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FHA Home Loans With Less Than Two Years Of Employment

What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Appraisals

What you should know about FHA home loan appraisals includes understanding the difference between one and a home inspection. You should also know that the appraisal serves as a tool for the lender to establish the fair market value of the home compared to similar ones like it in the area. The FHA appraisal is affected by state and local laws, building code, and more. FHA Appraisal Requirements For Safety And Habitability FHA loan rules for the appraisal process in HUD 4000.1 state, “As the on-site representative for the Mortgagee, the Appraiser provides preliminary verification that a Property meets the Property Acceptability Criteria, which includes HUD’s Minimum Property Requirements (MPR) and Minimum Property Standards (MPS). Minimum Property Requirements refer to general requirements that all homes insured by FHA be safe, | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Closing Day Tips

More FHA Home Loan Options For New And Returning Borrowers

In our last blog post we discussed some basic FHA home loan options for those who want to buy or refinance a home. More FHA loan options for new and returning borrowers alike include FHA fixed-rate and adjustable rate financing, FHA condo loans, and more. FHA Home Loan Interest Rate Options FHA home loan interest rate options are not the same at all participating lenders. Depending on both your own personal financial qualifications and lender requirements, it may be possible to apply for a fixed rate 15-year or 30-year mortgage, or for an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) in the same terms. All FHA loans are generally required to amortize within the terms of the loan agreement and FHA loan rules. At the time of this writing, HUD 4000.1 states, | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: Facts You Should Know Before You Buy

Do You Know What Kind Of FHA Home Loan You Need?

Do you know what type of FHA home loan you need? There are many options with an FHA mortgage and not all of them involve purchasing a new home; you can apply for FHA rehab loans, FHA refinance loans, even an FHA reverse mortgage for qualified borrowers aged 62 or older. FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans For Building A New Home FHA loans do not require you to purchase property that has already been built; did you know there’s an FHA construction loan option that features only one loan application and closing date? Many participating lenders offer FHA One-Time Close construction loans; for those who financially qualify this allows you to have a house built for you from the ground up. You may find some lenders willing (or unwilling) to | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loan Credit Questions And Answers

FHA Home Loans For Houses, Condos, And Townhouses Part Two

In our last blog post we began examining FHA loan rules and how they differ whether you are buying a suburban house, a condo unit or townhouse, etc. When you buy a typical suburban home, the credit check/appraisal/downpayment issues are the same as for condo units and townhouses. But when you buy a home such as a condo or townhouse, you’re required to pay more attention to common areas and agree to your share of the maintenance/upkeep of the property in general. FHA loan rules recognize these issues and addresses some (not all) of them in the FHA loan handbook to avoid confusion about what the borrower is required to do and cases where FHA loans are not allowed because of restrictions on the borrower’s ability to sell the home. | more...

 
FHA Loans For Houses, Condos, and Townhouses

FHA Home Loans For Houses, Condos, And Townhouses Part One

What should you know about FHA home loans for houses, condos, and townhouses? There are plenty of issues to keep in mind including down payment requirements, appraisal rules, and special options. FHA Loan Rules For Houses The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, addresses home loans for new houses depending on their classification as existing construction, new construction, or proposed/under construction. Borrowers who want to buy an existing construction home will be looking at property that has had at least one owner. Existing construction FHA loans require an appraisal and the borrower is required to make a minimum down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property unless the transaction requires more due to credit issues, identity-of-interest problems, etc. New construction loans (such as the FHA One Time Close | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules And Airbnb

FHA Home Loan Rules And Airbnb

Is it possible to buy a home with an FHA loan to use as an Airbnb type venture? Borrowers are eligible to apply for FHA home loans for up to four unit residences; what do FHA loan rules say about using the home as a rental space? FHA loan rules governing these situations are found in HUD 4000.1. Borrowers may feel encouraged by the notion that owner-occupied properties with up to four units can by purchased with an FHA mortgage, and even more encouraged that the rules actually do address (and permit) borrowers to rent out the unused living potions. However, renting these units out is also subject to FHA loan rules (in addition to lender requirements and state law). What does HUD 4000.1 say about using spaces in your | more...

 
Property Flipping And FHA Home Loan Rules

Property Flipping And FHA Home Loan Rules

What do you need to know about property flipping and FHA home loan rules? The first thing to know is that flipping is addressed in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1 and there are measures in place to discourage the practice. That said, the rules which prevent flipping usually apply to the buyer’s side of the transaction. FHA loan rules don’t forbid a borrower from selling the home purchased with an FHA mortgage at any time. But the rules do have something to say about FHA mortgage approval for “flipped” homes. How FHA Defines Flipping Not all homes that are purchased and end up back in the housing market fairly quickly will meet the FHA definition of a flipped house. HUD 4000.1 defines flipping on page 145, stating: “Property Flipping | more...

 
Why Do People Choose FHA Mortgages Instead Of USDA Home Loans?

Top Questions About Buying A Home With An FHA Loan

What are your top questions about buying a home with an FHA home loan? For some it’s about how much the loan will cost month-to-month, while for others the issue of the loan’s long-term cost are an issue. If you aren’t sure how the FHA home loan program works, you’ll definitely want to read on. What You Can Buy With An FHA Mortgage In general, FHA home loans are for owner/occupiers who want to buy a home to use as their primary residence. You can buy a property with as many as four units as long as it meets FHA minimum standards and you are financially qualified for the mortgage loan. FHA loan applicants may apply for any type of FHA loan offered by a participating lender including mobile home | more...

 
Five Things You Should Know About FHA Refinance Loans

What You Need To Know About Identity Of Interest Transactions

What do you need to know about FHA loan down payment rules and identity of interest transactions? We’ve been covering this topic more recently due to some reader questions about how it all works; we’ve noticed some confusion about the rules in this area and who those rules apply to. FHA identity of interest transaction rules are specifically for borrowers who have a family or business relationship with the seller. In such cases, the general rule is that a 15% down payment is required. The confusion comes in over who this applies to. FHA Loan Rules For Down Payments When The Seller Is A Family Member Or Business Associate Because identity of interest transactions require a higher down payment, naturally borrowers want to know if there are exceptions and how | more...

 
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How Much Is My FHA Home Loan Down Payment?

How much is my FHA home loan down payment? That is a very important question to ask, since borrowers will need to save up for the down payment, or use approved sources for it. There is no specific dollar amount specified for your FHA home loan down payment, since the down payment is calculated using the adjusted value of the property following an FHA appraisal. Borrowers hoping for a specific dollar amount should estimate the amount of a possible down payment using a figure that is reasonably contained within the house hunter’s price range. This dollar amount will be an estimate only since the true value of the home for down payment purposes won’t be available until after the appraisal process is complete. FHA loan rules specify that for most | more...