If you’re planning to purchase a Beacon Hill Boston condo  for sale, it’s important to understand the different types of loans available to you. Many potential home buyers are eligible for something called an FHA loan. If you are unfamiliar with this type of loan, this article provides the basic important information you need to know.

FHA is a government agency

The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, is a government agency. An FHA loan is insured directly by this agency. Since the loan is insured, lenders can offer more incentives to the borrower such as lower interest rates, more flexible qualification requirements, and low down payments and closing costs. Because the requirements are less stringent than conventional loans they are a good option for first-time home buyers.

Low down payments with FHA loans

A huge incentive to using an FHA loan is the low down payment requirement. In most cases, the requirement for an FHA loan is 3.5 percent down. Borrowers can use funds from their own accounts or they can be gifted the down payment amount by a family member. They can also receive the down payment in the form of a grant through an assistance program funded by a state or local government.

FHA credit scores

For a mortgage to qualify for a down payment of 3.5 percent, the borrower must have a credit score of at least 580. Borrowers with a credit score between 500 and 579 have a down payment requirement of 10 percent or more. Those with credit scores under 500 are usually not eligible for FHA loans.


On all FHA loans, there are two kinds of insurance premiums required. There is an upfront premium paid at the time of loan generation. This amount is 1.75 percent of the loan and can be paid at closing or it can be included in the financing of the loan. The second premium is called the annual premium and is paid as part of your monthly mortgage payment. This premium varies and is based on the loan-to-value ratio as well as the term of the loan.

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Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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Ford Realty Inc
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