A Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage is one of the best loan options for a first-time homebuyer. It has few eligibility requirements and they’re all easy to meet, meaning it offers many Americans the chance to take advantage of its benefits. First and foremost your down payment can be as low as 3.5% of your new home’s value. (If your FICO® credit score is below 580, that minimum could rise as high as 10%.) Compare this to a conventional mortgage, which typically requires a 20% down payment, and you can understand why so many homebuyers take advantage of the program.
If you have the ability to pay off an FHA loan early, you can do so without being inhibited by the typical penalty fees of a conventional loan. Your closing costs will also be lower than most loans, which will make things even easier if you’re truly strapped for cash.