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Down Payment Assistance and FHA Loans

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A reader got in touch this week about a question related to down payment assistance for FHA mortgages. “I’m buying a home for 175,000. I’ve been cleared to close. Ive been approved for $30,000 down payment assistance which has covered ...

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).” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mortgage Rate Trends: Still Moving Lower

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage rate trends this week have been dragging rates to their lowest levels of the year. Around election time last year, we began to see the stage being set for some upward trending that pushed mortgage loan interest rates out ...

FICO Scores and FHA Loans: A Reader Question

Can a co-borrower make up for another borrower’s FICO score issues? A reader asked us a question along those lines in our comments section recently: “My credit is not good enough to get a home loan. However, if my sister ...

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Higher

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Since our last report, mortgage loan interest rates have risen slightly but overall remain within the same range as we’ve been reporting on now for several weeks. Both Friday and Monday saw rates moving higher in spite of conditions that ...

Seller Contributions on FHA Loans

A reader asks a question about seller contributions on an FHA mortgage loan. “What is included in seller contributions with a max of 6%?” The question refers to something informally known as the “six percent rule” on FHA mortgages, which ...

FHA Mortgage Occupancy Rules

A reader asked us a question this weekend about FHA mortgage loan occupancy rules. “I purchased a home with an FHA loan and intended to live in it for 4 years until my fiancee got orders to relocate with the ...