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FHA Loans Versus Conventional Home Loans

FHA home loans versus conventional mortgages

If you are planning to look at real estate listings soon or use the help of a realtor to locate a new home, here are some questions to ask yourself about your new home loan; the answers will help you decide whether to pursue an FHA mortgage, a conventional loan, etc.

FHA Mortgage Versus Conventional Home Loans: Compare Down Payments

Make sure you know your FICO scores in advance of comparing down payment requirements since the amount of cash you will be required to put down is affected by credit scores when those scores are below a specific cutoff.

There is more than one standard for FICO scores in this area-FHA loan minimums and lender requirements. Lender standards will apply no matter whether you are applying for FHA or conventional mortgage loan products.

FHA minimums are often lower than the lender itself may require, but be sure to ask your participating lender for FHA loans AND a conventional lender what the FICO score requirements for maximum financing are-you will want to compare those numbers.

FHA Mortgage Loans Versus Conventional Mortgages: Multi-Unit Properties

Compare and contrast the conventional loan requirements for multi-unit properties to FHA loan rules if you are in the market for a home with more than one living unit.

FHA home loan down payment requirements for maximum financing comes out to 3.5% down and that percentage does NOT change if you get a home with more than one living unit.

Borrowers with FICO scores that fall outside lender standards or FHA minimums may be required to put a higher amount down, but with an FHA loan you will never be asked to pay more than 3.5% down if you are financially qualified for that down payment.

Compare Terms And Conditions Between FHA Loans And Conventional Mortgages

Does the conventional loan you’re looking at penalize you for early payoff of the mortgage? Do you anticipate having a balloon payment to deal with at the end of your conventional mortgage?

FHA home loan rules do not permit your lender to penalize you for paying more than the minimum monthly payment or paying off the note early. Ask the conventional lender whether or not this is true of the conventional mortgage you are comparing with.

There are many other comparisons you can make with your FHA mortgage loan-don’t miss a chance to compare and contrast the features your home loan may have with a competing lender.

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Bruce Reichstein - FHA News Author

By Bruce Reichstein

September 17, 2021

Bruce Reichstein has spent over three decades as an experienced FHA and VA home loan mortgage banker and underwriter where he was responsible for funding “Billions” in government backed mortgage loans. He is the Managing Editor for FHANewsblog.com where he educates homeowners on the specific guidelines for obtaining FHA guaranteed home loans.

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