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FHA Loan Rules For Employment: A Reader Question

FHA loan rules require the lender to verify a borrower’s employment-how long the borrower has been employed, the nature and duration of the job, the pay, and other factors that may be required by lender standards or state law. Sometimes ...

Buying A Home From A Family Member

Is there a penalty of some kind for purchasing a home from a relative when using an FHA mortgage? A reader asked a question about that recently in our comments section. “I would like to purchase my father-in-laws home. He ...

FHA Loan FICO Score Rules

What are the FHA loan program’s FICO score requirements? That’s a common question, and a good one to ask as there are several things to keep in mind about how the FHA and participating lenders will view your credit scores. ...

FHA Loan Rules: Occupancy, 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 ...

Types of Homes Eligible For FHA Mortgages

What kinds of property types can be purchased with an FHA mortgage loan? It’s a simple question, but there are some occasional misconceptions about FHA requirements for single family homes that borrowers should know about as they plan their mortgage. ...

Divorce And FHA Loans: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I was divorced 5 years ago but he stayed in the house. He is always behind on the payments and it affects my credit. I have divorce papers that state he is solely responsible for the house ...

Gaps In Employment, Reductions of Income: FHA Loan Rules

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 for single family home loans and refinance loans include instructions for the lender on how to verify a borrower’s income and employment. There are several reasons why this verification must be made, but one ...

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 ...

Second Appraisal For An FHA Loan? The Rules You Should Know

There are times when a borrower or even the seller may not agree with the results of an FHA appraisal. Does the FHA loan rule book, HUD 4000.1, permit the request of a second one? Under what circumstances might another ...

FHA Loans Following Short Sale Or Foreclosure

Hands down, some of the most-asked questions we get in our comments section involve the FHA loan rules for borrowers who have a short sale or foreclosure on their credit record. It’s easy to assume that a new home loan ...