FHA / HUD Mortgage Loan Requirements

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loans are one of the easiest mortgage loans to qualify for, making them popular for both first-time home buyers and repeat buyers.

FHA / HUD loans allow a broader credit score range and a lower minimum down payment making this another reason they are popular with first time home buyers. One drawback of a this type of loan is the maximum loan amount, which varies by county. For example, the maximum FHA loan for the Dallas-Ft Worth area is $362,250.

FHA / HUD loans only require a 3.5% minimum down payment, compared to 5% or more for a conventional loan. Up to 6% of closing costs can be rolled into the loan amount. Borrowers will pay private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) guaranteed by the FHA for the life of the loan, protecting the lender from loss if the borrower defaults. Additionally, at least one of the borrowers must plan to make the home their primary residence.

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Conventional Loans

Conventional loans are often the best option for home buyers with a good credit score and the ability to make larger down payments.

VA Loans

VA loans are available to eligible U.S. military veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, Reservists, and surviving spouses.

USDA Loans

USDA loans are only available in rural areas; however, 97% of the U.S. classifies as “rural” under this loan program.

Jumbo Loans

Jumbo loans are used for mortgage loans over $424,100. A strong FICO score, generally 680 or better, is required to qualify for a jumbo loan.


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