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What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

What Is An FHA Loan Limit? Part Two

What Is An FHA Loan Limit? We’ve been exploring this question-in our previous blog post we looked at the basics of FHA loan limits. According to the FHA/HUD official site, “The maximum mortgage amount that FHA will insure on a specific purchase is calculated by multiplying the appropriate LTV percentage by the Adjusted Value. In order for FHA to insure this maximum mortgage amount, the Borrower must make a Minimum Required Investment (MRI) of at least 3.5 percent of the Adjusted Value.” FHA loan limits are set by the National Housing Act and will vary depending on the housing market. Some areas are low-cost markets, some are high-cost, and others are simply “average”. But what does that mean for the typical FHA loan applicant? The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, | more...

 
Can I buy a manufactured home with an FHA loan?

What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

What is an FHA loan limit? The answer to this question can be found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, which begins by explaining: “A Mortgage that is to be insured by FHA cannot exceed the Nationwide Mortgage Limits, the nationwide area mortgage limit, or the maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. The maximum LTV ratios vary depending upon the type of Borrower, type of transaction (purchase or refinance), program type, and stage of construction.” Furthermore, the handbook says that for most FHA loan programs the maximum mortgage is either the Nationwide Mortgage Limit for that area or “a percentage of the Adjusted Value”. The handbook breaks down how a home’s adjusted value is calculated, according to transaction. For new purchase or “forward mortgages”, the handbook states: “For purchase transactions, the | more...

 
Who can qualify for an FHA loan?

Who Can Qualify For An FHA Loan?

Who can qualify for an FHA loan? The answer surprises some people, thanks to some misunderstandings about who the FHA single family home loan program is for, and who can use it. FHA home loans are for any financially qualified borrower. You don’t have to earn a minimum amount of money, and there is no maximum income limit for FHA mortgages. While it’s true that FHA loans can be less expensive than their conventional mortgage counterparts (in terms of interest rates, no penalties for early payoff, etc.) these loans are not specifically targeted at people who “can’t afford conventional mortgages” or to those with an economic disadvantage. Hence, there’s no maximum income limit. There’s also no preference given by the FHA for first time home buyers, though a particular lender | more...

 
How FHA Loan Modification Works

How FHA Loan Modification Works

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the basics of FHA foreclosure avoidance and loan modification. But how does FHA loan modification work? FHA HAMP, also known as the FHA Home Affordable Modification program is a way for home owners to avoid foreclosure through a permanent loan modification. But in order to become eligible for FHA HAMP, borrowers have to meet certain criteria as described on the FHA/HUD official site. Who is eligible to apply for FHA HAMP? “Mortgagors with FHA-insured mortgages that do not qualify for other loss mitigation programs and with adequate debt-to-income ratios. Homeowners must successfully complete a trial payment plan before becoming a full participant in the program.” The trial payment plan is the key to the success of the borrower’s involvement with HAMP. | more...

 
What if my home was damaged in a natural disaster?

Where Do You Get An FHA Construction Loan?

Where do you get an FHA construction loan? Borrowers who don’t want to purchase an existing construction property (one that has been previously owned) or a new construction home (one that is brand new and has not been owned or occupied previously) will definitely be interested in learning where to get an FHA construction loan to buy a single family home. The short answer is that an FHA construction loan is definitely possible under FHA loan program guidelines, but you will need to find a participating FHA lender willing to issue you the loan. Not all FHA lenders offer construction loans so you’ll have to shop around if your first choice in a financial institution doesn’t offer this type of FHA mortgage. There are two kinds of FHA construction loans. | more...

 
What is an FHA loan modification?

What Is An FHA Loan Modification?

What Is An FHA Loan Modification? According to the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, such modifications are part of a loss-mitigation program from the FHA and HUD designed to help FHA borrowers avoid foreclosure and keep their homes. HUD 4000.1 states that FHA loan modification is available through a program called FHA-HAMP, or the FHA Home Affordable Modification Program. “The use of an FHA-HAMP Option is to both alleviate the Borrower’s burden of immediate repayment of arrears and to adjust monthly payments to a level sustainable by the household’s current income. The FHA-HAMP Option may or may not include a Partial Claim.” A “partial claim” is defined in the FHA loan rules as follows: “The total amount available is the lesser of: (1) the unpaid principal balance as of the | more...

 
What Can I Rehab With An FHA 203(k) Mortgage?

What Am I Allowed To Rehab With An FHA 203(k) Mortgage?

In our last blog post, we discussed what is permitted under the FHA 203(k) rehab mortgage loan. Borrowers are allowed to apply for a new purchase loan or an FHA refinance loan under the 203(k) program, which the FHA loan handbook describes as being used to do the following: – rehabilitate an existing one- to four-unit Structure, which will be used primarily for residential purposes; – rehabilitate such a Structure and refinance outstanding indebtedness on the Structure and the Real Property on which the Structure is located; or – purchase and rehabilitate a Structure and purchase the Real Property on which the Structure is located. According to HUD 4000.1, “Structure” is defined as, “a building that has a roof and walls, and stands permanently in one place that contains single | more...

 
What Can I Improve With An FHA 203(k) Mortgage?

What Can I Improve With An FHA 203(k) Mortgage?

An FHA 203(k) mortgage is basically a rehab loan, which can be used as a new purchase loan or a refinance loan for the purpose of repairing/rehabbing an eligible property. The FHA single family home loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, has a list of requirements and guidelines for FHA 203(k) loans, which includes a set of allowable improvements as well as a list of things FHA loan money cannot be used for. Let’s examine what is permitted with an FHA 203(k) loan first. Borrowers who are approved for an FHA rehab loan may use the loan for any of the following projects acceptable to the lender: – costs of construction, repairs and rehabilitation; – architectural/engineering professional fees; – the 203(k) Consultant fee subject to the limits in the 203(k) Consultant Fee | more...

 
Can my seller pay some of my closing costs?

How Do You Get An FHA Construction Loan?

How do you get an FHA construction loan? This question isn’t as simple as it sounds, but those who want to have their new home built for them instead of purchasing existing construction properties will find that FHA mortgages for new construction are possible with a bit of extra effort. The first step toward getting an FHA construction loan is to find a participating FHA lender willing to offer them. Not all FHA lenders will offer construction loans, so you’ll need to shop around to find the right lender for you. There are two basic types of FHA construction loans-a “traditional” construction loan, and an FHA One-Time Close loan. Your participating lender may offer one, or both types-it’s best to discuss this as early in the process as possible since | more...

 
Where Can I Refinance An FHA Loan? Part Two

Where Can I Refinance An FHA Loan? Part Two

Where can I refinance an FHA loan? We’ve been exploring FHA refinance topics in recent blog posts, and this common question is definitely an important one. Why? Because depending on your refinance needs, you may need to shop around for a lender who will offer the type of loan best for your financial goals and needs. FHA refinance loans for existing FHA mortgages are sometimes referred to as “FHA-to-FHA refinancing”, which simply means that you’re going from one FHA loan to another. One misconception about refinance loans is that you would need to stay with the original lender in order to refi FHA-to-FHA, but this is not true. You are free to shop around for a new participating FHA lender to refinance your mortgage. You are also free to explore | more...