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What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

Are You Ready To Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage?

Are you ready to buy a home with an FHA mortgage? There are ways to tell how close you are to being ready to start house hunting and move out of the planning stages of your new home loan. Do You Know Your FHA Loan Limit? FHA loan limits are higher in 2023, you will want to know how much higher the limit may be in your housing market compared to last year. FHA home loan limits vary depending on the housing market; some areas are more expensive than others and have a higher loan limit, while others are “average” and conform to the median FHA loan limit nationwide. Some housing markets may be less expensive than others and feature a lower FHA loan limit, but the only way to | more...

 
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Buying A Home In 2023

Are you making plans to buy a home with an FHA mortgage in the new year? Your timing might be better than you think; housing markets are cooling which may lead (over time) to lower prices, decreased demand for houses on the market, and more negotiating power for the buyer. But there are a few important questions. How long does the market improve before we see conditions begin to level off? There is no way to predict what might happen going forward, and it’s important to compare and ask lenders about what rates might do in the months leading up to your FHA loan application in 2023. It is unrealistic to expect your lender to be a fortune teller, nobody knows when home loan interest rates might recover closer to | more...

 
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What Are The FHA Loan Rules For Investment Properties?

FHA home loans have “approved property” rules found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook for Single Family Mortgage loan transactions. These rules include a list of approved uses for FHA mortgages, approved property types, and the kinds of property which can never be purchased with an FHA single-family mortgage. First and foremost, FHA loans are intended for owner-occupiers, which means that FHA mortgages for vacation homes and other intermittent-occupancy purposes are not possible. Borrowers cannot use an FHA loan to open a bed and breakfast or to purchase a timeshare, condohotel or similar property. FHA mortgage loan rules in HUD 4000.1 also state the following, intended to prevent the use of single-family home loans for business purposes: “FHA will not insure more than one Property as a Principal Residence | more...

 
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New Mortgage Rules And Your FHA Home Loan

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has weighed in on certain mortgage lending practices with an eye on reform; in 2022 it moved to require lenders to enhance loan approval policies related to a type of mortgage known as bank statement lending. These are loans include rules that allow the lender to review the borrower’s bank statements as a source of income for the borrower. Bank statement mortgage loans are, according to the publication National Mortgage News, offered to about 100 thousand borrowers per year, worth up to $25 billion in loans. In October of 2022, CFPB revised its regulations for these mortgages. Lenders are now required by the CFPB to confirm the data on bank statements used to verify income.  Specifically, the lender is required to determine that the | more...

 
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FHA Adds HECM Relief For Those Financially Affected By COVID

Some homeowners might be surprised to learn about new financial relief for the financial effects of COVID-19, but the FHA and HUD made an announcement in the last month of 2022 — there are new options for those who struggle financially due to COVID. Specifically, there are new options for relief for qualifying senior citizens trying to keep their homes while struggling to make property tax payments on homes securing Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan payments.  The issue for these homeowners? One requirement of the FHA HECM program is that the borrower stay current on all so-called property charges such as property taxes and homeowner’s association dues where applicable.  In ordinary circumstances, if an FHA HECM borrower does not stay current on these charges, they face loss of the | more...

 
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Why Was My FHA Loan Application Denied In 2022?

Are you in the process of getting ready for a home loan? There are plenty of home loan industry trends to pay attention to when you are in the planning stages of buying a home with an FHA mortgage. Among them are mortgage interest rates, home sale prices, and then there are the costs associated with the loan such as appraisals and title searches. Many industry players observe these trends. One of them is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which examines a variety of issues related to buying and owning a home on behalf of consumers. CFPB Reviews Mortgage Data In 2022 CFPB has published observations about the first and second quarters of 2022. Among those observations? The causes of home loan application denial during those periods. What were | more...

 
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Housing Market And Home Equity: What You Need To Know In 2023

The mortgage industry has been coming down from the highs of summer, 2022. Fed actions to raise interest rates had an effect on the housing market (indirectly–the Fed sets the rates on federal loan funds, not mortgage loan interest rates) and as a result, conditions have started to cool to the point where mortgage rates actually dropped in December. Slowing Demand As the housing market cools, a course correction for home equity is an important factor to think about. According to certain mortgage industry sources, there are plenty of indicators that home equity is indeed starting to come back down. Lower demand and lower prices can translate into lower equity. Consider what the publication Mortgage Industry News printed about a report by CoreLogic in 2022: By the end of the | more...

 
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HUD Announces Energy-Efficient Initiatives

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a climate forward green housing initiatives as part of an update to the HUD program known as the Rate Reduction Initiative, or RRI. RRI supports the HUD Climate Action Plan. That plan was created to foster “climate resiliency, reduce greenhouse emissions, and pursue environmental justice in housing” according to HUD.gov.  RRI relies on partnerships with public housing providers, with one stated goal (among many) of encouraging the reduction of public housing utility costs beyond what may already be required by state law, saving money, and helping the environment at the same time. The RRI plan encourages public housing agencies to negotiate special rates with utility companies, or purchase energy through a third-party broker. It also encourages arrangements between utility companies and | more...

 
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Mandatory or Optional? FHA Home Loan Issues

What is mandatory and what is optional when you apply for an FHA home loan? You will find a lot of advice on the internet about buying a home. You can haggle over the home sale price, for example, and negotiate things like seller concessions. But what about the not-so-obvious details? What is required and what is not? Mortgage insurance on your FHA mortgage, for example, is mandatory. To a point. All FHA forward mortgages (also known as purchase loans) require you to pay for mortgage insurance on your FHA home loan each month. That said, it may not be mandatory for the full duration of the mortgage. That may depend on how much you put down and the term of the loan you may have the option to cancel | more...

 
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FHA Home Loan Tips: What To Do, What Not To Do

If you are new to the home-buying process, there are some definite things to do and things NOT to do when preparing for your mortgage. Some of these areas may seem obvious, but you might be surprised at the number of people who don’t give themselves enough planning and saving time ahead of the home loan process. FHA Loan Tips: Start Planning Early The moment you realize you want to purchase a home using an FHA mortgage, it is time to begin looking at your finances to see how a new budget can be made. This is because buying a home (no matter what kind of loan you are using) can be an expensive process. You want to start saving immediately for the down payment, but also for the costs | more...