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Who Can Apply For FHA Cash-Out Refinancing? What You Need To Know

Who can apply for FHA cash-out refinancing? Believe it or not, the FHA loan handbook, (HUD 4000.1) has guidelines in this area you should know. Some home owners purchase their homes and choose to refinance. But others might inherit their property and decide at that time to explore their cash-out refi loan options. What does the FHA have to offer? FHA Cash-Out Refinance Rules-The Basics FHA cash-out refi loans have an ownership and occupancy requirement; not just anyone can apply for an FHA cash-out refinance loan. HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender: “Nonprofit agencies, state and local government agencies and Instrumentalities of Government are not eligible for cash-out refinances. Income from a non-occupant co- Borrower may not be used to qualify for a cash-out refinance.” That seems basic enough, but this | more...

 
Rehab Refinance Loans, Effects Of The Pandemic, And Interest Rates

Reasons To Refinance With An FHA Mortgage

Reasons to refinance your home loan with an FHA mortgage vary as much as the types of homes you can purchase with an FHA loan. Is now the right time to examine your refi loan options and start planning for your new loan? You might be ready for an FHA refinance option if one or more of the following applies to you. Refinance Loans For Those Who Want A Lower Interest Rate Depending on the nature of your original home loan, FHA refi loans could help you save money over the lifetime of your mortgage loan with lower interest rates. One thing that’s easy to overlook about the interest rate options available with FHA loans; what you are offered will depend at least in part on FICO scores and other | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loans: Do Interest Rates Matter?

When Should I Refinance With An FHA Mortgage?

When should I refinance with an FHA mortgage? That is a question many home owners face, especially if their financial plans have changed from the ones the borrower had when closing the original mortgage. Do you know if it is a good time to refinance? If you need lower payments or interest rates, and are credit-qualified to receive those lower rates, it may be the right time to explore your options. FHA Refinancing For Borrowers In Adjustable Rate Mortgages Some FHA borrowers buy a home with an adjustable rate loan, either thinking they will sell before the introductory rate ends (or before the rates are adjusted beyond a certain threshold) or refinance the loan at some later date. FHA ARM loan adjustments may be more conservative than some conventional loan | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And The Biggest Credit Mistake You Can Make

No Down Payment FHA Loans?

Are there no down payment FHA loans? Some borrowers feel the pinch when trying to save up for closing costs, inspections, and the required minimum investment FHA loan guidelines say are mandatory for all FHA loans. Why do some people mistakenly believe FHA home loans are available for no money down? Partially because they are mistaking FHA loans for the VA home loan program which does offer a zero down option. But that’s not the only reason. Some borrowers may have heard that others may have taken advantage of state or local down payment assistance programs, resulting in a reduced down payment expense for the borrower. These programs are not available via the FHA or HUD, and you will need to find any down payment assistance in your housing market. | more...

 
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FHA Loan Rules: How Inducement To Purchase Rules Affect Your Loan

Do you know how FHA loan rules for inducement to purchase can affect your FHA loan transaction? In a previous blog post we discussed some of the basics about FHA home loan requirements in this area, but there are other issues associated with inducements to purchase you should know about. For example, the six percent rule (no interested party contributions above six percent of the sale price of the home without a corresponding reduction in the home loan amount) is just one factor. There are other inducements to purchase that can also result in a reduction of the loan principal amount to match the exact dollar amount of the inducement. The rules for this are found in HUD 4000.1. On page 233, we find the following instructions to the lender: | more...

 
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Who May Contribute To My FHA Home Loan? Interested Party Contributions

Who my contribute to my FHA home loan? That is a question many want to know, and the answers don’t always point to the most obvious type of contribution the borrower may seek-the FHA mortgage loan required down payment. How much and to which areas can an interested party contribute to for the borrower’s FHA mortgage? FHA loan rules governing this topic are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Loan Handbook for single-family mortgage loan transactions. To begin, it should be noted that down payment source funds are strictly regulated and must come from a verifiable source the lender can investigate to make sure FHA loan rules have been followed. In general, down payment contributions cannot come from interested parties to include “sellers, real estate agents, builders, developers or other | more...

 
Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Chances At Loan Approval?

FHA Loan Down Payment Rules You Should Know

FHA loan down payment rules you should know include requirements for source funds, and what contributions by “interested parties” mean for a borrower’s minimum cash investment. FHA loan rules for down payments are found in HUD 4000.1, which has a lot to say about how much should be put down for a new purchase home loan transaction, and where that money can come from. FHA Loan Rules For Down Payments: FICO Score Requirements Did you know that your FICO score can affect how much down payment you are required to make on your mortgage loan? FHA loan rules specifically require a minimum credit score of 580 or higher to qualify for the lowest down payment of 3.5% (of the adjusted value of the home). 580 is the FHA minimum; your | more...

 
First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

What Goes Into Your FHA Mortgage Payment?

What goes into your FHA mortgage payment? It’s easy to assume that you’re paying principal and interest, divided by the number of months you are obligated to on the mortgage note. But is that really all that goes into your monthly mortgage bill? The short answer is no, there’s more to it than that. FHA Loan Rules For Debt-To-Income Ratios HUD 4000.1, the FHA single family home loan handbook, has instructions for the lender to help determine a borrower’s credit-worthiness. The lender doesn’t just calculate the amount of your income versus how much debt you have going out on a monthly basis-that debt ratio has to be calculated with and without the mortgage payment to see what percentage of your monthly income is taken up by debt. The formula is | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Questions

FHA Loans, Eligible Property Types, And Mixed-Use Properties

There are a few misconceptions about FHA loans when it comes to eligible property types and purchasing mixed-use property. The FHA Single Family Home Loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1, has some instructions for the lender in these areas that are good to know going into the house hunting process. FHA Loans For Mixed-Use Property There are FHA mortgages available to purchase mixed-use property as long as that property meets the right FHA criteria; it must be primarily residential in nature, and non-residential use of the home must not overwhelm the property. HUD 4000.1 defines “mixed use” property as follows: “Mixed Use refers to a Property suitable for a combination of uses including any of the following: commercial, residential, retail, office or parking space. Mixed Use one- to four-unit Single Family Properties | more...

 
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FHA Loans And Electronic Signatures: Rules You Need To Know

What do you need to know about FHA loans and electronic signatures? In the 21st century, it’s easy to assume that certain aspects of digital and mobile culture are applicable to most (if not all) transactions. But in the case of FHA home loans, it’s not quite that easy. Electronic Signatures Are Not Universal The use of electronic signatures for home loan paperwork is not available from all participating FHA lenders, and FHA loan rules do not permit the use of electronic signatures in certain loan transactions. In fact, on certain types of loan paperwork, electronic signatures are never permitted, at least at the time of this writing. FHA Loan Rules Define Electronic Signatures HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender, “An electronic signature conducted in accordance with the Electronic Signature Performance | more...