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Conventional Loan Interest Rates Make History, FHA Loan Rates Still Incredibly Low

FHA Lenders With The Lowest Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

Which FHA lender offers the lowest interest rates? This is a question on the minds of all FHA borrowers, whether you are looking for an FHA new purchase loan, an FHA cash-out refinance, or even an FHA Reverse Mortgage. The answer to this question, however, is more complicated than “Lender X offers the best rates”. It Pays To Shop Around For FHA Loan Interest Rates If you need to know the lowest interest rate offered by a group of lenders, you will need to check with each participating lender. But there’s a catch-interest rates fluctuate, and can change daily. The rates you see today may not apply tomorrow, and those interest rates are listed without reference to a borrower’s credit rating and credit history. Shopping around for an interest rate | more...

 
Down payment

When It’s Time To Refinance Your Mortgage

You might not be thinking about an FHA refinance loan today. Or tomorrow. But eventually the idea of refinancing your mortgage will become an option worth examining whether it’s because housing market conditions have increased your property values and you want to take value out of your home in cash, or getting into a lower mortgage payment, or even to get out of an adjustable rate loan and into an FHA fixed rate mortgage. When it’s time to refinance your mortgage, it’s important to ask yourself some important questions. The answers will tell you a lot about what kind of refinance loan to pursue. Do You Want Cash Back On Your FHA Refinance Loan? If taking cash back on your refinance loan is a priority, the FHA Cash-Out refinance option | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Can I Use Gift Money For My FHA Home Loan Down Payment?

FHA home loans feature low down payment requirements; only 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home is required in many cases unless a borrower’s credit scores don’t meet FHA lender requirements and FHA single family home loan guidelines. But even these low down payments can be challenging for some FHA loan applicants, and many borrowers wonder what the allowable sources for FHA mortgage down payment funds might be. FHA mortgage loan rules state that a borrower’s minimum required investment (MRI) is completely separate from all other payments or fees for an FHA mortgage. And the source funds for the MRI must come from approved sources, which can and sometimes do include gift money. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, states clearly that gift funds can only come from approved | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

FHA Home Loan Mistakes To Avoid

Many people have checklists to help them shop for a home, apply for a mortgage loan, and close the deal. But is your house hunting checklist really complete without adding a list of mistakes to avoid? Steer clear of these common errors some home buyers make and you will save yourself time and money. FHA Loan Mistakes: Not Getting Pre-Approved For A Home Loan If you get pre-approved for a home loan, the seller of the property you decide to buy (or the real estate agent, or both) will know you are a serious buyer. Those who are in the window shopping phase of their home loan process aren’t take as seriously by a seller or RE agent, and in some cases not having pre-approval may exclude you from looking | more...

 
Mortgage Industry Seeks Federal Relief For Borrowers

What Is A Mortgage?

What is a mortgage? To some that may sound like a totally obvious question, but for some first-time home buyers, the more information you get up front about the process of finding, buying, and owning a home the better. And that includes the most basic details of the process. FHA mortgages are an option for the serious home buyer who wants a lower down payment than many conventional mortgages and would like to enjoy the benefits of a government-backed mortgage. Why Do I Need A Mortgage? This is one of the most basic questions about the home buying process. Most people will apply for a mortgage to buy a home whether that’s an FHA new purchase mortgage, A VA home loan for qualifying military members, a USDA mortgage for those | more...

 
HUD Says November Is Fraud Awareness Month

Things To Ask About Buying Condos And Other Homes

If you are in the market for a condo that you want to buy with an FHA home loan, there are some important questions to ask before you commit. Some of these questions apply to any property type, but some more specifically apply for condo loans or FHA home loans for properties that come with a requirement to join a Homeowners Association (HOA) or agree to its’ rules. What should an FHA borrower ask a seller about a condo unit or a home governed by a condo association agreement or homeowner association agreement? First, ask if any applicable agreements include a Right of First Refusal, which requires the borrower to submit any sale or transfer of the home to the association for approval. FHA loans cannot be approved for properties | more...

 
Protect Your Credit During The COVID-19 Emergency

FHA Home Loans And Your Credit Report: Know Your Rights

When you look for advice about getting approved for an FHA home loan, you will find that many encourage potential borrowers for FHA new purchase home loans and FHA cash out refinancing are urged to request a free annual credit report. Free credit reports are your legal right and you are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. Those agencies are TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. But in addition to the right to a free annual credit report, did you know you have other rights under federal law that apply to your credit reports? All consumers in the United States have the legal right under federal law to contest inaccurate or incomplete information in your credit reports. This right is discussed | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Resources

Are Free Credit Reports Trustworthy?

Long before you fill out FHA home loan application forms, you should be requesting copies of your credit reports and reviewing the information your lender will see when you are ready to get your new home loan. There are many websites and third-party companies that offer free credit reports to help loan applicants, but not all of them are interested just helping consumers. Can you trust the companies that offer free credit reports and credit score information? While it’s not possible to recommend a specific organization (with one exception), it is good for consumers to remember that many companies offer free services in exchange for your personal data that can be used to market goods and services to you via your cell phone number, email address, and other information. The | more...

 
FHA refinance loans: Questions To Ask

Should You Sell Your Home? The FHA Cash-Out Refinance Option

There are a lot of websites urging home owners to consider selling your home, especially for those who own homes on the West Coast. Home owners on the West Coast and other increasingly profitable housing markets have the potential (at the time of this writing) to earn more than ever by selling a house. But borrowers looking to get cash from their homes in a housing market where property values are going up have another option to consider. It doesn’t matter if your home is in San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, or Nashville, if your home could appraise for more money today due to the influence of a hot housing market? It could be worth an amount worth considering in the form of an FHA cash-out refinance. If you are | more...

 
Information You Need To Pre-Qualify Or Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

FHA Mortgage Loan Closing Day Tips

Need some tips to help you navigate your closing date for your FHA home loan? There are some important things to do and things NOT to do on closing day. When your sale is final the seller or the real estate agent will give you the keys to your new home, but before you can get your hands on those keys, some important things must happen. Read All Home Loan Closing Documents Carefully FHA mortgage loans, like all other home loans, feature initial estimates of expenses and payments; the final numbers should be represented accurately at closing time and should not be estimates. If the numbers you were expecting don’t line up with what is in the closing documents, don’t let it go-ask for clarification. Don’t sign incomplete mortgage closing | more...