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Reasons To Refinance

Which Refi Is Right For You?

Do you need to refinance your home loan? There are plenty of choices, but two FHA loan products stand out for those who need lower payments or who want to get cash back on their refinance transaction. There are several FHA loan options available when it is time to refinance a home loan. Two of those are FHA cash-out refinancing and FHA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance loans, also known as an FHA IRRRL. Which loan should you apply for? This choice should be informed by your specific needs or goals. Do you want to refinance to get a lower monthly payment? Or do you want to take equity out of the to pay for home improvements, pay off credit cards or student loans? One type of refinancing is definitely better | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Construction Loan Options: Comparing One-Time Close Loans

Do you dream of building a home? There are affordable options for those who want to build on their own lot or buy land in conjunction with a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan. One-Time Close mortgages feature a single loan application and a single closing date. Compare that to construction loans that make you apply and get approved twice–once for the construction costs and once for the purchase of the property. Your construction loan options include VA, FHA, and USDA mortgages. One type of loan might be more suitable to certain borrowers than others, but fortunately, there are multiple choices you can make to get the right loan for you. FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans The FHA One-Time Close mortgage is a good choice for those who want more flexible | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

FHA Home Loan Mortgage Rates

First-time borrowers sometimes ask, what is an FHA home loan mortgage rate? The FHA loan rate is the interest rate you’ll negotiate with the lender on a 15-year or 30-year FHA mortgage. There are some facts you should know about FHA loan rates that will make understanding them much easier. FHA Loan Rates: They Vary By Lender Technically speaking, the mortgage loan interest rate on your loan is something determined by the loan officer, based on current market rates and other factors. Who gets the most competitive FHA loan rates? Those who meet FICO score standards and the lender’s other financial qualifications. But rates, being negotiable, can be bought down using discount points–an option you and the participating FHA lender should discuss as early as possible. Buying discount points makes | more...

 
Cash out refinancing

FICO Score Basics First-Time Home Buyers Should Know

What does a first-time home buyer need to understand about FICO scores? If you are interested in a home loan, you need to know what FICO scores are acceptable to the lender. You also need to know how FICO score ranges are viewed by lenders in terms of general creditworthiness. What makes a good credit score or credit score range, and what makes a “bad” credit score range? Investopedia says credit scores have a range between 300 and 850. What do lenders think makes a good credit score? The specific answer will depend on the lender, but as a rule of thumb consumers can count on FICO scores between 670 and 739 as being “good”. Scores above this range in the 740s to a maximum of 850 are “excellent”. What | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Credit Building For First-Time Home Buyers

Are you interested in buying your first home but aren’t sure how to improve or build up your credit to give yourself a better shot at home loan approval? FHA mortgages have more lenient credit approval requirements than conventional mortgages but even those applying for FHA mortgages need to ensure their credit scores are in an acceptable range for the most affordable home loan possible. In some cases it is a good idea to consider applying for smaller credit first. This may be in the form of store credit cards or similr lines of credit. But what should a new borrower know about doing so? Building credit takes time and patience–it is unrealistic to expect results in a few weeks or even a few months. If you have never applied | more...

 
HUD

HUD Announces Discrimination Settlement In Puerto Rico

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) to settle housing discrimination complaints over accessibility in federally-funded housing. A press release on the HUD official site says the agency had investigated allegations of discrimination and a lack of accessible facilities with the Rio Plata Housing Development and the Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority (PRHFA). The agreement “leverages a federal $2.5 million PRHFA-awarded Housing Trust Fund grant to bring the Rio Plata Housing Development into compliance with federal accessibility requirements” according to the HUD official site. This case was the result of accusations of housing discrimination and inaccessible housing–conditions that resulted in at least one resident unable to use a bedroom or bathroom in her home for years due to a mobility issue. PRFHA had | more...

 
Home loan approval and debt

Mortgage Insurance And Homeowner’s Insurance

No matter what kind of home loan you apply for, you will have issues related to mortgage insurance to brush up on. Are you a first-time homebuyer? Do you have experience buying a home? In either case, there are things to remember. Some new to buying a home assume (mistakenly) that some kinds of insurance are universal. Then there are those who confuse mortgage insurance with homeowner’s insurance. This is not an unusual mistake to make, but it can cost you. What do you need to know about insurance issues? The first thing involves who is protected under the insurance plan. Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) If you want to avoid paying for mortgage insurance on a conventional loan, you are generally required to put a whopping 20% down. When it | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

FHA Loan Rules To Build Or Buy A Home

Are you interested in applying for a home loan to build or buy a house of your own? FHA mortgage loan options allow a wide variety of choices when it comes to a first home. And you do not have to be purchasing your first house to use an FHA mortgage–as long as you are buying a home you want to live in as your main address and financially qualify, an FHA home loan may be for you. The range of those FHA loan options may surprise you. Did you know a first-time homebuyer has the option to purchase a condo unit using an FHA mortgage? The condo project may be on or added to an FHA-approved list but starting in 2021 it is also possible to have a loan | more...

 
FHA Refi loans

Home Loan Down Payment Assistance Programs

If you need a home loan but are not sure about being able to make your down payment, you may have help waiting for you in the form of a local home loan down payment assistance program. These are offered by a variety of entities including state housing agencies and can help first-time borrowers and those who have not owned homes before in the last three years. They may also be offered to those who don’t meet either of the criteria listed here, depending on circumstances. What do you need to know about down payment help? The first thing to know is that the terms and conditions will vary from state to state and even from agency to agency. There are no standardized offerings for down payment assistance. Some borrowers | more...

 
tips about FHA loan interest rates

What First-Time Home Buyers Need To Know

Some people aren’t sure if they are considered first-time home buyers or not, and in some cases it definitely makes a difference. Some people don’t realize they are considered first time home buyers even though they owned property in the past. It is important to know your status as a buyer as those eligible for first-time buyer status in local communities may qualify for down payment help on their FHA mortgages. What does it take to be considered a first-time home buyer? What are the advantages?  There is a persistent myth about FHA home loans that fools some people from considering FHA loans as an option. But if you have owned property in the past, depending on how far back in the past that home ownership goes, you may qualify | more...