December 3, 2020

Vimeo Channel YouTube Channel

Articles Published in: 2019

FHA mobile home loans

FHA Home Loan Appraisals: What You Should Know

Borrowers have plenty of questions about the FHA appraisal process. After all, if the appraisal doesn’t go well, it could mean the borrower has to decide whether to walk away and find something else or deal with the issues uncovered by the appraisal. What is the real issue with FHA appraisals that confuses many borrowers? The fact that there are multiple standards that must be met and not just the ones that are set by the FHA and HUD. House hunters write us frequently to ask if a certain appraisal issue will affect their home loan. And the simple answer is that there is no easy answer to appraisal questions because of one huge variable. And that variable is what state and local building code requirements say in addition to | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Refunds?

FHA Home Loan Limits: Facts You Should Know In 2020

What kind of loan do you need in the new year? Are you interested in an FHA One-Time Close construction loan to build on your own land? An FHA purchase loan for existing construction? You’ll need to know a bit about home loan limits and how they affect your transaction. The FHA and HUD announced higher loan guaranty limits for another year–2020 rates will increase in many housing markets with a small number of areas receiving no increases. Conforming Loan Limits In 2020 A conforming loan is a mortgage meeting guidelines established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac including a maximum dollar amount. Your FHA home loan can be at or below a certain amount established each year by county. Conforming loan limits are basically the Fannie and Freddie limits | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

What You Need To Get Ready For A Home Loan Application

What do you need to get ready for a home loan application? Some things are practical and common-sense moves such as deciding in advance what kind of property you want to buy, while others are more about aesthetics such as the kind of neighborhood you want to live in, choosing urban or rural areas, etc. Why take this extra time? For a start, knowing what kind of property you want can require some serious thinking. The range of styles available alone may seem intimidating to some. In 2019, some of the most popular and most widely-searched for home styles included Farmhouse style, Colonial house style, Cape Cod house style, Spanish style house, and Art Deco style. Starting early can help you weed out the ones you might like versus those | more...

 
Who is eligible for an FHA Home Loan?

5 FHA Loan Facts To Remember When House Hunting

There are five basic things to remember when house hunting that can help you make better choices about your loan and the home you want to purchase with it. FHA mortgages are for those who intend to own and occupy the home as their primary residence, so if you are looking to find a home to live in, keep reading! FHA Home Loans Are Available For Fixer-Uppers If you want to buy a home you are sure won’t pass an FHA appraisal, you can still buy the property using an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan instead of the FHA 203(b) loan used to buy homes that can pass the appraisal process. FHA 203(k) Rehab loans come in two sizes, one known as the Limited 203(k) for smaller projects that don’t involve | more...

 
Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

5 Home Loan Interest Rate Facts You Should Know

The Federal Reserve announced interest rates would not change; the week of December 9 was one investors would pay a great deal of attention to. The interest rate was left untouched on December 11, 2019; there were three adjustments in 2019. FHA Home Loan Interest Rate Facts: The Fed Does Not Directly Set Mortgage Loan Rates The interest rate cut by the Fed this week did not directly adjust mortgage loan rates, but investor reaction to the announcement definitely plays a part in the daily ebb and flow of rates. But what the Fed has done in 2019 does not “fix” home loan rates at their current low levels. What rules the daily rate changes is investor activity based on current events, economic data, and things like the Fed rate | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Build On Your Own Lot: Construction Loan Facts

If you are interested in building a home on your own lot instead of buying a house owned by someone else, the One-Time Close construction loan is an option worth considering. Facts about One-Time Close mortgages include your options–there are FHA, VA and USDA versions of the One-Time Close Construction (OTC) loan. With a VA OTC, there is an option to put 0% down, FHA construction loans feature a low down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted price of the home in most cases. Construction loans require you to work with an approved contractor so you should plan on spending some time searching for one. Construction loans are sometimes hard to come by because borrowers don’t know the right loan to ask for, or are working with a lender who | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Higher FHA Home Loan Limits For 2020

In 2019, the FHA and HUD announced higher loan limits, giving borrowers in most counties additional borrowing power to purchase, build, repair, or refinance an owner-occupied home. The uptick in FHA loan limits for 2019 led some to believe that it might be possible to see another year of higher loan limits, while others speculated that higher limits may not be a trend, but simply a typical course correction for home loan limits. Regardless of which camp 2020 borrowers were in back then, it seems there is another year to contemplate higher loan limits; the Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the FHA loan limits for 2020 and they are indeed higher in most areas. The HUD announcement discussing the overall increase in the FHA loan limit for | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Applying For A Home Loan In 2020

Are you thinking about buying or building a home in 2020? Prepare for your dream home early and get ready to start the path to homeownership in the new year. Save Early What kind of expenses should you anticipate when saving for your home loan? It’s not just the down payment you’ll need to save for–here is a list of common home loan expenses: Title insurance Appraisal costs Pest inspection fees Origination fees Discount points Credit report fee Survey fee Property taxes Mold abatement (where applicable) Document prep Compliance inspections You will also want to save early for unexpected costs including contingencies where the appraised value of the property is lower than the asking price. Some borrowers like the home so much they are willing to pay the difference in | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

Why Did My Mortgage Payment Increase?

There may be circumstances where you find your mortgage payment has increased. There are several reasons why a mortgage payment might increase; regardless of which issue may be affecting your loan it’s crucial to address it right away. Mortgage Payment Increases Due To Interest Rate Adjustment If you have an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage, your mortgage payment increases when there is a scheduled interest rate adjustment on the mortgage. The government watchdog agency known as CFPB, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, advises, “Some homeowners believe that they have a fixed-rate mortgage loan when their loan actually includes an adjustable-rate or some other feature that can cause their interest rate and payment to change.” Changes To Your Property Taxes If you notice an increase in your mortgage payment, check your monthly | more...

 
One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

Who Qualifies For FHA Loans?

Whether you’re interested in building a house from the ground up on your own lot or you need a mobile home or condo unit, there is an FHA home loan for you. Who qualifies for these mortgages and why? FHA Loans For First-Time Home Buyers FHA mortgages are open to first-time homebuyers without perfect credit. You can apply for an FHA home loan even with past credit mistakes; the best thing to do is to review your past credit and make sure your home loan application is turned in once you have a full year of on-time payments on your credit record. First-time borrowers should know an FHA mortgage, even an FHA One-Time Close construction loan is within their reach thanks to low 3.5% down payment requirements and the ability | more...