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Does The Fed Interest Rate Cut Also Cut Mortgage Loan Rates?

Does The Fed Interest Rate Cut Also Cut Mortgage Loan Rates?

On Wednesday, October 30 2019, the Fed voted to cut interest rates for the third time. The specifics, reported by many news outlets including CNBC.com, include a 25 basis points cut to the benchmark funds rate. According to a CNBC report, ” The rate sets what banks charge each other for overnight lending but is also tied to most forms of revolving consumer debt.” Some want to know if the Fed rate cut directly equals a cut to mortgage loan insurance rates for FHA loans, VA mortgages, USDA loans, or conventional mortgages. The short answer is no, it does not. But that does NOT mean an interest rate cut won’t affect your mortgage rate if you are not currently in a rate lock commitment with your lender. The rates cut | more...

 
HUD Announces Fair Housing Act Violation Settlement With Oglethorpe Square Apartments, GA

HUD Announces New Partnership To Enforce FHA Guidelines

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and the Department of Justice designed to provide guidance on pursuing disciplinary actions in cases brought against participating FHA lenders who may be in violation under the False Claims Act (FCA). “This agreement clearly outlines our FHA mortgage program requirements, so they do not impede or discourage lenders from offering affordable FHA-insured loans to credit-worthy borrowers,” according to one HUD official quoted in the agency’s press release. The United States Attorney General is also quoted in the press release adding, “”This MOU sets forth a robust and collaborative process for deciding when to pursue False Claims Act cases to remedy material and knowing FHA violations,” The agreement means HUD and | more...

 
Reasons You May Be Denied A Loan

Reasons You May Be Denied A Home Loan

Most borrowers are worried they may be denied a home loan for one reason or another. How much is the average house hunter in danger of getting turned down for a mortgage? That depends on the kind of real estate you are looking for, your recent credit activity, and other factors. In general, you’ll find it harder to get a loan approved if one or more of the following things apply to you (see below). You Have A Recent Adverse Credit Action On Your Credit Report You risk being turned down for an FHA home loan or any other major line of credit if you were declined credit, employment or insurance recently. You Have High Credit Card Balances Credit card balances above the 50% line (halfway to your credit limit) | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

If you do not want to buy existing real estate or hire a realtor, and prefer to design your own home (or have one designed for you), a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan is for you. These loans are named “One-Time Close” because unlike some construction loans that require two applications, two approvals, and two closing dates, One-Time Close mortgages have ONE loan for both the construction of the home and for the mortgage itself. These construction loans are available under several government-backed lending programs such FHA One-Time Close construction loans, VA Construction loans, and the USDA equivalent. VA and USDA loans have no down payment requirement, but VA mortgages are not for the general public (qualifying veterans, currently serving troops, and certain surviving spouses of military members who died | more...

 
FHA Home Loan rules for closing costs

Important FHA Loan Options For Almost Any Mortgage

There are important FHA loan options you should know about that apply to practically any type of mortgage. No matter if you need a single-unit loan for a typical suburban home or you want to build a house on your own lot using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, there are options you should consider to get the most mileage out of your loan. FHA Loan Options: Energy Efficient Add-Ons The FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage is an option you can use to add funds for approved energy-saving upgrades to the property. That much is more well-known than the fact that you can use this FHA loan option even if you are applying for an FHA Rehab loan which is already intended to provide funds to repair, renovate, or upgrade a | more...

 
The FHA Loan That Helps You Build On Your Own Lot

The FHA Loan That Helps You Build On Your Own Lot

The FHA One-Time Close construction loan FHA One-Time Close Loan is a mortgage that lets the borrower design and build a home on the borrower’s own land. If you would rather build a home rather than look at real estate listings for an existing construction house, the One-Time Close loan is for you. There is an FHA version of the One-Time Close construction mortgage that requires a low 3.5% down payment. There is also a version of this construction loan offered by the VA to qualifying veterans and currently serving military members. The VA One-time Close construction loan has a 0% down / zero-down option. No money down is required for a VA construction loan up to the VA loan limit. See the end of this article for more information | more...

 
Real Estate, Millennials, And Down Payments

Real Estate, Millennials, And Down Payments

What do millennials and Gen Z’ers say about buying real estate and making down payments? A home ownership-centric website called Porch.com did a survey of roughly 1300 people and the results are quite interesting–and useful to anyone in the planning stages of buying a home. The attitudes of the age groups such as Generation Z and Millennials were of particular interest for this study. “According to our findings” the Porch.com survey page for the Generational Outlook Survey says, “over 75 percent of Gen Zers said it was ‘very important’ or ‘important’ to own a home in their lifetime”, but “only 41 percent” believe it is necessary to do that in the next decade or so. But regardless of when the home is to by purchased, more than 40% of those | more...

 
FHA disaster relief changes

FHA Disaster Relief Changes

In August of 2019, the FHA and HUD issued press releases and Mortgagee Letters describing changes to the FHA loss mitigation guidelines for those recovering from natural disasters in federally-declared natural disaster areas. The FHA states that the new rules affect homeowners who live or work in a “Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDAs) of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria or certain California Wildfires, Flooding, Mudflows, and Debris Flows” according to the HUD official site. Certain temporary measures the FHA and HUD passed in recent times to help improve disaster recovery in these areas are now made permanent. There are some features that have been added that streamline the application process for FHA loan relief, forbearance, and other measures. According to the HUD official site, lenders can use a recent bank | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Rates For The Rest Of 2019

FHA Mortgage Rates For The Rest Of 2019

Those who are ready to buy a house, or build a home on their own land using an FHA construction loan are considering their options at a time when mortgages are said to be as much as $200 cheaper than this time last year (depending on the price, down payment, and other factors). Mortgage rates in general are lower now than predicted last year and the rates are, according to some market watchers, due to remain low in November 2019 if the predictions come true. There are a variety of factors affecting mortgage loan interest rates at the moment; Brexit has an effect on investor behavior that can influence mortgage rates, the tariff war with China is another variable. Add to that consumer behavior in U.S. housing markets, and the | more...

 
FHA Loans For Buying, Building, Or Assembling A Home

FHA Loans For Buying, Building, Or Assembling A Home

Did you know that FHA home loans can help you buy an existing home as a first-time home buyer, but can also help a first-timer or experienced homeowner have a house built for them from the ground up on your own lot or a lot you purchase in connection with the mortgage. It’s also possible to have a manufactured home assembled for you on a lot you purchase or already own. These loans, especially the FHA One-Time Close mortgage for building a home from the ground up, are offered to both experienced borrowers and first time home buyers alike with no difference in the basic terms and conditions. That means that a first-time borrower is not penalized for being a first-timer; there are no elevated down payment requirements, no added | more...