Tips of Getting FHA Loan For a Mobile Home?

FHA Loan For A Mobile Home

In today’s world, it is not uncommon for people to purchase a mobile home as their first step into the real estate market.

Mobile homes can range from about $5,000 for an older model to over $100,000 for a new one. The average price of a mobile home in America is around $40-50k and they are mostly used by retirees or those who have trouble securing traditional financing.

Recently there has been talked in Congress about whether or not an FHA mortgage insurance program should be made available to purchase mobile homes with FHA insured loans.

This blog post will explore what this could mean if it were passed and how you might qualify for such a loan.

Can you get an FHA loan for a mobile home?

If you’re looking to buy a manufactured home or mobile home, and you want an FHA loan for your purchase, then the answer is yes!

You can get an FHA loan for a mobile home if: 

  • You’re buying it from a dealer (or builder) who sells homes with loans guaranteed by HUD.
  • The value of what you’re purchasing is at least $250K.
  • You have good credit scores-680+ will be fine.

All other factors that are important when applying for any type of mortgage also apply here.

For example, the amount of money in your bank account should be sufficient enough to cover three months’ worth of payments before anything else.

Also Read: What Is Mobile Home Mortgage Calculator?

How FHA loan for mobile homes would work?

If this proposed bill is passed, it would allow borrowers to finance the purchase of a mobile home with an FHA-insured mortgage.

The bill is still in its early stages, but it has been proposed to help more people afford a mobile home as their primary residence.

The way the program would work is that you, as the borrower, would enter into a contract with a mobile home dealer/manufacturer. That contract would then be submitted to HUD for approval.

If the deal is approved, HUD would guarantee the loan made by the lender. This would help reduce the risk for the lender and make it more likely that they would offer you a loan.

One benefit of this proposed bill is that it includes larger manufactured homes up to $85K in value.

This could be great news for those who are looking for a more affordable option when it comes to housing.

What are FHA Mobile Home Loan Requirements?

As mentioned above, there are some basic requirements that you must meet to qualify for an FHA loan for a mobile home.

  1. The first is that you must be buying the home from a dealer or builder who sells homes with FHA-guaranteed loans.
  2. The value of the home must also be at least $250K, although this could change if the bill is passed and goes into effect.
  3. Your credit score should also be in good standing, with a minimum score of 680 required.

All other requirements that are typically needed for an FHA loan will still apply.

This includes having sufficient funds saved up to cover three months’ worth of mortgage payments and being able to provide detailed documentation about your income and expenses.

What are the benefits for FHA Loan?

If you’re looking to purchase a manufactured home or mobile home, you might be interested in getting an FHA loan.

There are many benefits associated with this type of financing, including:

  • You can finance the whole cost of your new home.
  • You don’t need perfect credit;-FHA loans require lower down payments than traditional mortgages.
  • Lower interest rates when compared with other types of financing.

If you’re willing to put in the time and effort necessary to get through the application process, then an FHA loan for your mobile/manufactured home could be exactly what you’re looking for.

What is required for an FHA loan on manufactured homes?  

All units must meet HUD Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards (HUD MHCSS) when delivered new from the factory; Maintenance; and Site Requirements.

If you are purchasing a used manufactured/mobile home, you will need to contact your local authority for regulations on the unit.

How do you get an FHA loan on a mobile home?

Here are a few steps to get FHA loan on mobile home.

How do you get an FHA loan on a mobile home?
  1. Find lender that offers FHA insured loan for mobile home
  2. Submit contract between you and the dealer to HUD
  3. If approved, enjoy a low fixed interest rate of 3.5%
  4. Loan amount is based on the value of the mobile home, not your credit score
  5. FHA has no income limits, so anyone can apply for it.
  6. If you are buying manufactured homes that have been previously occupied, then FHA loan amount can go up to 96.5% LTV of value (used to be 90%)

7. FHA requires .05% annual fee on what’s borrowed (most lenders pass this expense through, meaning they charge you more in interest)

The above mentioned steps require a few things like closing cost assistance and additional funding assistance if needed.

If you need help, I recommend talking with an independent mortgage consultant.

What is cost of FHA loan on a manufactured home?

When applying for a mortgage on a manufactured or mobile home, there is no maximum credit score requirement and loans can be made up to 96.5% of the value (used to be 90%). LTV limit may vary depending on whether it’s considered a new or existing property.

Monthly payments tend to be lower than other types of financing because of how interest rates get calculated when money comes from FHA sources rather than traditional banks or lenders.

If you use a lender to apply for this type of financing, your monthly payments will be determined by the interest rate you pay (typically fixed) and the length of the loan (15 or 30 years, for example) in addition to an upfront payment that covers some of the costs associated with getting approved.

Can you get a 30 year FHA loan on a manufactured home?

Yes, you can get a 30 year FHA loan on a manufactured home. Many people wonder if they can get a 30-year loan on their manufactured/mobile homes for two major reasons.

Having the option of doing so is certainly nice since it allows you to take advantage of having low monthly payments while still enjoying the long term stability that comes with owning your own home.

It’s also worth pointing out that many consumers take out loans that last anywhere between 10 and 20 years to get lower monthly costs, but this means that they will be making higher payments over time as more interest is added onto what they owe each month.

If you’re going to go with a shorter-term length, then there may be some advantages to doing so.

For example, you may be able to get a better interest rate if your term length is less than 15 years.

Final Thoughts

Yes, you can get an FHA loan for a mobile home. If your credit score is high enough and the property has met all of the requirements to qualify as a primary residence, then you may be able to take out an FHA-backed mortgage on it.

However, this type of financing does come with some drawbacks that make it less desirable than other types of loans.

Be sure to consider them before making any decisions about whether or not it’s worth pursuing one if you require new housing options due to foreclosure or other financial difficulties. 

Be aware that there will likely be higher monthly payments because the interest rate associated with these mortgages tends to be higher than traditional fixed rates; additionally, there may be additional costs associated with what you’re doing.

When it comes time to apply for FHA loans, the main reason people choose these types of financing is that they want to buy a home that will be considered their primary residence even if it’s a mobile home.

However, there are some drawbacks and limitations associated with FHA loans that might not appeal to everyone interested in taking out this type of financing.

Consider your circumstances before making any decisions about where or how you plan on living once you’ve gotten your loan approved.

Ruby Nicholls

I am a traveling journalist and content creator, in love with the world of Mobile Homes & RVs. I spend my time filling up on new adventures, and sharing them with you so you can feel inspired to travel too! Every experience is different and at the end, we are all tourists of our own lives.

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