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FHA Reverse Mortgages: An Appraisal Question

A reader asked us a question in the comments section recently about FHA reverse mortgages and the appraisal process for them. “We have a detached garage with a 500 square foot “mother-in-law unit” on top. Will this structure be included ...

Bad Credit FHA Loans? A Reader Question

A reader got in touch about bad credit home loans in our comments section this week. “I am looking for companies/banks/ or mortgage companies that help people refinance during bankruptcy 13 and bad credit.” Does the FHA single family home ...

FHA Loans and Alimony/Child Support

A reader asked a question in our comments section about FHA loan rules for alimony and child support payments: “What is a voluntary payment agreement? I am divorced its a closed case and I actually pay a little more than ...

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 ...

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” ...

Maximum Loan Amounts For FHA Loans

What are the FHA loan rules for maximum loan amounts? The rules for loan amounts are found in the FHA single family home loan rule book, HUD 4000.1 has answers, starting with this from page 155: “A Mortgage that is ...

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 ...

Pre-Foreclosure Sales and New FHA Loans

Many potential FHA borrowers want to know how long they must wait following pre-foreclosure sales in order to successfully apply for a new mortgage. There is a specified “seasoning period” (industry jargon for the amount of required waiting time following ...