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By Bruce Reichstein

July 19, 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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What Is A Mortgage?

What Is A Mortgage?

What is a mortgage? To some that may sound like a totally obvious question, but for some first-time home buyers, the more information you get up front about the process of finding, buying, and owning a home the better. And that includes the most basic details of the process. FHA mortgages are an option for the serious home buyer who wants a lower down payment than many conventional mortgages and would like to enjoy the benefits of a government-backed mortgage. Why Do I Need A Mortgage? This is one of the most basic questions about the home buying process. Most people will apply for a mortgage to buy a home whether that’s an FHA new purchase mortgage, A VA home loan for qualifying military members, a USDA mortgage for those | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Your Credit Report: Know Your Rights

FHA Home Loans And Your Credit Report: Know Your Rights

When you look for advice about getting approved for an FHA home loan, you will find that many encourage potential borrowers for FHA new purchase home loans and FHA cash out refinancing are urged to request a free annual credit report. Free credit reports are your legal right and you are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. Those agencies are TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. But in addition to the right to a free annual credit report, did you know you have other rights under federal law that apply to your credit reports? All consumers in the United States have the legal right under federal law to contest inaccurate or incomplete information in your credit reports. This right is discussed | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Closing Day Tips

FHA Mortgage Loan Closing Day Tips

Need some tips to help you navigate your closing date for your FHA home loan? There are some important things to do and things NOT to do on closing day. When your sale is final the seller or the real estate agent will give you the keys to your new home, but before you can get your hands on those keys, some important things must happen. Read All Home Loan Closing Documents Carefully FHA mortgage loans, like all other home loans, feature initial estimates of expenses and payments; the final numbers should be represented accurately at closing time and should not be estimates. If the numbers you were expecting don’t line up with what is in the closing documents, don’t let it go-ask for clarification. Don’t sign incomplete mortgage closing | more...

 
Before Your FHA Home Loan Closing Date: What You Should Know

Before Your FHA Home Loan Closing Date: What You Should Know

Before your FHA home loan closes and you sign on the dotted line, there are some things you should know. Home closing paperwork spells out the agreements you have made on the mortgage and these documents are legally binding. It’s a very good idea to be familiar with them and know their contents before you sign. What kind of paperwork will you get with a new purchase mortgage loan at or before your closing date? One very important document is known as the Closing Disclosure and it should be compared to another document you received earlier in the FHA loan process known as the Loan Estimate. The estimate is not an indication that your FHA loan has been turned down or approved, it is simply a way to add up | more...

 
Home Buying Tips For The First Time FHA Borrower

Home Buying Tips For The First Time FHA Borrower

Do you need house buying tips as a first time home buyer? If you are ready to stop using rental units and are interested in becoming a home owner, there are some very important steps to take before you apply for an FHA home loan. Consider Home Prices In Your Area: How Good Or Bad Is Your Real Estate Market? Are prices in your area reasonable? Within your budget? It’s a very good idea to become literate in the average prices for a home in your area so that you can tell if a seller is asking a reasonable price for the property you want to buy. It is just as important to know how much home you can afford. A two-bedroom property may be within your financial reach, but | more...

 
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Happy 4th of July 2018!

Today we pause from our regular posts on FHA home loans, FHA refinance loans, and FHA Reverse Mortgages to observe the 4th of July Independence Day holiday. Thank you very much for reading, have a safe holiday and we will resume our regular posting schedule on Thursday July 5th. Thank you for reading!

 
Should I Consider An FHA Reverse Mortgage?

Should I Consider An FHA Reverse Mortgage?

Should I consider an FHA reverse mortgage? Many qualified borrowers are asking that question now in light of recent housing market stats indicating rising property values well into 2019. A Zillow.com report (through May 2018) indicates that housing is on an upward trend at the time of this writing. Home values have increased more than eight percent according to the Zillow report, and the same report says values could go up another 6.5% in the next year. Rising home values in U.S. housing markets means that borrowers applying for appraisal-required refinancing or FHA Reverse Mortgages (also known as FHA HECM loans) may discover their home is worth more than they realized. Naturally, this won’t apply in every single housing market, trends vary nationwide and your experience may vary based on | more...

 
What Is Good Credit? FHA Mortgage Loan Credit Score Ranges

What Is Good Credit? FHA Mortgage Loan Credit Score Ranges

What is considered good credit? Do you know what credit score ranges are considered the best? Or which credit scores are considered marginal or even what lenders consider to be bad credit? There are specific credit score rules in HUD 4000.1 that define who may be approved for the lowest down payment for an FHA mortgage loan, and specific ranges of FICO scores that require more money down. And finally there are the credit scores that are simply not eligible for the FHA home loan program. But these ranges don’t really address what is considered to be good or bad credit. They are simply the credit score numbers that make you eligible for the lowest down payment, a higher down payment, or no FHA loan approval at all. FHA loan | more...

 
FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loan Occupancy Requirements

FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loan Occupancy Requirements

FHA cash-out refinance loans are a great way to cash in on the value of your home, but this FHA refinance option has some specific rules about occupancy and how it affects your eligibility for cash out. The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, begins by explaining that cash-out refi loans are only for owner-occupiers. “Cash-out refinance transactions are only permitted on owner-occupied Principal Residences.” Furthermore, owner-occupiers are the only ones who can have their income counted when it comes time to qualify for an FHA cash-out refinance. “Income from a non-occupant co-Borrower may not be used to qualify for a cash-out refinance.” That’s an aspect of FHA cash out loans that isn’t discussed too often, but it is an important one to know. There are other requirements-in most cases, a | more...

 
Am I Required To Use Water Utilities For The Home I Buy With An FHA Mortgage?

Am I Required To Use Water Utilities For The Home I Buy With An FHA Mortgage?

Not all properties are created exactly alike. Some are hooked up to the local utility company for drinking water and septic, while others may rely on wells or other sources. FHA borrowers considering the purchase of a property served by a well often worry that the home won’t meet FHA minimum standards. What do FHA loan rules say about home loan approval for a property served by a well and/or a water purification system? For a start, FHA loan rules do not automatically deny FHA loan approval for properties that have a well or a water purification system rather than being served by a local utility company. That said, HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, does require that properties purchased with an FHA loan use local water utility systems “wherever | more...