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FHA Home Loan

Important Features To Consider When Shopping For A New Home

Are you new to house hunting? There are things to look for when considering homes to buy with an FHA mortgage. These are features that often may enhance the home and make it more efficient. Once you are used to shopping around for a home, you can establish a checklist to remind you as you review each property. Ceiling Fans Not all homes come with ceiling fans. Are you buying a home in a warmer or more humid climate? A lack of ceiling fans can be a drawback; homes that do not have them installed might have other issues such as mold or mildew, but this will depend greatly on how the individual house was maintained. Exterior Lighting Exterior lights can provide additional safety, and not just to prevent burglaries | more...

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Buying A Home When Interest Rates Are High

Are you considering your FHA home loan options? You aren’t alone if you’re considering the option of waiting to buy until mortgage rates drop from current highs. How high have the rates gone? In the closing days of October 2022, the New York Times reported interest rates hit the 7% range for the first time since 2002. Do you worry that such high rates are here to stay? You couldn’t be blamed for thinking it’s a safer bet to hold off on buying a home right now. The Fannie Mae Housing Forecast for 2022 includes the possibility that mortgage loan interest rates might settle into the four percent range sometime at or near the second quarter of 2023. If that becomes a reality, could we see an increase in interested | more...

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FHA Rehab Loans: The Limited 203(k) Option

FHA 203(k) rehab loans include an option for smaller, less ambitious rehab projects. Borrowers who want a home loan to do rehab or repair work but don’t want to do a large project might assume FHA loan funds are not available, but this is not true thanks to the FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan option. What Is The FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan? HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, describes the FHA Limited 203(k) mortgage as being good for “minor remodeling and non-structural repairs”. The rules for this loan state that the total rehabilitation cost may not exceed $35,000. The good news? There is no minimum repair cost for this type of rehab loan. Ineligible Projects For FHA Limited 203(k) Mortgages HUD 4000.1 features a list of things 203(k) funds | more...

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Is There An FHA Home Equity Loan?

A home equity loan is one using the equity in your home for the loan’s collateral. What is equity? It’s defined as the current value of the property minus what you still owe on the existing mortgage loan. Does the FHA offer a home equity loan? On paper, the FHA does offer a loan that allows you to get cash back at closing time like a home equity loan but the two aren’t really the same thing. Here’s why. For a home equity loan a borrower typically gets loan funds in a lump sum with a fixed interest rate, similar to an FHA Cash-Out Refinance. Borrowers who default on a home equity loan may face foreclosure the same as a cash-out loan. And both loans have other things in common–especially | more...

FHA Loan Approval: Credit Check Facts

FHA Home Loan Approval And Debt Ratios

How is FHA home loan approval affected by your debt ratio? Your credit qualifications including FICO scores and credit history are very important factors in home loan approval, but the amount of debt you carry is also a factor. Your participating FHA lender must evaluate your monthly debt versus your monthly income to determine if you can realistically afford the mortgage. How does the lender do this? The rules governing this process are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1. It begins by stating that the lender is required to “determine the Borrower’s monthly liabilities by reviewing all debts listed on the credit report, Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), and required documentation”. The lender must review all monthly financial obligations but some things may not necessarily be included in | more...

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House Hunting Advice For First-Time Home Buyers

When you start making plans to work with a realtor, there are some very good things to consider ahead of time. Checklists, online mortgage calculators, and other home-buying tools are only some of the things you’ll want in your house-hunting toolkit when you are ready to become a homeowner. Decide What Your Priorities Are For Your New Home Before filling out FHA home loan paperwork, and long before you decide which real estate agent to work with, you should have an idea of what your main priorities are for your new home. Do you need a home located near a certain school or type of school? Are you looking for someplace quiet and residential and nowhere near a shopping mall, gas station, or movie theater? Some priorities are more important | more...

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Why You Should Not Apply For An FHA Home Loan And Other Credit At The Same Time

Plenty of websites, books, and financial podcasts warn about managing your credit properly during the home loan application process. One bit of advice from many of these sites? Don’t apply for a car loan at the same time or just before a home loan. Don’t apply for any new credit during this time for best results. Why? There are several reasons, one of the most important? That your debt-to-income ratio is negatively affected by any new line of credit and a home loan lender will be required to consider that when deciding whether or not to approve your mortgage loan. The minimum payment required each month on the car loan will be factored in with the rest of your debt, and if you significantly change your debt ratio during the | more...

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There are many types of different FHA loan products. You can apply for new purchase home loans, refinance loans, and even Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans (HECM). But even with this variety of options to choose from, did you know you can apply for purchase or refinance loans guaranteed by the FHA that have adjustable interest rates? It’s true–the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program offers both fixed-rate mortgages and adjustable rate home loans. The FHA official site has an entire page dedicated to Adjustable Rate Mortgages (also known as ARM loans). Here’s how the FHA/HUD official site defines the ARM Loan: “An ARM is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage. Unlike fixed-rate mortgages that have an interest rate that remains the same for the life of the loan, the interest rate on | more...

Mortgage Trends

FHA Home Loans And Rising Interest Rates

Many potential borrowers wonder why mortgage loan interest rates are rising? While it may be true that FHA rates may be lower than some conventional mortgage loans, in a rising mortgage rate environment even government-backed mortgages will see rate increases. Why do rates go up in terms of overall cause-and-effect? Mortgage loan interest rates can rise for a number of reasons including changes in market conditions, investor reaction to those changes, breaking news at home and abroad, and government financial policy changes. All of these can directly or indirectly affect rates. At the end of September 2022, there was an increase in interest rates bringing them to the highest levels some have seen in years. The cause of these recent increases? You can thank an increase in the Federal Funds | more...