Calculate the FHA Mortgage You Qualify For and Connect with Top Lenders
Use the FREEandCLEAR FHA Mortgage Qualification Calculator to determine what size FHA mortgage you qualify for based on your gross income and debt as well as the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) fees for an FHA mortgage. When you submit your information we connect you with up to four leading lenders so that you can confirm your mortgage terms and compare multiple proposals to find the mortgage that is right for you. We also offer a version of this calculator that does not require personal information
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Key FHA Mortgage Benefits
Down Payment on an FHA Loan
The FHA mortgage program only requires a down payment of 3.5% of the property purchase price. Saving money to pay for a down payment is one of the biggest obstacles to buying a home so enabling borrowers to qualify for a mortgage with such a low down payment is a huge benefit. Borrowers can also combine an FHA mortgage with a home buyer assistance grant to pay for a down payment or closing costs, enabling you to purchase a home with minimal personal financial contribution. Although borrowers are required to pay an extra upfront and monthly FHA mortgage insurance premium (MIP), the FHA mortgage program makes owning a home possible for more people.
More Flexible Program Eligibility Requirements
The borrower qualification requirements for an FHA mortgage are more flexible than most other low or no down payment programs. For example, the FHA mortgage program requires a minimum borrower credit score of 580 as compared to a minimum credit score of 620 for other programs. Additionally, the FHA program allows lenders to use a higher debt-to-income ratio to determine what size mortgage borrowers qualify for. The higher the debt-to-income ratio the higher the loan amount you can afford. In short, the relatively flexible qualification requirements used by the FHA program enable more borrowers to qualify for FHA mortgages.
Lower Mortgage Rate
The interest rate for FHA mortgages is lower than the interest rate for many other low down payment home loan programs. FHA mortgages have lower interest rates because borrowers pay FHA mortgage insurance premium (MIP) and because the loans are insured by the U.S. government. Paying a lower mortgage rate reduces your mortgage payment and total monthly housing expense and saves you a significant amount of money in total interest expense over the course of your mortgage.
No Borrower Income Limits
The FHA mortgage program is available to all borrowers that qualify. Unlike some other low or no down payment mortgage programs, the FHA program does not apply borrower income limits or restrict where the property being financed is located. Although the program uses FHA loan limits that cap your mortgage amount, not using income limits or property location restrictions makes the FHA mortgage program accessible to more potential home buyers.
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