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580/620/640 FICO FHA Programs

FHA Fixed-Rate and Adjustable-Rate Mortgage:

The FHA ARM is a HUD mortgage specifically designed for low and moderate-income families who are trying to make the transition into home ownership. This program, used in conjunction with other FHA programs, can help keep initial interest rates and mortgage payments to a minimum. Also referred to as Section 251, FHA’s Adjustable Rate Mortgage Program insures home purchases or loan refinances on loans with interest rates that may increase or decrease over time.

FHA $100 HUD Repo:

The FHA $100 HUD REPO Home Loan Program is a purchase money loan offered in limited geographic areas to purchasers of a home owned by the Department of Housing & Urban Development that qualify. Buyers are only required to make a $100 down payment and may be eligible for sales incentives provided by HUD.

VA Fixed -Rate & Adjustable-Rate Mortgages:

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act into law. This bill, which eventually became known as the GI Bill, allowed veterans to purchase homes without making a down payment. Like other fixed rate loans, the VA Fixed Rate Loan gives borrowers the option of financing their mortgage in 15, 20, 25, or 30 year terms with the interest rate remaining fixed for the life of the loan.

VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL):

IRRRL stands for Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan. You may see it referred to as a “Streamline” or a “VA to VA.” Except when refinancing an existing VA guaranteed adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) to a fixed rate, it must result in a lower interest rate. When refinancing from an existing VA ARM loan to a fixed rate, the interest rate may increase.

USDA / Guaranteed Rural Housing:

Applicants for loans may have an income of up to 115% of the median income for the area. Families must be without adequate housing, but be able to afford the mortgage payments, including taxes and insurance. In addition, applicants must have reasonable credit histories. Loans are for 30 years. The promissory note interest rate is set by the lender. There is no required down payment. The lender must also determine repayment feasibility, using ratios of repayment (gross) income to PITI and to total family debt.

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