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Can I Apply For An FHA Loan On Good Friday?

Good Friday is a common day off for many people. The Friday before the Easter weekend has many vendors, businesses and even the stock market takes a day off on this day. But if you’re looking for an FHA mortgage, you might be surprised to learn that you can talk to a lender, get prequalified and fill out FHA loan paperwork depending on the company–Good Friday is NOT a federal holiday so many financial institutions are open today. Because the markets which affect FHA loan mortgage rates are closed on Good Friday, the rates published on Thursday are likely the ones you will have access to today unless the lender reprices or issues a revised rate sheet on Friday. Of course, for those who wish to prequalify online, there’s no | more...

 

FHA Streamline Refinance Loans: Rules You Should Know

  FHA streamline refinance loans allow a borrower who has an existing FHA mortgage to refinance with no FHA-required credit check or FHA-required appraisal. FHA streamline loans work on the concept that the borrower has already qualified for the original FHA loan, so that qualifying data is used to get the home owner into the streamline refinance loan. These loans have certain rules that apply which don’t necessarily apply to other types of refinancing. For example, the purpose of the loan can come under scrutiny–the borrower must, in most cases, get a reduced mortgage payment or interest rate as a result of the new loan. Additionally, FHA loan rules state: “A transaction for the purpose of reducing the mortgage term must be underwritten and closed as a rate and term | more...

 
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FHA Loan Answers: How Long Is An FHA Mortgage?

A common question in any home loan situation is, “How long is my mortgage?” This depends greatly on the type of loan you apply for, the term you agree upon, and how much you pay each month over the lifetime of the loan. In general, FHA mortgages are either 15-year or 30-year loans. The maximum amount of time you can be legally obligated to the original new purchase FHA home loan is 30 years. According to the FHA official site, “The maximum mortgage term may not exceed 30 years from the date that amortization begins. In the case of adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), the term must be for 30 years. FHA does not require that loan terms be in five year multiples.” Some types of refinancing (certain FHA Streamline Refinances | more...

 

FHA Loan Questions: Down Payments On Homes Sold Between Family Members

Sometimes an FHA loan transaction involves the sale of a home between family members. In such cases there are FHA loan rules that may apply depending on the circumstances. A reader asks, “If I buy a house from a relative is it true that I have to have 15% down payment for FHA loan?” A quick read of HUD 4155.1 Chapter 2 Section B reveals some special rules that apply in circumstances like these. This situation is known as an “identity of interest” transaction. The FHA defines “identity of interest” as, “a sale between parties with family or business relationships”. What do FHA loan rules say about such sales? “The maximum loan-to-value (LTV) factor for identity-of-interest transactions on principal residences is restricted to 85%.” That means that yes, the borrower | more...

 

FHA Loan Reader Questions: Loan Applications

A reader asks, “Are all FHA loans , down payments, and everything regarding my future home have to be dealt with an authorized lender or can I deal with FHA directly? If this is the case, where do I have to send all paperwork?” The answer to this question is fairly simple–all FHA loans and FHA refinance loans are handled via a participating lender. Borrowers must apply via the lender, who processes the paperwork and submits it to the FHA where appropriate. The FHA single-family mortgage loan program does not feature a “direct application” process where the borrower submits loan paperwork to the FHA. This is part of a common misconception about the FHA loan program. The FHA does not lend money directly to borrowers, set or maintain interest rates, | more...

 

Your FHA Loan Down Payment

One of the most commonly asked questions about FHA loans is “How much will my down payment be?” The answer to that question depends on how much your home loan is and whether you’re paying the minimum 3.5% down payment or a larger amount. Regardless of how much you pay, the FHA has rules about HOW the downpayment is made. Did you know there are “acceptable sources” for down payment funds as well as “unacceptable sources”? For example, a borrower is free to use money saved in a checking, savings, or investment account. But the borrower cannot use cash advance loans or payday loans to make the down payment. In fact, any “non-collateralized” loan is not an acceptable source of down payment funds. The FHA rules in these circumstances extends | more...

 

FHA Loan Answers: Rules For Occupancy

We answer a lot of reader questions about FHA loans. One of them most common involves the FHA occupancy regulations for single family loans. Readers want to know if they can rent out a house purchased with an FHA loan under the single-family mortgage program. Is this possible? Are FHA single-family mortgages available for vacation homes or other limited-occupancy residences? A look at the FHA loan rulebook clears up these questions quickly According to HUD 4155.1, Chapter Four Section B, we learn the following under the section titled Eligibility Requirements For Principal Residences: “This topic contains information on eligibility requirements for principal residences, including

 

FHA Loan Questions: Building Codes and Minimum Property Standards

A reader asks, “My mom is trying to sell her house and when it was built it was on septic. When my parents bought the house in 1988, the neighborhood had been subsidized and city sewer was installed but not to their house that was already there prior to subsidizing.” “Now to get it on city sewer is gonna cost 13,000 dollars that she doesn’t have. A potential buyer has put a bid on the house and is applying for an FHA insured loan and they are saying it HAS to be hooked to city sewer. Is this correct or does her existing system which is up to codes and works appropriately acceptable?” The answer to this question may well depend on state or local building codes. In these cases | more...