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FHA Loan Employment Rules: A Reader Question

A reader asked us a question in the comments section recently about FHA loan rules for employment verification. “I just got denied a FHA loan because I had a gap in employment for only 3 months. I wanted to know ...

Credit Score Questions

Credit score issues are some of the most popular topics in our comments section-many want to know if their FICO scores are high enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage. One reader asked recently, “(Can) i can buy a (home ...

Divorce And FHA Loans: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I was divorced 5 years ago but he stayed in the house. He is always behind on the payments and it affects my credit. I have divorce papers that state he is solely responsible for the house ...

Gaps In Employment, Reductions of Income: FHA Loan Rules

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 for single family home loans and refinance loans include instructions for the lender on how to verify a borrower’s income and employment. There are several reasons why this verification must be made, but one ...

Credit Score Rules For FHA Mortgages

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There’s a common reader question about credit score rules for FHA mortgage loans that we get from time to time that goes something like this: “Is it possible to have a low credit score (500-600) and still get an FHA ...

FHA Loans Following Short Sale Or Foreclosure

Hands down, some of the most-asked questions we get in our comments section involve the FHA loan rules for borrowers who have a short sale or foreclosure on their credit record. It’s easy to assume that a new home loan ...

FHA Loans and Credit Report Issues

FHA home loans offer an alternative to the more strict requirements of conventional mortgages. FHA loans typically feature a lower down payment requirement than many conventional loans, and have more forgiving credit standards (though lender standards will still apply). Some ...

FHA Loan Rules For Part-Time Income

FHA loan rules require the lender to verify both employment and income. The lender must determine that a borrower’s income is both stable, and likely to continue for the purpose of making the mortgage loan payment. But what kinds of ...

Collection Accounts and FHA Loans

We’ve had some recent questions about home loans and collection accounts lately; in light of those questions it seemed like a good time to review the FHA loan rules on collection accounts as found in HUD 4000.1. The FHA loan ...

Down Payment: FHA Loan Rules

How much do you know about FHA loan down payment requirements? If you’re feeling in the dark about this as a new house hunter, don’t feel bad-we take plenty of reader questions in the comments section about FHA home loans, ...