An FHA loan is a mortgage that’s insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). They are popular especially among first time home buyers because they allow down payments of 3.5% for credit scores of 580+. However, borrowers must pay mortgage insurance premiums, which protects the lender if a borrower defaults.
Cancelling FHA mortgage insurance is also possible by refinancing into a conventional loan. It’s often the quickest and most cost-effective way to do it. And it can be the only way to do it if you opened your FHA loan on or after June 3, 2013, when FHA mortgage insurance became non-cancellable.