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FHA Home Loans And The Biggest Credit Mistake You Can Make

FHA Home Loans And The Biggest Credit Mistake You Can Make

In this space, we discuss FHA home loans and how they get approved. And we talk a lot about the biggest credit mistake you can make leading up to your home loan application-missed payments. And we’re not just talking about missed payments on one type of credit, we discuss the effects of missing a payment no matter what it is or how important to your financial bottom line. But it is human nature to forget good advice when you only get it from one source, which is why we’re turning our attention today to the advice of one of the three biggest credit reporting agencies in existence: Experian. Experian is 125 years old and has a lot to say about how to manage credit, improve credit ratings, and how credit | more...

 
FHA Home Loans, Down Payments, And More: What You Need To Know Today

FHA Home Loans, Down Payments, And More: What You Need To Know Today

First-time borrowers have many questions about the FHA home loan process including the subjects of down payments, seller contributions, and down payment assistance. Borrowers need to know that there are certain federal laws that require FHA home loans to limit the contribution of any third party with a financial stake in the outcome of the mortgage, and it’s good to know how these rules work. Seller Contributions Versus Seller Downpayment Assistance FHA loan rules state clearly that the seller of the home may not contribute funds toward the borrower’s down payment. This is expressly forbidden in the FHA loan rulebook, HUD 4000.1. However, sellers are permitted to contribute toward the borrower’s closing costs, capped at a maximum of six percent of the adjusted price of the property. Contributions in excess | more...

 
How Job Changes Affect Your Mortgage Loan Application

How Job Changes Affect Your Mortgage Loan Application

How do job changes affect your FHA mortgage loan application and chances for loan approval? Many first-time borrowers need to know this due to personal circumstances; it’s true that FHA home loan rules require the lender to verify two years of employment and it’s also true that an FHA borrower does not have to be with the same employer for two full years to be considered for an FHA mortgage. But what are the consequences of a job change in the FHA home loan process or immediately before a home loan application? If the job change is an upwardly mobile move that benefits the borrower and still meets FHA loan income requirements (for stability and the likelihood of the job to continue) there should be little to no negative effect | more...

 
The New FHA Condo Rules

The New FHA Condo Rules

The Department of Housing and Urban Development official site announced new FHA condo loan rules in August 2019 that make it easier to purchase a condo unit, especially for condo projects not added to the FHA approved list. October 15, 2019 is the start date for the new rules that allow FHA loan approval for mortgages to buy condo units in projects that are not on the FHA approved list. Not all condo units are eligible for this consideration, and the FHA and HUD have issued a list of “single unit approval” requirements that include the following as described on the HUD official site: The individual condominium unit must be located in a completed project that is not FHA-approved; Condo projects that have 10 or more units are limited to | more...

 
FHA Announces New Condo Loan Rules

FHA Announces New Condo Loan Rules

The Federal Housing Administration has announced changes to its’ condo approval policies that could make it easier for house hunters to find and purchase condo units with an FHA mortgage. The changes are intended to increase lender flexibility and to adapt to changing conditions in the housing market. The FHA and HUD issued a press release on the new rules which states that the new rules …“will allow certain individual condominium units to be eligible for FHA mortgage insurance even if the condominium project is not FHA approved.” Under the old rules, a condo project had to be on the FHA approved list or added to it. As of October 15, 2019, the new FHA policies will, according to the FHA official site, include the following changes to FHA condo | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: A Q&A

FHA Home Loans: A Q&A

Q: What Kind Of Home Can I Buy With An FHA Mortgage? A: You can purchase a single-family home with as many as four living units. FHA home loans can be used to buy condos, mobile homes, town houses, mixed-use properties that are primarily residential (the borrower must live in the property), and manufactured homes. Q: Is Private Mortgage Insurance Required For FHA Mortgages? A: Private mortgage insurance is not required, but FHA borrowers will be required to pay a Mortgage Insurance Premium and an Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) as a part of the mortgage. The UFMIP is paid up front or financed in its’ entirety into the loan amount. The mortgage insurance premium each month is part of the borrower’s monthly payment. Q: Can I Buy A Home | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules For Second Residences

FHA Loan Rules For Second Residences

One thing you will read often about FHA single-family home loans? They are only intended for owner-occupied residences. So why do some borrowers hear of some homeowners being approved for FHA loans for a second house? There is a provision in HUD 4000.1 that allows an FHA mortgage for a “second” primary residence, as well as a provision for what the FHA and HUD term “secondary residences” under certain conditions. The FHA loan rules say secondary residences are defined as follows: “Secondary Residence refers to a dwelling that a Borrower occupies in addition to their Principal Residence, but less than a majority of the calendar year. A Secondary Residence does not include a Vacation Home. “ FHA loan approval may be possible for a secondary residence when the following applies: | more...

 
Why Consider An FHA 203k Rehab Loan

Why Consider An FHA 203k Rehab Loan

Why consider a 203k FHA Rehab Loan for buying or refinancing a property that needs repairs? For some the answer is simple. Some house hunters may be looking for a project home to customize. Others may be home owners who want to refinance to make upgrades and renovations to the home. The FHA 203k Rehab Loan and Refinance Loan option is a good one to explore. Some are tempted to make home improvements with a credit card rather than a mortgage or refinance loan; this might work for those who already own the home, but it’s important to compare the costs of financing such projects versus putting them on a credit card. Anyone who is house hunting and finds a property they like but won’t meet building code and/or minimum | more...

 
Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

There are four things to remember about home loans and credit scores, especially for first-time home buyers looking to buy their first piece of real estate. FHA home loan rules are more forgiving when it comes to credit scores, but there are still minimum standards and requirements to meet. Keep these four things in mind when planning your home loan application for best results. Credit Utilization And Payment History Are Both Very Important How much of your credit limit do you use? This is a question the lender needs to answer because how you use credit is just as important as all the other factors that go into home loan approval. Carrying high credit card balances can hurt your chances for home loan approval-try to keep your balances below the | more...

 
Home Buying, FHA Loans, And Mortgage Trends

Home Buying, FHA Loans, And Mortgage Trends

Is 2019 the best time to consider buying a home? Recent mortgage loan interest rate trends and the news agencies that report on them seem to indicate that conditions are very good for first-time home buyers looking to purchase a home in the remainder of the year. One indication? Headlines during the week of August 4, 2019 that included phrases like, “Lowest Rates Since November 2016”. And then there are reports by agencies that monitor house prices in the United States. Consider the First American Real House Price Index (RHPI), which tracks the prices of single-family homes and the effects of factors like changes in mortgage loan interest rates on consumer borrowing power. The May 2019 report by First American includes this quote: “Consumer house-buying power, how much one can | more...