Charleston FHA Loan Rates, Closing Costs & Stats
CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC
FHA loans are mortgages created in the 1930's to help insulate lenders from credit risks and help promote home ownership. The Federal Housing Administration (hence, FHA) allows for lower downpayments and credit scores-- making these loans much more accessible than traditional mortgages.
FHA loans typically need just a 3.5% downpayment with credit scores of 580 or better. For credit scores between 500-579, the downpayment needs to be at least 10%.
While FHA loans make home ownership much more accessible to first-time homebuyers, they do require PMI (purchase money insurance)-- an additional insurance premium that is paid to the FHA to help cover defaults.
For additional requirements as defined by the FHA, click here.
Charleston's 181 lenders originated 3,044 FHA loans during 2022. The total origination value was $897,090,000, with an average FHA loan value of $294,708.
Charleston FHA Loans, 30 Year Fixed Rates
30 Year FHA mortgages in Charleston
for the week of 2023-09-15, compared to the national average (all FHA variants) of
6.991% for the same period.
Charleston's average FHA mortgage closing costs are $8,488.
The average rate for the prior week (2023-09-08) was 6.3% and one month ago for the week of 2023-08-11, the average rate was 6.26%.
The average rate one year ago was 4.96%.
For refis of the same type during the week of 2023-09-15, the average rate was 5.5%.
Charleston FHA Loan Lenders by Rates & Fees
The below table looks at the average fees/closing costs and rates for FHA 30 Year Fixed Rate (purchase, first lien) mortgages originated by each lender at the Charleston level.
The top Charleston FHA lender as defined by loan originations is QUICKEN LOANS, LLC, with
223 FHA loans originated. Their average total fees are
$11,550, which is $1,588
higher than the next largest lender,
DHI MORTGAGE COMPANY, LTD..
The lowest fee Charleston FHA lenders (with over 10 loans originated) are LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC ($6,898), EVERETT FINANCIAL, INC. ($8,014), ARK-LA-TEX FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC. ($8,364), NEWREZ LLC ($8,806) and PRIMARY RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE, INC. ($9,341).
The lowest rate Charleston FHA lenders (with over 10 loans originated) are PENNYMAC LOAN SERVICES, LLC (3.85%), LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC (3.91%), DHI MORTGAGE COMPANY, LTD. (3.96%), HOME POINT FINANCIAL CORPORATION (4.15%) and CARDINAL FINANCIAL (4.25%).
Charleston FHA Loan Limits
|Metro||County||Year||Single Family Limit||2 Family Limit||3 Family Limit||4 Family Limit|
|CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC||BERKELEY||2022||$473,800||$606,550||$733,150||$911,150|
|CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC||CHARLESTON||2022||$473,800||$606,550||$733,150||$911,150|
|CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC||DORCHESTER||2022||$473,800||$606,550||$733,150||$911,150|
|CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC||BERKELEY||2023||$538,200||$689,000||$832,850||$1,035,000|
|CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC||CHARLESTON||2023||$538,200||$689,000||$832,850||$1,035,000|
|CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC||DORCHESTER||2023||$538,200||$689,000||$832,850||$1,035,000|