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FHA Home Loan

What You Need To Know About FHA Jumbo Loans

How much home loan can you apply for successfully? The answer, depending on the housing market and other variables, might surprise you. It’s one thing to apply for a home loan that meets or is lower than the annual county limit established by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Those loans are easier to qualify for because they can be purchased or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie mac. They are known as conforming loans. But what about those who seek loans that are priced higher than that per-county limit? The answer itself is simple–borrowers can apply for a loan that exceeds county limits. These higher loans are called jumbo mortgages. Borrowers who qualify for them can get a home loan that’s higher than the county limit. But before you | more...

Buying a House In The Era of Corona

Can I Make A Home Loan Down Payment With Bitcoin?

What can consumers who own Ethereum or other cryptocurrencies do with these funds? There are many platforms for buying and selling virtual currencies themselves, and more shopping options open up for Bitcoin and other crytpo all the time. Some house hunters who are invested in cryptocurrencies are wondering whether it is possible to make a down payment on a home with Bitcoin or other virtual cash. The answer to the house buying question depends on the nature of the transaction–for example, an arrangement between a seller and a buyer involving Bitcoin may be possible if all parties can agree. But what about when a lender gets involved? If you have a situation where a buyer wants to use Bitcoin or other virtual currencies to make a down payment on an | more...

FHA loans

Home Loans: When To Get Pre-Approved

When should a house hunter choose to get pre-approved for a home loan? It’s a common question many borrowers ask. But there can be some confusion over this question because some use the term “prequalify” interchangeably with “pre-approval”. But these two terms actually mean different things. Getting prequalified for a home loan is something you do early in the house hunting stages. You are not ready to make any offers yet but you want to let sellers know you are not window shopping. Prequalification means the borrower has filled out some basic paperwork with a lender while in the house-hunting process. It is not loan approval and borrowers still, at this stage, have a ways to go before loan approval happens including filling out basic loan application paperwork (not pre-qualification | more...

Do You Need Down Payment Help?

Comparing Mortgages: Conventional 97 Loans Versus FHA Home Loans

For low down payment requirements, the FHA mortgage is a home loan that has appealed to a vast number of people. It features a down payment of only 3.5% and has many perks such as no penalty for early payoff of the mortgage. FHA home loans are government-backed mortgages, which means lower risk for the lender. That government guarantee means your lender may offer lower FICO score requirements for FHA borrowers–one major benefit of FHA home loans for some is that lower FICO score bar plus the 3.5% down payment requirement.   But it isn’t the only low-downpayment home loan option; there is a conventional home loan product called the Conventional 97 with an even lower down payment of three percent. Is this a smarter option than an FHA mortgage? | more...

Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

First-Time Borrowers Can Build a Home Instead of Buying One

Even a first-time buyer dreams about having a house built especially for them from the ground up. Some taking their house-hunting journey for the first time are surprised to learn that their options include the ability to build a home on your own lot using a One-Time Close construction loan. One-Time Close construction loans, which feature only a single loan application and a single closing date, are offered as conventional mortgages, but also as VA and FHA construction loans. What should first-time home buyers should know about construction loans before committing? Don’t worry, these things won’t discourage you from getting the loan. But knowing some issues in advance may change how you prepare for your new home loan. Down Payments When building your home on your own land, a down | more...


HUD Announces Housing Discrimination Charges Against Redwood, California Mortgage Modification Company

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges against a Redwood, California-based company called The House Lawyer (THL). HUD announced the charge against owners and employers of The House Lawyer in a press release on the HUD official site on April 30, 2021. HUD alleges The House Lawyer violated Fair Housing Act laws, “by targeting Hispanic homeowners with illegal and unfair mortgage modification services”. Among the issues in this Fair Housing Act case, HUD charges the company with collecting fees from Hispanic borrowers “for loan modification services prior to the completion of those services, in violation of California law, while encouraging them to withhold their mortgage payments, putting them at risk of foreclosure”. Fair Housing Act law forbids discrimination against people because of their national origin. That federal | more...