FHA Loan Rates

December 3, 2016 06:37 AM Eastern

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    Home Price (Purchase)
    When you get a mortgage to purchase a home, the lender uses the lower of the agreed-upon purchase price or the property's appraised value to determine your maximum loan amount. The loan amount divided by the property home price equals your loan-to-value ratio, or LTV. That ratio is one of the major factors that lenders use to set your mortgage rate. If your LTV exceeds 80 percent, you'll probably be required to pay mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment. If the property appraises for less than the agreed-on purchase price, you are not usually required to complete the purchase.
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    Home Value (Refinance)
    This is your estimate of the current value of your property. When you refinance, your home is almost always evaluated by a licensed appraiser. The refinance loan amount divided by the property's appraised value equals your loan-to-value ratio (LTV), and that number is one of the major factors that determine your mortgage rate. To get an accurate refinance rate quote, your home value estimate must be reasonably accurate.
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    Down Payment
    The down payment is the amount you pay upfront when you finance property. Your purchase price minus your down payment equals your mortgage amount. The higher your down payment, the more likely you are to be approved for a home loan. If your down payment is less than 20 percent of the purchase price, you'll probably be required to pay for mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment.
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    Credit Score
    Your credit score is a number designed to measure your credit-worthiness. It's based on a formula that combines many factors, including your payment history, amount of credit used and number of accounts. This number is used by lenders to calculate the probability that you'll default on your mortgage. Most lenders won't approve mortgages to applicants with credit scores lower than 620. Your credit score is one of the most important factors that determines your mortgage rate - applicants with higher scores are offered better mortgage rates.
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Understanding Your FHA Loan Offers

View our FHA loan rate table to see current, up-to-date interest rates by our top-rated FHA lenders. To get the best rate on your FHA loan, there are a few things you can do to ensure you're paying the least amount of money in interest possible.

First, improve your credit score. While you don't have to have an excellent credit ranking to qualify for an FHA loan (a minimum score of just 580 is needed to put down the low down payment requirement of 3.5 percent), you will receive a better interest rate if your score is considered good to excellent. Here are five simple ways you can improve your credit ranking.

Second, lower your debt-to-income ratio by paying down as much debt as possible. And, make sure to never miss a payment as your payment history makes up 35 percent of your credit score. By having little to no debt and a high credit score, you're certain to see some of the best rates possible on your FHA loan.

And finally, make sure to comparison shop different lenders. Compare APRs, not just interest rates, along with fees and costs associated with the loan. By taking the time to shop around, you could potentially save tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

To see how even a slight change in rate can affect your payments, use our FHA loan calculator when getting quotes.