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FHA 203b

FHA 203b is the most popular loan program among people who need some kinds of assistance towards fulfilling the dream of homeownership. The Federal Housing Administration, presently functioning as a wing of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, aims to help people purchase or refinance a primary residence through this program. The features of the program include low down payment and flexible underwriting requirements. The property must be a one-to-four unit structure and the buyer must intend to live in that.

FHA 203b Loan Requirements



FHA does not make loan. It insures the loan made by an approved lender. The list of approved lenders is available on HUD website. The first and foremost requirement to qualify for an FHA-insured loan, say 203b, is that the borrower must meet standard FHA credit guidelines. To be precise, the minimum credit score required in this case is 500. However, most lenders do not entertain a loan request under Section 203b unless the credit score is over 620. Sometime they even require more than 640 Fico.

The down payment requirement, in most cases, can be as low as 3.5 percent of the loan amount. This means you will be eligible for 96.5 percent financing and the rest of the amount must be paid by you. It is permitted to use fund from a gift or grant to meet this requirement. The maximum loan amount can vary depending on geographic location. The area-wise mortgage limits are provided on the HUD website.

FHA assistance is meant for those who cannot afford to own a home due to stringent underwriting requirements that are typically followed by many lenders. As a result, the property must be owner-occupied to qualify for a 203b mortgage. Lenders are restricted to charge not more than one percent of the loan amount towards origination fee and processing cost. Some lenders may offer a rate reduction program as well in conjunction with an FHA 203 mortgage.

FHA 203b Loan Guidelines



As mentioned earlier, FHA does not make loan, but insures the amount financed by a lender. This is in order to cover the risk that a lender might have in the event of a borrower defaulting on monthly payments. To meet the financial obligation needed to provide coverage for this, FHA charges upfront as well as annual insurance premiums from the borrowers. The upfront premium (UFMIP) can be financed into the mortgage whereas the annual premiums are broken into monthly installments and are realized along with the borrowers’ monthly payments.

FHA 203b loan guidelines provide detailed information on all aspects of the program including Rehab loan, appraisal requirements and 203b loan with repair escrow.

These guidelines are governed by Section 203, National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709 (b), (i)). The related regulations can be found in 24 CFR Part 203. A borrower can find more information from a HUD approved housing counseling agency. One can also visit the FHA Resource Center available on the official website of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Website: www.hud.gov




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