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By Joe Wallace

September 17, 2019

Joe Wallace has been specializing in military and personal finance topics since 1995. His work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and a member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. He was Managing editor for www.valoans.com for (8) years and is currently the Associate Editor for FHANewsblog.com.

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HUD Brings Charges Against Three Housing Design And Construction Companies

HUD Brings Charges Against Housing Design And Construction Companies

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges against companies in New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. We report about Fair Housing cases in this space to remind house hunters of their Fair Housing Act rights, but it’s not as common to report on a case that spans multiple companies and states the way this case does. HUD’s charge involves accusations of housing discrimination associated with the design and construction “of a 40-unit North 8 Condominium development in Brooklyn, New York, in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act”. Those named in the HUD Fair Housing Act charges include Toll Brothers, Inc.; Toll Land XIII Limited Partner; Lendlease (US) Construction LMB, Inc; Greenberg Farrow Architecture, Inc.; and 51 | more...

 
Why You Can't Buy An Airbnb With An FHA Mortgage

Why You Can’t Buy An Airbnb With An FHA Mortgage

Some borrowers read our previous blog posts on what you can and cannot purchase with an FHA home loan and want to know why you can’t buy an Airbnb with an FHA mortgage. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state clearly that FHA Single-Family Mortgages are intended for primary residences and that any non-residential use of the home must be “subordinate to” the residential nature of the property. HUD 4000.1 also includes instructions to the lender about other acceptable uses of the property including various prohibitions including whether or not you can rent unused portions of your home out to other people after buying it with the FHA loan. For those who are interested in renting to another person as a long-term resident, this is NOT a problem. FHA loan | more...

 
Homes You Can And Cannot Buy With An FHA Mortgage

Homes You Can And Cannot Buy With An FHA Mortgage

What kinds of homes can you purchase using an FHA mortgage loan? It does not matter whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced borrower, the FHA mortgage option (as well as FHA refinance loan options) are open to any financially-qualified borrower. Homes You Can Buy With An FHA Home Loan: Condominiums The FHA condo loan program was revised in 2019 to include the approval of qualifying individual condo units in projects not on the FHA approved list. That means that it is easier to find a purchase a condo unit with an FHA mortgage. Some believe condos to be closer to the luxury side of real estate buying, but condo units are popular, especially in larger metropolitan areas. The FHA loan program allows borrowers to purchase condo | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Rule Changes

FHA Condo Loan Rule Changes

The FHA and HUD announced changes to FHA condo loan approval policy in August of 2019, opening the program up to condo loans in condominium projects that have not been added to the FHA approved list. A Final Rule detailing the program changes was published, but in the interim between revising the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program handbook, HUD 4000.1, the FHA and HUD have published rules to manage the new rules. According to an FHA mortgagee letter published on the FHA official site, “FHA systems will be enhanced in the future to permit the issuance of case numbers in unapproved projects” basically from the time the final rule became effective (mid-August 2019) until the FHA and HUD rules and systems are fully updated with the new changes. What is | more...

 
How to Get A Loan Estimate

How To Get A Loan Estimate

Have you found a house you want to buy with an FHA mortgage loan? If you don’t know how to request a home loan estimate, there are plenty of resources for you to learn. A home loan estimate can help you compare lenders and decide which is the right one for you. It may include a breakdown of closing costs, interest rates, and the monthly payment and is generally helpful for borrowers trying to decide how much loan to apply for, how much down payment to make, etc. It’s never good to simply apply for the loan with the first mortgage lender you find; consumer watchdog agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) advise borrowers to identify several participating lenders and request loan estimates from all of them. “Contact | more...

 
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Happy Labor Day 2019

Happy Labor Day 2019! Today we pause from our usual schedule of posting about FHA home loans, FHA/HUD news, and refinance loan advice to observe the holiday. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled posts tomorrow. Thank you for reading, and have a safe holiday!

 
FHA Home Loans For Manufactured Homes

FHA Home Loans For Manufactured Homes

Many borrowers want to know if there are FHA home loans for manufactured homes, modular homes, or mobile homes. The short answer is yes, there are, but the FHA home loan program does feature some rules you should know before deciding on the right manufactured home for you. FHA Loan Rules For Manufactured Homes: Permanent Foundation Required FHA mortgage loan rules for manufactured housing (located in HUD 4000.1) include a requirement that the property is or will become attached to a permanent foundation that meets federal and state requirements. FHA home loans cannot be made for any mobile home that cannot or will not be attached to a permanent foundation and FHA mortgages cannot be approved for recreational vehicles or houseboats. Manufactured Home Age Requirements Mobile homes and manufactured homes | more...

 
Issues That Affect FHA Home Loan Approval

Issues That Affect FHA Home Loan Approval

There are some issues that can affect FHA home loan approval but don’t automatically mean the loan will be denied. Borrowers should be aware of the rules in the FHA single-family home loan handbook, HUD 4000.1 that tell a lender when more attention is needed for a specific loan application. For example, did you know there are two basic types of home loan approval processes? One is a more automated process that happens when the lender uses the Automated Underwriting System (AUS) to review the loan. AUS can be used for borrowers that don’t have certain complications with the loan; borrowers that do have certain issues with their application may find the lender is required to “downgrade” to a “manual” underwriting process that requires more scrutiny on the borrower’s financial | more...

 
FHA Loan Down Payment Rules: When More Is Required

FHA Loan Down Payment Rules: When More Is Required

FHA home loan down payment rules allow for a low 3.5% down for borrowers who qualify with FICO scores in the 580-or-above category. FHA loan minimums do not address lender standards, which may be higher, but that is one reason why it’s important to shop around for the right FHA lender. The low FHA loan down payment is one reason why FHA mortgages can be so attractive, especially for first-time home buyers. But when will a borrower be required to put a higher amount down on the mortgage? There are several instances to be mindful of. FHA Loan Transactions That Require 15% Down: Identity Of Interest The FHA Single Family Loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1, says there are circumstances where 15% down is required; often when there is an identity of | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And The Biggest Credit Mistake You Can Make

FHA Home Loans And The Biggest Credit Mistake You Can Make

In this space, we discuss FHA home loans and how they get approved. And we talk a lot about the biggest credit mistake you can make leading up to your home loan application-missed payments. And we’re not just talking about missed payments on one type of credit, we discuss the effects of missing a payment no matter what it is or how important to your financial bottom line. But it is human nature to forget good advice when you only get it from one source, which is why we’re turning our attention today to the advice of one of the three biggest credit reporting agencies in existence: Experian. Experian is 125 years old and has a lot to say about how to manage credit, improve credit ratings, and how credit | more...