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Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks

What do first-time home buyers need to understand about the credit check process for getting an FHA mortgage? There are many variables but one thing you can do to get a better understanding of what it takes to be approved for a loan is to start trying to think like a loan officer–their job depends on making sure that you are a good credit risk. How can you help the lender help you? What you don’t know can hurt you in the journey toward buying that first piece of real estate. Before you begin working with a realtor, you should know several things about the credit check process. Credit is a major part of home loan approval and you want to be able to convince your lender you are ready | more...

 
What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

How Much Do I Put Down On An FHA Home Loan?

There are persistent myths and misunderstandings about home loans. One persistent myth is that FHA mortgages are only approved for first-time home buyers. Another is that FHA loans are only for low to moderate-income borrowers. And a third–and the focus of our article–is that you have to make a 20% down payment on a home loan. What’s the reality? FHA home loans do NOT require a 20% down payment, even if you are at the lower end of the qualifying credit score range. According to FHA loan rules, the most you are required to put down on an FHA mortgage (on paper, according to the FHA) is 10%. That is for borrowers who do not have FICO scores that qualify them for 3.5% down. So why do people think you | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Refunds?

FHA Loan Limits: Fact and Fiction

When it’s time to commit to buying a home, you’ll need to know what the conforming loan limit for the county where you want to buy the home is for the current year. FHA loan limits in 2021 are determined annually and occasionally there is an update posted during the year when circumstances warrant. That’s one reason to investigate the loan limits early in the new year after they change–you don’t really know if they have changed or not until you check or are told by a lender or other authority what the going loan limits are. Fact: FHA Loan Limits Vary Depending On The Market Some counties are located in high-cost areas and have subsequently higher FHA loan limits than typical-cost or low-cost areas. Some housing markets have loan | more...

 
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FHA Loans: Credit Score Tips

What is a good FHA loan credit score? In general, the obvious advice is that you should try to come to the home loan process with as high a FICO score as you can for best results. But not everyone has the advantage of an Excellent credit rating. What do future homeowners need to know about FHA loan requirements and their credit score? To start, you should know that no two lenders are exactly alike and it is a bad idea to assume you will get the same results from all of them. Don’t assume you can’t qualify for a loan–have a loan officer help you determine what kind of mortgage is right for you. FHA Credit Score Tip: Shop Around Why do we say “shop around” when it comes | more...

 
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FHA And HUD Announce Streamlined Foreclosure Relief

The FHA and HUD have announced mortgage relief streamlined for those who need assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with FHA mortgages have a new “FHA COVID-19 Recovery waterfall” which “streamlines and revises FHA’s previous options for struggling homeowners, reduces required documentation, and allows mortgage servicers to provide greater payment reduction for eligible homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family Title II forward mortgages” according to the HUD official site. “This next step in the evolution of FHA’s COVID-19 response is a significant and meaningful way to help those homeowners who will be at a critical point in their recovery in the coming months and transitioning out of forbearance to permanent sustainable payments,” which are the words of FHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lopa Kolluri, who was quoted in | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

How Early Should You Use A Mortgage Calculator?

The short answer? The moment you think you want to commit to being a home owner, you should consider using an online mortgage calculator. A mortgage calculator can help you plan and save for your mortgage. The use of a mortgage calculator is something most real estate blogs and home loan websites encourage you to use. The most basic, entry-level finance blog advice includes “use a mortgage calculator”. But there are some things to keep in mind about using a mortgage calculator–you want to use one that includes more than just the principal and interest for your loan. If you use one that limits the input to just those two things, you won’t really get an estimate of your monthly mortgage payment. Why? Because you will need to factor in | more...

 
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The FHA Streamline Refinance Loan: No FHA-Required Credit Check

FHA refinance loan options are looking more attractive to some borrowers with FHA loan rates still well below the three percent line at press time after some ups and downs in 2021. But the range of options confuses some.  What do you need to know about the Streamline FHA Refinance loan option compared to FHA cash-out refinancing or FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan refinancing? Streamline FHA Loan Facts You Should Know First-time applicants may be surprised to learn there is no FHA-require appraisal. Your lender is allowed to require one, but if they choose to process your FHA streamline refinance without one, you’re spared the appraisal fee. Most FHA loans require a credit check and have a set of minimum qualifying scores. What about FHA Streamline? FHA Streamline loans allow your | more...

 
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Why Get Pre-Approved For An FHA Home Loan?

Why get pre-approved for an FHA mortgage? This is a question some first-time home buyers ask, and the answers can make a big difference in how you approach your home loan. FHA Home Loan Pre-Approval Does Not Commit You To A Mortgage When you fill out the forms to be pre-approved for a home loan, you are not committing to the transaction in the sense that you would be financially obligated to buy. The borrower is not legally committed to a purchase when getting pre-approved. Home loan pre-approval actually works to help you be taken seriously as a buyer when you do find a home you’re ready to commit to. The buyer takes a pre-approved borrower more seriously and you may find that a pre-approval letter (depending on the housing | more...

 
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FHA Loan Limits: Things To Know

What does a new borrower need to know about FHA loan limits? For a start, unless you are applying for a VA mortgage loan with 100% of your VA home loan entitlement, you are likely subject to loan limits of some kind whether staying below those limits for a conforming loan or exceeding those limits for a Jumbo mortgage. If you want to know some important things about FHA loan limits, keep reading but one thing that is good to know up front?  Conforming loans or loans that are at or below the loan limit for FHA, USDA, conventional mortgages and VA loans for those without 100% of their home loan entitlement will typically feature more competitive interest rates than jumbo loans which may have higher rates due to the | more...

 
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FHA Mortgage Insurance Options

There are plenty of things you might need to know about the FHA mortgage insurance premium, but if you are a first-time home buyer there are some aspects about this you should know about as early as possible so you can make the most informed choices possible about your home loan, what to finance, and how much to save. Learn Your Options Getting ready for a home loan means learning which items you have the option of including in the loan amount and how much you will pay over the lifetime of the loan on interest rates on the amount of your loan AND the add-ons you choose to include. And that’s where understanding FHA mortgage insurance becomes very important. One thing some people initially get confused over? Mistaking PMI | more...