Articles and news about FHA loans and HUD requirements. FHA loans are great for first-time homebuyers.

Articles and news about FHA loans and HUD requirements.

FHA Appraisal Rules: Basements

A reader asked us an appraisal question in our comments section recently about unfinished basements. “We were conditionally approved for FHA. There were two items in to be completed in the FHA appraisal before closing. Finish flooring in bedroom (completed).” ...

HUD Announcement On California Fair Housing Case

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced an agreement in a fair housing case involving a group of mortgage lenders operating in California. According to a press release on HUD.gov, ” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ...

Multiple FHA Loans? The Rules

Based on some of our reader questions lately, there seems to be some confusion over the rules for FHA loans where the borrower is interested in applying for an additional FHA mortgage. What are the rules in HUD 4000.1 on ...

Mortgage Rate Trends: Lower Still

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

We have devoted more column space to mortgage rate trends than usual this week, due in part because the short-term trend is definitely about moving lower, and we’re finally watching mortgage rate numbers dip into pre-election territory. There is absolutely ...

FHA Loans And The 100 Mile Rule: A Reader Question

A reader asked us a question about FHA loans and “the 100 mile rule”. “I am currently looking to purchase a home with FHA financing 5 miles from my current home in California. The current home I own is secured ...

Mortgage Rate Trends: Lower

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage rate trends have generally been moving in favor or lower rates over the short term, and since our last report we’ve seen those rates move into territory not firmly held for quite some time. What is good for the ...

April Is National Fair Housing Month

National Fair Housing Month is a bit more than half over, but it’s an important time to raise awareness of Fair Housing laws, how they affect mortgage loan applicants, and how such laws affect renters as well as borrowers. Do ...

FICO Scores And FHA Loan Approval

How do FICO scores affect your FHA home loan application? A reader got in touch this week to ask a question in this area: “Hello, my credit score is between high 500s, low600s. I make $8,000 a month. My mother ...

Identity of Interest Issues And FHA Loans

A reader got in touch to ask about FHA loans and identity of interest rules this week. “I have a loan that I am working on right now and the underwriter is saying that we have an “identity of interest” ...

FHA Loan Limits: Low-Cost Areas, High-Cost Areas

FHA loan limits can be puzzling to those unfamiliar with how the program works. FHA loans are calculated based upon the appraised value of the property or the sale price, whichever is lower. There are other factors that will help ...