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HUD Announces Changes To Exterior-Only Appraisal Guidelines For FHA Purchase Loans

The Final Month Of The COVID-19 FHA Foreclosure Eviction Moratorium

September 1, 2021 marks the start of a countdown–the final days of the FHA foreclosure eviction moratorium issued to help FHA borrowers avoid loan default and foreclosure during the economic hardship of the global COVID-19 pandemic. There were two FHA-wide orders during the pandemic. One was a prohibition on foreclosures on homes securing an FHA mortgage, and the other was a moratorium on foreclosure-related eviction for those with FHA mortgages who were in the foreclosure process when the pandemic hit. The moratorium on FHA foreclosures ended in July 2021, but the foreclosure eviction ban was extended until the end of September 2021. On July 30, 2021, the FHA and HUD issued an announcement stating as such, which included the following: “Foreclosure-related evictions of persons from properties that were secured by | more...

 
New FHA Home Loan Guidelines Announced

FHA Loan Guidelines For Verifying Your Credit History

FHA loan rules have a lot to say about what the lender needs to look for to verify a potential FHA borrower’s creditworthiness. No matter if you are looking for a condo loan, a mobile home loan, or you want to build a house on your own land with an FHA construction loan, the requirements in the FHA Lender’s Handbook are identical. There are minimum FICO score requirements, instructions to the lender for reviewing the borrower’s record on-time payments (12 months of reliable payments on all financial obligations is strongly recommended), and much more. One area that is also covered in HUD 4000.1 is what the lender should do if collections are included in the borrower’s credit history. The presence of a collection action on a loan applicant’s record may | more...

 
Low Mortgage Rates and Refinance Options

Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

If you are a first-time homebuyer, there are some pitfalls and mistakes you should definitely try to avoid as you enter into the process of planning, saving, and applying for a loan to purchase a new home. What kinds of mistakes do we mean?  There is the usual Home Loans 101 type advice you read in every single finance blog ever written–don’t be careless with your credit, don’t apply for new credit while you are trying to apply for a home loan, and don’t start house hunting in earnest without home loan preapproval. But what about some of the less-obvious mistakes first-time homebuyers make? The ones you won’t find in some other online home loan blogs or advice centers? First-time homebuyers sometimes overlook critical expenses in the planning and saving | more...

 
Reasons To Refinance

FHA Refi Loan Rules You Need To Know

Thinking about refinancing your home loan? With an FHA mortgage, you can refinance a conventional, VA or another non-FHA mortgage as well as an existing FHA home loan.  Refinancing is great for many reasons but for some borrowers specifically want a refi loan to get a more affordable mortgage with lower payments or a lower interest rate. Some must refinance to catch up on a mortgage after missing payments; some may need to consider a refinance option in order to prevent their home from going into default and foreclosure in such cases. So for our purposes here, we are not discussing FHA cash-out refinancing options as these loans have rules specifying how much equity is needed in the home to cash out and some borrowers may have to wait longer | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

Home Loan Advice From TransUnion

Credit issues are among the biggest worries for many FHA loan applicants. Are you concerned that you aren’t fully prepared for a home loan application? If you tackle home loan issues early enough, you can get much closer to home loan approval. We regularly encourage readers to check their credit scores, read and monitor their credit reports, and be extra-vigilant about checking those credit reports all the way until the loan closes. One of the reasons why we do that?  Your lender will not check your credit ONCE during the home loan process–your credit may be reviewed multiple times. And that is one very good reason to keep checking your credit reports, too. And while we’re talking about credit reports, why not take some advice from the very agencies responsible | more...

 
Buying a House In The Era of Corona

What One Credit Reporting Agency Says To Do About Your Credit Scores

Your credit report and credit score are important factors in home loan approval. So what advice do the credit reporting agencies like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion say you should do when planning to apply for a home loan? Knowing what credit score advice these three agencies offer is important–it’s good to think like a lender when applying for a large line of credit, and it is even better to think like the credit reporting agency in terms of what to do to prepare your credit ahead of your loan. What does Experian say about getting your credit ready for a home loan? Their official site reminds consumers that credit scores are a very important aspect of home loan approval. But those scores do NOT tell the entire story. Experian reminds | more...

 
Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Chances At Loan Approval?

FHA Home Loans: Why You Need To Review Your Credit Report Now

Why is it so important to review your credit report long before you apply for a mortgage? One important reason–the one you read in almost every article with advice on this topic–is to start reviewing your credit early in case you have to dispute an item on your report. But what happens in the event you find errors, outdated information, or evidence of identity theft? In the 21st century the likelihood of having any–or even all–of these in your credit report is elevated due to hackers, accidental breaches of personal data, or even mistaken identity. So what should a potential borrower do if they discover trouble with their credit reports? The first thing to do is to remember you’ll need to check all three credit reporting agencies to determine if | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Buying Your First Home

What kinds of questions should you ask before you make an offer to buy your first home? There are many areas to think about when getting ready to make a big financial commitment like a mortgage. Is Your Financial House In Order? Can you realistically afford the home you are buying? The answer to this question goes further than whether you have enough money after your other monthly expenses to pay your mortgage. For example, having the ability to save for your upfront expenses (down payment and closing costs) is important. But what happens AFTER those fees and expenses are taken care of? It is a good idea to include saving some cash reserves above and beyond your cash to close–having some extra funds to help out in case times | more...

 
HUD

Time Is Running Out On The HUD Foreclosure Eviction Moratorium

The end of the HUD foreclosure moratorium was announced earlier this year–the end date of the moratorium is listed as July 31, 2021. That date is firm, at least according to the most recent FHA Mortgagee Letter published on this issue, which mentions, “foreclosures of FHA-insured mortgages may be initiated or resumed upon the expiration of the foreclosure moratorium in accordance with FHA requirements.” The July 31st deadline is, at this time, not expected to be extended further. However, there is also a moratorium on foreclosure-related evictions for FHA borrowers who are in default on their mortgages. That eviction moratorium has been extended until September. HUD instructions to participating FHA lenders is clear. The Mortgagee Letter on the FHA/HUD official sites includes these guidelines: “A Mortgagee must not initiate or | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

Home Loan Rules New Buyers Should Know

Your participating lender will have a set of guidelines to follow for your loan including certain restrictions on the source of your down payment funds. Did you know that FHA loan rules forbid the seller of the home from contributing toward the borrower’s down payment? That is a very important rule a first-time homebuyer should know when thinking about applying for home loans. But it doesn’t end there. Your seller IS permitted to offer assistance with closing costs, and those funds will be applied to approved expenses related to your home loan. The seller is allowed to contribute up to six percent of the sale price of the home (for some mortgages like VA loans, this amount may be less) toward your costs to close. But the seller is NOT | more...