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FHA Loan Short Sale Eligibility Rules

We get many questions about borrowers who want to apply for an FHA loan in the wake of a short sale. What do FHA loan rules, as described in HUD 4155.1, say about applying for an FHA mortgage after a short sale? Much depends on whether your previous loan was current or delinquent when the short sale occurred. Borrowers who were current on all mortgage payments at the time of the short sale may find a lender willing to work with them based on HUD 4155.1 Chapter Four Section C, which states: “A borrower is considered eligible for a new FHA-insured mortgage if, from the date of loan application for the new mortgage, all • mortgage payments on the prior mortgage were made within the month due for the 12-month | more...

 

HUD Brings Housing Discrimination Charges Against Fifth Third Bank, Fifth Third Mortgage Company and Cranbrook Mortgage Corporation

The FHA/HUD official site has issued a press release announcing charges against Fifth Third Bank, Fifth Third Mortgage Company and Cranbrook Mortgage Corporation. According to HUDNo.13-128, “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging Fifth Third Bank, Fifth Third Mortgage Company and Cranbrook Mortgage Corporation with discriminating against a couple with disabilities who were attempting to refinance their home mortgage.  HUD’s charge alleges that the Cincinnati, Ohio-based mortgage lender and the Clinton Township, Michigan-based mortgage broker required unnecessary medical documentation in order to qualify the couple for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan.” Fair Housing Act laws forbid discrimination in the home loan process or loan modification process, “based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or family status, including imposing different application or | more...

 

FHA Loan Reader Questions: Lender Requirements

A reader asks, “My husband and I both have credit scores of 628 and 635, and no late payments on any current accounts for over 1 year. Our mortgage broker told us in order to qualify for the 3.5% down we have to have a credit score of over 660 to qualify for FHA. Is this true? and if it is, do we qualify for any other FHA loan? It has been over 4 years since there has been anything derrogative on our credit reports, and the items that are on there from 4 yrs ago or more are due to an economic hardship of losing our business.” One thing home loan applicants should know about the FHA loan program is that FHA loan minimum standards for FICO scores and | more...

 
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FHA Loan Reader Questions: The Nature of FHA Loans

A reader asks, “I am currently buying a home on a land contract and was hoping maybe I could get it run through FHA the pay off is I think around 19,000.00 it is a trailer with a garage on it. My credit isn’t good enough to run it through the bank. I’m hoping you can help me. I have been paying on it for about 4 & 1/2 years. Please if you can help me I would appreciate it. I live off SSI because I became disabled in 1995, and have been drawing my SSI since 1996. Thank you for your time and consideration.” This reader question is a good reminder that there are still plenty of myths floating around out there about FHA mortgages and the nature of | more...

 
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FHA Loan Reader Questions: Spouse Credit Issues

A reader asks, “My husband and I are looking to apply for an FHA loan. We just recently got married. He is more than qualified to apply on his own, with a good credit score and great income. I, unfortunately, have terrible credit and unresolved debts (prior to marriage). Is it possible for him to apply on his own without factoring in my debt? Our loan agent told us that I had have my credit checked and my debt would also be factored into the debt to income ratio, but not my income. Is this true?” The answer to this question is fairly simple–it depends on the laws of your state. The first thing a borrower in this situation should do is check to see if they are living in | more...

 

Back To Work: The FHA’s New Program Requires Housing Counseling

The FHA has a new program called Back To Work, designed to help borrowers who have experienced what the FHA terms an Economic Event that resulted in negative credit information but may not necessarily be an accurate indicator of a borrower’s creditworthiness or ability to repay the FHA mortgage. Back To Work, according to FHA Mortgagee Letter 2013-26, lets lenders evaluate these Economic Events to see if the borrower may still be a good credit risk for an FHA loan. “FHA recognizes the hardships faced by these borrowers, and realizes that their credit histories may not fully reflect their true ability or propensity to repay a mortgage. To that end, FHA is allowing for the consideration of borrowers who have experienced an Economic Event and can document that: certain credit | more...

 

Back to Work: How the new FHA Loan Guidelines Apply to Foreclosures and Short Sales

In recent blog posts we’ve explored a new FHA program called Back To Work, which allows lenders to be more lenient with credit requirements for borrowers who have experienced what the FHA terms an Economic Event. Borrowers who have a qualifying Economic Event under Back To Work may be able to get an FHA mortgage in spite of negative credit data that lender determines does not realistically affect the borrower’s ability to afford mortgage payments on the FHA loan. The FHA’s Back to Work program rules are described in FHA Mortgagee Letter 2013-26, which states, “FHA is allowing for the consideration of borrowers who have experienced an Economic Event and can document that: certain credit impairments were the result of a Loss of Employment or a significant loss of Household | more...

 

Back to Work: How the new FHA Loan Guidelines Apply to Bankruptcy

In our last several blog posts we’ve been examining an important new development from the FHA, a program known as Back To Work that allows lenders to work with borrowers who may have negative credit information due to the recession that doesn’t necessarily reflect the ability to pay for an FHA mortgage. The FHA describes an applicable financial setback as an “economic event” and allows borrowers to be more lenient with credit requirements for qualified borrowers. Back To Work rules were issued in FHA Mortgagee Letter 2013-26, which says “FHA is allowing for the consideration of borrowers who have experienced an Economic Event and can document that: certain credit impairments were the result of a Loss of Employment or a significant loss of Household Income beyond the borrower’s control; the | more...

 
What you should know about FHA 203(h) Loans For Disaster Victims

New FHA Loan Rules For Borrowers With Financial Difficulties: Evaluating an “Economic Event”

We’ve been taking a look at the new FHA loan guidelines for lenders who are working with borrowers who have had what the FHA terms an “economic event” that affects credit but may not necessarily be a good indication of a borrower’s ability to repay an FHA mortgage loan. FHA Mortgagee Letter 2013-26 describes an FHA program known as Back To Work. The mortgagee letter was issued in order to, in the words of the FHA, “provide minimum underwriting standards and criteria for evaluating borrowers who have experienced an Economic Event, as defined in this ML, that resulted in a severe reduction in income due to a job loss or other circumstances resulting in reduced Household Income; describe the use of housing counseling to qualify under the provisions of this | more...

 

New FHA Rules For Borrowers Who Have Faced an “Economic Event”

In recent blog posts, we’ve examined some of the new guidelines for FHA borrowers who may have negative credit information on their records as a result of financial difficulties the FHA describes as an “economic event”. The FHA/HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-26 outlining new guidelines for lenders who are working with borrowers affected by such circumstances. According to the mortgagee letter, “Because of these recent recession-related periods of financial difficulty, borrowers’ credit has been negatively affected. FHA recognizes the hardships faced by these borrowers, and realizes that their credit histories may not fully reflect their true ability or propensity to repay a mortgage. To that end, FHA is allowing for the consideration of borrowers who have experienced an Economic Event and can document that: certain credit impairments were the result | more...