FHA (Federal Housing Administration) offers homebuyers with mortgage loans. The homebuyers who cannot afford to take out conventional loans for buying a house. But remember that you need to have at least 600 to 620 as your credit scores to take out the FHA loans. But recently the reports say that the borrowers may have to pay more to get through the FHA loans.
What’s with FHA loans getting higher?
As the government is trying to make some changes in the mortgage market, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) also has headed toward a different direction. The direction is toward a more expensive journey that can limit many of the borrowers’ expectations. As per the reports, 56% of the homebuyers had taken help of the FHA loans in 2009 which was only 6% in 2007. This was because the down payment required was only 3.5% of the total home purchase price. So, more and more first-time homebuyers get attracted to the FHA insured home loans.
Currently it’s decided that FHA can insure mortgage loans only up to $729, 750 in high-cost markets. But as per the Obama administration, the higher limits that vary by market price may end in October, 2011. That may push the limit down to $625, 500. That is really going to hurt the brood of eligible borrowers which is going to reduce too.
The new changes also pinpoint to the other direction as such the mortgage insurance premiums for the FHA loans for the 30-year and the 15-year mortgage is going to increase by one percentage point. This rise is by a quarter. This is not without a reason. This is to strengthen the FHA capital reserves and to help the private institutions in to the mortgage lending business. The down payment has also increased from 3.5% to 5%. This has been to make the borrowers head more toward the private lending institutions and less toward FHA home loans.
How did the FHA help people?
FHA played a very pivotal role in the housing market recovery in 2008 and 2009. Loan limits were actually raised to help people. That way, they could get access to the credit in the high-cost market. With the low down payment under FHA loans, a lot of mortgage borrowers were benefited a lot from them. But all these may change as the government wants the housing market to get better and the private lending institutions get promoted.