June 25, 2017

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FHA Jumbo Loans

FHA Jumbo Loans, also known as non-conforming loans, are mortgages that exceed the county limit for mortgage loans in that area. FHA home loans in excess of these limits (also known as FHA loan limits) are possible, but there are some important factors you should know about before applying. FHA Jumbo Loans Are Like “Standard” FHA Mortgage Loans Some borrowers want to know if they can apply for an FHA Jumbo Loan that exceeds the value of the home and take the remainder of the mortgage loan out in cash at closing time. FHA home loans are specifically designed to prevent cash back to the borrower at closing time except in the form of legitimate refunds. If you paid cash for something up front that was later financed into the | more...

 
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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 determine the final amount of the home loan including whether approved closing costs have been rolled into the loan, approved energy efficient upgrades, etc. But housing markets vary across the nation. What is an affordable, modest price for a house in one area won’t be enough to purchase property in a high-cost area. So how does the FHA determine what the proper loan amount should be with this factor in mind? HUD 4000.1 has the answers, listing FHA loan limits, and their requirements and loan guaranty limits for low-cost areas | more...

 

FHA Loan Limits in 2017 Corrected

FHA loan limits for 2017 were posted on the FHA/HUD official site recently, but the Federal Housing Administration has updated the original post with a correction. According to an FHA mortgagee letter, “Mortgagee Letter 16-20 set Federal Housing Administration forward mortgage limits for calendar year 2017, but indicated incorrect ceiling limits for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Virgin Islands, which are special exception areas which allow for higher construction costs.” That’s according to Mortgagee Letter 2016-25, which adds the “the correct forward mortgage limit ceiling for those special exception areas”. The Mortgagee Letter is quick to add that there are NO CHANGES for FHA loan limits, including those in the special exception areas. According to the new mortgagee letter: “While ML 16-20 referenced incorrect ceiling limits for the special exception | more...

 

FHA Loan Limits Rise in 2017: How Much?

In a recent blog post, we discussed the news of FHA loan limits increasing in 2017. Every year the FHA/HUD official site releases the data on FHA loan guaranty limits for the new year. These limits can be affected by legislation, housing market conditions, and other factors so an annual update (at the very least) is required to establish limits for the new year. How much with FHA loan limits increase in 2017? The FHA issued a mortgagee letter (2016-2017) that announces both the new limits for low-cost areas and high cost areas alike. According to the FHA official site, the low-cost area FHA mortgage loan guaranty limits for 2017 are set as follows as described in the mortgagee letter: “The FHA national low cost area mortgage limits, which are | more...

 

Higher FHA Loan Limits For 2017 Announced

The FHA official site has announced higher FHA loan limits for 2017. According to a press release on the official site, The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced the agency’s new schedule of loan limits, and due to an increase in housing prices, most areas in the country will see a slight increase in loan limits in 2017 These loan limits are effective for case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2017, and will remain in effect through the end of the year. The announcement includes word of a higher FHA national loan limit “ceiling”, which is set to increase to $636,150, up from 2016s $625,500 limit. The “floor” is also scheduled to increase in 2016 to $275,665, which is up from the previous years $271,050. Recent changes in | more...

 

FHA Announces 2017 HECM Limits

The FHA official site has been updated recently to include 2017 loan limits for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as FHA HECM loans or FHA reverse mortgages. According to the press release at www.FHA.gov, “The Federal Housing Administrations (FHA) Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan limits for Traditional HECM, HECM for Purchase, and HECM-to-HECM refinances are governed by the maximum claim amount limitation in sections 255(g) and 255(m) of the National Housing Act, which contains cross-references to section 305(a)(2) of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act”. The FHA updates HECM loan limits annually, and those updates are effective for the new calendar year; limits may be subject to change depending on legislation, FHA requirements, or other legal factors that may apply before or after the existing year’s update | more...

 

FHA Loan Limits In 2017: The FHA Search Tool

At the time of this writing, FHA loan limits for 2017 have not been published yet, but borrowers who need to know mortgage loan limits can look them up at the FHA official site. No matter whether you’re looking for loan limit information for the current year or for 2017, there is some important information to keep in mind. First, FHA loan limits in general are not uniform across the country. Loan limits vary depending on whether the market you’re buying in is considered a high-cost area or a market where costs are below national averages. When you are using the search tool on the FHA Mortgage Limits page on the FHA official site, you can look up the limits by state, county, or “Metropolitan Statistical Area”. Looking up multiple | more...

 

Mortgage Payments On FHA Loans: How Much?

One of the most common questions about FHA mortgage payments is naturally, “How much will I have to pay?” And the answer is not as easy as you might think since there are a variety of factors that go into calculating the monthly mortgage payment. FHA loan limits, the amount of the loan the FHA will insure, don’t include the Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP), for example. So you can’t simply divide the amount of your loan limit and divide by the number of mortgage payments you plan to make. In addition to UFMIP, there are other things to consider. For example, is the borrower planning on an FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)? This option allows the addition of extra funds for approved upgrades or improvements to the home, | more...

 
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Adding To The FHA Loan Amount

When preparing to fill out an FHA loan application, many borrowers wonder how much FHA loan they will be permitted to get, and whether they can increase that amount. The basic FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state that the loan amount is determined by either the appraised value of the property or the asking price, whichever is lower. Some want to know if they can get cash back on an FHA new purchase single family home loan, but the rules prevent a borrower from receiving cash back on new purchase loans except in the form of a legitimate refund. There are ways to increase the loan amount, however, that do not result in cash back to the borrower. For example, the borrower who chooses to finance the Up Front | more...

 

FHA Loan Questions and Answers

Tired of renting and looking to purchase a home of your own? There are many questions many first time home buyers or first time FHA loan applicants have. Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about FHA mortgages. Is There An Income Limit For FHA Loans? No. FHA mortgages are not designed specifically for one type of financial situation or another. You cannot “earn too much” with the FHA single family home loan program. All wage earners are encouraged to explore their FHA loan options. Is There A First-Time Home Buyer Advantage Or Preference With FHA Mortgages? While an individual lender may offer certain perks for first-time home buyers, the FHA single family home loan program itself does not have a first time home buyer | more...