A Need To Know; House Hacking with An FHA Mortgage.

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FHA Standard Loan Amounts

- Maximum loan amount as determined by FHA (Conforming Loan Limits depending on location and number of units - below)

- Each county has its own individual area ceiling limit, and can be found here;

FHA Loan Limits

House Hacking With An FHA Mortgage - FHA Financing;

No Maximum Financed Properties

This is an Owner Occupied Mortgage Product.

Inducements to Purchase

  • Contributions up to 6% of the sales price from seller towards closing costs.

Down Payment Requirements

  • Minimum down payment into the transaction of at least 3.5%. Gift funds are considered part of borrower’s own funds.
  • 60 day history is required to verify the source of the down payment.
  • Gifts may be funded by an immediate family member....... But must be verified by 60 day history, and must be a gift with no requirement to pay back.

Reserve Requirements

  • 3-4 Unit owner occupied properties must have 3 months PITI
  • Reserves must be borrowers own funds and verified by a 60 day history.

Three (3)- and Four (4)-Unit Property - Must meet the Self Sufficiency Rule Below!

The maximum mortgage amount for 3-4 unit properties is limited, so that the ratio of the monthly mortgage payment, divided by the monthly net rental income does not exceed 100%, regardless of the occupancy status. This is also taking into consideration, a 25% vacancy factor.

Fee's associated with FHA Financing;

Upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP), and

Annual insurance premium which is collected in monthly installments

Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium - For 15 year and greater than 15 years.

  • 1.75% of purchase price

Annual Insurance Premium

  • Greater than 15 years & greater than or = 95% LTV - 0.85%
  • Greater than 15 years & less than 95% LTV - 0.80%
  • Less than or = 15 years & Greater than 90% LTV - 0.7%
  • Less than or = 15 years & less than 90% LTV - 0.45%

Annual Insurance Premium For Higher Balance Loan Amounts - Greater than $625k

  • Greater than 15 years & greater than 95% LTV - 0.105%
  • Greater than 15 years & less than or = to 95% LTV - 0.1%
  • Less than or = to 15 years & greater than 90% LTV - 0.95%
  • Less than or = 15 years & less than or = to 90% LTV - 0.7%
  • Less than or = 15 years & less than or = to 78% LTV - 0.45%


  • Any net rental income from the subject property must be added to the borrower’s qualifying gross monthly income by applying 75% of the lesser of;
  • Fair Market Rent reported by the appraiser; or The rent reflected on the existing or proposed lease agreement.

History of Rental Income.

When a borrower has a history of receiving rental income from the subject property since the previous tax year, the borrower must provide most recent Federal Tax Returns, including IRS Schedule E, covering the previous two (2) years

FHA Rate and Term Refinance -

Maximum LTV is 97.75%

FHA Cash Out Refinance -

Maximum LTV is 85% of appraised value if property has been owned 12 months or greater, and if less than 12 months from purchase than the lesser of purchase price or appraised value is used.

For an FHA 203k loan refer to this link;

FHA 203k Financing


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