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FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

FHA And HUD Update Construction Loan Rules

If you are in the market for a home but would prefer to have a house built to your specifications instead of buying another person’s dream home, the One-Time Close mortgage can help you build instead of buy. This type of loan has an FHA equivalent with low down payment requirements (3.5% in typical cases) and there’s also a VA home loan option for those with qualifying military service. The FHA and HUD recently updated its rulebook for FHA Construction loans; there are revised definitions of properties that qualify for construction loans as well as new inspection rules. Back in 2020, the FHA and HUD announced some pending changes to the FHA Single-Family Home Loan Lender’s Handbook, HUD 4000.1 due to policy alterations in 2018 and 2019. Those alterations required | more...

 
Buy or Build a House On Your Own Lot in 2020

What Are FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages?

What is an FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)? Whether you want to buy existing construction or choose to build a house on your own lot using an FHA One-Time Close mortgage, the FHA EEM can add funds to your loan. You read that correctly–these funds are added only after the loan amount has been calculated–this is an add-on to your loan and not a higher loan amount to qualify for (see below) Are you a first-time home buyer? Don’t mistake an Energy-Efficient Mortgage as a type of home loan option like an FHA Construction Mortgage or FHA Rehabilitation Mortgage. As mentioned above, an EEM is quite different. Why EEM Funds Are Added After Your Loan Amount Is Calculated The Energy Efficient Mortgage is an add-for purchase loans including FHA Rehab | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

What Affects My FHA Loan Approval? Debt Ratio Issues

Every mortgage or finance blog includes a lot of writing and advice about the need to monitor your credit reports. And make no mistake, this is important advice that is good to follow, but if you are in the market for a new home in 2021 the amount of monthly debt you have compared to your monthly income will be just as important for loan approval. Why Your Debt Matters Some applications crunch the numbers and believe they can afford the loan on paper. But what happens when that does not match what the lender gets when she runs your debt ratio numbers? People who technically qualify on paper but not in reality are bad risks for the lender and their jobs depend on screening out those bad risks. And | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

FHA Mortgage Rates In Early 2021

All eyes are on 2021 and what the new year could bring for housing markets, including what might happen with mortgage loan interest rates. FHA loans and other government-backed home loans saw sub-three-percent mortgage loan interest rates in 2020, and the earliest days of 2021 those rates did not rise above three percent. Mortgage rates for FHA home loans including FHA One-Time Close construction loans, FHA Rehab loans, and others remain below the three percent line (assuming ideal conditions including a well-qualified borrower) where they sat, more or less, for a significant amount of time in years past.  American political chaos, the coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, nervous investors, and other variables have all worked together to keep mortgage loan interest rates below three percent for the time being. Did the | more...

 
Don't Make These Mistakes With Your One-Time Close Construction Loan

Monitoring Your Credit Ahead Of Your Rehab Loan Or One-Time Close Loan

Credit monitoring is important for any consumer but borrowers interested in building a home on their own lot using a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan or even an FHA 203(k) Rehab loan should give serious thought about investing in credit monitoring as early as possible in the planning stages. This can be a big advantage for those seeking rehab or construction loans; participating FHA lenders may require higher FICO scores for construction loans and you’ll want every advantage in that department including knowing the contents of your credit report and the changes to it as they happen. FHA Rehab Loans allow borrowers to buy fixer-upper loans and have work done to bring them up to code and FHA standards; FHA One-Time Close (OTC) mortgage loans allow borrowers to build a | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

How Escrow Works

When you buy a home with an FHA loan your lender may require you to use an escrow account. This is especially relevant for those who seek One-Time Close construction mortgages, FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loans, and any other home loan that may require an account to pay for contractors, materials, etc. FHA Reverse Mortgages also require escrow for the payment of property taxes–all Reverse Mortgage borrowers are required to stay current on property taxes as a condition of loan approval. But what is escrow and how does it work? An escrow account is basically a bank account used to hold the money you need to make a good faith deposit, property tax money, etc. The cash is deposited and held on account until the time comes to make the payments. | more...

 

One-Time Close Construction Loan Availability In 2021

Here is a commonly asked question about One-Time Close construction loans; “I want to build my home instead of buying it but my lender says they won’t do a construction loan”. Or conversely, “I want to use a VA mortgage to build a home but the lender says they don’t offer VA construction loans. Can they do that?” If you are interested in building a home from the ground up instead of buying an existing property, you can use the One-Time Close construction mortgage to do so and there are a variety of options including both VA loans and FHA construction loans. People gravitate toward these mortgages because of more forgiving FICO score rules and lower down payment requirements. But not all lenders offer FHA mortgages or VA home loans; | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

FHA And HUD Announce Streamlined Loan Paperwork

The FHA and HUD have in the last year made efforts to streamline and revise aspects of the Single Family Home Loan program to increase the security of the program and make certain certification issues easier for participating lenders. HUD.gov announced it had finalized a revised loan-level certification form which is required as part of the FHA Single Family home loan process. Lenders must submit this form to the FHA for each home loan. What is the revised form? HUD Form 92900-A, Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application, this form is an FHA requirement and must contain signatures from the underwriter or “other lender representatives”, along with the signature of the loan applicant. The revised HUD Form 92900-A may be used by lenders immediately. It is required for all transactions | more...

 
What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What Are FHA Home Loan Discount Points?

If you don’t know what discount points are, you should definitely get an education while you are still in the planning and saving stages of your FHA mortgage. For new purchase loans including FHA One-Time Close construction mortgages, FHA Condo loans, or FHA Mobile Home loans, discount points may help you save money upfront on your mortgage over the lifetime of the loan. Discount points aren’t for everyone–some borrowers have a priority of reducing their up front costs and these FHA loan applicants won’t be interested in points as they represent a larger up front and out-of-pocket expense. But for those who want to pay more up front so they can save money down the line should consider points. What are these home loan discount points? The financial website Investopedia.com | more...