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FHA Loan Interest Rates: How Low Can They Go?

How Do I Know If An FHA Loan Is Right For Me?

How do I know if an FHA loan is right for me? If you aren’t sure, consider some of the most important features of an FHA mortgage while making up your mind about the right home loan for you. FHA Loans Have Low Down Payment Requirements FHA mortgage loans have lower down payments than many conventional or other non-government backed mortgages. The minimum down payment for an FHA mortgage is 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home, and FHA loan rules permit you to get down payment help from approved sources. Credit scores play an important part in setting the down payment amount, so you’ll need to discuss your circumstances with your loan officer if you aren’t sure whether you qualify for the lowest down payment, but in general | more...

 
FHA One Time Close Construction Loan Option

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Requirements

FHA One Time Close / Single Close construction loan requirements include different FICO score, escrow, and closing requirements than standard new purchase mortgages. Do you know how FHA One Time Close construction loans work? A Single Loan For The Entire Process Construction loans typically require two loans-one to purchase, and one to pay for the construction. Under the FHA One Time Close construction loan program, also known as an FHA construction-to-permanent mortgage, there is a single loan. This prevents the need for a borrower to be credit-qualified twice during the lending process. The procedure for an FHA One Time Close loan has the loan closing first, in order to pay for the land, followed by the construction phase. That means an escrow account is required in order to disburse funds | more...

 
How to get ready for an FHA home loan

How Long Do You Have To Be At A Job To Get An FHA Loan?

How long do you have to be at a job to get an FHA loan? The employment issue is an important one, but some borrowers misunderstand the rules, thinking them to be more strict than they actually are. What is the reality of the FHA loan employment rules? FHA Loan Rules For Minimum Employment Standards The rules governing FHA loan employment standards are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, which includes the following requirement on how the lender must verify the borrower’s employment history: “Mortgagees must not accept or use documents relating to the employment, income, assets, or credit of Borrowers that have been handled by, or transmitted from or through the equipment of unknown parties, or Interested Parties.” Furthermore, the lender “may not accept or use any | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules And Your Personal Information

How Many Times In My Life Can I Get An FHA Loan?

How many times in my life can I get an FHA loan? If you are buying your first home, this is a question you might not ask until later. But it’s a good idea to know what your options are should you need to sell your first home later and begin a new house hunt. Understanding FHA Loans Knowing that FHA home loans are intended for owner-occupiers who want to use their property as their home address and primary residence helps a lot when trying to understand FHA loan rules. If you don’t plan to use the property you want to buy as your home, you won’t be able to use an FHA single-family home loan to purchase it. There are certain exceptions for government agencies and non-profit groups, but | more...

 
Protect Your Credit During The COVID-19 Emergency

How Does FHA Deal With A Borrower’s Financial Hardship? Part Two

How does FHA deal with a borrower’s financial hardship? That is a question we began addressing in a previous blog post, starting with an examination of the FHA attitude toward things like public assistance income, credit counseling programs, etc. In general, FHA loan rules do not allow borrowers to have public assistance income held against them as a liability, and participating in a credit counseling program is not grounds for denying an FHA mortgage loan. All income, including public assistance, must meet FHA loan standards for dependability and the likelihood of that income continuing. But just because the income is from public assistance, Social Security, etc. does not mean that income is not a valid means of financially qualifying for an FHA mortgage. Borrowers With Temporary Reductions of Income One | more...

 
FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

How Does FHA Deal With A Borrower’s Financial Hardship?

How does FHA deal with a borrower’s financial hardship? That is an important question, and the answers may surprise some who expect the same types of financial qualifications from FHA mortgages as from conventional loans. What is the reality? Basic FHA Loan Financial Requirements FHA loan FICO score minimums are 580 and higher for maximum financing and the lowest down payment. Lenders may have higher requirements, but the FHA minimum FICO score allows those who wouldn’t be considered for a conventional mortgage. Debt-to-income ratio requirements for FHA mortgage loans (which may vary depending on FICO scores) will vary some among lenders, too but you’ll find that your total payments must not (generally speaking) exceed 43% of your monthly income. How Does FHA Deal With Financial Hardship? Depending on the nature | more...

 
Home loan approval and debt

How Do FHA Refinance Loan Requirements Work?

How do FHA refinance loan requirements work? There are myths and misconceptions about FHA refinance loans; knowing how they really work can help you decide if an FHA refinance loan is right for you. FHA Loans Are Available From Participating Lenders You will need to find a lender that participates in the FHA loan program to get an FHA refinance loan. You do NOT have to use your original lender to refinance into an FHA mortgage. More on that issue below. FHA Refinance Loan Requirements For Non-FHA Loans Yes, you can refinance a non-FHA home loan into an FHA mortgage. Refinancing non-FHA loans can be accomplished with FHA cash-out loans or no cash-out loans. You do not have to use your original lender to refinance from a non-FHA mortgage to | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules For Verifying Your Credit History

How Do FHA Loan Requirements Work?

How do FHA loan requirements work? Do you know what you need in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan or FHA refinance loan? There are important details you should know about FHA mortgage loans that can help you make an informed decision about applying for one. FHA Loans Feature Lower Down Payment Requirements FHA loan down payment requirements include a minimum 3.5% down based on the adjusted value of the home. You won’t be able to get a zero-down payment FHA mortgage unless you are a qualified borrower applying for an FHA 203(h) mortgage for disaster victims in a federally-declared disaster area. 3.5% down is the minimum cash investment required. Some borrowers with low FICO scores may be required to put down 10% depending on their scores, lender | more...

 
FHA Loan Tips

What Is An FHA Rate And Term Refinance?

What is an FHA rate and term refinance? This refinance loan is different than FHA cash-out refinancing or reverse mortgages. The rules that cover FHA rate and term refinancing are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, and explains how this type of mortgage differs from the rest. What Are FHA Rate And Term Refinance Loans? HUD 4000.1 defines an FHA rate and term refinance loan as follows: “Rate and Term refers to a no cash-out refinance of any Mortgage in which all proceeds are used to pay existing mortgage liens on the subject Property and costs associated with the transaction.” Who Is Eligible To Apply For An FHA Rate And Term Refinance Loan? HUD 4000.1 explains that “at least one Borrower” named on the original home loan as | more...

 
Preparing For An FHA Mortgage? What You Need To Know About "Contingent Liabilities"

How Can I Get Cash Back With An FHA Mortgage?

How can I get cash back with an FHA loan? It’s a question many want to know, especially those who might be interested in applying for “more” FHA loan than is needed to complete the transaction. Is getting cash back at closing time possible with an FHA mortgage? The answer depends greatly on the type of transaction you seek. Some loans do not allow any cash back except for refunds, others are designed to offer money to the borrower at closing time depending on the terms of the loan and other factors. FHA New Purchase Home Loans If you are asking the cash back question about FHA forward mortgages (loans used to buy a home on the housing market as opposed to a refinance loan or an FHA reverse mortgage), | more...