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FHA mortgages and refinance loans

FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan Program Updates

Changes are coming for those interested in remodeling a home with an FHA rehab loan. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the Federal Housing Administration, have updated policies associated with the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program. These changes were implemented to modernize the program and make it a more helpful tool for individuals and families seeking affordable financing options for home renovation or rehabilitation projects. The FHA 203(k) program offers two loan variations: a “standard” 203(k) for major remodeling projects that may or may not include work on load-bearing walls. A “limited” 203(k) is available for smaller projects and for what the FHA determines to be “non-structural repairs.” Several fundamental changes have been made to aspects of the FHA 203(k) program. First, the total rehabilitation costs | more...

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FHA Appraisals: When Are They Required?

When is an FHA appraisal required? For any FHA purchase loan, you will be expected to pay for an FHA appraisal, even if it is an after-improvements approach for renovation refinance loans or similar options. We examine the other situations where an assessment may be needed below. FHA Streamline Refinance An FHA streamline refinance loan does not require an FHA appraisal. These refinance options are meant to provide a tangible benefit to the borrower through a lower monthly payment, a better interest rate, or switching to a fixed-rate loan from an adjustable-rate mortgage. Your participating lender may require an appraisal, which is permitted under FHA loan rules. However, no FHA requirements for appraisals exist for streamline refi loans in typical cases. FHA Reverse Mortgage Refinances FHA reverse mortgages, also known | more...

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Home Equity Loans: The FHA Reverse Mortgage

The FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan is a home equity loan option for qualifying borrowers 62 or older. There are no monthly payments on an FHA HECM. The borrower can get cash back on the transaction, and the loan is typically due in full when the borrower dies or sells the home. Qualifying HECM borrowers are, once their loan application is approved, able to withdraw “a portion of your home’s equity to use for home maintenance, repairs, or general living expenses,” according to the FHA and HUD official site.  You can also apply for an FHA reverse mortgage to purchase a primary residence, but you must use your own cash to make up any difference between FHA HECM funds, the sale price, and any associated closing costs.  HUD.gov | more...

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Planning Your First Home

Are you looking for your first home? Applying for an FHA loan might seem intimidating, but there are some things you can do to help reduce those feelings of being overwhelmed by unfamiliar details. This is especially true in an age of confusing information about changing interest rates, modified credit qualifying standards, and options to save your home if disaster strikes. Start Early The key is to start early and plan ahead. Before you fill out loan application paperwork, consider making your planning phase for the loan last a year or more. This takes some immediate pressure off borrowers to save up for the down payment and closing costs. It also provides adequate time to work on your credit and cut your monthly debt. What other things can first-time home | more...

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How To Qualify For An FHA Mortgage

It’s likely the most commonly asked question about FHA loans. “How do I get approved for an FHA mortgage?” The answer starts with some numbers, but there are other important factors to remember. It’s not all about FICO scores, though they play a significant part in the lender’s decision to approve or deny a loan. FHA Loan FICO Score Requirements For Home Loan Approval If your FICO scores fall between 500 and 579, FHA loan rules say you must pay 10% down, assuming lender standards allow loan approval for those scores. Applicants with FICO scores of 580 or higher are required to make a 3.5% down payment. However, FICO scores aren’t the only factor that influences loan approval. Stable Income Rules If you are a typical college graduate, depending on | more...

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Comparing Home Loan Offers

Are you planning to buy a new home? You can find the right home loan by applying a similar process you use to find the right house.  In fact, shopping around for the right mortgage loan is just as important as shopping around for the right house. If you are considering an FHA mortgage to buy, renovate, or build a home, you’ll want to make the same kind of informed decisions about the lender and the loan.  Comparing lenders and loans is the way to do that. But there are some tips you can follow to make that process more streamlined. Research Multiple FHA Lenders While on paper, FHA loan terms and conditions such as FICO score requirements seem to be standardized, the FHA minimum FICO score requirements are just | more...