The FHA Section 245(a) is also called the Growing Equity Mortgage which allows payments start small and increase gradually over time.

FHA.com: Home Purchase and Refinance Loans

FHA Loan Programs for 2024

The most recognized 3.5% down payment mortgage in the country. Affordable payments w/good credit.

Are You Watching Your Credit Score?




- Improving Your Credit Score Has Never Been More Important -

FHA.com is a privately owned website, is not a government agency, and does not make loans.
FHA Home Loans

Choose a Loan Type

FHA.com is a privately owned website, is not a government agency, and does not make loans.

FHA Growing Equity Mortgages

Loans for Borrowers with Rising Incomes

FHA Growing Equity Mortgage

FHA Growing Equity Mortgages are home loans that are tailored for first-time homebuyers or young families. These likely homebuyers are often not in a position that would warrant them being able meet the many upfront and monthly costs that are involved.

FHA's Section 245(a) enables those who currently have a limited income but expect their monthly earnings to increase, to purchase a home with the help of a Growing Equity Mortgage in which payments start small and increase gradually over time. As the mortgage payments grow the additional payment is applied toward the principal on the loan thus reducing the mortgage term. Growing Equity Mortgages also allow homeowners who are interested in further reducing the term of their mortgage to apply scheduled increases in their monthly payments to the outstanding principal balance.

How it Works

Through this and other types of mortgage insurance programs, the lender helps low and moderate-income families purchase homes by keeping the initial costs down. By serving as an umbrella under which lenders have the confidence to extend loans to those who may not meet conventional loan requirements, FHA's mortgage insurance allows individuals to qualify who may have been previously denied for a home loan by conventional underwriting guidelines. It also protects lenders against loan default on mortgages for properties that include manufactured homes, single-family and multifamily properties, and some health-related facilities.

Through the Growing Equity Mortgage program first-time homebuyers and others with limited incomes can start out with a low monthly mortgage payment that will increase gradually over time therefore allowing them to purchase a home sooner than they would be able to through conventional financing programs.

Available Assistance

Growing Equity Mortgages are eligible for insurance under Section 203(b) for one to four family homes; Section 203(k) for home purchase, refinancing, or rehabilitation; Section 203(n) for shares in cooperative housing; and Section 234(c) for units in condominiums. Growing Equity Mortgages must meet the requirements of the section under which they are insured but certain exceptions are available.

Each of the five Growing Equity Mortgage plans provides for monthly payments to be increased by a fixed percentage during each year of the loan. The initial year's payments to principal and interest are based on a 30 year level payment schedule. Thereafter the amount of the monthly payments for the next 12 months will increase each year by between 1 and 5 percent depending on the plan selected. The actual term of the mortgage will not exceed 22 years and may be less depending on the specific Growing Equity Mortgage plan and interest rate selected.

Eligibility

Most lenders who use this mortgage insurance product make their requests through a provision known as "direct endorsement," which authorizes them to consider applications without submitting paperwork to HUD.

Application

Growing Equity Mortgages are available to anyone who anticipates their earnings to increase appreciably and intends to use the mortgaged property as their primary residence.

FHA Loan Programs

SEE YOUR CREDIT SCORES   From All 3 Bureaus  

Do you know what's on your credit report?

Learn what your score means.


FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

FHA Reverse Mortgage Loan Costs You Should Know

July 17, 2024 - What fees and expenses can you expect from an FHA reverse mortgage, also known as an FHA home equity conversion mortgage (HECM)? There are a number of important costs to save for. We examine them in this article.

Home Loan Options: Types, Rates and Terms

July 16, 2024 - There are many options to consider when planning your home loan. One good example? Some borrowers wonder if they should choose a 15-year FHA loan over a 30-year mortgage. Those who want to save as much money might consider the 15-year FHA loan, but there are other choices.

FHA Updates 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan Policy

July 13, 2024 - According to HUD, the changes announced in early July 2024 modernize the program and enhance its usefulness for individuals and families seeking affordable financing for renovating or rehabilitating a single-family home when purchasing or refinancing it.

When Is an Appraisal Required for an FHA Refinance?

July 11, 2024 - Appraisals and home inspections are two separate but very important processes. For the purpose of this article, we focus on the mandatory FHA appraisal process the lender uses to establish the fair market value of the home.

What is an FHA Reverse Mortgage?

July 9, 2024 - The FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan program is an option for qualifying borrowers 62 or older. These loans require no monthly payment and feature a cash out option for the borrower.