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Home Buying And Your Credit

Home Buying And Your Credit: Three Simple Tricks

Worried about your credit score? Thinking about buying a home but you don’t know if your credit is good enough to qualify? There is a LOT of home buyer advice out there, especially where improving your credit score is concerned. Work On Your Credit As Early As Possible Do you know how long it takes to dispute wrong information on your credit report? How many people share your first and last name? Do you know how possible or likely it is that someone else’s credit data might end up in your credit report? Or how likely it is that outdated information is still plaguing your credit information? If you don’t you, you are not ready to apply for a home loan yet. No borrower should apply for a mortgage loan | more...

 
Can I Refinance An Inherited Home With An FHA Cash-Out Refi Loan?

Can I Refinance An Inherited Home With An FHA Cash-Out Refi Loan?

Home owners who inherit property have the opportunity to refinance that property with an FHA mortgage, and those refi options can include cash-out refinancing. But there are some rules you need to know before you start the refinance application process. FHA home loan rules generally state that a borrower should be prepared to live in the home they wish to refinance with an FHA cash-out refinance loan for as long as 12 months first. That is a general rule and not specific to inherited properties. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook for single-family home loans, instructs the lender that it’s required to document, “that the Borrower has made all payments for all their Mortgages within the month due for the previous 12 months or since the Borrower obtained the Mortgages, | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

Rising Equity And FHA Refinance Loans

With reports of rising equity in many housing markets over the last year, it makes sense for those with mortgages to consider an FHA refinance loan. If your financial goals include being able to pull the value of your home out in cash with an FHA refi, there are options to consider alongside the cash out refi loan that could make the difference when deciding which refinance loan is right for your needs. A CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Report reveals that in the last year, home equity in some markets went up nearly five percent since the second quarter of 2018. How much is that increase worth to the home owner? Nearly $5 thousand. Overall, the amount of money homes are worth increased nationwide in the last 12 calendar months to | more...

 
It Pays To Shop Around For An FHA Home Loan

It Pays To Shop Around For An FHA Home Loan

Why does it pay to shop around for an FHA home loan? A September 2019 report by Zillow.com has some revealing insights into this. Shopping around for the right mortgage lender can be just as crucial as taking a variety of cars out for test drives when you are thinking about taking out an auto loan. You would never buy a car without taking it for a test-drive and comparing dealer prices on the same make and model so why would you apply for a home loan without comparing prices? The Zillow report says a certain range of house hunter will find a wider range of results when shopping around; those who have low credit scores will, according to Zillow, find great variations in what multiple lenders will offer the | more...

 
What You Need To Know About FHA Refinance Loan Options

What You Need To Know About FHA Refinance Loan Options

At the time of this writing, mortgage loan interest rates have fallen to historic lows; VA and FHA mortgage loan interest rates are at a best-execution 3.75% (offered to the most financially qualified applicants) and many homeowners may be saving thousands over the lifetime of their mortgages by refinancing into a lower interest rate. But what do you need to know about refinancing? There are several aspects to consider before you commit to a specific home loan refinance option. FHA loans offer a variety refinance loan options including the typical simple refinance (offering no cash back at closing time), cash-out refinancing, and for those who have existing FHA mortgages, the FHA-to-FHA Streamline refinance option offers a lot to a borrower with a low interest rate and a requirement that (for | more...

 
Mortgage Loans, Interest Rates, and Refinance Loans

Mortgage Loans, Interest Rates, and Refinance Loans

If you have been following mortgage loan interest rate trends recently, you know that FHA mortgage loan rates have been at historic lows and that last week there was a fairly significant market correction to rates. Fast forward to the end of last week and we see what some finance blogs are describing as a “correction to the correction”; FHA mortgage loan rates (best execution) were reported down from 3.5% to a best execution 3.375%. And for those who already have home loans, the temptation to refinance at the current time to take advantage of mortgage loan interest rates is strong; who wouldn’t want to save more money on their monthly payments or take equity out of the home in cash? Refinancing to make upgrades and improvements to a home | more...

 
What You Should Know About Mortgage Loan Interest Rates And The Fed Rate Cut

What You Should Know About Mortgage Loan Interest Rates And The Fed Rate Cut

The week of September 16, 2019, the Fed cut interest rates for the second time in the year; the 25 basis-point rate cut alters the Fed rate but is not a direct cut or change to mortgage loan interest rates. Interest rate decline in 2019 have pushed more home owners toward refinance loans and many wondered if the latest Fed cut would affect mortgage loan rates in a refinance-friendly directions. Fed rate cuts do not get applied directly to mortgage loan interest rates, but investor behavior following the announcement of a rate adjustment, during the adjustment itself, and the aftermath may have a definite influence on mortgage rates. So if you find yourself wondering whether the Fed rate cut will change home loan interest rates, watch the investors and their | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Interest Rates Lower

How To Apply For An Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Do you know how to apply for an FHA adjustable rate mortgage loan (ARM)? The loan limits are the same on FHA ARMs as they are for fixed-rate mortgages, but your strategy for the loan should be quite different. It’s important to apply for an adjustable rate loan with a purpose; if you aren’t sure why a fixed rate loan is better for some than an ARM, you aren’t ready for an ARM loan application yet. The government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published some sound advice for house hunters interested in an adjustable rate mortgage; that advice includes knowing when you would want an ARM loan and when you would not want one. The basic difference between a fixed rate FHA mortgage and an adjustable rate is that with | more...

 
Will FHA Loans Let Me Rent Out My Home?

Will FHA Loans Let Me Rent Out My Home?

Will FHA loan rules allow you to rent out the property you purchase with an FHA mortgage? There are many who wish to buy a home to start working as a landlord, but if you wish to do this with an FHA mortgage, there are certain restrictions you will need to know before you commit. Many home loans have specific requirements; a borrower may be permitted to buy an investment property with certain kinds of home loans (not FHA) but the trade off may be higher interest rates, more restrictive terms and conditions (depending on the lender), and penalties for early payoff of the mortgage. Being a Landlord With An FHA Home Loan With an FHA home loan, you are permitted to be a landlord as long as you occupy | more...

 
HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against New York Landlord

HUD Brings Charges Against Housing Design And Construction Companies

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges against companies in New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. We report about Fair Housing cases in this space to remind house hunters of their Fair Housing Act rights, but it’s not as common to report on a case that spans multiple companies and states the way this case does. HUD’s charge involves accusations of housing discrimination associated with the design and construction “of a 40-unit North 8 Condominium development in Brooklyn, New York, in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act”. Those named in the HUD Fair Housing Act charges include Toll Brothers, Inc.; Toll Land XIII Limited Partner; Lendlease (US) Construction LMB, Inc; Greenberg Farrow Architecture, Inc.; and 51 | more...