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FHA Loans Georgia

Many Georgians dream of homeownership, and an FHA loan can play a big role in purchasing your first property. FHA loans make buying a home an easier task for Georgians, and District Lending provides them under excellent conditions.
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The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) created the FHA home loan program to help buyers with less-than-perfect credit scores and minimum savings become homeowners. Since the program was first rolled out, it has helped over 40 million Americans become homeowners, with over $537 million in FHA loans in Georgia alone.

A Georgia FHA loan benefits first-time homebuyers and those looking to upgrade to a larger, second home. More Georgia residents can finally invest in their family’s futures with an FHA loan by bridging the gap between traditional home loan requirements and available assistance programs.

If the strict requirements of conventional loans aren’t for you, consider learning how an FHA loan can help you purchase your dream Georgia home.

Georgia FHA Loan

Since the FHA insures Georgia FHA loans, borrowers can expect less strict requirements from lenders. These lower standards may mean you can finally move your family into a home that you can call your own. Also, the lenders are then able to give you better terms and more competitive interest rates.
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Georgia FHA Mortgage Loan Requirements

Buying a home is a huge purchase, but it can also be a good investment. A Georgia FHA loan allows borrowers to split the purchase price of a home into affordable monthly payments. FHA loans are available in terms lasting 10, 15, 25, and 30 years, with various credit score and down payment requirements. Certain factors affect the terms of your FHA loan, including your eligibility and interest rates.
  • Credit Score

    The average credit score in Georgia is 689, a point lower than the national average. This means there are also plenty of people in Georgia who could use a mortgage with lower score requirements. The minimum FICO score for a Georgia FHA loan is 500, but most FHA lenders require at least 580.

  • Down Payments

    FHA loans typically have lower down payment requirements than conventional loans, sometimes as low as 3.5%. If the borrower’s credit score is lower than 580, the lender may require a down payment of up to 10%. If you have cash saved, you can put down a larger payment to reduce your monthly mortgage payments and, sometimes, qualify for a lower interest rate. In Georgia, you can use gift funds from family and friends to help cover the down payment.

  • Personal Finances

    FHA lenders also consider a borrower’s personal finances, which can indicate their ability to pay the loan. FHA lenders review credit reports, pay stubs, bank statements, and tax returns. While FHA loan requirements are less strict than conventional loans regarding income, most lenders expect at least two years of employment history. However, there are no restrictions on maximum or minimum income and no cash reserves required.

    Lenders also review a borrower’s debt-to-income ratio (DTI), which is how much income you have compared to existing debt. Many Georgia lenders require less than a 43% debt-to-income ratio to qualify for an FHA loan.

  • Closing Costs

    Closing costs are the expenses you pay to finance your purchase, including appraisal, title transfer, real estate commissions, and lender fees. The amount you pay in closing costs depends on the mortgage lender and will impact your loan terms. One benefit of choosing a Georgia FHA loan is that the state allows sellers to pay a portion of the closing fees on your behalf (usually up to 6%.) However, you must negotiate this into your home purchase or cover them yourself.

  • Real Estate Market

    Home prices and FHA loan limits in Georgia are determined by your local real estate market. Some markets are more competitive, which could result in higher purchase prices and interest rates. Overall, the median sale price of homes is up by 4.7% year over year at $355,800.

    Homes are taking slightly longer to sell, with an average of 46 days on the market compared to 43 in the previous year. Fewer homes are selling than in the year before, down approximately 7.4%. Market competitiveness also depends on the market in which you want to buy.

    The highest-priced markets are Tucker (42.6% price increase) and Sandy Springs (36.8% price increase.) More affordable markets include Alpharetta and Douglasville, both of which are holding steady at an increase of 23% to 24%. With 14% fewer homes listed than the year prior, buyers can expect a more limited supply. Getting preapproval from District Lending can help get your offer accepted once you find your dream home.

Georgia FHA Loan Limits

Although the Georgia FHA loan program has fewer requirements than other options, borrowers will still need to meet certain requirements. FHA loan requirements may vary, depending on the lender.
  • Credit Score

    Overall, you can expect credit score requirements on FHA loans to be lower than conventional loans, which usually require at least a 620 or higher. FHA loans in Georgia typically require a credit score of at least 580, but some lenders may approve scores as low as 500. If you have a lower credit score, you may need to pay a higher down payment or show proof of higher income.

    Quick Pre-Qualification with District Lending

    A pre-qualification with District Lending is the first step toward homeownership in Georgia. Getting pre-qualified for your FHA loan can help set your offer apart in a competitive market. Furthermore, a free lending quote with District Lending won’t affect your credit.

  • Down Payment Requirements

    Since the federal government insures Georgia FHA loans, lenders don’t require as high of a down payment. Typical down payment requirements for FHA loans in Georgia are 3.5%, but down payment assistance programs can bring that amount down to 0%.

    Payment Assistance Programs in Georgia

    Payment assistance programs may be available to some Georgia residents who want to take advantage of the FHA loan program but are struggling to come up with a down payment or closing costs. Here are some of the biggest assistance programs in Georgia:

    • Georgia Department of Community Affairs programs

    • Georgia Dream Homeownership Program

    • The PEN Down Payment Assistance Program (available to public workers)

    • The CHOICE Down Payment Assistance Program (available to legally disabled Georgians)

    Local assistance programs can help interested buyers meet the barriers to financing a home in Georgia. For example, the Atlanta Housing Homeownership Down Payment Assistance Program is available to those who want to buy a home, townhouse, or condo in Atlanta.

    If you choose to work with District Lending, we will help you find and qualify for these programs.

  • Mortgage Insurance

    Mortgage lenders that offer these loans require you to pay FHA mortgage insurance to protect their loans in case of foreclosure. This is called the mortgage insurance premium or MIP.

    The MIP can be upfront and annual. Upfront MIP typically costs around 1.75% of the loan amount, while the annual mortgage insurance premium requirements will depend on your down payment, term, and loan size. As you do have MIP, there is no to pay private mortgage insurance with FHA mortgage loans.

  • FHA Loan Limits

    The maximum loan limits are based on location, year, and current federal limits. In 2024, most areas have a limit of $498,257. FHA does allow for exceptions with higher loan limits in more competitive markets. Here are some of the largest counties and their FHA mortgage limits on single-family homes:

    • Cobb $649,750

    • Clayton – $649,750

    • Chatham $498,257

    • Fulton $649,750

    • Fayette – $649,750

    • Dekalb – $649,750

    • Gwinnett – $649,750

    FHA loan limits are higher for two-, three-, and four-unit buildings. Georgia FHA loan requirements also include other rules, like the home must be your primary residence and not a second home or investment property. The FHA lender may require the seller to make certain repairs before closing, meaning it must be habitable to be financed.

How District Lending Can Help

District Lending aims to help Georgians invest in homes they can call their own. We work with aspiring home buyers with various credit scores and financial situations.

Our loan officers will walk you through the loan application and make sure you find any program you need to save money on your home. If an FHA loan is not for you, we also offer conventional, jumbo, and VA loans. Let our team guide you through the lending process, and make this the year you give up renting and finally own your own home.

We invite you to check out our helpful online tools. Our mortgage calculator gives you a better understanding of the financial implications of your potential mortgage. You can also take the first step toward obtaining an FHA loan in Georgia by requesting a free quote with District Lending today.

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