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FHA home loans

FHA Loans And Home Equity

How soon do you need to start thinking about home equity? Believe it or not, you start making decisions about equity right away in the planning and saving process of your loan.  How? The amount of money you save for a down payment is a decision that directly affects the amount of the loan you want. The bigger your down payment, the more potential equity you could start out with. Essentially your home’s equity is the difference between the current market value of the home and how much you owe on the mortgage. That’s one reason why a bigger down payment affects your equity–you’ll start out owning the mortgage amount minus that money down. Since the equity in your home is subject to change, it’s important to pay attention to | more...

 
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Can An FHA Loan Be An ARM?

There are many choices to make when you want to buy a home. One of those choices is deciding whether a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage is right for you. FHA home loans come with an adjustable-rate mortgage option that features an introductory rate followed by an adjustment period that may vary depending on what you and the lender agree upon. When you choose an adjustable-rate mortgage, also known as an ARM loan, the introductory rate is typically more competitive than the fixed-rate FHA option. When using an ARM loan, some borrowers have a plan to sell or refinance before the first adjustment or soon thereafter. ARM loans are best for those who have a plan to deal with those adjustments. What follows are the FHA loan rules for FHA ARM loans, | more...

 
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What You Should Know About Using An Escrow Account For Your FHA Loan

Are you planning to buy a home? Whether you seek an FHA mortgage or not, you may be required to use an escrow account for the loan transaction. You will need a safe place to deposit earnest money in the buying phase and you may also need escrow to pay your property taxes each year. FHA Loans Require Escrow Your participating FHA lender may require the use of an escrow account. Are you applying for an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan or an FHA One-Time Close Construction loan? Both types of mortgages require payments to contractors who are renovating or constructing your home. FHA loan funds must be stored in escrow until it’s time to use them. There is no unrestricted cash back to the borrower with these loans, so escrow | more...

 
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FHA Condo Loan Rules For Single Condo Unit Approval

Are you looking for an FHA condo loan with a low down payment? Are you having trouble finding a condo project on the FHA-approved list, even with a lender’s help? There may be options for you thanks to the ability to apply for single condo unit approval from the FHA. At one time, FHA loan rules required condo projects to be on or added to an FHA-approved list before they could be considered for an FHA mortgage. But the rules were updated, and it’s possible today to apply for an FHA condo loan for a unit that’s not part of an approved condo project — that unit may still be eligible for an FHA mortgage.  This is accomplished via the FHA Single-Unit Approval process which, according to an FHA Mortgagee | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

Building Your Home Instead Of Buying Someone Else’s House

If you want to build your home from the ground up on your own lot, you have plenty of options, starting with a choice between a construction loan with two applications, two loans, and two closing dates and a loan that only has a single application, one loan, and one closing date. The loans that require only one application and closing date are known as One-Time Close construction mortgages.  They are also known as construction-to-permanent mortgages. The loans that require two of everything are simply known as construction-only loans and you must apply for the mortgage loan separately from the construction loan. What are the basic benefits of choosing a One-Time Close loan aside from the obvious? Your ability to have single loan approval and one closing date are important. | more...

 
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FHA Refinance Loans Versus Loan Forbearance

If you have an FHA mortgage and get into financial difficulty that makes it hard to make your current home loan payments, you might be wondering how to prevent the loan from going into default or foreclosure.  Should you seek a loan forbearance in such cases, or try to get an FHA refinance loan instead? In some instances, forbearance is the right course of action but in others? A refinance loan may be the right choice. Loan forbearance is sometimes necessary to avoid loan default and eventual foreclosure. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defines loan forbearances as an arrangement where your lender, “temporarily to pay your mortgage at a lower rate or temporarily to stop paying your mortgage.”  This may be needed in cases where a homeowner has had a | more...

 
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What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Interest Rates

What should you know about home loan interest rates? As the home loan market begins to see higher rates than in the last few years, you’ll want to understand some of the aspects of interest rates and how they affect the cost of your mortgage long-term. There are many home loan blogs that discuss the fluctuations of mortgage rates and talk about mortgage rates as they move higher and lower. Some lenders and bloggers discuss mortgage rates as though the ones mentioned apply to anyone who wants a home loan. But is this true? The rates you see advertised on the internet are usually posted as “best execution” interest rates which means that “ideal conditions” are assumed, or that the rates are applied assuming certain conditions including certain FICO score | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Appraisals, Home Inspection, And The Systems Of Your House

We write a great deal about not using the FHA appraisal to determine the condition of the home you want to buy with an FHA mortgage.  But why do we say this? Why can’t you trust the appraisal alone? Why pay for the home inspection? There are important reasons for homebuyers to pay for a home inspection as well as the appraisal. Here are some things you should think about before you decide to skip a home inspection. The Foundation of Your Potential New Home Your FHA appraiser is not required to be an expert in areas such as the foundation of the home. Some foundation problems may not be apparent in the appraisal process. They may only be revealed during a home inspection depending on the problem.  The appraiser | more...

 
Buying a House

Home Loans And Credit: Facts And Fiction

Are you worried about your ability to pass a credit check for a home loan? Some borrowers may be justified in their concerns, especially after recent pandemic-related financial setbacks or interruptions in employment.  Sometimes borrowers are misinformed about their chances of being approved for a mortgage–it’s never a good idea to assume you cannot qualify even if you’re concerned about past credit issues. What do you need to know to move forward? FHA Loan Credit Check Facts: FHA Mortgages Have Lower FICO Score Requirements FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say that applicants with FICO scores of 580 or higher technically qualify for an FHA mortgage. But you’ll need to discuss your scores with a participating lender since lender standards may apply above and beyond the FHA minimum. FHA Loan | more...

 
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Why Choose An FHA Mortgage?

Why do some borrowers choose FHA mortgages when conventional loans, VA mortgages, and even USDA home loans are also options to consider?  In some cases the answer is easy to understand; the FHA 3.5% down payment minimum is attractive to borrowers who worry they might not be able to qualify for a conventional loan or can’t afford a higher down payment.  But FHA mortgages aren’t just for those who want a lower down payment. Some may choose an FHA home loan for their ability to be refinanced later with an FHA Streamline Refinance Loan, which typically must result in a benefit to the borrower such as a lower mortgage rate or lower monthly payments. How do FHA mortgages compare to their non-FHA counterparts? When you compare the FHA loan program | more...