FHA Lowest Mortgage Rates

FHA lowest mortgage Rates. Finding the best mortgage rate may not be as easy as simply identifying the lowest interest rate available. The criteria a mortgage shopper should apply must begin with the question of how long they plan to hold onto the mortgage and retain ownership of the property. There is no reason to consider the option of paying points and fees to buy down the interest rate when a borrower does not plan to own the property long enough to re-coup (or at least break even) on the closing costs. The second criteria that should be used in determining whether to buy the interest rate down by paying point and fees, is whether a borrower is refinancing (refinance mortgage rates) or purchasing the property in question. When refinancing, points and fees have a different tax treatment than if the transaction involves a purchase. Deducting points and fees typically has a more favorable tax treatment in a purchase transaction rather than in refinancing when the deduction of points is normally amortized over the life of the loan and not deducted in the year they are paid as is typically the case in a purchase.



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Minimum Credit Score to buy a house or refinance

* FHA requirements new borrowers will now be required to have a minimum credit score of 580 to qualify for 3.5% down payment

* FHA loan requirements new borrowers with less than a 580 credit score will be required to put down at least 10%

FHA Credit Score

Requires a minimum credit score of 500 to buy a home or refinance

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Collection accounts

A collection is minor in nature usually does not need to be paid off as a condition for loan approval

Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy at least two years must have elapsed since the discharge date

Foreclosure

Foreclosure must have been resolved for at least 3 years 

  • Government loan: Seasoning is determined by the date the claim was paid
  • Loans other than Government: Seasoning is determined by the date of sale the lender sold the property

Short Sale

FHA guidelines requires three year past from the date of sale of the property

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