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Credit Advice For First Time Home Buyers

Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage In 2019

Your FHA home loan options for buying a home in 2019 are as diverse as the kinds of homes on the housing market. Do you know what your home loan options in the new year are with an FHA mortgage? FHA Forward Mortgage Options In 2019 The “forward mortgage” is the kind of loan you will use to buy your dream home with. Those forward mortgage loan options are not just for typical homes in a suburban neighborhood; did you know you can use an FHA mortgage to buy a condo unit, a mobile or manufactured home, or even a duplex or multi-unit property? The FHA condo loan option requires the condo project to be approved by the FHA; your lender can discuss the procedures for adding a condo project | more...

 
Home Values Dropping: FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

Do You Have An FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Do you have an FHA adjustable rate mortgage, also known as an FHA ARM loan? Is your introductory rate about to expire? Borrowers with adjustable rate mortgages may get a bit nervous when the end of their introductory interest rate period, also known as a “teaser rate” period is about to and and the first adjustment to the ARM loan’s interest rate becomes due. Borrowers can negotiate an introductory rate that lasts as little as one year and as many as 10 years with the lender, but eventually that initial rate will end and the first adjustment will come due. If you have an FHA ARM loan you may be eligible for either a credit-qualifying Streamline Refinance loan or a non-credit qualifying FHA Streamline refi. In many cases FHA streamline | more...

 
Home Renovation With An FHA Loan

Home Renovation With An FHA Loan

There are two kinds of home renovation projects; the ones you plan and the unexpected renovation you may need to do if there is a sudden problem in the home after purchasing it. An unexpected home renovation can be caused by many things that were not a factor at the time your home inspection was done; a water pipe can burst, a stove can prematurely stop working, or storm damage could cause a leak in your roof. Repair experts and contractors will be quick to point out that even a home that passes an inspection can develop such problems through no fault of the builder or seller. An unexpected home repair situation isn’t uncommon for home owners, so what’s a borrower to do when the need arises? You can fund | more...

 
FHA One Time Close Construction Loan Option

The FHA One-Time Close Mortgage Option

Borrowers looking at their FHA home loan options don’t have to feel limited to purchasing an existing construction property; there is a way to apply for an FHA mortgage that lets you have a home built to suit from the ground up. These FHA new construction home loans are referred to as Construction-To-Permanent mortgages or, more recently, FHA One-Time Close construction loans. One-Time Close construction loans are good for borrowers who want a home that is just right, and are not in a hurry to get into their new home. The trade-off for having just the right property built for you is the time it will take from planning to move-in. The process will take more time, but it is definitely worth it to those who choose this type of | more...

 
Rates for home loans were mixed, but stayed near recent lows, even as bond market moves suggest another big step down lies ahead.

5 Things To Remember About FHA Loans In 2019

What do you need to know about FHA home loans in 2019? There are several issues to keep in mind whether you are refinancing your existing FHA or non-FHA mortgage or buying a new home. Be fully prepared to explore your FHA home loan options in the new year! 5. FHA Loan Limits Are Higher For The Second Year In A Row FHA loan limits go up again for the majority of housing markets in the USA in 2019-more than 3000 counties will experience higher loan limits. A smaller number, approximately 180 counties, will see no change at all but in no case will the FHA loan limit decrease. Keep these higher loan limits in mind when you are deciding what to do about your FHA loan options in 2019. | more...

 
HUD Announces Settlement In Maine Housing Discrimination Case

FHA Loans Are Available During The Government Shutdown

Are FHA home loans available during the government shutdown? The answer is yes in many cases, with the exception of Reverse Mortgages and Title I loans. FHA Condo loans may be affected by the government shutdown depending on whether or not the condo project was on the FHA approved list prior to the shutdown or not. The FHA and HUD official sites have notices stating that the websites will not be updated until the government reopens, and many functions of the FHA and HUD will be limited or unavailable. According to HUD.gov, there are a list of guidelines you should know during this time that will affect how FHA loans are handled. The official site states that HECM loans and Title I loans cannot be endorsed during the shutdown: “The | more...

 
FHA Rehab Refinance Loan Basics

How To Prepare For A New FHA Mortgage In 2019

Want to prepare for an FHA home loan in 2019? There are some important steps to take to get ready for your journey to home ownership. Some are financial, some are credit-related, and some pertain to the rates and terms you will be offered when you are ready to find a lender. Decide On Type Of Property You Want To Buy With An FHA Mortgage Condo loans are different than existing construction mortgage loans for typical suburban homes. This is also true of mobile home loans versus typical suburban homes. For example, a mobile home cannot be manufactured before June 15, 1976 or it cannot be considered for an FHA mortgage. There is no such age restriction on typical suburban houses or similar properties. And those who wish to have | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Approval And Your Employment History

Rent Spending Was Higher In 2018; Is Now The Time To Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage?

Published reports coming in at the end of the year suggest that renters paid $13 billion more in rent in 2018 than in the previous year. The amount of money spent on rental housing in 2018 is higher, but in spite of this some sources point to a slowdown in rent hikes, saying that a stalling of rent hikes could bring down payments closer to some potential borrowers. The ability to save more each month toward a down payment can make a big difference in the timing of a new home loan, especially an FHA mortgage that requires only 3.5% down. FHA loans, like conventional mortgages, have a down payment requirement. But FHA loan down payments can be lower and also be supplemented by down payment grants or gift funds. | more...

 
Do You Qualify For An FHA Mortgage As A First-Time Home Buyer?

FHA Loans For Single Homeowners

Data from the 2017 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, suggests that single women homeowners own 22 percent of American homes compared to single men’s 13 percent. These stats may not mean much to the typical first-time home buyer, but it’s an interesting bit of data that could indicate a growing trend in home ownership. Single home owners in general-men or women-can benefit greatly from an FHA loan with the lower down payment requirement and more forgiving credit score minimums. It’s easy to assume you might not qualify for a home loan as a single person, but is that the reality? Single men and single women, as demographics, are not as simple as the labels imply. Some may be single parents, some may have roommates or cost-sharing | more...

 
FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage Advice For First Time Home Buyers

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans: Advice For First-Time Home Buyers

First-time home buyers aren’t always looking for a pre-existing home. Some want to have a house built to suit according to design plans they have personally approved. The FHA One-Time Close construction loan is an excellent option for those who want to build a home instead of having to scour the housing market for just the right property. It’s good to explore FHA mortgage loan options in this area by asking a participating lender about the FHA One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan which allows a single loan application and a single closing date instead of the more traditional construction loan which features two loan applications and closing dates. One closing date is for the construction phase and there is also a second loan and closing date for the mortgage itself. | more...