FHA Mortgage Info

Overview

The Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) is a government agency that provides mortgage insurance on behalf of qualifying borrowers, through approved lenders.  This insurance offers financial protection to lenders in the event a borrower defaults on the mortgage obligation.  FHA’s goal is to assist lenders by reducing their risk in issuing loans.  In the event of a loan default, the FHA will pay the lender, thus reducing the homeowner’s cost of borrowing as the lender bears less risk. Because of this protection and for qualifying borrowers, mortgage products may be more attainable than lending alternatives where insurance is not available.

The Federal Housing Administration was created in 1934 and subsequently became part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).  The FHA offered the prospect of home ownership to Americans at a time when the economic reality of such ownership was out of reach for sixty percent of households.   After World War II, FHA help finance military housing and the dreams of veterans returning from the War.  Subsequently FHA financing spurred the construction of housing for the elderly, handicapped and lower income Americans.  Throughout the history of FHA it has stepped in to shore up housing markets during local and national recessions and other economic turmoil.   Because of FHA the pride of home ownership has become a reality for those who might otherwise not be able to participate in ownership through private insurance markets or their personal income limitations.

Buying a home can be one of the biggest decisions that you are likely to make.  And your    closing day can be one of the happiest days.  After you have gathered your documents, found the house you want to buy in the neighborhood you want to live in and work through the qualification process, FHA lending helps your home ownership dream become reality.

History of FHA

The FHA was formed in 1934 by Congress. It subsequently became a part of HUD in 1965.  At the time of its creation, there were 2 million unemployed construction workers, it was difficult for buyers to get mortgages, loans were limited to 50% of property value with repayment periods of 3 to 5 years, and only 4 out of 10 people owned homes.  The creation of the FHA After its creation sparked the production of millions of units of privately-owned apartments for elderly, handicapped, and lower income Americans.  Since its inception, FHA has insured over 34 million home mortgages.

Benefits of FHA

The FHA guarantees home loans, reducing the risk for lenders and thus providing better borrowing terms to home buyers.  The primary beneficiaries of the FHA include: those who have little or no money saved for a down payment, such as recent college graduates and newly married couples; and those with poor credit from bankruptcy or foreclosure in the past (though credit repair prior to acquiring a mortgage is also beneficial).

FHA is the only government agency that does not cost the US taxpayers any money as it operates on income generated by its operations. This income is derived from the mortgage insurance premiums that borrowers pay in connection with obtaining their home loan.

In addition to the benefits received by homeowners through the ability to own their personal homes, because of these loans, this economic stimulus encourages community development through the establishment of neighborhoods.  Neighborhood growth and stimulation in turn benefits communities through local spending, local business creation, increased local job opportunities, and other revenue.

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