Originating & Underwriting

HomeReady Mortgage

Built with today’s homebuyers in mind

Our low down payment HomeReady® Mortgage is designed to help lenders confidently serve today’s credit-worthy low-income borrowers.

Ideal HomeReady Borrowers

  • Low income
  • First-time or repeat homebuyers
  • Limited cash for down payment
  • Supplemental boarder or rental income
  • Looking to purchase or refinance

Homeownership Education Requirement

If all occupying borrowers are first-time homebuyers, then at least one borrower is required to take homeownership education, regardless of LTV. Fannie Mae HomeView® can be used to satisfy the homeownership education requirement. Learn more.

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HomeReady Comparison

Benefits HomeReady FHA
Required down payment 3% 3.5%
Cancellable mortgage insurance*    
Immediate appraisal orders from lenders    
Free from geographic restrictions on loan amounts    
Day 1 Certainty® freedom from reps & warrants available    



Area Median Income Lookup Tool

Use the interactive map to quickly look up income eligibility by area, property address or Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code.

For Area Median Income Lookup Tool Tips click here.
You can also download Income Eligibility by county (excel).

Go to AMI Lookup Tool

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