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Buying a house can leave you feeling overwhelmed and under-informed. Not only are you spending every waking hour searching for your perfect home, you also have to think about how you're going to pay for it. And when choosing a mortgage, it's important to find one that works with your budget now, and also 15- to 30-years down the road as well. Because the world of home financing can be a confusing one, let's take a look at two of the most popular loans in the housing market: Conventional and FHA.
A home buyer called me the other day to ask a great question about buying a foreclosed home and taking care of some of the work on it. Have you seen these vacant houses? Some of them need a lot of love. This house in particular had a driveway issue that was affecting the foundation of the house. Of course I immediately thought of the Full FHA 203k. This home improvement loan must be used when the work involves the structure of the house. The caller asked if the 203k would pay for a new driveway. Since I didn't have the answer at the top of my mind, I leaned on our expert.
FHA loans are one option for home buyers in today's market. In fact it's often a popular route for first time home buyers. One main reason for the desire to go FHA is the low down payment requirement. Home buyers need 3.5% of the purchase price as cash-on-hand for the down payment. This means if you're buying an $80,000 house you'll need less than $3,000 for the down payment.
Many first time home buyers seem to think they're either stuck with only one or two mortgage loan options, or they're looking for a specifically tailored loan for the first time buyer. However, the truth of the matter is as a first home buyer you have a lot of options. Depending on your financial situation, you may find yourself with any one of many options for financing that first house. One option often used by buyers like you are FHA loans. Let's take a look at what FHA loans are, and why so many first time home buyers seem to fall into the category of FHA. Download our Mortgage Loan Options Guide here, and learn more about what's available to purchase your first home.