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FHA Home Loan Rules For Income: VA Benefits, Disability

Home loan approval depends on a variety of factors–your credit score, history of on-time payments on your financial obligations, and your income. Where your paycheck is concerned, FHA loan rules say the income must be verifiable and likely to continue in order to be counted for purposes of approving your FHA mortgage. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say that certain benefits may be counted as verifiable income–the rules allow the use of disability benefits to financially qualify for the loan. But there are borrowers who worry their disability income won’t be counted for the purposes of the loan. In cases where such income meets FHA standards, the borrower likely has nothing to worry about. Those standards are found in HUD 4000.1 and start with a basic definition of | more...

 
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Fair Housing Month Ends With New Discrimination Cases

Fair Housing Act laws ensure all Americans have recourse if they are illegally discriminated in the housing process. The month of April is Fair Housing Month, commemorating the passage of the Fair Housing Act and drawing attention to the ongoing need for federal enforcement of laws designed to prevent discrimination in the housing process. The 2021 Fair Housing Month observation began with a campaign–the Real People Real Results campaign–which celebrates “…the heroism of those who took a stand against housing discrimination and acknowledges the staff and fair housing partners work to prevent discriminatory harassment”. This campaign recognizes an important issue. Sometimes the only people with the power to stop future violations of the Fair Housing Act are those who were victims of discrimination. In the last days of April 2021, | more...

 
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FHA Condo Loan Rules That Affect Your Mortgage

Some house hunters are surprised to learn that FHA home loans are possible for condo units. There is an assumption that FHA loans are only for first-time home buyers looking for starter homes, but ANY financially qualified applicant can apply to buy a single unit home, a multi-unit property, or a condo unit. FHA condo loans are similar in many ways to other purchase loans for suburban homes, but you should know the differences in buying and owning a condo versus other property types. FHA Condo Loans And The Condo Project Approval List FHA loans have requirements for condos or condo units–these usually must be on or added to the FHA approved list. Borrowers may look for an approved condo project using a tool on the FHA official site or | more...

 
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The FHA Home Loan Myth

There is a prevailing myth about FHA home loans that persists to this very day–the idea that FHA mortgages are ONLY for first-time home buyers and/or the economically disadvantaged. FHA home loans are thought to be exclusively for these borrowers, but that is definitely NOT TRUE. FHA home loans are for any financially qualified borrower with FICO scores over 500 (the FHA minimum, not your lender’s minimum standard). Some confuse the FHA loan program with the USDA Single-Family home loan program, which DOES have income limits and is aimed at borrowers who are in financial need. USDA mortgages have a no money down option for qualifying borrowers but the homes purchased with these mortgages must be in USDA-approved areas and feature household income caps. FHA mortgages, on the other hand, | more...

 
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HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Texas Landlord

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate against those seeking housing, whether that is purchase or rental. It is also against the law to discriminate at any stage in the housing process including at the lending stage. We report on Fair Housing Act cases because they affect all who seek housing. Whether you want to rent or buy, read to purchase or still looking, discrimination hurts everyone at all stages of the house-hunting process. Among the latest Fair Housing cases in 2021, a new development as the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges in a housing discrimination case in Texas. A press release issued this week on the HUD official site announces that HUD is charging an owner of a six-bedroom rental home in Frisco, | more...

 
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FHA Refinance Loans: Maximum Loan Calculations

How much can you get to refinance your home loan? Much depends on the nature of the refinance loan you seek–cash out, no cash out, simple refinance, FHA Streamline refinance loans, etc. What is the maximum loan-to-value ratio for an FHA refinance loan? FHA Refinance Loans Have Maximum Loan-to-Value Ratios FHA loan rules vary depending on the nature of the refinance loan. For example, appraisal-required cash out refinance loans? Cash-out refi mortgages guaranteed by the FHA feature an 85% loan-to-value ratio. Simple refinances have a maximum mortgage loan-to-value ratio of 97.75 percent for Principal Residences and 85 percent for HUD-approved Secondary Residences. Streamline Refinances For owner-occupied Principal Residences the “maximum Base Loan Amount” for Streamline Refinances is the lesser of the outstanding principal balance of the existing Mortgage as of | more...

 
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FHA Announces Revised Single Family Home Loan Policies

Since the start of the pandemic and COVID-19 mitigation measures, American homeowners have felt the effects of job loss, layoffs, furloughs, and other hardships related to coronavirus quarantine issues. Many of those with FHA home loans, FHA refinances, and other loans have needed foreclosure avoidance measures due to this economic hardship brought. Fortunately agencies like the FHA and HUD implemented many things for homeowners with FHA mortgages. Now the FHA announces some changes to the basic structure of the single-family home loan program to help these homeowners stay in their homes. The FHA updated portions of its rulebook for single-family home loans; the changes will help lenders, “more quickly offer effective loss mitigation home retention options to borrowers in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure”.  These policy changes are | more...

 
Buying A Home with an FHA Loan

Issues That Can Affect Your Home Loan

There are certain problems that crop up with home loan applications that can make it difficult for a mortgage lender to approve a loan application. We have written many articles about credit scores, debt payment history, and the amount of debt you carry, and how these issues affect your ability to get home loan approval. But what about the lesser-known issues? The Nature Of The Property Counts Some property types have restrictions from either the lender or under FHA loan rules. Those rules are found in HUD 4000.1. Did you know that no mobile home built before  June 15th, 1976 can be approved for an FHA mortgage? No home may be sold under the FHA loan program for commercial purposes. That means the home purchased with an FHA loan can’t | more...

 
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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...