http://www.REIClub.com – Are FHA Loans Good for Home Buyers? Here Are The Pros and Cons To An FHA Loan.
Hi, this is Frank Chen with REIClub.com, the only site you need as a real estate investor. Today I’ve got quick video on the pros and cons of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans.
What are FHA Loans?
The FHA doesn’t lend you the money, they guarantee the loan, so the lender doesn’t take on a financial risk by extending you credit. the FHA guarantees that a lender won’t have to write off a loan if the borrower defaults — the FHA will pay.
The insurance removes or minimizes the default risk lenders face when buyers put down less than 20 percent. Without further approval from FHA, its approved lenders are authorized to:
Take loan applications
Process loan applications
Underwrite and close the loan
FHA Requirements: http://www.fha.com/fha_loan_requirements.cfm
– mortgage insurance – policy that protects lenders against losses resulted from defaults on home mortgages
– fha loan limits – variety of housing types, state and county in which the property is located.
– loan checklist – information needed by your loan officer
– closing costs – only some closing costs are covered, rest to seller
– fha dept ratios
– fha credit issues – no credit, bankruptcy, foreclosure
Pros to FHA Loans
– low down payments – 0-3% down payment
– low interest rates
– better chance for loan approval
– credit score is not highly weighted – but credit is needed
– flexible repayment terms – multiple options
– work with you – during hard times
– lower monthly mortgages
– Bankruptcy/Foreclosure – after 2 years you can re-qualify with FHA
Cons to FHA Loans
– not for everybody
– low limits – may not cover total cost of home
– strict mortgage insurance policy – premiums – 1% upfront, .85-.9% annually – 5 years
– need established credit
– limited options – long-term home ownership
Despite some of the drawbacks of FHA loans, FHA home loans serve perfectly the needs of some clients. So, you should educate yourself about both their cons and pros and check whether you are one of those clients.
If I by chance you are interested in pursuing FHA loans, be sure to go to a lender that is “direct endorsed” with FHA and only deal with people who have been doing this for a few years.
Again, this is Frank Chen with REIClub.com. Please take the time to leave your comments for this video below and please subscribe to our YouTube channel so you’ll be automatically notified when we upload more quick video tips for you. Take care and good investing.
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