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What Is An FHA Loan Appraisal?

What is an FHA appraisal? Simply put, it’s a tool used by the lender to make sure the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage meets minimum standards. It’s also used by the lender to establish the fair market value of the property for the purpose of setting the proper FHA loan amount. FHA appraisals require a trained, impartial professional who is approved by the FHA. The lender and the appraiser do not “work together” in such a way that puts the appraiser in a compromising position by the lender. Instead, the appraiser is selected, she does her work and submits reports that detail the results of the appraisal. How do FHA loan appraisals work? The appraiser must visually inspect the property, noting any defective conditions, building code issues | more...

 
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What Is An FHA Loan Inspection?

What is an FHA loan inspection? That is a tricky question to answer because the very phrase “FHA home inspection” implies something that is not true; that the FHA puts a stamp of approval on homes promising the borrower that they are defect-free once “inspected”. There is no such thing as an FHA home inspection. There IS, however, an FHA home APPRAISAL. But borrowers tend to mistakenly assume that the appraisal process is the same thing as a home inspection. These two things could not be further apart. Home Inspections Are Optional, But Very Necessary A home inspection (not an FHA appraisal) is an optional process the borrower is responsible for arranging and paying for and is not associated with the FHA appraisal in any way. The inspection should be | more...

 
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What Are My Restrictions On FHA Loan Assumptions?

Restrictions on FHA loan assumptions aren’t terribly complicated, but if you are interested in assuming an FHA loan there are some things to keep in mind, starting with a requirement that the lender participates in the process. Most FHA mortgage loans closed in recent years will require the lender’s approval and participation in order to successfully assume an FHA loan. But there are other considerations, too. For example, a home purchased with an FHA mortgage on what the FHA handbook describes as “Indian Land” requires the approval of the local tribal authority. According to HUD 4000.1: “The Mortgagee cannot approve an assumption of a Mortgage secured by a Property located on an Indian Land/reservation unless the Indian Tribe has approved the assumption or sale of the rights to the Property | more...

 
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What Is An FHA Loan Rate? FHA ARM Loans and Fixed Rate FHA Mortgages

What is an FHA loan rate? We discussed this question in our last blog post-that the FHA and HUD do not set or regulate interest rates on FHA mortgages, the ability of the borrower to buy discount points in order to lower the FHA loan rate up front, and how a borrower’s FICO scores can affect the kind of mortgage rates offered by the lender. But there is still an important issue to cover-the difference between how fixed rate FHA mortgages work and how FHA adjustable rate mortgage loans (ARM loans) work. What are the primary differences between an FHA fixed-rate loan and an FHA ARM loan? FHA Fixed Rate Mortgage Loans FHA fixed rate mortgages feature one interest rate, negotiated up front between the borrower and lender. Once the | more...

 
What Is The FHA One-Time Close Program? Part Two

What Is The FHA One-Time Close Construction Program? Part Two

What is the FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close Construction Program? In our previous blog post, we discussed the basics of this FHA construction loan program-what it means to the borrower seeking an FHA new construction loan and how having a single loan (instead of two loans as with typical construction loan situations) can be an advantage for the borrower. FHA One-Time Close mortgages are for those who want an FHA construction loan for a property that has yet to be built. They can be more complex than typical new purchase FHA loans, but for those who need a construction loan, One-Time Close has definite advantages. They include a single closing date, and an early mortgage loan interest rate lock that can potentially safeguard the borrower against rising mortgage rates should | more...

 
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What Is The FHA One-Time Close Construction Program? Part One

What is the FHA One-Time Close / Single-close construction program? Who is it meant for? These are questions with important answers for potential FHA borrowers who are interested in applying for an FHA mortgage to have property built for them instead of buying an existing construction property. One-Time close mortgages are construction loans that differ from standard construction loans in that there is a single closing date for the loan rather than the traditional two closing dates. The borrower saves money on a one-time close loan thanks to the single loan for construction costs, land purchase, and the typical expenses associated with a home loan. These savings work in ways you might not expect. One advantage of this type of construction loan is that the lender and borrower arrive at | more...

 
What are my FHA refinance loan options?

What Is An FHA Refinance Loan?

What is an FHA refinance loan? Do you know all your refinance options under the FHA loan program? There’s more than one way to refinance a home and the refi option you choose depends a lot on your financial needs and goals. You may find that refinancing into an FHA mortgage brings a lower interest rate, lower monthly payments, or cash back to you depending on the transaction. FHA Refinance Loan Basics FHA refinance loans are loans for those who own an existing property and want to take out a new loan that is secured by that property. Whether you have a home purchased with a conventional mortgage, VA, FHA, USDA, or other non-FHA mortgage, your FHA refinance loan options will include cash-back-to-the-borrower type refinance loans or no-cash-out FHA refinancing. | more...

 
Credit Scores For An FHA Home Loan: When Low Credit Is Not Bad Credit

Who Qualifies For An FHA Loan? Part Two

Who qualifies for an FHA home loan? Many borrowers want to know if they can get approved for an FHA mortgage even with low FICO scores, past mistakes on their credit history, or other issues. What does your lender have to see in your financial details in order to approve your home loan? FHA Borrower Credit Scores The main confusion over FHA home loan FICO score requirements comes when a potential borrower reads FHA loan program standards but doesn’t understand that lender standards may also apply. FHA home loan rules state that a borrower with a FICO score between 500 and 579 is technically eligible for an FHA home loan provided a larger down payment of 10% is made. But a borrower with a 500 FICO score may discover that | more...

 
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What Is An FHA Loan And Who Qualifies?

What is an FHA loan and who qualifies? These are common questions, especially for first-time home buyers looking at all their options from conventional mortgages to FHA loans. What Is An FHA Home Loan? Simply put, an FHA mortgage is a home loan that has been guaranteed by the government, making the mortgage safer for the lender and less expensive for the borrower. The FHA single family home loan program is designed for borrowers who are financially qualified with FICO scores at 580 or better for maximum financing. (Lender FICO score requirements may be higher than FHA minimums.) An FHA mortgage as described here is intended for owner-occupiers and is meant for primary residences. That means that time shares, vacation homes, and other occasional-occupancy properties cannot be purchased with an | more...

 
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FHA Loan Income Requirements

How much or how little can you earn and still qualify for an FHA loan? Do you know what the FHA loan income requirements are for the type of mortgage loan you seek? The truth is, the FHA home loan program does not specify a minimum (or maximum) dollar amount necessary to qualify for an FHA home loan or FHA refinance loan. Instead, the lender is required to make sure you qualify with FICO scores, credit history, and an acceptable debt-to-income ratio. FHA Debt To Income Ratio There are two ways your participating FHA lender will review your income compared to your financial obligations in order to qualify you for an FHA mortgage. The first is to review the amount of verifiable income you bring in and compare it to | more...