The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Footnote 1 and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Footnote 2 offer government mortgage loans that have features (such as low down payment options and flexible credit and income guidelines) that may make them easier for first-time homebuyers to obtain.

FHA Loan Rates. FHA loan rates can be lower than conventional loan rates like the 30-year fixed, but they can end up being more expensive due to mortgage insurance costs. Mortgage loans with less than 20 percent down generally have to carry mortgage insurance, but the insurance on FHA loans is more expensive than insurance on conventional loans.

Conventional mortgages generally pose fewer hurdles than FHA or VA loans, which may take longer to process. Their competitive interest rates and loan terms usually result in a lower monthly payment.

On Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell four basis points to 3.92%, the rate on the 15-year fixed was unchanged at 3.45% and the rate on the 5/1 ARM.

According to loan software company Ellie Mae, which processes more than 3 million loans per year, FHA loan rates averaged 4.49% in June (the most recent data available), while conventional loans.

FHA mortgage rates hew closely to the mortgage rates on traditional home loans. If the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage stands at 5.4 percent, you can figure that the average FHA mortgage rate is nearly the same. This makes these loans even more attractive. Another positive of FHA loans is that it is relatively easy for borrowers to qualify for them.

FHA Loan: Rate is fixed. The payment on a $212,054, 30-year fixed rate loan at 3.50% and 78.05% loan-to-value (LTV) is $1,089.94 with 2.125 Points due at closing. Payment includes a one time upfront mortgage insurance premium (MIP) at 1.75% of the base loan amount and a monthly MIP calculated at 0.8% of the base loan amount.

The most popular FHA home loan is the fixed-rate loan known as the 203(b). It often works well for first time home buyers. It allows individuals to finance up to 96.5% of their home loan and helps to keep down payments and closing costs.

FHA Mortgage The Good and The Bad (2018) The APR for FHA mortgage rates is calculated using a loan amount of $295,000, two points, a $495 application fee, $400 appraisal fee, $995 underwriting fee, $10 flood certification fee, and a $20 credit report fee. Some rates and fees may vary by state.*

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