An FHA loan is insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The FHA does not loan money to borrowers, rather, it provides lenders protection through mortgage insurance in case the borrower defaults on his or her loan obligations. Available to all buyers, FHA loan programs are designed to help creditworthy, low to moderate income families who do not meet requirements for conventional loans.
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Veterans Affairs (VA) mortgages make it easier for veterans to obtain financing for home ownership. VA loans are available to veterans and active military members. VA loans are made are guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA loans are somewhat easier to qualify for than conventional mortgages.
One of the advantages of a conventional loan is that the borrower can avoid paying the upfront mortgage insurance and possibly the monthly mortgage insurance of an FHA Loan. If a borrower makes a down payment of less than 20 percent on a conventional loan, the rates of mortgage insurance vary according to credit scores, debt-to-income ratio, the type of mortgage insurance a borrower chooses, as well as the loan-to-value ratio.
Streamlined 203(k) Program
FHA’s Streamlined 203(k) program permits homebuyers to finance up to an additional $35,000 into their mortgage to improve or upgrade their home before move-in. With this new product, homebuyers can quickly and easily tap into cash to pay for property repairs or improvements, such as those identified by a home inspector or FHA appraiser.
MSHDA Down Payment Assistance
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) offers down payment assistance to people with no monthly payments. The down payment program offers assistance up to $7,500. (or 4% of the purchase price, whichever is less.) The funds can be spent on closing costs, prepaid expenses homeowners insurance or property taxes and the down payment itself. Mortgage 1 has been MSHDA’s #1 lender since 2013.