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By Bruce Reichstein

April 26, 2018

Bruce Reichstein has spent over three decades as an experienced FHA and VA home loan mortgage banker and underwriter where he was responsible for funding “Billions” in government backed mortgage loans. He is the Managing Editor for FHANewsblog.com where he educates homeowners on the specific guidelines for obtaining FHA guaranteed home loans.

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FHA Home Loan Approval Rules: Work History

FHA Loan Approval Rules: Work History

Whether you seek an FHA One Time Close construction loan or want to buy an existing-construction home, the FHA guidelines for loan approval require your lender to verify your employment and income history. How much time will the lender require you to be on the job in order to get your mortgage loan approved? That standard will vary from lender to lender, so you will need to discuss work history requirements with your loan officer. However, at a minimum, FHA loan rules require the lender to verify two years of work history. That work history does not have to be with the same company. FHA Loan Rules For Income Verification Along with your recent work history, the lender is also required to verify the income you report to the lender | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: Facts You Should Know Before You Buy

FHA Home Loans: Facts You Should Know Before You Buy

FHA loan facts you should know before you buy include a variety of concerns, one of which is an optional issue some borrowers choose not to address until it is too late. Don’t make the same mistakes as some first time home buyers-the money you save could be significant. Never Buy A Home Without A Home Inspection It’s important to point out that the headline for this section does NOT read “Never buy a home without an appraisal”. FHA appraisals are a mandatory part of the home loan process, but inspections are on the borrower to arrange, pay for, and review. Home inspections are the only way a borrower can make a truly informed purchase. Those who rely on the appraisal alone for any new purchase mortgage do so at | more...

 
FHA Refinance Home Loans: Getting Ready

FHA Refinance Home Loans: Getting Ready

Do you know what you need to get ready for an FHA refinance home loan application? There are several areas you can prepare in before it’s time to sign the loan application paperwork. Check Your Credit Reports-EARLY FHA refinance loans should be treated in the same way your original home loan application was handled in terms of checking credit, avoiding new lines of credit before and during the refinance loan process, and trying to lower your debt ratio before the application. Decide The Right Refi Loan For You Your preparations for the new loan may depend greatly on the type of FHA refinance loan you are looking for; cash-out, no cash out, Streamline Refinancing, rehab refi loan, etc. How are these loans different? There are too many aspects to discuss | more...

 
Switching FHA Lenders, Part 2

Switching FHA Lenders, Part 2

In our previous blog post, we discussed borrowers who need to know FHA home loan rules for switching lenders, and when a new appraisal might be permitted under such circumstances. Borrowers do have the right to change lenders, the same way they have the right to refinance a mortgage loan using the same lender or a new one. If you need an FHA One Time Close construction loan, appraisal issues are quite different. The FHA will require inspections of the finished property to insure it complies with FHA standards and state/local code, but obviously the approach to a new construction home isn’t the same as an actual appraisal to determine the fair market value of existing construction properties. But for those who need a new purchase loan on an existing | more...

 
FHA Streamline Refinance Loans: Is Cash Back Permitted?

Streamline Refinance Loan Rules: Is Cash Back Permitted?

Do FHA Streamline Refinance Loans permit cash back to the borrower? Can you apply for “more” refinance loan than you need to pay off the original mortgage and take that cash at closing time? The FHA Streamline Refinance loan is for existing FHA mortgages; borrowers who have an FHA loan who want to refinance in order to get a financial benefit such as a lower payment, shorter loan term, or get out of an adjustable rate mortgage should consider this as an option. But is one of the financial benefits offered the ability to get cash back? FHA refinance loan options do include cash-out refinancing, intended for FHA and non-FHA loans alike. Let’s examine what the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, has to say about cash back to the borrower | more...

 
One Time Close Construction Loan Options: The VA OTC Loan

VA One-Time Close Construction Loan Options for Military Veterans Expanded

Some house hunters get fed up with looking for just the right home, while others start out their home loan journey knowing in advance they want a house built for them. What options to these borrowers have? There is an FHA home loan known as the FHA One-Time Close construction loan that lets borrowers apply for a single loan that covers both construction costs and the mortgage itself. The FHA version of this type of construction loan requires the borrower and lender to work together to establish a plan for the project including estimated completion times, interest rates, budgets, and more. Some borrowers aren’t interested in FHA home loans since they have other options; do qualifying military veterans have a VA loan version of the FHA One Time Close Mortgage? | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For New Construction, Existing Construction Homes

FHA Home Loans For New Construction, Existing Construction Homes

FHA home loans are available for a variety of different types of property. You can use an FHA mortgage to buy a typical home in the suburbs, a condo, a town home, mobile or manufactured homes, etc. FHA home loans are also for properties classified in one of several ways; existing construction, new construction, proposed or under construction, etc. What do these terms mean and how does the property type affect the FHA home loan? In some cases the nature of the property may dictate whether a builders’ warranty must be provided. New construction homes, for example, must include a 10-year warranty. This is true for all property types that fall under the FHA definition of new construction property including proposed construction homes, under construction homes, and those that have | more...

 
FHA One Time Close Construction Loans: An Option You Should Consider

FHA One Time Close Construction Loans: An Option You Should Consider

The FHA One Time Close construction loan is an option you should consider if you are interested in having a home built for you rather than purchasing an already-lived-in property. Construction loans are different than existing construction loans, and the FHA One Time Close (OTC) construction loan offers a single application, a single closing date, and more peace of mind for the borrower once the loan has been approved. FHA One Time Close Mortgages And FICO Score Requirements You will have higher credit requirements with an FHA One Time Close loan due to the higher risk for the lender. Your application may require a FICO score of 620 or higher at the minimum, depending on the lender. Here’s a sample breakdown of FICO score requirements from one hypothetical lender. Please | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules On Purchasing Multi-Unit Properties

FHA Loan Rules On Purchasing Multi-Unit Properties

Some potential FHA loan applicants are surprised to learn that they can purchase a home with as many as four living units using an FHA mortgage. For a certain percentage of FHA loan applicants, the ability to buy a four-unit property leads to thinking about becoming a landlord, renting out the units and using rental income to offset the expenses of owning the property. This has potential for some borrowers, especially those who already have experience in this area. But FHA loan rules have plenty to say about how your home may be used for such purposes. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 define the acceptable uses of a home purchased with an FHA mortgage. Those uses include renting out unused living units, but with the caveat that the borrower | more...

 
How Much Is My FHA Mortgage Payment?

How Much Is My FHA Mortgage Payment?

How much is my FHA mortgage payment? Many borrowers want to get an estimate to figure out how to budget for a mortgage payment, but it is easy to forget that calculating a home loan payment involves more than just doing the math on the principal and interest and the term of the loan. How much will your FHA home loan mortgage payment be? Much depends on what applies to your loan besides principal and interest. For example, you will need to learn how much property taxes are in your area, you will need to know what comparable homes are selling for in your chosen housing market, etc. What’s My Monthly FHA Mortgage Payment? HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, spells out all the things that will be included in | more...