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White House Announces Federal Disaster Assistance For Texas

HUD Announces Final Rule For Equal Access

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a new final rule that promises important protections for all Americans seeking housing, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. According to a press release on the HUD official site, the new final rule is known as, “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity“. The press release says the final rule affects everything from FHA mortgage loan programs to housing services and benefits. “Following what had previously been a practice encouraged by HUD, providers that operate single-sex projects using funds awarded through the Departments Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) will now be required to provide all individuals, including transgender individuals and other individuals who do not identify with the sex | more...

 

FHA UFMIP: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I want to purchase at home for 141,000 and I am paying the 3.5 down payment which totals it 136,065. How much will I pay in Up Front mortgage and annually MIP. If I pay the UFMIP in closing will it still be added into to total amount loan?” Let’s begin with a few basics. UFMIP stands for Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium, which is required as one of the closing costs of an FHA mortgage loan. According to HUD 4000.1, “Most FHA mortgage insurance programs require the payment of UFMIP, which may be financed into the Mortgage. The UFMIP is not considered when calculating the area-based Nationwide Mortgage Limits and LTV limits.” That last sentence means that your loan limit is unaffected by the amount of | more...

 
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FHA Loan Questions: FHA Lenders

A reader asks, “Do you have a local list of approved FHA lenders for first time home owners in the amount of $50,000.00 and lower?” This is a common type of question; we get asked this sort of thing quite frequently in the comments section. There are a variety of reasons why a borrower might wish to apply for a comparatively low-dollar amount FHA loan. One is that some housing markets simply don’t have the higher prices; another is that a borrower wishes to purchase a mobile or manufactured home rather than what’s known as “stick-built” housing which is built on-site. What’s important to know is that lender standards vary from place to place. What’s offered by one lender may not be offered by another. With that in mind, it’ | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Interest Rate Trends: Higher Ahead Of Fed

Mortgage loan interest rates moved a bit higher on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled Fed announcement, which can and has influenced mortgage rates (depending on investor reaction to the contents of such announcements). Most likely borrowers affected by today’s increase will notice the changes in the form of closing costs, and today’s move is essentially a trend we’ve been watching in the short term. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are reported at the time of this writing at or near a best-execution 3.5%. FHA mortgage loan rates are holding, best execution, at 3.25%, having given up a previous range between 3.0% and 3.25% earlier. As always, the rates you see listed here are best execution rates, which means an ideal borrower is assumed (with outstanding FICO scores, credit history, and | more...

 
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FHA Loan and Monthly Debt

In order to insure an FHA loan applicant is a good credit risk, the lender must review the potential borrower’s FICO scores, employment, and debt-to-income ratio. The debt ratio is an important part of the overall determination for lenders to approve or deny an FHA loan application. That’s one reason we often point out that FICO scores alone don’t make or break a home loan application, but instead a variety of factors are used to approve the loan; FHA requirements include your loan repayment history, FICO scores, debt to income ratio, and employment history. HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender to review a borrower’s monthly financial obligations on page 177, stating: “The Mortgagee must determine the Borrowers monthly liabilities by reviewing all debts listed on the credit report, Uniform Residential Loan | more...

 
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Down Payment Rules For FHA Loans

FHA home loans differ from conventional mortgages in many ways, and one of those ways is that a lower down payment is required with FHA mortgages than for many conventional loans. A conventional mortgage may require a down payment of ten percent or more, depending on the borrower’s financial qualifications and other factors. But the FHA loan minimum down payment is (in most cases) 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property. But there are specific rules governing the down payment for mortgage loans, and FHA mortgages are no exception. The borrower’s “minimum required investment” or MRI (as HUD 4000.1 describes the down payment) must come from approved sources. Those sources can include a borrower’s own funds, gift funds that meet FHA requirements, cashed-out investments, proceeds from retirement accounts that | more...

 
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FHA Mortgage Loan Rules: Business Debt

When your loan officer reviews your financial details in order to make sure you are a good credit risk for a mortgage loan, there are many factors to consider. Some borrowers have less debt than others, and some debts are not necessarily personal loans, personal credit cards, etc. Sometimes business debt can factor into the equation. FHA loan rules for calculating certain types of business debt into a borrower’s debt to income ratio are found in HUD 4000.1, which begins on page 185 with a definition: “Business Debt in Borrowers Name refers to liabilities reported on the Borrowers personal credit report, but payment for the debt is attributed to the Borrowers business.” The basic instructions to the lender here are fairly simple: “When business debt is reported on the Borrowers | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Interest Rate Trends: Unchanged To Slightly Higher

Mortgage rates closed out unchanged for some, higher for others, depending on the lender. After some steady upward pressure on rates, we’ve seen both conventional and FHA mortgage loan interest rates affected ahead of an important week for rates with the Fed about to make another policy announcement, plus the release of housing data. The Fed meeting comes Wednesday and has had the power to influence loan rates in the past depending on investor reaction. There is strong potential for higher rates depending on what happens on Wednesday, so it’s best to assume that can and will happen and plan accordingly. On Friday, 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages were reported at or near 3.5% best execution, with FHA mortgage loan rates reported at or near a best execution 3.25%. That | more...

 
White House Announces Federal Disaster Assistance For Texas

HUD Announces Fair Housing Protections For Borrowers With Limited English Proficiency

It’s known as “LEP” or “limited English proficiency, and has been an issue that directly affects legally binding agreements including home loans for as long as there have been such arrangements made in the United States. But now, LEP is being addressed directly through guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as described in a recent press release on the HUD official site. “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued ‘Limited English Proficiency’ (LEP) guidance that addresses how the Fair Housing Act would apply to claims of housing discrimination brought by people because they do not speak, read, or write English proficiently. More than 25 million people in the United States do not communicate proficiently in English.” The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal | more...

 
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More On The FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan

Recently we wrote about the FHA 203(k) rehab loan and the FHA 203(k) limited rehab loan. With the “standard” rehab loan, borrowers can make major improvements to a property with a minimum of $5,000 required. The limited version of the FHA 203(k) rehab loan differs in several ways, but to start with there is no minimum dollar amount for the loan. HUD 4000.1 has rules that apply to the FHA requirements for 203(k) limited rehab loan. Those include a list of ineligible projects for the limited version of this type of mortgage loan: “The Limited 203(k) mortgage proceeds may not be used to finance major rehabilitation or major remodeling. FHA considers a repair to be major when any of the following are applicable: -the repair or improvements are expected to | more...