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FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

The FHA One-Time Close construction loan, also known as a construction-to-permanent mortgage or simply as a home construction loan, is an option for home buyers who want to build a home from the ground up. There are USDA versions of this type of loan (with income caps and other need-based restrictions), there’s a VA One-Time Close loan for qualifying military personnel, and there is also the FHA One-Time Close construction loan which features a low 3.5% down payment the same as all other FHA purchase loan options. The FHA and HUD have announced changes to the FHA One-Time Close program in 2021. These changes will formalize certain elements of the program, and change others as we’ll see below. HUD has changed its maximum financing policy and other requirements for New | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

What Is A Home Construction Loan?

Construction loans have different names–you may read them referred to as home construction mortgages, and depending on the terms and conditions of the loan you may find them referred to as One-Time Close mortgages or Construction-To-Permanent mortgages. If you want to build a home on your own land or on land you buy in conjunction with your construction loan, you should ask your loan officer about the FHA and/or VA One-Time Close construction loan programs. These loans feature a single mortgage for the construction phase and the mortgage portion of the transaction–unlike other construction loans that require two loans, two applications, two closing dates, etc. Myths about the construction loan process include who can buy–even a first-time home buyer can be approved for a One-Time close mortgage if they qualify | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

How To Prepare For A Home Loan In 2021

How do you prepare for a home loan in the new year? There are a number of steps you can take to get ready. The first step for some is to contact the FHA and HUD at their toll-free number 1-800 CALL FHA to request a free referral to a HUD-approved, local housing counselor. This can help you to better understand the credit requirements of the home loan process, learn what areas to focus on to get your credit ready, etc. The first step for others isn’t to call for a referral, but rather to contact the three major credit reporting agencies to request copies of the borrower’s credit report. You’ll want to get very familiar with the contents of your credit report as early as possible. Look for a | more...

 
One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

One-Time Close Mortgage Loans: Which Is Right For You?

A One-Time Construction loan provides a single loan for building a home from the ground up. You don’t have a construction phase loan and a mortgage loan to apply for separately when you use a One-Time Close mortgage. There are VA One-Time Close construction loans, FHA One-Time Close mortgages, and USDA versions of the same loan. Which one is right for you? USDA construction loans are need-based loans; household income limits and other requirements apply. Some borrowers will need a USDA loan while others may not qualify because the earn too much per household or because of other applicable factors. VA mortgages in general are a huge advantage–and the VA One-Time Close mortgage is no exception–because eligible and qualified borrowers are able to apply for this loan with no down | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Important Questions To Ask About Your Home Loan

If you are considering a home loan, the Federal Trade Commission has some advice for you. The FTC, a government agency charged with providing consumer protection, advice, and free credit reports (among many other things), advises house hunters that there are some important questions you should be asking when it’s time to commit to a mortgage loan. Some issues the FTC warns about are not problems for those who apply for FHA home loans to buy or refinance a home. For example, the FTC advises borrowers to ask about any applicable penalties for early payoff of the mortgage loan. And don’t forget, the early payoff of your mortgage doesn’t just happen when you pay off the note before the loan term ends. It can also happen when you refinance your | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Build Your Dream Home From The Ground Up With A One-Time Close Construction Loan

You don’t have to buy someone else’s property if you are interested in owning your own home. You can–even as a first time home buyer–build a home from the ground up instead. The FHA One-Time Close mortgage, also available to qualifying military members as a VA construction loan, is a great choice for the right borrowers. But who should consider this type of home loan? Timing Counts FHA Construction Loans and VA One-Time Close mortgages are not good choices for those in a hurry. If you need housing quickly it is best to explore your FHA or VA mortgage loan options for existing construction. If the timing of your loan cannot be changed, you need a house NOW, and you cannot wait, there are good reasons to wait on building | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

FHA And HUD Explain Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

On December 2, 2020, the FHA and HUD issued a press release announcing higher FHA mortgage loan limits for 2021. Those applying for FHA mortgages with FHA case numbers assigned on or after 1 January 2021 will have higher loan guaranty limits to work with than in 2020. The same thing happened last year, but higher loan limits in the new year are NOT guaranteed to happen year-to-year. But this year, it DID happen and the FHA has explained the hows and whys. Why did limits go higher for the new year? FHA is required by a federal law known as the National Housing Act, (which itself was amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008) to “…set Single Family forward loan limits at 115 percent of area | more...

 
FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage Basics

Get An FHA Mortgage In 2021 To Build Your Dream Home

Are you considering your home loan options for 2021? There are a variety of choices but those who do not want to buy somebody else’s house and want to build their own can turn to an FHA One-Time Close mortgage to build from the ground up. Even first-time homebuyers can qualify to do this. If you’re planning on a mortgage in 2021, there are higher FHA home loan limits available, and those who explore their options to build on their own land and choose not to have a range of other FHA home loan options you should seriously consider that can provide alternatives you might not be aware of.  What are those options? House hunters can apply for an FHA mortgage to purchase a fixer-upper (using an FHA rehabilitation mortgage) | more...

 
2021 HECM Loan Limits

2021 FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Loan Limits

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published FHA loan limits for the FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan program for 2021. Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as FHA Reverse Mortgages, are offered to financially qualified borrowers age 62 or older who either own their homes outright or are very close to doing so. FHA HECM loans feature no monthly payments; the borrower receives cash from the loan based on terms negotiated with the participating lender; the loan is normally due when the borrower dies or sells the home. The loan may also be declared due in full if the borrower quits using the property secured by the HECM loan as their primary address. Borrowers are required to use escrow to pay property taxes and must follow | more...

 
Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

The FHA and HUD have announced higher FHA forward loan limits for 2021. Most borrowers will experience a higher FHA loan limit depending on their location and other variables. Federal law requires FHA to establish forward mortgage / purchase loan floor and ceiling loan limits each year. These limits are based on the loan limit set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency for conventional mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The national conforming loan limit for 2021 is $548,250. While these limits DO NOT apply until 1 January 2021, you can locate the entire list of FHA loan limits. That list includes areas at the FHA ceiling, areas between the floor and the ceiling at the FHA official site. The National Housing Act and its amendments | more...