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FHA financing is undergoing some changes as a result of the "Housing and Economic Recovery Act" or HERA. Here are a few of the major changes.
*No more seller-funded Down Payment Assitance programs. Grants and gift money is still OK.
*Buyer contributions will be increased from 3% to 3.5%
*The recent credit-score driven mortgage insurance costs are being postponed.
*For most FHA home purchases and refinances, there is a small bump from 1.5% to 1.75% for the Upfront Premium that is financed and the monthly renewal cost is increasing from .50% to .55%. This is a minor change that won't alter qualifying or anyones ability to qualify for a home.
FHA home financing has dramtically increased their market share of loans due to the HUGE tightening changes that conventional (FNMA and FHLMC) and private mortgage insurance companies have initiated over the past 10 months. FHA is flexible, has more credit score flexibility and more down payment options and similar and even sometimes lower interest rates.
Primary benefits of FHA:
*6% seller concession is allowed
*3.5% buyer contribution may be gifted to the buyer
*Non-occupying co-borrowers are allowed to help with qualifying
*FHA says they have no minimum credit score, but most investors have their own limitations, often in the 580 range.
*1-4 unit properties, owner-occupied only, may be purchased with small down payment
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