May 22, 2019

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What Is An FHA REO Home?

What Is An FHA REO Home?

The FHA Real Estate Owned program or FHA REO program has gotten some media attention lately, which likely has more people wondering what exactly this program is. The HUD REO program, sometimes known as HUD Homes, is described on the FHA / HUD official site as “…a 1-to-4 unit residential property acquired by HUD as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim”. The HUD Home Store is the official HUD site used to list these HUD REO homes for sale to the public, real estate brokers, state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. What does the general public need to know about buying HUD REO homes? According to HUD, | more...

 
Questions A First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask The Seller

Questions A First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask The Seller

First-time home buyers and those who have purchased a home before but haven’t had to explore housing markets in a while should make a list of questions to ask the seller of a home placed on the real estate market. Sometimes it’s not the answer to the questions as much as the way the seller answers those questions-your ability to ask important questions in those cases is important, but so is paying attention to how the questions get answered. For example, the question, “Has the roof ever been replaced or repaired?” may get you a direct answer; “No, nothing has ever gone wrong with the roof”. But if the seller hesitates or offers a less-than-forthcoming answer, such as, “I don’t remember anything going wrong with the roof” or “No, the | more...

 
FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage Basics

FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage Basics

FHA home loan options are not limited to existing construction housing. FHA borrowers, including first-time home buyers, have the option to apply for a FHA One-Time Close Construction loan. This allows any borrower who financially qualifies to have a home built for them from the ground up. FHA One-Time Close loans have some basic requirements; some of these are FHA loan program rules, but others are unique to an individual lender. For example, FHA One-Time Close mortgages, also known as FHA OTC loans, technically allow a borrower to build a home with more than one unit. But many lenders may restrict these mortgages to single-unit properties. Or they may not permit the financing of certain closing costs, require higher FICO scores, etc. Much depends on the rules of the specific | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisal Questions: Why Is Peeling Paint A Problem?

FHA Loan Appraisal Questions: Why Is Peeling Paint A Problem?

One common question about FHA appraisals involves the issue of peeling paint. This can be a problem for some homes, especially those built on or before the year 1978. Borrowers want to know why the appraiser reviewed the home (the appraisal is not a property inspection) and required a correction of a peeling paint issue as a condition of loan approval. The borrower’s question in these cases is normally a variation on, “It’s just a cosmetic issue, why is the appraiser making a big deal out of peeling paint?” Unfortunately, for homes (including condo units) built on or before 1978, peeling paint is not just a cosmetic problem due to the use of lead paint in those construction projects before it was recognized as a safety hazard. FHA home loan | more...

 
FHA Loan Credit Advice

FHA Loan Credit Advice

First-time home buyers and experienced home owners alike sometimes need help understanding what it takes to be approved for a major line of credit like an FHA home loan. What does it take to financially qualify for the mortgage and get on the road to home ownership? Buying real estate with an FHA mortgage means making a serious investment of time and money. And that usually begins with budgeting, saving, and working on your credit. Preparing your credit a year in advance or more is a very good way to prepare for the home loan application process. Why? Your lender needs to see at least 12 months of on-time payments on ALL financial responsibilities prior to your applying for the home loan. Anything less than this can hurt your chances | more...

 
Things That Keep You From Getting An FHA Mortgage

Things That Keep You From Getting An FHA Mortgage

What keeps some borrowers from getting an FHA home loan or refinance loan? In some cases the answers are easy, in others they are more complicated. Learn what some of the red flags are for lenders and prepare yourself to get the FHA home loan you need. Automatic Denial Of FHA Home Loans: When Does It Happen? FHA home loans are automatically denied for a variety of reasons. Borrowers with FICO scores lower than 500 are automatically denied, as are borrowers who have applied for a mortgage while they are in a bankruptcy that has not been discharged yet. U.S. citizenship is not required for an FHA home loan, but those who apply without legal standing of some kind (anyone in the country illegally) is automatically turned down for the | more...

 
Refinancing a Second Home With An FHA Mortgage Loan

Refinancing a Second Home With An FHA Mortgage Loan

Not all borrowers are first-time home buyers; some who seek to buy a home with an FHA mortgage loan already own property and seek to own again. FHA home loan rules do not single out first-time home buyers, though the program is ideal for anyone who needs a lower down payment and more forgiving credit requirements. Those who have purchased a second home, whether or not they were using an FHA mortgage for that purchase, will likely want to consider refinancing at some point. This makes sense as most homeowners will consider a refi loan for one reason or another. How does the owner of a second home get an FHA refinance loan? Much depends on the type of loan you need; cash-out refinancing, a refinance loan to improve the | more...

 
How To Refinance Your Home

How To Refinance Your Home

Do you know how to refinance a home loan? If you need to refinance or want to explore your options, there are a variety of mistakes to avoid. Those who don’t check their credit first, those who don’t understand that a refi loan is treated in a similar manner to the original mortgage, and those who don’t shop around for a lender set themselves up to pay more for a loan that is supposed to benefit them. Avoid these common mistakes when exploring your refinance loan options: Refinance Loan Mistakes: Not Checking Your Credit Scores When you applied for your original mortgage, your credit reports were an important part of the process. They will be again, in much the same way in most cases. Know your credit scores and financial | more...

 
FHA Loans For First-Time Borrowers

FHA Loans For First-Time Borrowers: Debt Ratios

One area that is just as important as FICO scores and credit reports to first-time borrowers? The amount of debt versus the amount of monthly income. This is known as a debt-to-income ratio or debt ratio for short; this is just as crucial for a borrower as their FICO scores. Many borrowers already know this; they have spoken to a lender or a housing counselor, or they have done their research already and fully understand that if you have too much outgoing debt and not enough monthly income, your home loan chances are in jeopardy. But what is not as well-known? The fact that there are actually TWO debt ratios the lender will look at. Yes, there are two calculations and if you don’t anticipate the second one you may | more...

 
Fact And Fiction About FHA Home Loan Approval

Fact And Fiction About FHA Home Loan Approval

First-time home buyers and experienced home owners alike may have misconceptions about what it means to get an FHA loan. Here are some of the most common facts and fictions about buying a house with an FHA loan. FHA Loan Fact: FHA Mortgages Have Lower Down Payments and Credit Score Requirements 3.5% down is all that is required for borrowers with qualifying FICO scores. FHA loan minimum standards are more forgiving that some conventional mortgages but you will need to see whether lender standards allow certain lower credit scores to get loan approval with a higher down payment. Lender standards apply in addition to FHA loan minimums. But the fact is, your lender has the ability to work with your FICO scores in many cases. FHA Loan Fiction: You Have | more...