For Home BuyersFor Home Sellers January 23, 2023

What is an assumable loan?

An assumable loan is a type of loan that allows the buyer of a property to take over the seller’s existing mortgage, rather than obtaining a new one. This can be beneficial for the buyer, as they may be able to get a lower interest rate or better terms than if they were to apply for a new mortgage. To know if your loan is assumable, you should check the terms of your mortgage agreement, or contact your lender. Some loans, such as FHA and VA loans, are assumable, while others, such as conventional loans, are not. To make your loan assumable, you should check with your lender to see if they offer this option, or if they will allow you to modify the terms of your loan to make it assumable.

FHA loans are assumable, which means that a qualified buyer can take over the existing mortgage from the seller. However, there are some conditions that must be met for an FHA loan to be assumable:

  1. The buyer must be approved by the lender: The lender will perform a credit check and verify the buyer’s income and assets to ensure they can afford the loan payments.
  2. The loan must be current: The seller’s loan must be current, with no late payments or outstanding debts.
  3. The property must meet FHA requirements: The property must meet the FHA’s minimum property standards and be in good condition.
  4. The buyer must assume the loan as it is: The buyer must assume the loan as it is and cannot change the terms or the interest rate.

To make your FHA loan assumable, the first step would be to check with your lender if they allow loan assumption, after that you can find a qualified buyer who meets the requirements and is willing to assume the loan.

It’s important to note that not all FHA loans are assumable, some FHA loan may require a new mortgage application and be subject to current mortgage rates and credit qualifications.

It’s important to consult with a financial advisor or a mortgage professional for personalized advice for your specific situation.