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Articles Published in: August 2022

FHA Home Loan

FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgages Compared To FHA One-Time Close Mortgages

Some borrowers want to know if there are any differences between a one-time close construction loan and an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan. While both of these loans have some features in common, the short answer is that they are not interchangeable and each loan has a specific purpose. Both types have one loan application and a sinlge loan closing date. Rehab loans and construction loans both use escrow to facilitate the payment of loan funds to contractors, and participating lenders may require the borrower to typically credit-qualify with FICO scores typically in the mid-600s for either type of mortgage. FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgages are offered as either a refinance or a purchase loan. An FHA One-Time Close construction loan is a forward mortgage. You would want to use an FHA | more...

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Appraisal Rules For FHA Loans: Basements & Crawlspaces

When reviewing your closing checklist or simply trying to plan for all the expenses of your FHA home loan, the appraisal and the optional (but vital) home inspection are two of the expenses you’ll need to save for. The appraisal is required as a condition of loan approval, the inspection is optional but borrowers cannot make a truly informed decision about a home without the inspection. When it comes to FHA appraisal requirements, the rules are designed only to insure the property meets MINIMUM FHA standards. The appraisal is never to be taken as a message from the FHA that the home is free of defects or problems-only an home inspection can tell you what the true condition of the property might be. FHA minimum standards for appraisals include requirements | more...


Article Update: FHA Appraisal Rules On Peeling Paint

In 2019 we wrote an article discussing a common reader question about FHA home loans. Can the presence of peeling paint be enough to cause a problem in the FHA appraisal process? In our original article, we noted that this can be a major issue for homes built before the lead paint ban which took effect in the 1970s. In some situations, borrowers want to know why the appraiser reviewed the home and required a correction of a peeling paint issue as a condition of loan approval. The age of the home plays a big part in that decision to require a correction. If the house was built before 1978, that peeling paint is NOT just a cosmetic issue. FHA home loan rules since our original article in 2019 still | more...