Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375                                     Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mort...
Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375                                     Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mort...
Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375                                     Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mort...
Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375                                      Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mor...
Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375                                      Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mor...
Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375                                     Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mort...
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Houston Mortgage First-Time Homebuyer - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Part 7 - For some who are interested in becoming a homeowner, qualifying for a conventional loan may be out of reach. Thankfully, certain government financing programs can still make the dream of home ownership a reality. To help you understand your options, here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how HUD and the FHA can help you become a homeowner.

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Houston mortgage first time homebuyer - frequently asked questions (faq) - part 7

  1. 1. Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375 Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mortgage H O U S T O N F H A & U S D A M O RT G A G E C O N V E N T I O N A L M O RT G A G E W W W. H O U S TO N M O R T G A G E T E X A S . C O M M O RT G A G E H O U S T O N VA M O RT G A G E 1 S T- T I M E H O M E B U Y E R SHouston Mortgage First-Time Homebuyer: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) SeriesPart 7: Getting Government Assistance on Your Home LoanFor some who are interested in becoming a home-owner, qualifying for a conventional loan may beout of reach. Whether due to a lack of a sufficientdown payment or an insufficient credit history,certain roadblocks can stand between you andhomeownership. Thankfully, for those who qualify,certain government financing programs can stillmake the dream of homeownership a reality. Tohelp you understand your options, here are theanswers to some Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) about how HUD and the FHA can help youbecome a homeowner.What is the HUD?HUD, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is responsible for developing nationalpolicies and programs that focus on housing needs in the United States. Established in 1965, one of the pri-mary missions of the HUD is to enforce fair housing laws while also developing and improving communi-ties throughout the country.What is the FHA?The FHA, or Federal Housing Administration, is an agency within HUD that was established in 1934. TheFHA provides lenders with mortgage insurance, which gives the lenders the security they need to makeloans to first-time buyers who do not qualify for conventional loans. To qualify for an FHA loan,you do not need perfect credit, a high-paying job or a large down payment. {1} PAGE
  2. 2. Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375 Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mortgage H O U S T O N F H A & U S D A M O RT G A G E C O N V E N T I O N A L M O RT G A G E W W W. H O U S TO N M O R T G A G E T E X A S . C O M M O RT G A G E H O U S T O N VA M O RT G A G E 1 S T- T I M E H O M E B U Y E R SHouston Mortgage First-Time Homebuyer: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) SeriesHow can HUD help me buy a home?HUD administers a variety of programs that help develop and support affordable housing. This is accom-plished in part by providing loans to low- and moderate-income families through the FHA mortgage insur-ance program and by offering affordable homes through the HUD Homes program. HUD also helps buy-ers and homeowners through housing rehabilitation initiatives and protection through education and FairHousing Laws.How is the FHA funded?If a lender makes a claim through the FHA mortgage insurance program, the necessary funds are obtainedfrom the Mutual Mortgage Insurance fund. The Mutual Mortgage Insurance fund is funded entirely by thepremiums that are paid by FHA-insured borrowers.How I can qualify for an FHA loan?You can qualify for an FHA loan if you:• Meet the credit requirements, which includes proving that you have consistently paid your bills on time• Can afford to make the mortgage payments and other cash investments related to homeownership• Have had a steady income for at least three years• Can pay the minimum 3.5 percent down payment, which can come from your personal funds, from cash gifts from friends and family, or from fund through a private savings account• Plan to use the property as your primary residenceThere are no minimum income requirements for an FHA loan. {2} PAGE
  3. 3. Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375 Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mortgage H O U S T O N F H A & U S D A M O RT G A G E C O N V E N T I O N A L M O RT G A G E W W W. H O U S TO N M O R T G A G E T E X A S . C O M M O RT G A G E H O U S T O N VA M O RT G A G E 1 S T- T I M E H O M E B U Y E R SHouston Mortgage First-Time Homebuyer: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) SeriesWhat qualifies as a source of income when applying for an FHA loan?While there are no minimum income requirements for an FHA loan, demonstrating a steady income isimportant. Items that qualify as income include:• Alimony• Bonus pay• Child support• Military pay• Overtime pay• Part-time pay• Rent paid by family• Retirement pension payments• Seasonal pay• Social Security income• Special savings plans, such as those set up by a community association or church• Unemployment compensation• VA benefits {3} PAGE
  4. 4. Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375 Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mortgage H O U S T O N F H A & U S D A M O RT G A G E C O N V E N T I O N A L M O RT G A G E W W W. H O U S TO N M O R T G A G E T E X A S . C O M M O RT G A G E H O U S T O N VA M O RT G A G E 1 S T- T I M E H O M E B U Y E R SHouston Mortgage First-Time Homebuyer: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) SeriesCan I qualify for an FHA loan if I am carrying a debt?Yes. Short-term debts that can be paid off within 10 months do not count and regular expenses, such aschildcare costs, are not considered to be debt. According to FHA guidelines, up to 29 percent of yourincome can go toward housing costs and 41 percent can go toward housing and other long-term debt. Thisdiffers from conventional loans, which allow 28 percent to go toward housing costs and 36 percent to gotoward housing costs and other long-term debt. If you exceed the debt-to-income ratio, you may still qualifyfor an FHA loan if you have:• A large down payment• Less-than-maximum mortgage terms• The ability to pay more toward your housing expenses• Significant cash reserves• Additional funds provided through an organization• A net worth that makes it possible to repay the mortgage regardless of your income• Limited credit use or an acceptable credit history• A decrease in your monthly housing expensesTalk to your real estate agent or lender to learn more about the debt-to-income ratio requirements. {4} PAGE
  5. 5. Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375 Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mortgage H O U S T O N F H A & U S D A M O RT G A G E C O N V E N T I O N A L M O RT G A G E W W W. H O U S TO N M O R T G A G E T E X A S . C O M M O RT G A G E H O U S T O N VA M O RT G A G E 1 S T- T I M E H O M E B U Y E R SHouston Mortgage First-Time Homebuyer: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) SeriesHow does my credit history affect by ability to qualify for an FHA loan?FHA loans are typically more lenient than conventional loans in terms of credit history. Your credit will beconsidered re-established if:• It has been at least two years since your bankruptcy has been discharged• At least three years have passed since a deed-in-lieu or foreclosure has been resolved• All of your judgments have been paid• All outstanding tax lines have been satisfied or the appropriate steps have been taken to establish a repayment plan with the state Department of Revenue or the IRSIf you have not yet established a credit history because you are too young to have established credit orbecause you prefer to pay your debts in cash, there are other ways for you to prove your eligibility. Talk toyour lender to learn more.How much can I borrow with an FHA loan?Borrowing limits vary throughout the country and generally range anywhere from $115,200 in low-costareas to $208,800 in high-cost areas. Multi-unit homes have a higher loan maximum than single units.Since loan maximums are linked to the average home prices in the area, loan limits are subject to chance.Therefore, you should ask your lender for more details and to confirm the current limits. {5} PAGE
  6. 6. Call Today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375 Click Here to Apply For Your Houston Mortgage H O U S T O N F H A & U S D A M O RT G A G E C O N V E N T I O N A L M O RT G A G E W W W. H O U S TO N M O R T G A G E T E X A S . C O M M O RT G A G E H O U S T O N VA M O RT G A G E 1 S T- T I M E H O M E B U Y E R SHouston Mortgage First-Time Homebuyer: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) SeriesHow does the FHA loan process differ from the conventional loan process?The FHA loan process is nearly identical to the conventional loan process, though there will be a few addi-tional forms that you will need to sign. It is even possible to apply for an FHA loan via telephone, mail,Internet or video conference. Call today: (800) 704-5432 or (281) 305-9375 or visit us online: http://www.HoustonMortgageTexas.com {6} PAGE

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