November 17, 2019

Vimeo Channel YouTube Channel

Articles Published in: January 2014

FHA and HUD Issue New Foreclosure Avoidance Brochure

The FHA and HUD have issued a new mortgagee letter explaining the replacement of a “saving your home” brochure issued in 2002. According to FHA Mortgagee Letter 14-01, the “How to Avoid Foreclosure” brochure, HUD-PA-426, has been replaced. “The new brochure is the “Save Your Home: Tips to Avoid Foreclosure” brochure, HUD-2008-5-FHA, which is to be sent with a cover letter to delinquent mortgagors pursuant to 24 CFR 203.602.” The FHA and HUD have replaced the old document and have included the following instructions to lenders when sending the new brochure, which is designed to help inform borrowers in trouble on their FHA mortgages about the options available to them. When sending the new brochure, lenders are required to send a cover letter which includes the following “informed borrower” information: | more...

 

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Monday, January 20th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–banks are closed and we pause in our regular writing about FHA loans and answering reader questions to observe the holiday. While we don’t stop posting for all bank holidays, this day is especially significant and deserves recognition–Doctor King is one of the most significant figures of the 20th century, so today we pause to honor his accomplishments. Thank you for reading, our regularly scheduled posts resume tomorrow.

 

FHA Minimum FICO Credit Score: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I have Bankruptcy discharged June 1 2011. I do not have lots of credit. Have small inheritance from mother. I Want to purchase small house in Cleveland, Georgia. I have joined Equifax (663), TransUnion (718) and Experian (638). When I access each one has a score different than the other credit reporting agency. How can I determine my creditworthiness?” FHA loan rules say that in general, when a FICO score is available, the lender is required to use it to help determine a borrower’s creditworthiness. The credit score alone doesn’t tell the whole story–there are other factors that play a part in whether or not an FHA loan is approved–but it does play an important role The instructions for the lender on how to process credit score | more...

 

Can A Family Member Loan Money For Closing Costs On An FHA Mortgage?

When you apply for an FHA loan, the lender will explain that there are a variety of closing costs to anticipate including the amount of the required 3.5% FHA loan down payment. Some FHA loan applicants may struggle financially with the credit costs and seek to borrow money to cover them. FHA loan rules permit this but only under approved conditions. A borrower’s required funds for down payment, for example, must come from an approved source such as personal savings, investments, or (in cases where a loan is required) from a secured loan. Down payment money cannot come from credit card cash advances,  payday loans or other “non-collateralized” loans. Can a family member lend an FHA borrower the funds to close? According to FHA loan rules in HUD 4155.1, Chapter | more...

 

FHA Loans And Energy Efficient Mortgages

Borrowers who choose the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) option as part of their FHA loan can get up to $8,000 in additional funds added to the loan amount for the express purpose of adding approved energy-efficient upgrades. According to the FHA loan rules in HUD 4155.1 , Chapter Six, “Once the borrower and the property are determined eligible for FHA-insured financing, the lender, using the energy rating report and the EEM worksheet, determines the dollar amount of the cost-effective energy package that may be added to the mortgage amount. The cost of any improvement to the property that will increase the property’s energy efficiency, and that is determined to be cost effective, is eligible for financing into the mortgage.The cost that may be added to the mortgage amount is | more...

 

FHA Loan Assumptions: For Qualified Borrowers

Yesterday we discussed FHA loan assumption policies—FHA loans are assumable, provided the lender can determine that the proposed new owner is able to financially qualify for the mortgage. According to HUD 4155.1 Chapter Seven, the following applies to all FHA home loans subject to laws affecting loans closed in 1989 and after: “Under the HUD Reform Act of 1989, mortgages closed on or after December 15, 1989 require credit qualification of those borrowers wishing to assume the mortgage. The creditworthiness review requirement spans the life of the mortgage. This requirement applies to both those borrowers who • take title to a property subject to the mortgage without assuming personal liability for the debt, and • assume and agree to pay the mortgage.” FHA loan rules state that any mortgage falling | more...

 

Are FHA Loans Assumable?

FHA single family home loans are available to any qualified borrower–there are no “first time home buyer” requirements or similar restrictions. But one feature of the FHA loan program some aren’t aware of is the ability to allow their loan to be assumed by another qualified borrower. Not everyone who buys a home with an FHA mortgage winds up staying in that home for the entire duration of the mortgage. Some sell and move on, others may decide to refinance. Others may encounter situations where they need to allow the loan to be assumed by a qualified third party. What do FHA loan rules say about this process? What kinds of rules govern the assumption of an FHA home loan? FHA loan rules for assumptions are found in HUD 4155.1 | more...

 

The FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage Loan

The FHA loan program includes something called an Energy Efficient Mortgage. This program allows the borrower to apply for additional funds in order to make approved energy efficient upgrades to the property to be purchased with an FHA home loan. According to the FHA loan rules in HUD 4155.1 Chapter Six, Section D, the FHA EEM program allows the borrower to finance “100% of the cost of eligible energy efficient improvements into the mortgage, subject to certain dollar limitations, without an appraisal of the energy efficient improvements.” For the EEM Program, Chapter Six Section D says: mortgage amount includes the cost of the energy efficient improvements, in addition to the usual mortgage amount normally permitted FHA maximum loan limit for the area may be exceeded by the cost of the | more...

 

FHA Loans And Outstanding Debt: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “If you have those (FHA) minimum scores do you still have to pay some remaining debt on your credit report? What if most those are doctor bills, and do they have a special buyers program for people on disability?” Though this reader question isn’t entirely clear, it seems the main issue is whether having outstanding debt might be an issue when applying for an FHA home loan. The real question for the lender in cases like this is whether the debt is typical monthly payments or a delinquency which needs to be resolved. According to FHA loan rules, outstanding debt can be an important factor in FHA loan approval or denial: “Past credit performance is the most useful guide to • determining a borrower’s attitude toward credit | more...

 

FHA Loan Approval and Evictions: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I was ‘renting to own’ a house from a close family friend. For 3 years, I paid her mortgage payment and all household repairs/maintenance. She then decided after her parents death to move back to our home state and ultimately take her home back. I started working with a lender who said I qualified for an FHA loan…My ‘landlord’ or family friend only wanted to give me 4 weeks to move out after announcing that she changed her mind and wanted her house back, and there was no way I could do that. I ended up needing 6 weeks, but was just made aware that she filed a rule of evict w/ the local magistrate court…” “…Now my lender called me and says he can’t help me | more...