The FHA Mortgage

This mortgage is a great product for first-time home buyers, and in fact, is geared towards first-time home buyers. This is a government-backed loan that many people use to purchase their first home. This is especially true if you don’t have 20% saved up for the down payment. The down payment on an FHA loan can be 3.5%, and that money can be a gift from a close family member.

Pros:

  • 3.5% minimum down payment, can be from gift funds
  • Relaxed standards for credit score (compared to conventional)
  • Usually a better interest rate

Cons:

  • Mortgage Insurance Premium to be paid up-front, at closing
  • Mortgage Insurance Premium monthly
  • FHA has a minimum standard that the house has to meet, work orders may need to be rectified before closing on the house
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