors for both the borrower and the home you choose. FHA loans require that a FHA-approved appraiser conduct an appraisal and it must meet certain standards of condition.
While a conventional loan typically requires a down payment of 20 percent, the down payment on an FHA loan can be as low as 3.5 percent.
Furthermore, the source of the funds used for a down payment can be (in part or whole) a gift from a family member, as well as funds obtained through a grant from a state or local home buyer’s assistance program.
Closing costs include an appraisal, a credit report, title expenses, and more, and can often be covered by the seller, or the lender themselves. A home seller may, for example, agree to cover all or part of the closing costs as part of the negotiated price. Closing costs can also be included in the loan, although a higher interest rate may apply.
Mortgage Insurance for an FHA loan is a two-part process: an initial premium (1.75 percent of the base loan amount) paid upfront, and an annual premium broken into monthly installments, included as part of the total monthly loan payment. The upfront premium is typically included in the loan. The total amount of the loan, as well as the years financed will determine the annual/monthly premium installment. Borrowers who make a larger down payment can typically reduce mortgage insurance fees, as they have personally assumed more of the risk with a larger down payment.
CostPro Lending Team has been successfully securing FHA financing for our clients for over two decades.
Contact CostPro Lending Team today and find out if you qualify for an FHA loan! A consultation with a member of our team can help you quickly identify if you meet the loan requirements for an FHA loan.
On an FHA 30-Year fixed-rate purchase with a loan amount of $337,277.00 (at 96.5% LTV with 3.5% down payment from the borrower), at an interest rate 3.375% with $0 discount points (Annual Percentage Rate – 4.4077%), you will be required to make 360 equal monthly payment of $1,491.09 (which includes principal and interest only, so your actual payment, including taxes, insurance, and other property charges, will be higher).
As a first-time homebuyer, you know the process isn’t guaranteed to be smooth. More than anything you hope that your lender will work hard to help your dream of homeownership come true. That’s exactly what Bobby did and in the midst of a pandemic. No, how about during the week the lending guidelines changed. It was unprecedented what was happening all around us. People with credit scores that would more than likely close on a loan were being rejected. I was one of those people with a “decent” score, and with the strict and tight guidelines being changed every hour. We weren’t so confident we would get cleared to close. I know for a fact other lenders would’ve walked away the moment they saw the challenge ahead in closing this deal. Bobby not only fought for our loan, he even battled with not so pleasant parties in the transaction. He was professional at ALL times and never once lost his cool even though I did (not towards him of course). He was knowledgeable and held our hands throughout the whole process reassuring us this was our home. He didn’t lie. Cinco de Mayo will forever be special for the Browns. On that day we bought our dream home!!! Thank you so much, Bobby. You already know…you’re our go-to for the next purchase or refi!KeKe Brown
We recently purchased a $795K home with Babak (Bobby) Afrasiabi as our loan officer. He was outstanding to work with. A few of the things that stood out were his knowledge of the process. He very accurately laid out the next steps in the process which gave me peace of mind which in turn minimized my stress levels. I also want to commend him for being very forthcoming on the rate and closing costs. From the beginning of the process, I asked him what rate he thought he could get us and he actually did better than he initially surmised. He also gave me a very accurate closing cost range. This was important because it allowed me to mentally see the finish line with a number I felt comfortable with. The final closing cost was right in the range he initially gave me. Lastly, what also stood out was his availability. As a first-time homebuyer, I had quite a few questions. Bobby had great response times via email and text. If you are looking to close on a home there is no one better to choose as your loan officer than Babak (Bobby) Afrasiabi. I give him 5+ stars!Rodney Rambo
Bobby very helpful all the way throughout refinance process. He made everything so simple and easy. It was a great pleasure to work with him and all the others that helped with the process.Tommy Faulkenberry
You’d think three reviews is enough, but good work is always worth commending. This round was a vacation home purchase, and it was certainly the most complicated deal we’ve done. You’ve got the time zone difference with Hawaii, the building was fee simple but there was a leasehold portion of the property’s parking, the building was also in a flood zone, etc… despite the odds stacked against us (and I do say “us” as this is a team effort when you’re buying a place) Bobby’s persistence, knowledge and people skills prevailed. The best part, I knew he’d get it done, from day one, and to top things off, we closed early. It still blows my mind how well Bobby is able to keep up with all the moving parts of the transaction, especially since I know this guy is working on multiple other deals all at the same time. So if you can’t already tell, I am going to be working with Bobby on the next project, give or take another year and you’ll see another review!Ivan Drury
I was transferred to Bobby, the agent, he was very brilliant and he explained all costs briefly, no surprises. Very detailed, once you completed the application and submitted all the required documentation, the processing was very fast. Thank you so much and I appreciated your help. Great job Bobby. You’re awesome!!Analynn Nelson