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FHA Loans After A Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure

A reader question came in recently asking about the possibility of getting an FHA home loan following a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) action. “Is a deed-in-lieu derogatory on a credit report?” was one of the questions. The answer to that is that yes, a deed-in-lieu is considered a negative on your credit report. But FHA loans do offer some hope for borrowers who have since the deed-in-lieu established good credit once more. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 cover the requirements in these circumstances for single-family “forward mortgages” after a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, and those rules include mandatory waiting times or “seasoning periods” following the DIL. When can a borrower apply for a new FHA home loan after a deed-in-lieu? According to HUD 4000.1: “A Borrower is generally not eligible | more...

 

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Holding Steady on Black Friday

Thursday was Thanksgiving, and with banks closed and the markets also not doing business, it was a short week. Mortgage loan rates stayed absolutely quiet on Friday, no surprise there as all eyes were on the Black Friday shopping news and other developments. But the coming week has some important scheduled economic data releases including jobless claims and the employment situation report. Factory orders is also a report due out this week–lots of potential indicators as to where the economy is heading (or is currently at) and that will no doubt fuel speculation about the Fed’s decisions about a possible December rate hike. In short, there is potential for volatility this week that borrowers on the fence about locking or floating should consider while making the choice. Floating could get | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

FHA Loan Limits For 2016?

Close to the end of each calendar year, the FHA and HUD issue a set of FHA loan guarantee limits for the coming new year. These limits, issued by county and variable depending on the housing market and other factors, do not put a cap on the amount of the actual loan you can apply for under the FHA single family home loan program, but the limits do regulate the amount of the loan guarantee by the government. The FHA loan limits are described on the FHA/HUD official site–the following information was issued last year and effective for the 2015 calendar year: “Each year, FHA recalculates its national loan limit based on a percentage calculation of the national conforming loan limit.” “Depending on those limits, FHA’s minimum national loan limit | more...

 

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Flat Ahead of Holiday Break

Mortgage loan interest rates were described by market watchers as “flat” on Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday. Markets were closed on Thursday and while some volatility is possible the day before a holiday, everything was basically quiet. Friday’s trading day may or may not be marked by some movement of the mortgage rates (that hasn’t happened at the time of this writing) but industry professionals don’t expect any major developments to occur until next week when scheduled events, breaking news, and other factors could conspire to move rates up or down depending on investor reaction to those things. Next week there is some potential for volatility due to scheduled data releases. Jobless claims, non-farm payrolls, and unemployment figures all come out late in the week–those economic data releases do have | more...

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

We pause from our usual discussion of FHA loans, answering reader questions about FHA mortgages and refinancing, and FHA loan rules to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. Thank you for reading! We look forward to resuming our normal posting schedule after the holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

HUD Settlement With Illinois Landlord Over Lead Hazard

The FHA/HUD official site has issued a press release announcing a settlement in a case involving lead hazards in Illinois rental properties. This may seem at first glance to have nothing to do with FHA home loans. But this case is an important reminder of why it is so important to report issues connected with fair housing, hazardous conditions in housing, and related issues–the victims in cases like these are often the only defense against continued violation of federal laws, environmental guidelines, etc. According to HUDNo. 15-151, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, “announced a settlement with a Rockford, Illinois landlord to resolve a claim he failed to inform tenants, some with young children, that their homes may contain potentially dangerous lead.” According to the press release, the agreement | more...

 

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Holding Steady After Some Upwards Movement

Monday say mortgage rates moving slightly higher, while on Tuesday rates held steady. There’s some market volatility this week for reasons that include the Thanksgiving holiday–rates may well move into a defensive posture on Wednesday in anticipation of the down day on Thursday. Add to that the uncertainty over a Fed interest rate hike in December and you have a combination of factors that equals a risky time to float, at least in the minds of some industry pros. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are, at the time of this writing, between 4.0% and 4.125% depending on the lender (best execution). The rate changes we’ve seen this week so far may be reflected in closing costs rather than an actual higher interest rate, so borrowers should know that when they | more...

 

HUD 4000.1 On Appraisals: Sewage Systems

In a recent blog post, we examined what FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say about water utility systems. Borrowers and sellers alike should know the FHA stance on public utilities–especially where it comes to water hookup: “The Mortgagee must confirm that a connection is made to a public or Community Water System whenever feasible and available at a reasonable cost. If connection costs to the public or community system are not reasonable, the existing onsite systems are acceptable, provided they are functioning properly and meet the requirements of the local health department.” That’s part of the entry in HUD 4000.1 about water utility systems, but there is also a separate entry for sewage. This entry begins by basically restating the above for clarity: “The Mortgagee must confirm that a | more...

 
Can I buy a manufactured home with an FHA loan?

Get Ready For Your FHA Cash Out Refinance Loan

When you buy a home with a conventional, FHA, or other type of home loan product, one day you may wish to refinance to take advantage of the equity you’ve built up in the home. An FHA cash-out refinance loan can help you do that. With a little planning you can make the most of your refinance experience. The first step is to figure out how much time you need to prepare for the loan. There are closing costs, and a new credit application and appraisal will be required. Saving money for the appraisal is a good idea, and if you wish to purchase discount points on your cash out loan you can pay for them up front with reduced stress on your monthly budget if you take enough time | more...

 
What Is A New Construction FHA Home Loan Compared To Existing Construction Loans?

FHA Loan Minimum Property Requirements in HUD 4000.1: Water Supply, Wells

FHA loan rules covering minimum property requirements (for all homes to be purchased with a single-family FHA loan) are found in HUD 4000.1. The topic of water supply to the home is one that frequently comes up when borrowers or soon-to-be FHA loan applicants look at homes that are serviced by wells or other “alternative” types of water supply other than a public utility. What do FHA loan rules have to say about the water supply to the home? HUD 4000.1 begins by stating: “The Mortgagee must confirm that a connection is made to a public or Community Water System whenever feasible and available at a reasonable cost. If connection costs to the public or community system are not reasonable, the existing onsite systems are acceptable, provided they are functioning | more...