FHA Home Mortgage and Refinance Programs

Happy couple getting keys to new house from real estate agentThe Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is constantly adjusting its guidelines for first time home buyers and for FHA streamline refinance borrowers so as to maintain the integrity of the mortgage insurance pool.

Since FHA loans are some of the most popular government loans, the FHA does allow for non-occupying co-borrowers including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters or any other direct family member who can strengthen the file. Co-borrowers can bring more income and/or a stronger credit profile to the file to help the borrower better qualify for an FHA home loan.

The FHA loan is also a great alternative for first time home buyers who are looking to finance or owners who are looking to refinance a multi-family property.  FHA guidelines state that all homes purchased using government mortgage insurance must be primary residences, and FHA continues to be the best option for the purchase of two family or three family properties. FHA guidelines allow up to 85% of the gross rental income to be used for mortgage qualification.

If you are wondering if an FHA Loan is right for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a Poli Mortgage loan professional to discuss pre-approval and qualification details for the latest FHA home financing options.

PLUS, you can get an instant rate quote on our website 24/7 for your FHA loan.  No name, email or phone # required.


To be pre-approved for an FHA first time home buyer’s loan or an FHA traditional refinance loan, you will need the following documentation:

  • Primary borrower’s and co-borrower’s current income as well as a full two year employment and income history
  • Asset account statements including checking, savings and retirement accounts
  • Location of property to be purchased or refinanced
  • Property type – single family or multi-family
  • Primary borrower’s and co-borrower’s social security numbers and dates of birth for credit report

The documentation required for an FHA streamline refinance loan includes:

  • Original mortgage note
  • Payoff statement from current lender
  • FHA case number pulled by Poli
  • 6 full payment cycles since first payment due date
  • 210 Days since original closing date
  • 2 months bank statements (if funds are needed for closing)