What is an FHA Loan?

The Federal Housing Act of 1934 sought to make it easier for Americans to buy homes.

It was believed and still is today to an extent that homeownership is a positive foundation for a healthy economy because it provides stability to communities, facilitating healthy family life, community involvement, and the development of businesses in an area where a community will support the business.

The Federal Housing Administration runs the FHA loan program with the help of certified lending institutions. FHA loans are a way for lower income earners to be able to purchase a home.

The down-payments and interest rates are generally lower than through any other lender, but the buyer does have to pay for mortgage protection insurance which protects the lender from defaults. The loan can be used to purchase a house or a 2-4 unit property, and not just a single-family home.

Buyers can be approved for a mortgage loan if their credit score is around 500. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is the parent entity of the FHA, and the loans are often referred to as HUD loans, and the houses purchased with them as HUD houses.

People can search for banks and lenders that make FHA / HUD loans in an area using the online search engines and FHA databases.

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