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By Bruce Reichstein

January 17, 2019

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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Credit Advice For First Time Home Buyers

Credit Advice For First Time Home Buyers

First time home buyers worried about their credit scores and the ability to get approved for a first-time mortgage should take plenty of steps to address those concerns before loan paperwork is filed. It is a very good idea to consider preparing for your mortgage loan a full year ahead of time so you can work on credit issues such as on-time payments, credit card balances, etc. First-Time Home Buyer Credit Advice: Lower Your Credit Card Balances Your credit cards can be an effective tool for establishing credit, but you have to know what the lender looks for in that credit to justify approving the home loan. The older your credit is, the better, but it’s also best to pay down the balances so you are not carrying too much | more...

 
First-Time Home Buyer Advice: How To Buy Your First Home With Less Cash Up Front

First-Time Home Buyer Advice: How To Buy Your First Home With Less Cash Up Front

First-time home buyers often need to save as much cash up front on the transaction as possible. There are ways you can prepare for your FHA home loan in the planning stages that can help you buy your first home with less out-of-pocket costs. Do you know what they are? First-Time Home Buyers Should Work On Lowering Credit Card Balances Very Early Whenever Possible One very important factor in qualifying a borrower as a good credit risk when buying a first home? The amount of debt the first-time borrower carries versus the amount of monthly income. Your debt ratio is just as important as FICO scores, and the lower your debt ratio, the better off you will be when the lender goes to approve or deny the home loan application. | more...

 
On Buying A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

On Buying A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

First-time home buyers looking for a new home to buy with a mortgage loan might not know all of their options at the time they start looking, but everyone stars house hunting with their own set of assumptions-some are right, and some are not. Some assume that an FHA home loan is made specifically for first-time home buyers, but this is not true-any financially qualified borrower can apply and be approved for an FHA home loan for a mobile home, suburban home, duplex, even condos and multi-unit properties. You read that correctly, FHA home loans can help first-time home buyers purchase multi-unit homes. This is good for those anticipating family growth, and for those who are thinking about becoming landlords and getting income from the unused living units in the | more...

 
FHA Home Loans In 2019: Are Home Price Increases Slowing Down?

FHA Home Loans In 2019: Are Home Price Increases Slowing Down?

A CoreLogic Home Price Insights report indicates that home prices increased by more than five percent between November 2017 to November 2018, but the same agency indicates that home prices may slow down in 2019. Could that be beneficial to a house hunter looking to purchase a new home with a mortgage loan? FHA home loan limits have increased in 2019 for the second year in a row, making for an interesting borrowing environment for the first-time home buyer or any other financially qualified loan applicant who seeks an FHA mortgage. The higher home loan limits combined with slowing home prices, with predictions of more houses available in 2019 could offer house hunters more to work with in the new year. FHA home loans are not just available for typical | more...

 
FHA Loans And The 2019 Government Shutdown

FHA Loans And The 2019 Government Shutdown

At the time of this writing, the partial government shutdown continues and we are seeing more headlines about the services affected, including certain kinds of home loans. Specifically, home loan applicants seeking USDA mortgages are locked out of the process for the duration of the shutdown according to a variety of sources. Some potential USDA borrowers were caught in the middle of their transactions when the government shut down, and the media reports stories of those left more or less in limbo until the current situation is resolved. So what does this mean for FHA mortgage loans? FHA Mortgage Loans Are Still Available During The Government Shutdown Forward mortgages will continue to be serviced during the shutdown as previously reported here and elsewhere. But there are some important things you | more...

 
FHA Loan Down Payment Rules For 2019

FHA Loan Down Payment Rules For 2019

FHA home loan down payment requirements are lower than other mortgages, and depending on circumstances your down payment commitment on an FHA mortgage could be even less thanks to down payment assistance programs and seller contributions to closing costs. FHA Home Loan Small Down Payments Elsewhere on the internet you will find writing about down payment requirements for purchasing a new home, discussing why borrowers are choosing one approach or another regarding the money they put down on the home. Conventional mortgages require private mortgage insurance (PMI) unless the borrower makes a higher down payment. A 20% down home loan transaction is not uncommon in cases where the borrower wants to avoid paying PMI. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 require mortgage insurance premiums, too, but borrowers looking to | more...

 

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year 2019! We hope your holiday season has been safe and fun. We pause from our usual posts about FHA home loans to enjoy New Year’s Day 2019, and our regular posting schedule resumes on Wednesday. Thanks for reading and have a great holiday.

 
Do You Have An FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Do You Have An FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Do you have an FHA adjustable rate mortgage, also known as an FHA ARM loan? Is your introductory rate about to expire? Borrowers with adjustable rate mortgages may get a bit nervous when the end of their introductory interest rate period, also known as a “teaser rate” period is about to and and the first adjustment to the ARM loan’s interest rate becomes due. Borrowers can negotiate an introductory rate that lasts as little as one year and as many as 10 years with the lender, but eventually that initial rate will end and the first adjustment will come due. If you have an FHA ARM loan you may be eligible for either a credit-qualifying Streamline Refinance loan or a non-credit qualifying FHA Streamline refi. In many cases FHA streamline | more...

 
FHA One Time Close Construction Loan Option

The FHA One-Time Close Mortgage Option

Borrowers looking at their FHA home loan options don’t have to feel limited to purchasing an existing construction property; there is a way to apply for an FHA mortgage that lets you have a home built to suit from the ground up. These FHA new construction home loans are referred to as Construction-To-Permanent mortgages or, more recently, FHA One-Time Close construction loans. One-Time Close construction loans are good for borrowers who want a home that is just right, and are not in a hurry to get into their new home. The trade-off for having just the right property built for you is the time it will take from planning to move-in. The process will take more time, but it is definitely worth it to those who choose this type of | more...

 
How To Prepare For A New FHA Mortgage In 2019

How To Prepare For A New FHA Mortgage In 2019

Want to prepare for an FHA home loan in 2019? There are some important steps to take to get ready for your journey to home ownership. Some are financial, some are credit-related, and some pertain to the rates and terms you will be offered when you are ready to find a lender. Decide On Type Of Property You Want To Buy With An FHA Mortgage Condo loans are different than existing construction mortgage loans for typical suburban homes. This is also true of mobile home loans versus typical suburban homes. For example, a mobile home cannot be manufactured before June 15, 1976 or it cannot be considered for an FHA mortgage. There is no such age restriction on typical suburban houses or similar properties. And those who wish to have | more...