September 22, 2021

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Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

Should I Make Two Mortgage Payments Each Month?

Why do some borrowers–those applying for FHA loans or otherwise–choose to make bi-weekly payments on a mortgage? That is, why do some choose to pay two mortgage payments each month?  Paying ahead on an FHA home loan is not a new idea nor is it a bad one. There are those who pay more on their home loans each month to gradually whittle down the amount they owe on the loan so that payoff comes earlier. And there are several ways to do that, as we’ll explore below. Unlike some other types of loans, FHA mortgages do not come with a pre-payment penalty and you cannot be billed extra for early payoff of the FHA loan amount. The multiple ways to pay ahead and pay down your mortgage earlier than | more...

 
HUD

HUD Announces Fair Housing Discrimination Case In Missouri

If you have ever experienced discrimination while looking for a place to rent or buy as your primary residence, the Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to hear from you. Know your Fair Housing rights–you might not know when you’ll need to use them. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it is bringing charges of housing discrimination against conservators of the Felder Peter King Estate of Ward Protectee, the Estate, and the owners and property manager of duplex and triplex apartments in St. Charles, Missouri. The charges involve alleged housing discrimination “for allegedly refusing to rent an apartment to a prospective tenant because he has two children” Fair Housing Act laws do not permit landlords to deny applicants housing on the basis of family status including | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

FHA Loans Versus Conventional Home Loans

If you are planning to look at real estate listings soon or use the help of a realtor to locate a new home, here are some questions to ask yourself about your new home loan; the answers will help you decide whether to pursue an FHA mortgage, a conventional loan, etc. FHA Mortgage Versus Conventional Home Loans: Compare Down Payments Make sure you know your FICO scores in advance of comparing down payment requirements since the amount of cash you will be required to put down is affected by credit scores when those scores are below a specific cutoff. There is more than one standard for FICO scores in this area-FHA loan minimums and lender requirements. Lender standards will apply no matter whether you are applying for FHA or conventional | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans In 2021

Need To Remodel Your Home?

What kind of FHA loan product is right for your home repair projects? Some people want to fund a remodeling or renovation project using a credit card, but what happens when you compare interest rates on your credit card to the rates you might be charged for an FHA refinance or an FHA 203(k) Rehab loan? The reason some people put these repair expenses on their credit cards has a lot to do with the time it takes to build equity in the home for a HELOC or a cash-out refinance. But for those who have the ability to refinance in order to pay for the work, the savings could be a major factor in your choices. Remodeling With An FHA Cash-Out Refinance The cash-out refinance option does require you | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

How To Avoid A Mortgage Closing Scam

The government’s consumer watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has a page dedicated to warning house hunters about home loan closing scams.  According to CFPB documents,FBI warnings about home scams include attempts to “phish” your personal information with the purpose of tricking a potential borrower into diverting the payment of closing costs and down payment to a destination that is NOT your lender.  In a single year alone, these mortgage closing scams cost almost one billion dollars. Want to know how you can keep this from happening to you? Scammers trying to pull these types of phishing attacks target people in the mortgage industry–they find legitimate email addresses and “spoof” them, making the email appear to be from a real address. But the email is full of hacking | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

What’s In Your Mortgage?

If you are new to the home buying process and are still house hunting, chances are good you might not be thinking about the ups and downs of your monthly mortgage payment.  Some find it difficult to wade through home loan paperwork–there is a lot of print and fine print to digest in the best of times. What should you expect from your monthly mortgage bill and what do you do if you find errors or other issues on your monthly statements long after the loan has closed? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB advises consumers to carefully review their monthly mortgage statement. You will want to review the following sections for accuracy each month and to make sure there are no surprises: Customer service contact information the lender/servicer | more...

 
Information You Need To Pre-Qualify Or Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

Home Loan And Home Ownership Tools From HUD

Are you a first-time home buyer trying to get good advice on how to prepare for a home loan? Are you interested in an FHA Reverse Mortgage, but not sure about where to find approved housing counseling for an FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)? Or perhaps you are a current homeowner with an FHA mortgage trying to avoid foreclosure? In every case, the FHA and HUD have housing counseling resources you can use to make more informed decisions about purchasing, refinancing, or saving your home. Did you know that the HUD official site has a page dedicated to housing counseling resources? You can find it at their official site: The HUD Office of Housing Counseling As the official site reminds, “HUD sponsor housing counseling agencies throughout the country that | more...

 
HUD Disaster Resources

Your FHA Mortgage And Natural Disasters In 2021

In the early days of the month of September, the FHA and HUD have made a number of announcements regarding disaster relief for portions of the country that have experienced fires, floods, and hurricanes. The agencies have, from the start of September to September 10, 2021, issued no fewer than seven announcements related to disaster relief. The first of those, dated September 1, 2021, includes the following related to disaster relief measures for those who are in presidentially declared federal disaster areas: Foreclosure relief – There is an automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages beginning on  the date of the major disaster declaration; Call the FHA Resource Center at 1-800-304-9320 for assistance FHA Rehab Loans — FHA Section 203(h) Rehabilitation Loans for disaster victims | more...

 
First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

Do You Have An FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Do you have an FHA adjustable-rate mortgage, also known as an FHA ARM loan? Is your introductory rate about to expire? It may be a very good idea to explore your refinance options to avoid the higher interest rate. Borrowers with adjustable-rate home loans rightfully get a bit nervous when the end of their introductory interest rate period, also known as a “teaser rate” period is about to and the first adjustment to the ARM loan’s interest rate becomes due. Borrowers can negotiate an introductory rate that lasts as little as one year and as many as 10 years with the lender, but eventually, that initial rate will end and the first adjustment will come due. If you have an FHA ARM loan you may be eligible for either a | more...

 
Low Mortgage Rates and Refinance Options

FHA Home Loan Pre-Approval: Issues To Consider

Getting mortgage pre-approval is an important step in the home buyer journey. It indicates to the seller and to a lender that you are serious about your home loan and that you are ready to commit to the right property and the right price. So what should you know about mortgage pre-approval before you apply? There are some basic questions to ask yourself before you start filling out the forms to get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved for an FHA home loan means asking yourself how good your credit score is and how high your credit card balances are. It’s best to start asking these questions far in advance of your home loan so that you have ample time to work on your credit issues where they might exist, and also so | more...