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Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans: How Soon Can I Apply After Buying My Home?

How soon can I apply for an FHA cash-out refinance loan after buying my home? Some borrowers want to know because they have purchased a home using an adjustable rate mortgage and may be nearing the end of the introductory interest rate period sometimes known as the “teaser rate” period. Others find themselves in a housing market with quickly rising property values and want to take advantage of those rising values. FHA loan rules have some specific things to say about the timing of cash out refinance loans, and who can apply for them. FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans Are For Any Type Of Mortgage You don’t have to have an existing FHA loan to apply for an FHA cash-out refinance. You can refinance a USDA loan, VA mortgage, conventional loan, | more...

 
Gathering Your Home Loan Documents And Preparing For The Application

Five Questions People Ask About FHA Home Loans

Got questions about FHA home loans? Here are five questions people typically ask about FHA mortgages and the answers according to the FHA loan rules found in HUD 4000.1. Remember that additional lender standards may apply and these answers are based on FHA loan guidelines and not additional lender requirements. Do FHA Home Loans Offer A No Down Payment Option? FHA mortgage loans do not come with zero money down or no money down options but FHA loan rules do allow borrowers to accept properly documented gift funds for down payments from relatives, friends, or employers. You can’t use a credit card cash advance to make the down payment, nor can your down payment gift fund provider. Ask your lender how to help properly document the source and nature of | more...

 
Reasons To Refinance

Am I Eligible For An FHA Mortgage After Foreclosure?

“Am I eligible for an FHA loan after a foreclosure?” That is a more common question than some realize, and FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address this question directly. The answer depends greatly on circumstances, how much time has passed since the foreclosure action, and how the borrower has worked to re-establish good credit. FHA Home Loan Rules On Foreclosures HUD 4000.1 contains the FHA loan rules that govern loan approval when the borrower has a foreclosure on their credit history. Much depends on how much time has elapsed since the foreclosure; HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender: “A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a Deed-in-Lieu (DIL) of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of | more...

 
Why did my mortgage payment increase

FHA Loans After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

FHA home loans are more forgiving where a borrower’s credit is concerned; while participating lender standards are also an important part of the loan approval process, the FHA loan program rules in HUD 4000.1 allow borrowers with lower credit scores and past credit issues a chance at loan approval. This is even true in the case of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Some assume that filing for bankruptcy means that a new home loan is quite out of reach, but FHA loan rules say otherwise. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is described by some as a “wage earner’s plan” for repayment of debts to creditors. Installment payments may be made over a period of years. This type of bankruptcy may feature a cap on the amount of debt that can be addressed under the | more...

 
FHA Loans And Bankruptcy: Chapter 7

FHA Loans And Bankruptcy: Chapter 7

Getting an FHA home loan following a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is not impossible; borrowers who handle their finances and credit responsibly after filing bankruptcy will find FHA home loan rules are more favorable to them than it may seem. Some assume that bankruptcy means never being able to own a home again or that it may take seven to ten years to recover from such a circumstance. FHA loan rules say otherwise, and while additional lender standards may apply the borrower does not necessarily have to wait such a long time to be considered for a new home loan. FHA Loan Requirements For Applying For A Mortgage After Chapter 7 Bankruptcy FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state clearly that a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is not a barrier to a | more...

 
Getting An FHA Mortgage After Bankruptcy

Getting An FHA Mortgage After Bankruptcy

Getting an FHA home loan after filing for bankruptcy is not impossible, but it’s very important to understand the rules and requirements of FHA mortgages in this area. Do you know what it takes to be approved for an FHA single family home loan after a Chapter Seven or Chapter 13 bankruptcy? FHA Home Loans Are Possible After Bankruptcy The first thing to understand about getting an FHA home loan following a bankruptcy is that two basic factors will affect your ability to be approved. These are NOT the only factors to consider, but they are the initial requirements; all other issues likely will fall behind these two areas. The first is how much time has passed since your bankruptcy was discharged. FHA home loans require a minimum amount of | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

FHA Home Loans And The Accuracy Of Your Credit Reports

When you start planning for your FHA home loan and reviewing your credit reports, it’s entirely possible that you could find erroneous information in your reports. Sometimes the credit information for another person with a similar name could wind up accidentally being posted in your report, other times there may be inaccurate data in your credit history about the amount, frequency, or age of your credit account payments. How should a potential FHA borrower deal with these issues? HUD 4000.1 addresses some aspects of this issue, but not all the credit problems a borrower could experience when reviewing a credit report are covered by HUD and FHA home loan rules. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, instructs the lender on how to proceed if the lender finds inaccuracy in debt | more...

 
Refinancing a Second Home With An FHA Mortgage Loan

What Can I Do With An FHA Home Loan?

What can I do with an FHA home loan? This is a question on the minds of many, especially first-time home buyers who are not sure what is possible with an FHA loan and what is not. Can I Get A No-Money Down FHA Mortgage? The short answer is no-the FHA does not offer a no money down home loan. However, FHA mortgages do permit a relative, employer, or others not directly involved in the transaction to provide gift funds for the down payment which can reduce the borrower’s out-of-pocket expenses. The seller of the home cannot contribute to the down payment, but is permitted to contribute up to a certain limit to help cover closing costs. This is not part of the borrower’s required minimum down payment of 3.5% | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Who Needs Credit Repair Before Applying For An FHA Mortgage?

Who needs credit repair before applying for an FHA mortgage? If you are worried about your ability to qualify for a home loan because of past financial issues, credit mistakes, or even identity theft, it’s important to begin reviewing your credit and working on raising your credit scores as early as possible before committing to a mortgage loan application. Don’t wait to start working on your credit, begin today! What Kind Of Credit Repair Is Needed? There are many different things you can do to work on your credit rating and credit history but what we NOT suggesting is that you pay a third party offering to “remove all negative credit information” from your credit report or other things that are not actually possible. The best way to begin working | more...

 
FHA Options

FHA Mortgages: When Is Cash Back Allowed?

When is cash back to the borrower permitted with an FHA home loan? Some borrowers have the idea that they will apply for a mortgage loan that has a higher amount than the money required to purchase the home and pay for any fees that are allowed to be included in the loan amount. But is this possible? FHA mortgage loan rules that govern cash back to the borrower are found in HUD 4000.1, which says that in most cases cash back to the borrower in this manner is not possible where new purchase, “forward” mortgages are concerned. Money Back Rules For FHA Forward Mortgages A forward mortgage, or FHA purchase loan, can only be for appraised value or the asking price (whichever is lower) and any costs included in | more...