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FHA Refinance Loan Credit Questions And Answers

Know Your FHA Loan Options

Do you know your FHA home loan options? There are many things you can do with an FHA mortgage and buying a new home is just one of them. You can use an FHA home loan to buy, refinance, rehab, or upgrade a principal residence, with lower down payments and protections for the borrower when paying off early. FHA New Home Loans Did you know you can use an FHA mortgage to buy an existing home or have one built for you from the ground up? Buying an existing property is one of the most common uses of an FHA mortgage, but you can apply for an FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan (also known as an FHA Construction-To-Permanent loan) using an approved builder to have a house built brand new. | more...

 
Can I Assume An FHA Mortgage?

Can I Assume An FHA Mortgage?

Can I assume an FHA mortgage? That is a question on the minds of those looking to take over an FHA home loan from the original borrower. Loan assumptions are a bit different than a new purchase home loan application, though the borrower must be able to afford the loan in both cases. The short answer is that yes, in most cases with lender participation you may be able to assume an existing FHA home loan from the original borrower. A credit check may or may not be required (see below) depending on circumstances, and lender standards. It’s the lender’s job to determine whether or not the loan assumption will happen-FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 permit the assumption of an FHA mortgage, but the process requires the lender’s participation. | more...

 
Rent Or Buy? Arguments For Purchasing A Home With An FHA Mortgage

FHA Home Loan Down Payment Rules You Should Know

FHA home loan down payment rules you should know include the minimum amount down, acceptable sources of down payment funds, and how other closing costs and associated expenses related to your down payment requirements. Do you know how your chosen FHA lender will calculate your down payment? Knowing before you apply can help plan and save for this and other required closing costs. FHA Loan Down Payments: A Minimum Required Investment FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 refer to the down payment as a minimum required investment (also referred to as an MRI for short), not to be confused with the borrower’s Total Required Investment, described in HUD 4000.1 as: “Total Required Investment refers to the amount the Borrower must contribute to the transaction including the Borrower’s downpayment and the | more...

 
Rent Or Buy? Arguments For Purchasing A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Does FHA Offer Adjustable Rate Mortgages?

Does FHA offer adjustable rate mortgages? When you shop around for a participating FHA lender, be sure to ask about this type of FHA loan, sometimes known as an FHA ARM. Not all participating lenders may offer an FHA adjustable rate mortgage, but for those working with a lender that does, it is important to know some basics about the mortgage and how FHA loan rules govern the adjustments in the interest rates. Borrowers who apply for an FHA ARM loan must sign a disclosure statement that outlines the terms and conditions of the mortgage. The rules that govern FHA ARM loans are found in HUD 4000.1, and those rules begin with a definition of what the FHA considers to be an ARM loan. “An Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) refers | more...

 
How Much Will My FHA Home Loan Be?

How Much Will My FHA Home Loan Be?

How much will my FHA home loan be? That is a question many borrowers want to know, and the answer can be more complicated than just taking the sale price of the home and doing the math. FHA home loan maximum amounts are determined by factors including the maximum FHA loan guaranty for the housing market you are buying the home in, your credit history, the amount of your down payment, and more. The final amount of your FHA mortgage loan is affected by your down payment, the FHA loan limit in your area, and other factors. FHA Home Loan Limits FHA home loan limits are not the same in all housing markets. Some parts of the country are considered low-cost areas and have a lower FHA loan guaranty limit | more...

 
Are There Any Income Documentation Rules For FHA Loans? Part Two

FHA Loans, Credit Reports, And Loan Approval

What do you need to know about FHA loans, credit reports, and loan approval? To begin, your credit reports have a big part to play in the lender’s decision to approve your mortgage application. What do you need to know about this approval process and what the lender is looking for? Home Loans Require More Than Good Credit Scores FHA loans, like any other major line of credit, require the lender to determine that the applicant is a good risk for the loan. Your FICO scores may be well within the range the lender needs to approve your loan with maximum financing (that score may vary depending on the lender) but what ELSE does your credit report say? For example, are you carrying the maximum or close to the maximum | more...

 
FHA Announces Revisions To FHA Reverse Mortgage Policies

FHA Announces Foreclosure Avoidance Help For Federal Disaster Areas

The FHA has announced extended foreclosure relief measures for those in qualifying federal disaster areas. According to a press release on the FHA official site, new guidance for participating FHA lenders will apply for those affected by a wide range of natural disasters including: Louisiana (Hurricane Harvey) DR-4345 Texas (Hurricane Harvey) DR-4332 Florida (Hurricane Irma) DR-4337 Georgia (Hurricane Irma) DR-4338 Puerto Rico (Hurricane Irma) DR-4336 South Carolina (Hurricane Irma) DR-4346 Virgin Islands (Hurricane Irma) DR-4335 Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria) DR-4339 Virgin Islands (Hurricane Maria) DR-4340 California (Wildfires) DR-4344 or California (Wildfires, Flooding, Mud Flows, Debris Flows) FEMA-DR-4353 There is a lengthy description of some of the new program changes (which we will cover in another blog post) but one of the most important developments included in the FHA announcement has | more...

 
Five Things You Should Know About FHA Refinance Loans

Are You Ready For An FHA Loan Application?

Are you ready for an FHA mortgage loan? Buying or refinancing a home with an FHA loan takes planning and preparation, but once you’ve put the time in and gather your information, budget for expenses, and check your credit, the process will be far more understandable and accessible. Are You Ready For An FHA Mortgage Loan Application? You may be ready to fill out your FHA mortgage loan or refinance loan application if you have spent the last year reviewing your credit reports, working on reducing your debt-to-income ratio, and have made sure to have 12 months of on-time payments on ALL financial responsibilities. You are ready to apply if you know what kind of home loan you need and how it will be used. For example, are you interested | more...

 
Five Things To Know About FHA Mobile Home Loans

FHA Loan Credit Requirements And Your Credit Scores

FHA loan credit requirements state that the lender must pull your credit information and credit scores to review a borrower’s credit worthiness. But if you are applying for an FHA loan you likely have three credit scores the lender must contend with. Borrowers often want to know how the lender views these three scores-they can be different from one another depending on circumstances-and which of multiple credit scores is actually used to process your home loan. The rules for FHA credit score requirements are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook. Credit scores must come directly from the three credit reporting agencies and cannot be submitted or transmitted to the borrower or another third party then submitted to the lender. Your credit scores must come from the source. FHA | more...

 
Refinance Loans, Millennials, and Remodeling

FHA Rehab Loans: The Limited 203(k) Option

FHA 203(k) rehab loans include an option for smaller, less ambitious rehab projects. Borrowers who want a home loan to do rehab or repair work but don’t want to do a large project might assume FHA loan funds are not available, but this is not true thanks to the FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan option. What Is The FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan? HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, describes the FHA Limited 203(k) mortgage as being good for “minor remodeling and non-structural repairs”. The rules for this loan state that the total rehabilitation cost may not exceed $35,000. The good news? There is no minimum repair cost for this type of rehab loan. Ineligible Projects For FHA Limited 203(k) Mortgages HUD 4000.1 features a list of things 203(k) funds | more...