FHA loans help make buying and refinancing homes in Texas more affordable. FHA loans are backed by the Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) and offered by private lenders like Freedom Mortgage. This means you can shop for FHA loans just like you can shop for other types of mortgages.
Many of the benefits and requirements of FHA loans are the same for Texas homebuyers as they are for homebuyers in other states. The benefits include lower minimum credit scores compared to other mortgages and low down payment requirements. You may be able to buy a home with an FHA loan with a down payment as low as 3.5% of the purchase price of the house.
The requirements are also the same for homebuyers in Texas as they are in other states. These include meeting financial standards to get your loan approved and paying mortgage insurance premiums. Learn more about FHA loan requirements.
FHA loan limits in Texas
One requirement that is affected by where you live in Texas is your FHA loan limit. Loan limits vary by county and are based on median home prices in that county. This means that where a house is located in Texas affects how much money you may be able to borrow with an FHA loan to buy it.
For example, the 2021 FHA loan limit for a single-family home in Dallas county is $411,700 while the loan limit for a single-family home in Harris county is $356,362. These limits are different because the FHA calculates the median home price in Dallas county is higher than the median home price in Harris county.
$356,362 is the lowest FHA loan limit for counties in Texas. That means regardless of where the house is located in Texas, you may be able to borrow at least $356,362 with an FHA loan. Other counties in Texas have loan limits in the low $400,000s. Learn more about FHA loan limits.
Homebuyer assistance programs in Texas
There are state and regional programs in Texas that can help you buy a house. The Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs can offer help with down payments and closing costs. The Texas State Affordable Housing Commission also has down payment and mortgage assistance programs for homebuyers. Many Texas cities have homebuyer assistance programs too. Visit the HUD website for information on homeownership assistance programs in Texas.
Refinancing FHA loans in Texas
Texas homeowners with FHA loan may be eligible to refinance their homes using the
FHA streamline refinance program. The streamline program lets you lower your rate with less paperwork and a faster closing. You need to replace your current FHA loan with a new FHA loan to be eligible, and you will need to meet credit and financial requirements to get your new loan approved.
Ask us about FHA loans in Texas
Freedom Mortgage is the #1 FHA lender1 in America. We are licensed to help you buy and refinance homes in all 50 states – including the great state of Texas! Ask our experienced Loan Advisors about FHA loans today. Visit our Get Started page or call us at 877-220-5533.
1 Inside Mortgage Finance, Jan-Mar 2021