April 18, 2021

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Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

Learn More About Home Loans: Appraisals & Inspections

It’s important to learn as much as you can about the home loan process when planning and saving for your new mortgage. If you are a newcomer to the home loan process, there are some good resources that can help you be more informed borrower. The less informed you are, the more likely you are to have some kind of regret at the end of the home loan process. The more you know, the more confident you will feel about your choices along the way. One important issue for many borrowers is the FHA appraisal process. Are you in-the-know about what happens during the appraisal, what it is intended to do and why you should never trust the appraisal to provide you the information that only a complete home inspection | more...

 
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Planning Your First Home

Your first home loan might seem intimidating, but there are some things you can do to help reduce those feelings of being overwhelmed by unfamiliar details. The key is to start early and plan ahead; before you fill out loan application paperwork, consider making your planning phase for the loan last year or more. This takes some immediate pressure off borrowers to save up for the down payment and closing costs. It also provides more adequate time to work on your credit, and cut the amount of monthly debt you carry. What other things can first time home buyers do to help themselves in the months leading up to the home loan application? Home Loan Planning Means Knowing Your Housing Market Some borrowers start their home ownership journey without a | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Refunds?

FHA Home Loan Resources For First-Time Buyers

Are you thinking of purchasing your first home? An FHA mortgage can be a great help with its low downpayment requirements, borrower-friendly terms, and the ability to freely sell or transfer ownership of the home if needed. First-time home buyers often aren’t sure where to start gathering resources for their home loans in the planning and saving stages. Here are some of those resources that can help you get started on the journey toward owning your own home. FHA Home Loan Local Down Payment Assistance Programs FHA loans permit down payment grants, and you may be able to find one in your local area using this Downpayment Grant resources list broken down by state. FHA Mortgage Loan Calculators FHA mortgage loan calculators can help you determine a rough estimate of | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

Buy Your First Home With An FHA Mortgage

Do you want to purchase your first home? Borrowers looking for a starter home often turn to the FHA loan program because of its low 3.5% down payment requirement for borrowers with qualifying FICO scores. And thanks to protections for the borrower such as no penalty for early payoff of the loan and the ability to refinance the FHA mortgage into a new FHA loan that can result in a lower mortgage rate or monthly payment when using an FHA Streamline Refinance loan. Qualify For An FHA Mortgage What do you need to qualify for an FHA loan? For best results, at least two years in the job market and FICO scores that are in the 600s or better. FHA loan rules say you can technically qualify for an FHA | more...

 
Build On Your Own Lot

Low Down Payment Construction Loans For New And Repeat Borrowers

Are you interested in building your home from the ground up? A loan called the One-Time Close construction mortgage can help you as a first-time home buyer or as an experienced borrower. You don’t have to be a first-time borrower to take advantage of a low-down payment or even a zero down payment home loan you can use to build a house on your own lot. Among the first questions you are likely to ask about this type of loan? How much you’ll be required to provide as your down payment. And the answer you get depends on what kind of construction mortgage you seek. Do you know how much money you need to save up for a down payment? That depends on the nature of your mortgage; VA, FHA, | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules And Your Personal Information

Why Loan Applications Are Denied

What makes a borrower worthy of home loan approval? A history of on-time payments, a low debt ratio, and good credit scores all work together to get you home loan approval. But what gets you denied a mortgage? Reasons For An FHA Loan Rejection Your lender is required justify approving a home loan. There are three things the lender will review (among others): Verify that you have sufficient income for the monthly mortgage obligation; Determine that the borrower can afford existing debt and the new mortgage payments Ensure the applicant has a history of responsible credit use. What factors contribute to the lender’s decision when reviewing these three areas? We’ll explore them below. Credit Scores Matter On paper, FHA loan rules allow loan approval for borrowers with FICO scores between | more...

 
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Low Down Payment Home Loans

Many potential homeowners are intimidated by the idea of saving up for a down payment. But there are resources available that make getting your down payment money together easier including down payment grants and low down payment mortgages like the FHA home loan program. What do you need to know about low down payment loans? FHA Home Loan Down Payment Rules FHA loans only require a 3.5% down payment for borrowers who qualify with FICO scores at 580 or better (FHA standards. Lender standards will also apply) . Where Does Your Down Payment Money Come From? FHA loans say you can pay your own down payment or get help with a down payment grant or gift funds. FHA loan rules require the source of your down payment funds including gift | more...

 

FHA One-Time Close Mortgages Compared To VA One-Time Close Construction Loans

Lots of people are interested in building a home using a One-Time Close construction mortgage (OTC). This is a great option for military officers, career enlisted members, military retirees, and veterans who want to construct a new home rather than buying somebody else’s house. These construction loans are offered by both the VA and FHA loan programs. But which is better for those who have the option of applyinf for a VA mortgage? Who VA Loans Are For VA loans and the VA One-Time Close construction loan program are intended for veterans and currently serving military members with qualifying minimum time on duty. Surviving spouses (of military members who have died as a result of military service) may also qualify to apply for the VA loan program. FHA loans, including | more...

 
HUD

Fair Housing Month 2021

April is Fair Housing Month, and the 2021 Fair Housing Month campaign organized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development has a theme; Fair Housing: More Than Just Words. It’s meant to call attention to Fair Housing law in America, the rights of all house hunters and potential renters, and why discrimination in the housing industry is still a serious issue. This year’s theme is meant as a commitment “to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to fair housing” according to a press release issued by HUD official site. All Americans have the right to equal access to affordable and safe housing. HUD Secretary Martha Fudge says even in a time where there is greater attention on Fair Housing type issues, | more...

 
FHA Options

FHA Refinance Loan Advice in 2021

Are you considering applying to refinance your home loan? Which refi option is the right choice? Some people seriously consider a refinance loan without knowing all the options–some kinds of refinancing are more appropriate for some needs than for others. How to select the right loan for your needs? It’s one of the first hurdles you’ll clear when learning about refinancing. Borrower choices include cash-out refinancing, FHA Streamline refi loans, and FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation refinance loans for those who want to refinance and remodel the home at the same time. Refinancing Non-FHA Mortgages Generally speaking, FHA refinance loan rules permit an FHA-to-FHA refinance loan, but also options for non-FHA-to-FHA refinance loas. The FHA refinance loan program allows you to get out of a higher interest rate conventional mortgage into a | more...