Buyers with a minimum down payment are generally faced with the decision of whether to get a FHA or a conventional loan. With the new 3% down payment program on conventional loans, it may become more confusing which loan to pursue.
The two loan programs have mortgage fees that can differ greatly. FHA has a 1.75% up-front mortgage insurance charge in addition to the monthly mortgage insurance charge which was recently lowered by .5%.
FHA’s mortgage insurance is a fixed amount where conventional mortgage insurance providers’ fees are determined by individual companies and according to the credit score of the borrowers. A borrower with a good credit score will be charged less than a borrower with a marginal credit score.
Mortgage insurance on conventional loans can be cancelled when the equity in the property reaches 20%. FHA mortgage insurance in most cases, is paid for the life of the mortgage. Once a borrower has a 20% equity in their home, to eliminate the monthly FHA mortgage insurance, they would need to refinance the home with a conventional loan and would not be eligible for any refund of the up-front fee paid at closing or added to the mortgage.
If a borrower has a low credit score, FHA may be the better choice because conventional underwriters may have a higher minimum score. FHA loans also tend to be more lenient than conventional loans when a borrower’s total monthly debt exceeds 45% of their monthly income. FHA tends to allow borrowers a shorter time frame after foreclosures and bankruptcies.
The decision-making factor is which mortgage will provide the lowest cost of housing including payment and all loan fees. A lot of information is necessary to make a good decision and typically, the borrower isn’t able to acquire it on his/her own.
A trusted mortgage professional is very valuable in not only providing the information but guiding the borrower through the entire process. Your real estate professional is uniquely qualified to make such a recommendation.
Author:Melissa Hardman Phone: 319-269-0304 Dated: March 24th 2015 Views: 1,250 About Melissa: ...
My name is Carl Ericson and I am a REALTOR with Oakridge Realtors in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I am in my eleventh year as a REALTOR. I work in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, and surrounding communities including Waverly, Hudson, Dike, Denver, and Evansdale.
I specialize in residential sales, investment properties, and new construction. Through hard work, experience and knowledge I become my clients real estate consultant. I helps my clients make sound real estate decisions and consult with my clients when they are contemplating a future real estate move.
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Management: Business Administration and a Real Estate minor. I was involved with Rho Epsilon real estate club while I attended the University of Northern Iowa.
I have called the Cedar Valley home since 1987. I grew up in the area and believe that the Cedar Valley is truly a great place to live. I believe the Cedar Valley offers many features for people to enjoy including: arts and entertainments, sports, recreation, shopping, quality jobs, a great atmosphere, and much more.
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