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Who is eligible for an FHA Home Loan?

Building A Home, Buying A Home

Are you thinking about buying an existing home? Are you considering applying for a construction loan to build a house on your own lot instead? If you are trying to decide whether to build or buy, there are questions to ask before you commit to buying an existing construction property, or choose to apply for a One-Time Close mortgage to build on land you already own or purchase as part of the mortgage. What does it take to select the best option for your needs? There is an advantage to building a home from scratch–borrowers can influence the final outcome of the construction and help determine the nature of the house ahead of time. Some don’t enjoy sorting out such details, they gravitate toward the idea of looking at existing | more...

 
FHA Options

Do You Need To Refinance?

Do you need to refinance your home loan, but aren’t sure what the difference is between an FHA Streamline Refinance loan and FHA cash-out refinancing? These loans have important differences, beginning with the availability of cash paid to the borrower at closing time. One refi option permits cash back, the other does not. FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loans FHA cash-out refi loans allow the borrower to be paid cash at closing when the costs of the new loan have been satisfied and the original loan has been paid off. These cash-out loans are offered by both FHA lenders and conventional lenders; why should a borrower choose an FHA cash-out refinance? Interest rates are generally lower on government-backed mortgages like FHA refinance loans. That said, your FICO scores will affect the actual | more...

 
HUD Announces Changes To Exterior-Only Appraisal Guidelines For FHA Purchase Loans

FHA Announces Changes To 203(k) Rehab Loan Rules During COVID-19

The FHA and HUD have announced changes to the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage program to help borrowers affected by coronavirus issues. Some who started rehab loan construction work may have had income issues related to COVID-19; such borrowers are offered additional consideration to keep their projects moving forward to completion. The Rules As They Were Originally Written An FHA Mortgagee Letter announces the availability of an extension for borrowers who could not get their rehab loan construction projects completed on time. The original guidance in HUD 4000.1 makes provisions for this; it states that when the work is not finished in the agreed-upon time, “the Borrower may request an extension of time and must submit adequate documentation to justify the extension.” HUD 4000.1 also states that the lender normally grants | more...

 
the importance of credit for home loan approval

The Importance Of Your Credit For Home Loan Approval

Why is credit monitoring, credit repair, and credit utilization so important for the purposes of getting a home loan approved? This is a serious question all borrowers should ask ahead of their loan application. It’s just as important to know the hows and whys of addressing your credit scores and history–and the question should be addressed long before applying for a major line of credit like a construction loan to build on your own land, or the purchase of a condo or suburban home. A participating FHA lender is required to make each loan applicant can realistically afford the home loan. For loan approval, your credit history must have patterns that indicate that you will pay on time and generally behave like a good credit risk. Approving a home loan | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Why Did My Home Loan Get Denied?

The question, “Why did the lender deny my home loan?” is a good one to contemplate. Thinking like a lender helps a great deal when you are planning and saving for a construction loan application, condo loan application, or when you want to buy a multi-unit home. Do you know why a lender might deny your application? There are several factors to ponder, no matter what kind of borrower you might be. Are you looking for a condo loan? Mobile home loan? Multi-unit house? Some of the reasons lenders deny home loan applications are fairly obvious, others are not. Review the following circumstances to see if any apply to you. This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s a great place to begin and some borrowers find at least one | more...

 
Build On Your Own Lot

FHA One-Time Close Loan Rules: Buying Land To Build On

You can build a home on your own lot, even as a first-time home buyer. Thanks to the FHA single-family loan program, which includes a construction loan option, you can build a home instead of buying an existing construction house AND take advantage of low FHA loan down payment requirements. FHA loan rules require only a 3.5% down payment even for construction loans, making the option to build instead of buy within reach of many who are just now exploring their options for becoming a home owner. But when considering a construction loan it’s good to remember that you don’t have to own land already–not all construction loan borrowers own their own property and need to purchase the lot as part of the loan. Building Your Home With A Construction | more...

 
Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

Buying Land With An FHA Loan

There are several reasons why a house hunter looking for a home to purchase with a VA mortgage might want to buy a piece of land. In times when the housing market is favorably inclined towards new construction loans, some buyers might want a government insured loan for a proposed construction or new construction purchase; others might want to buy a piece of land for a manufactured home or mobile home.

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

FHA Home Loans For First-Time Buyers: Choices To Consider

Are you a first-time home buyer looking for the most affordable mortgage options? FHA home loans feature flexible guidelines, and those options come with lower downpayment requirements other advantages over conventional mortgages. FHA Loan Options Are Diverse There are many types of housing you can buy with an FHA mortgage–a condo unit, a house in the suburbs, even properties with up to four units the borrower can occupy while renting out the unused units. You have to occupy the property you buy, but being a landlord may be an option for some to consider. There are also FHA home loans you can use to buy a fixer-upper (the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation mortgage) and there’s also the FHA loan program to help you build a house on your own lot with | more...

 
Who should apply for a construction loan?

Who Should Apply For A Construction Loan?

Who should apply for a construction loan? There are two basic types of borrowers who should consider doing so–the house hunter who wants to build a house instead of buying someone else’s, and those who want to purchase fixer-upper homes and renovate them. The home loan for borrowers who would rather build their home on their own lot is called a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan. It features a single loan application for both the construction of the house and the purchase of it once completed. Non-OTC construction loans may required two separate loans–one for the construction phase and one for the purchase of the completed house. This makes the process more complicated and having a single loan is definitely an advantage for the OTC version of these mortgages. OTC | more...

 
VA One Time Close Construction Loan

VA One-Time Close Construction Loan Options for Military Veterans Expanded

Some house hunters get fed up with looking for just the right home, while others start out their home loan journey knowing in advance they want a house built for them. What options to these borrowers have? There is an FHA home loan known as the FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan that lets borrowers apply for a single loan that covers both construction costs and the mortgage itself. The FHA version of this type of construction loan requires the borrower and lender to work together to establish a plan for the project including estimated completion times, interest rates, budgets, and more. Some borrowers aren’t interested in FHA home loans since they have other options; do qualifying military veterans have a VA loan version of the FHA One Time | more...