February 23, 2020

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Refinancing In 2020? Questions To Ask

Refinancing In 2020? Questions To Ask

Are you looking for a refinance loan in 2020? Refinancing your home loan can be a smart move for some homeowners, especially in times where rates are falling. Mortgage loan interest rates in 2020 hit three-year interest rate lows due to a variety of factors including hangovers from trade war woes with China, the coronavirus, and other variables. And that means more potential borrowing options in expensive housing markets like New York, California, and Washington D.C., as well as smaller markets where the falling interest rates have improved things for buyers as well. Why? More affordable loans, rising property values (depending on the market), and the ability to pull more cash out of the home in a refi loan situation make applying more attractive. Is your long-term home loan goal | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For Borrowers With Thin Credit

FHA Home Loans For Borrowers With Thin Credit

Some borrowers worry their FICO scores aren’t high enough to be approved for a home loan. Other borrowers worry that they don’t have a long enough credit history. There are ways you can raise your FICO score, increase your credit file, and make yourself a better credit risk for an FHA home loan, FHA rehab loan, or even a construction loan to build your own house on your own lot. If you apply for a home loan with thin credit non-traditional credit or no credit, your lender will ask for any evidence you have made recurring payments of some kind. That’s a good place to start when it’s time to review your credit. Your lender will want to see that for any financial obligation you do carry, that on-time payments | more...

 
Buying a home is a major investment. And unless you are applying for a need-based loan such as a USDA mortgage, or if you are a qualifying veteran or military member applying for a VA mortgage, you will need to come up with a down payment.

For Borrowers Who Need Down Payment Help

Buying a home is a major investment. And unless you are applying for a need-based loan such as a USDA mortgage, or if you are a qualifying veteran or military member applying for a VA mortgage, you will need to come up with a down payment. Borrowers who use conventional loans typically make larger down payments than those who use government-backed mortgage loans like FHA loans. Why? Because government-backed mortgages carry an advantage for the lender; they are guaranteed against loan default and foreclosure. Should the worst happen after the loan has closed, the government pays the lender a portion of the mortgage. It’s called a claim when this happens, and such claims are a risk of doing business in the mortgage market. Reduced risk for the lender is a | more...

 
Income Rules For FHA Loan Approval: What You Need To Know Today

Income Rules For FHA Loan Approval: What You Need To Know Today

FHA home loans, like other mortgages, require the lender to make sure their applicants have enough income to be able to realistically afford the loan. This is known as “qualifying income” and the lender is only permitted to use earnings that meet FHA standards. Those paychecks must be stable, and likely to continue for the purpose of debt-to-income ratios and other loan approval procedures. Those regulations apply regardless of whether you are buying existing construction or want to build a house on your own lot using an FHA construction loan so it’s important to be familiar with them. Military Pay And Earnings: Yes, military people have access to the GI Bill and the VA home loan program, why would they need an FHA home loan? There are actually many reasons, | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Build A House On Your Own Land With An FHA Mortgage

Some house hunters decide to stop looking at existing construction homes and start thinking about building a house for themselves from the ground up. Other people know from the start of their homeownership journey that they want to build and not buy an existing home. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 include guidelines for lenders who want to help these borrowers. The section of the rulebook titled “Building on Own Land” tells lenders how to proceed with a construction loan including maximum loan amounts, who can act as the general contractor on the project, and more. Are you interested in having a house built for you on your own lot? Not interested in having to choose from existing construction housing? Building on your own land may be the right | more...

 
Get A Better Home Loan Deal By Asking One Question

Get A Better Home Loan Deal By Asking One Question

 Some people are born negotiators, and they don’t mind telling the rest of the world about it. But more people seem to feel uncomfortable with the idea even when it’s in their best interest to do so. Are you trying to buy a home? If so, you’ve already committed to spending a lot of money to make this important investment. Why pay MORE if you don’t have to? Negotiating the details of your home loan can save you money and get you a better deal. Does it have to be uncomfortable and awkward? No. Actually, you can negotiate quite successfully by asking one simple question, but that question needs a bit of homework to ask properly. What’s the secret to negotiating a loan? What is that one question? before we | more...

 
Why Buy A Home In 2020?

Why Buy A Home In 2020?

There are many reasons why it’s smart to think about looking for a forever home in 2020; owning instead of renting, the ability to freely customize your living space, being able to apply for cash-out refinancing to convert part of your home’s value into cash, and never having to wait for a landlord to fix a problem in the home. But in 2020 there’s another reason to consider owning a home soon; a Zillow.com report indicates that 2020 is going to be a good year for home values depending on the housing market. The Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey from the 4th quarter of 2019 includes data that indicates U.S. home values may grow by 2.8% in 2020. Rising or hot-again housing markets in the new year include Austin, Texas | more...

 
Do You Need Down Payment Help?

Do You Need Down Payment Help?

Saving for your down payment early is a great idea, and doing so can be easier when you have a clear goal in mind. But how much IS that down payment and when should I start doing the math? Some people are intimidated by the idea of saving up for and making the down payment. Even those who are disciplined and used to cutting corners for a bigger goal can need some outside help to find the down payment money down needed to buy a home. FHA Loans = Lower Money Down FHA mortgages have lower down payment requirements than conventional loans, especially if you want to avoid Private Mortgage Insurance on a conventional mortgage (20% is usually required in such cases). State agencies and other entities operating at the | more...

 
Income Rules For FHA Loan Approval: What You Need To Know Today

FHA Purchase and Refinance Loan Interest Rate Trends And Your New Home

FHA home loans have a low minimum required down payment of 3.5%, which makes them perfect for both experienced homeowners and first-time homebuyers alike. With an FHA mortgage it’s possible to purchase or refinance a fixer-upper (with an FHA 203(k) rehab loan), buy or refinance a condo, mobile home, existing construction houses, and you can even apply to have a home built for you on your own lot with an FHA One-Time Close construction loan. As we head into the second month of 2020, we are reminded that 2019 was the best year for mortgage loan interest rates in almost a decade and the trends that kept rates low last year continue to exert some influence as new issues also conspire to push mortgage rates lower. At least in the | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loans And Current Interest Rates

FHA Refinance Loans And Current Interest Rates

Is your mortgage payment too high? Need to refinance to bring down the monthly cost? Recent headlines about mortgage loan interest rates have contained the word “refinance” a lot lately; world events including the Wuhan virus, impeachment proceedings, and other news have conspired to help push mortgage rates lower. Those things themselves do not directly influence mortgage loan interest rates, but investor behavior DOES. And because of that investor behavior, we have seen FHA loan interest rates move significantly lower. Some writers refer to that move in terms of historical context. “Mortgage Rates At Three Year Lows!” screamed some headlines in early 2020. One consequence of those low rates? A surge in refinance loan applications as consumers rush to take advantage of the lower interest rates to save money on | more...