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Don’t Make These Home Loan Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is stressful, but there are things you can do as a first-time buyer that will help. Avoid these big mistakes when planning your mortgage. Don’t Change Jobs Before Your Mortgage Closes This advice does not apply to everyone, but it does for those who are contemplating changing the nature of their employment from having a boss and a traditional workplace to a freelance, contract, or per-project type work. There are different FHA home loan rules for non-traditional employment, freelance jobs, commission income, etc. If you were working in a typical job at the start of the home loan application process and are tempted to switch to contract, freelance, or commission work, your job switch could hinder your mortgage loan process since the income | more...


HUD Announces Charges In Idaho Fair Housing Case

April was Fair Housing Month, and while HUD’s annual push to raise awareness of housing laws in the United States has come and gone, the agency prosecutes Fair Housing cases year round. One the most recent; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced charges of Fair Housing Act violations against the owners and manager of a rental home in Nampa, Idaho. HUD’s case alleges that a married couple was refused a rental property there because they have children. The Fair Housing Act makes it a crime to “deny or limit housing because a family has children under the age of 18, make statements that discriminate against families with children, and impose different rules, restriction and policies on them” according to the HUD announcement at “Denying a | more...

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5 FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

There are many rules and regulations that govern FHA home loans and knowing how the system works can save you time and money when you are ready to start the journey toward home ownership. Some borrowers may ask themselves if they are ready to buy a home; if you know some or all of the areas below you may be closer than you think. FHA Home Loans Require Occupancy You cannot buy a home with an FHA single-family home loan unless at least one person obligated on the loan will use the property as their primary residence. This occupancy requirement is non-negotiable and the borrower must take possession of the home within a reasonable time after closing, usually 60 days for existing construction home. Properties that require repairs (such as | more...

Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

FHA Home Loan Approval Myths

There are plenty of myths about home loan approval, but for first-time home buyers looking for an FHA mortgage, some of those myths are more prevalent than others. What you don’t know about FHA home loans can hurt you-it’s best to know as much as possible going into the home loan process, which is another reason why it’s best to take your time preparing for a home loan. Rushing into the process can cost more money than taking your time. FHA Home Loan Myths: The FHA Has Separate Requirements For First-Time Home Buyers FHA home loans are open to all qualified borrowers with FICO scores in a certain range for the lowest down payment. FHA loan rules do not make any distinction between a first-time buyer and an experienced home | more...

Low Mortgage Rates and Refinance Options

FHA First Time Home Buyer Loans

How can the FHA home loan program help first-time home buyers? Some perks of an FHA mortgage are central to the home loan program itself, while others may be offered by lenders as an incentive to use that financial institution for your FHA home loan. FHA Home Loans For First-Time Buyers: Low Down Payments The FHA home loan program requires only 3.5% minimum for borrowers with qualifying FICO scores. FHA loan requirements say FICO scores as low as 580 can technically qualify for the lowest down payment, but you will need to check with a participating lender to see what standards may apply above the FHA minimums. Those with credit scores lower than 580 may still technically qualify for an FHA mortgage loan but at a higher down payment. FHA | more...

Time Is Running Out On Exterior-Only FHA Appraisals

FHA Home Loan Tips

FHA Mortgages: Lower Down Payment Requirements And Not Just For First-Time Home Buyers FHA loans require 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home as a down payment unless your credit does not meet the loan program requirements or lender standards. Borrowers with FICO scores of 580 or higher technically qualify for the lowest possible down payment but you will need to check lender requirements since they are not the same from one financial institution to another. FHA Mortgages: Down Payment Assistance IS Permitted You can get help from family, friends, employers, or other third parties-they can provide gift funds for the down payment. FHA loan rules say you can only get down payment help from those with no financial stake in the outcome of the transaction. ALL down payment | more...

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FHA Rehab Refinance Loan Basics

Recent headlines about mortgage loan interest rates have descriptions similar to “rates edging toward long-term lows”, which is motivating many to explore their refinance loan options. Are you a first-time home owner interested in getting a lower mortgage rate? Or are you interested in repairing or remodeling the home? Keep reading. FHA Rehab Refinance Mortgage Loans The FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage, also known as an FHA Rehab loan, is offered as a new purchase loan AND a refinance loan. When you refinance with an FHA Rehab loan you are given funds to be used specifically for approved projects in the home. These refinance mortgages will feature interest rates that are offered based on your FICO scores, so the same lower interest rate may not be available to all applicants; those | more...