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How to Cancel FHA Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage loans made by the Federal Housing Administration can be a huge help to homebuyers without a large down payment. FHA loans require down payments of as little as 3.5%. Traditional loans often require 20%. Yet FHA mortgages come with some strings attached, namely FHA mortgage insurance. Almost all mortgage loans made with less than a 20% down payment require some form of mortgage insurance. This insurance protects the lender against losses from the borrower defaulting in the first several years of the loan. It is typically paid monthly and is tacked onto the mortgage payment. With con...

December 4th, 2019 | Government Loans, FHA Loans, How to Cancel FHA Mortgage Insurance

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Jumbo Loans for Veterans

If you are a veteran or a servicemember, you are probably well aware of VA mortgage loans. These loans offer excellent benefits, including no down payment or credit score requirements as well as allowing borrowers to forgo mortgage insurance premiums.  But what happens if you are looking to buy an expensive property or you live in a pricier area of the country, where home prices exceed the standard VA loan limits? Is it still possible to take advantage of VA mortgage financing? Thankfully, the answer is yes! You can apply for a VA jumbo loan. Jumbo Loan Defined A jumbo loan is for a...

October 24th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Government Loans, VA Loans, Jumbo Loans for Veterans

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Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

The federal government has aimed to help increase homeownership for decades. One of the Federal Housing Administration’s many programs to help Americans in their homeownership dreams is the Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM). Many homes, especially older ones, could be much more affordable if they were updated to be more energy efficient. The EEM allows borrows to make those updates and save money as new homeowners. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first created the Energy Efficient Mortgage program in 1992 and piloted it in five states. It was extended to al...

July 17th, 2019 | FHA Loans, Government Loans, Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

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4 Loan Programs With Zero-Down Payment

Are there ways to get a mortgage loan without making a down payment? While the options are not as plentiful as they used to be, there are still at least four government-backed programs that allow borrowers to buy a home with no down payment. Over a decade ago, home prices were skyrocketing month-to-month, giving homebuyers “instant equity.” Mortgage lenders offered “zero-down” home loans to most of their customers, with confidence that those borrowers would soon own a significant stake in their homes. However, the housing market crashed, and home prices began plungin...

May 22nd, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Government Loans, FHA Loans, VA Loans, USDA Loans, 4 Loan Programs With Zero-Down Payment

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Can I Qualify for an FHA Loan?

FHA loans (those sponsored by the Federal Housing Administration) are mortgages that allow low down payments and have relaxed credit score requirements, making them very popular with first-time homebuyers and those with less-than-perfect credit. If you think an FHA loan might fit your needs, the first step is to determine if you can qualify. Here are the basic requirements:  Credit Score & Down Payment Requirements for FHA Loans Credit score and down payment requirements are tied together under FHA loans. For those who have a FICO credit score of 580 or higher, the minimum down ...

July 25th, 2018 | FHA Loans, Government Loans, Can I Qualify for an FHA Loan?

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What is the Difference Between FHA loans and Conventional Mortgages?

If you are just getting started in the home buying process, you have probably come across several different types of mortgage loans as you have researched your options. Two of the most common home loan types are conventional and FHA mortgages. What are the differences between them and when does each make the most sense? FHA Loans FHA, or Federal Housing Administration, loans are a government-insurance program that makes it easier for Americans without great credit or large down payments to become homeowners. When a borrower is approved for an FHA loan with an approved lender, the federal...

July 11th, 2018 | FHA Loans, Government Loans, Conventional Loans, Purchasing a Home, What is the Difference Between FHA loans and Conventional Mortgages?