FHA has become the loan of choice for not only First Time Buyers, but any home buyer who has less than 10% for down payment. FHA only requires 3% (3.5% as of 1/1/2009) down, although that will change on January 1, 2009 to 3.5%, still a small amount compared to a Conventional loan.
Also, FHA is flexible on the source of the down payment. It can , or course from the checking or savings account of the buyer. It can also come from a 401K, however on a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan, if the a loan from a 401K is used for the down payment, that new 401K loan payment is calculated into the debt to income ratios. On a FHA loan, the 401K payment is not included in the calculcation. Also, the entire down payment can be a gift from a relative on an FHA loan.
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The flexibility in underwriting on an FHA loan as compared to other mortgage products currently available is a big advantage to any buyer looking to purchase a home in Orange County, CA. Especially with the high FHA limits Orange County will have in 2009, which will be $625,500 (adjusted to $729,750 currently). The high limits will work well in cities like Irvine, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo, Orange, etc. Now is a great time to review your options and get prequalified for a home.