FHA or conventional loan, which is better? "Determining whether FHA or conventional financing is best for a borrower can be a really easy or difficult thing," says Milauskas. If you are looking for a second home or investment property, conventional is the way to go.
However, over the life of the loan conventional loans are the cheapest option. This is primarily due to the Mortgage Insurance Premium required over the life of an FHA loan.
An FHA loan is a mortgage issued by a federally approved bank or financial institution that, unlike a conventional mortgage, is insured by the Federal Housing Administration. This mortgage insurance provides the security that qualified lenders need in order to take on a riskier loan.