I am a first time home buyer, are there any perks for that besides going FHA. Also, the subdivision is not yet FHA approved, would that be a problem?

Asked by Dot, Willowbrook, IL Tue Sep 21, 2010

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Steve Wagner, Agent, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Tue Sep 21, 2010
There are a number of advantages to being able to buy using FHA including: low downpayment (3.5%), lower credit score needed (640 vs. 740 or more), lower mortgage insurance than conventional lender. I don't think a subdivision needs to be approved unless you mean that there is a significant homeowners association like with townhomes. Condos and such developments need to be approved as a whole. If you want to provide me the specific subdivision info I can look into it and generally I can get FHA approval done free of charge.
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Tammy Hayes, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Thu Oct 28, 2010
Contact an FHA lender to check funding for a particular subdivision.

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Christina Mo…, Agent, Saint Petersburg, FL
Thu Oct 28, 2010
I don't understand - typically it is a unit that would have to be FHA approved NOT ENTIRE SUBDIVISION for sale and in that case would only take FHA inspection and some additional forms to be completed.
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William Chu, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Elmhurst, IL
Sat Sep 25, 2010
Since you reference subdivision, I assume you are buying a Single Family Residence (SFR). All SFRs will qualify for FHA financing whereas condo or townhome property types may not or have not been approved by FHA.

In addition to benefits + perks shared in the other posts, a FHA mortgage is assumable by another individual. This can be a benefit to you when + if you are selling to another Buyer.
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Bradley Egge…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Thu Sep 23, 2010

Being a first-time home buyer is exciting. The biggest perk is that you are entering the world of home ownership and no longer have to throw money away on rent. You are buying at the right time. Home prices are near bottom and interest rates are at an all-time low.

As mentioned already, subdivisions do not have to be approved for FHA. Contact me to discuss further and get pre-approved.

Bradley Eggers
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Ardain Mortgage
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Suzanne Hami…, Agent, Orland Park, IL
Wed Sep 22, 2010
Dot -

FHA is available for single-family homes and fee simple townhomes (not in a condo association). These subdivisions don't have to be approved. The FHA just has to send someone to inspect and some additional paperwork needs to be done.

However, if it is a condominium or townhome with condominium ownership, you will need to get the association or individually will have to pay to have this done. This sometimes depends on the amount of ownership the association has vs. rental.

This is costly for an individual usually $1000 more or less, but does not take long. I do work with FHA specialist mortgage people on this and would be happy to help with this.

The only perk with FHA is less money to put down and can sometimes have a lower credit score. You will often pay a higher rate of interest on the loan though.
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Tue Sep 21, 2010
Hi there, the fact that the community is not yet FHA approved may cause you an issue - if it is condo (vs fee simple) ownership. A change in the rules in Feb of this year, ended spot approvals for individual properties - and required overall approval of the community. This stopped a FHA buyer I was working with - and caused us to shift our search and ultimately their purchase - from townhomes to single family home.

In terms of perks, prices and interest rates. This same couple had gunned for the Federal Tax Credit - they missed it but after taking a brief break we resumed the search and found that the property choices were far improved, the prices a bit more relaxed, and the further decline in interest rates more than made up for the tax credit.

Good luck to you!
Jeanne Feenick
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Brandon Schu…, Agent, Western Springs, IL
Tue Sep 21, 2010
2 big advantages with FHA is that they're more open to credit issues, plus you don't need as much for a downpayment. As for the subdivison not being FHA approved, that's an issue "unless" your mortgage company is able to do what they call a "Spot FHA".

Good Luck!
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Lisa Richter…, Agent, Taylorville, IL
Tue Sep 21, 2010
Dot, not sure what you mean about subdivision is not FHA approved. Personally I have never heaRd of that. Now condos yes. But subs no. Can you give a bit more info on the area. And feel free to call me, ill help as much as I can. Are you working with an agent now? Also there are other programs for you possibly depending on income and your local bank And or mortgage co. Depending on area I may be able to suggest some alternatives.
Lisa E. Richter- Seiler
Curvey Real Estate
611 Springfield Rd
Taylorville, Illinois
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Caroline Choi, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Sep 21, 2010
Hi Dot, yes, going FHA means you can put a 3.5% down payment -- which means lower down payment and keeping more money in your pocket. It's a great option for those who may not have enough funds to go conventional. FHA is also more lenient with their credit score standards, and also allows for buyers to ask for recurring/non-recurring closing costs up to 3%.

If the subdivision is not FHA approved, it depends. Is it a single family home that is not tied to an HOA? If the home is in good condition, for the most part it should be ok. If you're buying a condo or townhouse that's associated with an HOA, it is a problem as the complex itself needs to be FHA approved. If you're working with an agent, I would speak to him or her about looking exclusively at FHA approved properties or properties that will have no problem going FHA -- it will save you time!

Best of luck!

Caroline Choi
Broker Associate/Realtor
Caroline Sells The City LA
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