How does FHA work? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a variety of loan insurance programs through the Federal Housing Administration which require approximately 3 to 5 percent cash down. FHA loan limits vary depending on the county where the property is located. FHA loans administered by HUD are originated by private lenders. For more information, contact lenders who offer FHA loans or a regional HUD office. Resources: * “FHA Forms, Booklets and Publications,” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Printing Branch, Room B-100, 451 7th St., Washington, DC 20410; call (800) 767-7468.