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Mortgage Rate Trends: Third Day Lower

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage rates fell for the third day in a row on Friday, though affected borrowers may have noticed the changes reflected in closing costs rather than an actual interest rate change. We’ve seen rates drop low enough that some market ...

Child Support Income and FHA Loans

A reader got in touch with us to ask a question about how a participating FHA lender will view child support payments. “My significant other and I want to apply for a house loan together. He technically still pays me ...

Mortgage Rates: Moving Lower

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage loan interest rates have been moving downwards since our last report, but the moves have been small, and we still see a familiar range of rates. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are still within a best execution range between ...

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 ...

Credit Score Rules For FHA Mortgages

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There’s a common reader question about credit score rules for FHA mortgage loans that we get from time to time that goes something like this: “Is it possible to have a low credit score (500-600) and still get an FHA ...

Mortgage Rates: Five Days Of Moving Higher

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage rates have been moving steadily higher for the last five business days; the most recent move higher on Wednesday was motivated in part by investor reaction to stronger economic data including a stronger Retail Sales report and better news ...

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 ...

HUD Announces Relief For Louisiana Tornado Victims

Federal relief is available for those affected by tornadoes in Louisiana. On Monday, February 13th 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will “speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Louisiana and provide support ...

FHA Appraisal Basics You Should Know

The FHA appraisal process can be mysterious to some. It’s not as complete as a home inspection, the results of the appraisal should not be mistaken for a home inspection, nor should the FHA appraisal be considered as a stamp ...

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 ...