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Time Running Out On EHLP Assistance For Borrowers

Qualified FHA borrowers and those with conventional home loans in trouble on their mortgages have a limited amount of time left to apply for assistance from the Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program or EHLP, which was reopened in 27 states and Puerto Rico. EHLP is designed to help homeowners in these 27 states who have “experienced a reduction in income and are at risk of foreclosure due to involuntary unemployment or underemployment, due to economic conditions or a medical condition.


How To Buy a HUD Home Part Two

In our last blog post we discussed HUD homes and who can buy them. A HUD home is a one-to-four unit residential property which was originally purchased with an FHA mortgage. The loan went into default and foreclosure, and became the property of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. To cut its’ losses, HUD offers these homes for sale at a discount. According to the FHA official site, “HUD Homes are sold ‘as-is,’ without warranty. That means that HUD will not pay to correct any problems. But even if a HUD Home needs fixing up – and not all of them do – it can be a real bargain…” FHA adds, “HUD’s asking price on the home will reflect the fact that the buyer will have to invest money | more...


How To Buy A HUD Home

A HUD home, also known as a HUD REO property, is described by the FHA as “a 1-to-4 unit residential property acquired by HUD as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim.” HUD homes are good deals because they are offered at a discount and are sold as-is. That means there is no insurance on the property and borrowers are strongly encouraged to get a home inspection prior to committing to the sale. In some cases a HUD home may not require repairs, but in others these homes make great fixer-upper projects. Best of all, according to the FHA official site, “Anyone can purchase a HUD Home as long | more...


HUD Announces $10 Million Dollar Initiative To Fight Mortgage Scams

In recent months there have been many headlines about con artists targeting FHA and conventional borrowers in trouble on their home loans. A recent press release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a new program to fight scammers. HUD has pledged more than $10 million in housing counseling grants for HUD-approved agencies. “The funding announced today is specifically earmarked to provide counseling assistance relating to mortgage modification, avoiding potential mortgage scams, and assisting victims of scams,” according to Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. “It is crucial that we support these agencies in helping struggling families do whatever is possible to avoid foreclosure without being victimized by so called mortgage ‘rescue’ companies.” The grand money will be awarded to 139 local housing counseling agencies | more...


FHA Loans And Minimum Employment History

After getting a reader question about minimum employment history for FHA home loans, it seemed like a good idea to revisit the topic. FHA requirements require the loan applicant to provide least a two-year work history for the lender to review. But that two-year requirement is not used to set a minimum standard for the length of employment. The FHA official site says,


FHA Updates Rules for HECM Loan Counseling

FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as HECM loans, are for qualified borrowers 62 or older who want to apply for a loan on their home using the equity in the home to secure the mortgage. This type of loan features cash out to the borrower and is not paid back until the borrower dies or sells the property. FHA HECM loans are unique because they offer money to the borrower as a monthly installment, a line of credit or other arrangements as permitted by FHA rules. The FHA requires applicants to get HECM-specific loan counseling before they can commit to the mortgage due to the terms and conditions of the mortgage loan. Some of those terms and conditions require the borrower to meet all loan obligations (including staying | more...


FHA Announces Help for New York and North Carolina Storm Victims

With Hurricane Irene now a memory, the job of cleaning up and recovering still challenges many communities. President Obama has declared parts of New York and North Carolina as federal disaster areas, and the FHA has announced help for those in those areas. We’ve run quite a number of these announcements in 2011, and regular readers likely notice a pattern; FHA assistance for federal disaster areas includes FHA loan foreclosure moratoriums, forbearance and other assistance, it also includes FHA loan help in the form of the FHA 203(k) rehab loan. The FHA 203(k) is one of the most important types of help FHA/HUD offers to those in the disaster areas because it offers a long-term solution in addition to assistance with short-term issues. Storm victims need temporary shelter, food, clothing | more...