Montgomery County FHA Loans

MONTGOMERY COUNTY-BUCKS COUNTY-CHESTER COUNTY, PA

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.

Montgomery County FHA Loans, 30 Year Fixed Rates

30 Year FHA mortgages in Montgomery County averaged 0% for the week of 2022-03-25, compared to the national average (all FHA variants) of 4.648% for the same period.

The average rate for the prior week (2022-03-18) was 0% and one month ago for the week of 2022-02-18, the average rate was 0%.

The average rate one year ago was 0%.

For refis of the same type during the week of 2022-03-25, the average rate was 0%.

Click on whitespace and scroll within the chart to zoom in/out. Larger bubbles equate with more originations.

Montgomery County FHA Loan Lenders by Rates & Fees

The below table looks at the average fees and rates for FHA 30 Year Fixed Rate (purchase, first lien) mortgages originated by each lender at the Montgomery County level.

Name # of Loans 2021 Avg. 30yFix Rate 2021 Avg. Total Fees

The lowest fee Montgomery County FHA lenders (with over 10 loans originated) are .

The lowest rate Montgomery County FHA lenders (with over 10 loans originated) are .


Market Conditions (Median, Average Prices & Listing Count)

Realtor.com - Montgomery County (CBSA) retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Date Median Listing Price (YoY Change) Average Listing Price (YoY) MSA/US Median Price Ratio Active Listings
2018-01-01 $229,995 (5.0%) $343,281 (3.3%) 0.85 20,339
2018-02-01 $237,000 (7.8%) $345,647 (2.3%) 0.85 20,590
2018-03-01 $240,000 (4.7%) $355,764 (2.7%) 0.83 19,886
2018-04-01 $249,950 (6.4%) $369,050 (3.8%) 0.84 20,785
2018-05-01 $264,500 (8.0%) $383,010 (5.4%) 0.88 21,602
2018-06-01 $269,000 (8.1%) $388,456 (5.5%) 0.90 22,210
2018-07-01 $269,450 (7.8%) $387,880 (6.1%) 0.90 22,358
2018-08-01 $262,450 (5.7%) $382,698 (6.2%) 0.88 22,361
2018-09-01 $262,000 (6.1%) $382,055 (5.6%) 0.88 22,688
2018-10-01 $264,950 (6.0%) $382,170 (4.5%) 0.89 23,033
2018-11-01 $263,522 (8.7%) $379,513 (7.4%) 0.88 22,287
2018-12-01 $254,900 (7.5%) $373,201 (7.6%) 0.87 20,457
2019-01-01 $249,900 (8.7%) $363,923 (6.0%) 0.86 18,903
2019-02-01 $251,500 (6.1%) $368,398 (6.6%) 0.84 18,647
2019-03-01 $265,286 (10.5%) $383,560 (7.8%) 0.86 19,042
2019-04-01 $275,000 (10.0%) $395,831 (7.3%) 0.87 19,536
2019-05-01 $287,950 (8.9%) $406,697 (6.2%) 0.89 20,302
2019-06-01 $289,900 (7.8%) $408,518 (5.2%) 0.89 20,743
2019-07-01 $287,000 (6.5%) $406,737 (4.9%) 0.89 20,591
2019-08-01 $289,286 (10.2%) $409,485 (7.0%) 0.91 19,629
2019-09-01 $297,000 (13.4%) $421,214 (10.3%) 0.94 18,514
2019-10-01 $299,000 (12.9%) $428,117 (12.0%) 0.95 18,561
2019-11-01 $295,000 (12.0%) $423,999 (11.7%) 0.95 17,530
2019-12-01 $287,604 (12.8%) $422,320 (13.2%) 0.96 15,078
2020-01-01 $285,000 (14.1%) $420,342 (15.5%) 0.95 13,657
2020-02-01 $291,900 (16.1%) $433,129 (17.6%) 0.94 13,176
2020-03-01 $299,950 (13.1%) $447,228 (16.6%) 0.94 13,245
2020-04-01 $299,900 (9.1%) $445,648 (12.6%) 0.93 11,986
2020-05-01 $311,131 (8.1%) $454,994 (11.9%) 0.94 12,462
2020-06-01 $327,450 (13.0%) $475,821 (16.5%) 0.96 12,455
2020-07-01 $339,950 (18.5%) $496,733 (22.1%) 0.97 11,429
2020-08-01 $342,900 (18.5%) $506,456 (23.7%) 0.98 10,834
2020-09-01 $343,032 (15.5%) $510,361 (21.2%) 0.98 10,799
2020-10-01 $349,000 (16.7%) $516,866 (20.7%) 1.00 10,808
2020-11-01 $339,500 (15.1%) $512,902 (21.0%) 0.97 10,399
2020-12-01 $327,000 (13.7%) $505,018 (19.6%) 0.96 9,091
2021-01-01 $324,000 (13.7%) $507,994 (20.9%) 0.95 7,911
2021-02-01 $322,450 (10.5%) $518,908 (19.8%) 0.93 7,113
2021-03-01 $325,000 (8.4%) $529,998 (18.5%) 0.91 7,227
2021-04-01 $339,450 (13.2%) $546,861 (22.7%) 0.91 7,574
2021-05-01 $339,900 (9.3%) $526,530 (15.7%) 0.89 8,161
2021-06-01 $334,900 (2.3%) $504,213 (6.0%) 0.87 9,826
2021-07-01 $325,000 (-4.4%) $490,693 (-1.2%) 0.84 10,530
2021-08-01 $320,000 (-6.7%) $473,091 (-6.6%) 0.84 10,911
2021-09-01 $319,950 (-6.7%) $470,053 (-7.9%) 0.84 10,970
2021-10-01 $319,999 (-8.3%) $472,739 (-8.5%) 0.84 10,623
2021-11-01 $312,450 (-8.0%) $472,371 (-7.9%) 0.82 9,729
2021-12-01 $299,950 (-8.3%) $468,154 (-7.3%) 0.80 8,358
2022-01-01 $299,900 (-7.4%) $479,692 (-5.6%) 0.80 6,917
Montgomery County's median listing price for 2022-01-01 was $299,900, a difference of $-24,100 (-7.4%) versus the prior year and $-50 versus the prior month.

Montgomery County's median listing price comes in at 80% of the national average.

Montgomery County's average listing price for 2022-01-01 was $479,692, a difference of $-28,302 (-5.6%) versus the prior year and $11,538 versus the prior month.

For the 2022-01-01 period, Montgomery County had 6,917 MLS listings, a difference of -1,441 listings (-17%) versus the prior month and -994 listings (-13%) versus the prior year.

Median Listing Time on Market & Square Footage

Realtor.com - Montgomery County (CBSA) retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Date Median Listing Time on Market Median Square Footage
2018-01-01 87 days 1,700 sqft
2018-02-01 80 days 1,702 sqft
2018-03-01 59 days 1,714 sqft
2018-04-01 55 days 1,749 sqft
2018-05-01 52 days 1,795 sqft
2018-06-01 53 days 1,820 sqft
2018-07-01 60 days 1,824 sqft
2018-08-01 63 days 1,803 sqft
2018-09-01 64 days 1,800 sqft
2018-10-01 64 days 1,800 sqft
2018-11-01 66 days 1,800 sqft
2018-12-01 75 days 1,780 sqft
2019-01-01 83 days 1,806 sqft
2019-02-01 79 days 1,853 sqft
2019-03-01 57 days 1,853 sqft
2019-04-01 49 days 1,853 sqft
2019-05-01 48 days 1,878 sqft
2019-06-01 52 days 1,884 sqft
2019-07-01 59 days 1,860 sqft
2019-08-01 63 days 1,864 sqft
2019-09-01 63 days 1,892 sqft
2019-10-01 61 days 1,890 sqft
2019-11-01 64 days 1,853 sqft
2019-12-01 75 days 1,832 sqft
2020-01-01 82 days 1,800 sqft
2020-02-01 69 days 1,825 sqft
2020-03-01 49 days 1,849 sqft
2020-04-01 62 days 1,831 sqft
2020-05-01 73 days 1,864 sqft
2020-06-01 59 days 1,885 sqft
2020-07-01 46 days 1,879 sqft
2020-08-01 45 days 1,850 sqft
2020-09-01 43 days 1,797 sqft
2020-10-01 48 days 1,786 sqft
2020-11-01 52 days 1,745 sqft
2020-12-01 61 days 1,688 sqft
2021-01-01 70 days 1,643 sqft
2021-02-01 65 days 1,618 sqft
2021-03-01 48 days 1,628 sqft
2021-04-01 40 days 1,663 sqft
2021-05-01 38 days 1,680 sqft
2021-06-01 37 days 1,671 sqft
2021-07-01 41 days 1,655 sqft
2021-08-01 43 days 1,625 sqft
2021-09-01 47 days 1,605 sqft
2021-10-01 49 days 1,598 sqft
2021-11-01 51 days 1,558 sqft
2021-12-01 58 days 1,533 sqft
2022-01-01 65 days 1,508 sqft
Montgomery County's median listing age (time on market) for 2022-01-01 was 65 days. This is -7% shorter than the same period one year ago.

Montgomery County's median square footage for active listings during the 2022-01-01 period was 1,508 sqft. One year prior, the average listing was 1,643 sqft.

FHA Loan Requirements

  • Borrowers must have a steady employment history or worked for the same employer for the past two years.
  • Borrowers must have a valid Social Security number, lawful residency in the U.S. and be of legal age to sign a mortgage in your state.
  • Borrowers must pay a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent. The money may be gifted by a family member. (Traditional mortgages do not permit gifted down payments)
  • New FHA loans are only available for primary residence occupancy.
  • Borrowers must have a property appraisal from a FHA-approved appraiser.
  • Borrowers’ front-end ratio (mortgage payment plus HOA fees, property taxes, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance) needs to be less than 31 percent of their gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 40 percent. Your lender will be required to provide justification as to why they believe the mortgage presents an acceptable risk. The lender must include any compensating factors used for loan approval.
  • Borrowers’ debt to income ratio (mortgage plus all your monthly debt, i.e., credit card payment, car payment, student loans, etc.) needs to be less than 43 percent of their gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 50 percent.
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 580 for maximum financing with a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent.
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 500-579 for maximum LTV of 90 percent with a minimum down payment of 10 percent.
  • Bborrowers must be two years out of bankruptcy and have re-established good credit. Exceptions can be made.
  • Typically borrowers must be three years out of foreclosure and have re-established good credit.
  • The purchased property must meet certain minimum standards at appraisal. If the home you are purchasing does not meet these standards and a seller will not agree to the required repairs, your only option is to pay for the required repairs at closing (to be held in escrow until the repairs are complete).