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There is a common misconception that Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are not as good as conventional loans. However, this is not always the case. In fact, there are several factors that can make an FHA loan a better option for some borrowers
One factor to consider is your credit score. The minimum credit score requirement for an FHA loan is 580, while the minimum for a conventional loan is 620. However, it's important to note that these minimums are not ideal for getting the best rates and payments on a home loan. Generally, a credit score of 700 or higher is ideal for a conventional loan, while a credit score of 640 or higher is a good score for an FHA loan.
Another factor to consider is the down payment required for each type of loan. The minimum down payment for an FHA loan is 3.5%, while the minimum for a conventional loan is 3%. While a conventional loan may seem like a better option because of the lower down payment, it's important to note that the interest rate and payment on a 3% down conventional loan may be higher. Additionally, the income requirements for a 3% down conventional loan may be higher, which means that some borrowers may not qualify based on their income. Conventional loans offer better interest rates and payments at a 5% down payment (in comparison to 3% down), but this can vary based on the borrower's credit score.
Finally, the interest rate and payment on a home loan can be affected by both credit score and down payment. If you have a credit score above 700 and at least a 5% down payment, a conventional loan may offer better terms. On the other hand, if your credit score is below 700 and you have less than a 5% down payment, an FHA loan may be a better option. Another thing to consider is private mortgage insurance or PMI. On a conventional loan, if you don't put down at least 20%, you will be required to pay some form of PMI until you reach a 78% loan-to-value ratio; where in comparison to an FHA loan, you will have to pay PMI for the life of the loan.
It's important to keep in mind that the best home loan option for you will depend on your individual circumstances. A mortgage broker can help you evaluate the different options and find the loan that is best suited to your needs.
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