I am a first-time home buyer and am curious about FHA loans. Do these help avoid mortgage insurance? Is there?

Asked by Ksenia.s.p, Ardmore, PA Mon Apr 13, 2009

another way to avoid mortgage insurance (assuming I am not able to come up with 20% down)? Thanks!

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James Gordon…, Agent, Hamilton, OH
Wed Dec 2, 2009
Ksenia there are USDA RD loans that do not require monthly MI. You have to purchase a home in a qualifing area but it makes your payment lower.
Here is a link to search for USDA qualifing areas.
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Phong Lam, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Dec 1, 2009
Hi Ksenia,

How are you? Unfortunately, the only way to avoid paying mortgage insurance is to be able to come up with at least 20% down payment. However, below is a summary of what the FHA loan is:

FHA (Federal Housing Administration), also known as HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development). The Federal Housing Authority is a federal entity that governs the FHA mortgage program, which is a low down-payment mortgage program with flexible credit and qualifying guidelines.mortgages. Here is a website that you can find out more on FHA Loans:


It gives you everything you need to know about FHA there. Buyer's assist is when you do not have money upfront to cover some of your closing costs, then you can factor that into your offer as a part of your mortgage. For FHA, you're allow to get up to 6% seller's assist with 3.5% downpayment (at least 3.5% of purchase price has to be your funding to bring to settlement).

If you have any other questions regarding loans or helping you find your next home, please feel free to email me at Phong.Lam@c21ag.com or call me at (267) 918-1880.

Thank you and I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Have a great day!

Phong Lam
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P.S. I would like to pass along this good news that was officially put into writing by President Obama recently in regards to the extension of the $8,000 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. In addition to that, it is now expanded to current homeowners as well. If you or anyone that you know were looking for a house but were discouraged to buy because the expiration date of Nov. 30th was approaching fairly quickly, there is no need to worry anymore because it has just been extended until next year!
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Edmund Choi, Agent, Paoli, PA
Tue Apr 14, 2009
Consider lender-paid PMI programs. Terms will vary from lender-to-lender. Rates will typically be higher that a conventional loan.
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Jennifer Day…, Agent, Phoenixville, PA
Mon Apr 13, 2009
Hi Ksenia,

I deal with alot of FHA buyers. FHA will have mortgage insurance. In fact any loan that does not have 20% down will have mortgage insurance. Conventional mortgages allow you to get a 3% seller assist while FHA allows 6%. Also the amount of money that has to be yours in the deal is 3.5% and although the interest rates for FHA can be a bit more than conventional they are not too much higher. It's a good option for those that do not have alot of money to put down on a home and for those that have a few credit glitches as the underwriting for FHA is not as strict as conventional. Hope this helps.

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Ed Fallon, M…, , West Chester, PA
Mon Apr 13, 2009
FHA actually is mortgage insurance, just not private mortgage insurance. The FHA-insured (lender is insured, nit you) program allows a downpayment as low as 3.5% of the purchase price, and comes with very good interest rates and flexible underwriting guidelines. The interest rate you pay is oftentimes lower than a com,parable conventional mortgage rate. If you are buying your first home, it is definitely an option you need to consider. Most real estate agents want you to be pre-approved by a lender first.
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Michael Rayno, Agent, Cape May, NJ
Mon Apr 13, 2009
An FHA loan is gong to allow you to purchase a home with as little as 3 % down. This loan is guaranteed by the gov't. so banks are not as reluctant to make this type of loan.
The catch is you will pay a higher interest rate.
There are other programs available to people that do not have the 20% down. Your best bet isto talk with a local realtor and he/she can help you find out what type of loan you can qualify for at this time.
A good loacl realtor in your area is a man by the name of Gary Mercer. If you would like me to arrange for him to contact you send me an email at "mjr@ocnj.com"
Good luck you your house hunting
Mike Rayno, Realtor
Prudential Fox & Roach
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