You've watched the news and read about it in the papers. You know, the "credit crisis" and how buyers need 20 percent down in order to buy a home? And even if you found a buyer with 20 percent down, lenders aren't making loans anyway. So, why bother, right? Wrong!
We're right smack in the middle of what just might be the biggest disservice ever perpetrated on potential home buyers. It seems the press just can't get enough of all the gloom and doom in the housing industry. The fact is that mortgage money is as available today as it was a year ago and loans are being made this very moment with little or no money down. And, no, platinum credit isn't required. You just need to know where to look. Who are these lenders? They're right down the street.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are exploding onto the mortgage scene; recent estimates are that one out of five mortgages are FHA loans. FHA loans never went away, their reemergence is a result of the collapse of the sub-prime market. FHA doesn't technically have a minimum credit score, although, in practice, lenders won't approve an FHA loan with a credit score below 500. But that's a far cry from the notion that an 800 score is the only thing lenders care about.
The best part? FHA only requires 3 percent down. 3 percent. And that 3 percent can come in the form of a gift or grant. FHA borrowers only need to have $500 in a transaction. All the while, FHA mortgage rates are as good or better than their conventional counterparts.
Low or no down payment, extremely competitive rates and easier qualifying. No wonder FHA is moving up the charts!
Please contact me if you would like more information about FHA loans or help getting into your first home.
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