June 25, 2017

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What is an FHA loan and who qualifies?

What Is An FHA Loan And Who Qualifies?

What is an FHA loan and who qualifies? These are common questions, especially for first-time home buyers looking at all their options from conventional mortgages to FHA loans. What Is An FHA Home Loan? Simply put, an FHA mortgage is a home loan that has been guaranteed by the government, making the mortgage safer for the lender and less expensive for the borrower. The FHA single family home loan program is designed for borrowers who are financially qualified with FICO scores at 580 or better for maximum financing. (Lender FICO score requirements may be higher than FHA minimums.) An FHA mortgage as described here is intended for owner-occupiers and is meant for primary residences. That means that time shares, vacation homes, and other occasional-occupancy properties cannot be purchased with an | more...

 

FHA Loan Rules For Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

We’ve had a number of reader questions in our comments section recently asking about scenarios for loan approval that involve bankruptcy and related issues. Can a borrower get a new FHA loan following a bankruptcy? Under what conditions? FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address this issue with separate entries for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. According to the FHA loan rule book, Chapter 7 requires the lender to observe the following: “A Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) does not disqualify a Borrower from obtaining an FHA-insured Mortgage if, at the time of case number assignment, at least two years have elapsed since the date of the bankruptcy discharge. During this time, the Borrower must have: – re-established good credit; or – chosen not to incur new credit obligations.” HUD 4000.1 | more...

 

FHA Loans And Income Verification Requirements

FHA loan income verification requirements include submitting tax data as part of the application process. Your lender may require tax returns and other paperwork; depending on the transaction these requirements may include additional forms of documentation. A reader got in touch recently in our comments section to ask about these income verification issues. “Our lender is asking for two years of tax returns. We have not filed for 2016 yet. We apply for and get an extension every year and have until October since we are freelancers…Can we just submit 2014 & 2015 for now to apply for the loan? We have pay stubs for 2016 as proof for income and it is greater than what we have made the priors years. Although, it seems to be a problem that | more...

 
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FHA Mortgages For Multi-Unit Properties

A reader asked us a question this week in the comments section about FHA mortgages for properties with multiple units. “I want to buy a 6 residential unit apartment building with a very small store front commercial space on the property (computer repair shop that takes up about 15% of the property space) I plan on living in one of the apartment units. Is there an FHA loan out there for this situation?” FHA mortgages under the single family loan program do allow FHA loans to qualified borrowers for multi-unit properties. The rules for these purchases are found in HUD 4000.1, which states: “FHAs programs differ from one another primarily in terms of what types of Properties and financing are eligible. Except as otherwise stated in this SF Handbook, FHAs | more...

 

Mortgage Markets and FHA Loans

At the beginning of 2017, Forbes.com published a housing outlook for 2017 which included predictions from experts about what could happen this year. Three months into the new year, how accurate were some of the highlights of this piece? How do current trends affect mortgage loan applicants and those looking to refinance? A quick look at current events shows that some of the observations made at Forbes.com in an article by Samantha Sharf are absolutely right and there’s no reason to expect anything different in the short to mid-term. Consider the prediction made in this piece about mortgage rates. According to the article: “By historic standards rates are still low. In 2017 experts expect movement, but differ on where for the 30-year fixed rate will land. Estimates out there range | more...

 

FHA Loans and Septic Distances

What are the FHA loan guidelines for septic tank issues? A reader asked us a question in this area in the comments section recently: “I am in contract to buy a home with a FHA 203 rehab loan. Today I had building and septic inspections and I found the septic was actually located on the neighbors property. The neighbor doesnt care and is very willing to work with me on it. Does this disqualify the loan?” There are several factors at work for FHA loan approval, not just FHA loan minimum standards. State law, building code, health department requirements and other regulations may affect whether corrections are required as a condition of loan approval. So it’s very important to understand that FHA loan rules may be silent in areas where | more...

 
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FHA Mortgage Questions And Answers

There are many questions about FHA loans-those who are new to the process want to know some very basic, but very important things including how down payments are calculated, who is eligible for an FHA loan, and whether the borrower is free to sell the home purchased with an FHA mortgage after buying it, and how soon. Let’s explore some of these questions: Am I Eligible For An FHA Loan? The implication with a question like this sometimes includes another question. “Do I make too much money to qualify?” This is due to a misconception that FHA mortgages are intended only for first-time buyers, the economically disadvantaged, or those who have earnings that fall within a certain range. But the truth is, FHA mortgage loans have no income limits and | more...

 
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FHA Loan Rules On Occupancy And Second Homes

Occupancy is a key issue for FHA single family home loans. When you purchase a residence with an FHA mortgage, one of the requirements loan approval is conditional upon is that the borrower is expected to occupy the home as the primary residence, usually within 60 days of the loan closing. Occupancy is required for both new purchase and FHA cash-out refinancing loans. That’s one reason why FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 specify that FHA mortgages can’t be used for vacation properties, timeshares, etc. HUD 4000.1 states clearly, on page 135, the “standard for owner occupancy” which includes the following: “At least one Borrower must occupy the Property within 60 Days of signing the security instrument and intend to continue occupancy for at least one year. 203(k) Rehabilitation products | more...

 

FHA Loans And Work Permits: A Reader Question

Are work permits required for FHA loans when the applicant is a legal permanent resident alien or non-permanent resident alien? A reader asks, “So if a person had a work permit but never renewed it, but has been doing taxes with his/her ss# and is currently working does that mean there not qualify for FHA? Or does the legal status have to be current?” FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 are clear that a borrower is not required to be a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan. However, legal status is required-those in the United States illegally cannot qualify for an FHA loan. For permanent resident aliens, HUD 4000.1 states: “A Borrower with lawful permanent resident alien status may be eligible for FHA-insured financing provided | more...

 

FHA Mortgage Facts You Should Know

FHA mortgage loans are a very good option for borrowers looking for a lower down payment and less stringent credit requirements than conventional mortgages. Did you know that FHA home loans do not feature a minimum or maximum income requirement? A borrower’s ability to qualify for an FHA mortgage depends on FICO scores, debt-to-income ratios, credit history, and other factors but there’s no “qualifying dollar amount” for income in terms of minimums OR maximums. Some believe that FHA mortgages are only for first time home buyers, the economically disadvantaged, or only for typical suburban homes. But FHA home loans are available to anyone who is financially qualified and wants to use the property to be purchased as their primary residence. FHA mortgages require only a 3.5% down payment in typical | more...