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By Joe Wallace

December 3, 2020

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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Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

The FHA and HUD have announced higher FHA forward loan limits for 2021. Most borrowers will experience a higher FHA loan limit depending on their location and other variables. Federal law requires FHA to establish forward mortgage / purchase loan floor and ceiling loan limits each year. These limits are based on the loan limit set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency for conventional mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The national conforming loan limit for 2021 is $548,250. While these limits DO NOT apply until 1 January 2021, you can locate the entire list of FHA loan limits. That list includes areas at the FHA ceiling, areas between the floor and the ceiling at the FHA official site. The National Housing Act and its amendments | more...

 
Who is eligible for an FHA Home Loan?

Steps To Buying A House

Do you know the ten steps to buying a house? Each one can be considered its own phase of your home loan journey and if you want to buy a house with an FHA mortgage, these are the steps you should anticipate: Check your credit score Calculate how much FHA mortgage you can afford Choose a real estate agent (where applicable) Get pre-approved with a participating FHA lender Start house hunting Make an offer on the house you want Schedule a home inspection Secure your financing Purchase a homeowners insurance policy Close your loan and move into your new home Note that the first steps are squarely in the planning stages of your mortgage; you should know the contents of your credit report and your FICO scores long before you | more...

 
FHA loans

The Four Keys To Fixing Your Credit Before Your Home Loan

A lot of borrowers want to buy a home but worry that they have credit problems that might keep them from getting their mortgage loan approved. Any borrower worried in this way should do four important things starting about a year away from the day you want to apply for the loan. What are the four keys to credit repair ahead of your home loan? There are two items in the “Do” category and two items in the “Don’t” category you should consider doing as early as possible before you apply for best results. #1 Credit Repair Hack For Home Loan Applicants The number one credit repair hack any consumer can try begins with knowing the contents of your credit report. It’s that simple, really. And everything else you do | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans

FHA Fixer-Upper Loans For Smaller Home Improvement Projects

There is a type of FHA home loan that lets you get a mortgage to simultaneously buy and repair or modify a home. These fixer-upper mortgages are known as FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgages and this is an option you can also get as an FHA refinance loan. It’s a great alternative to the standard FHA home loan. Any borrower needing to repair, upgrade, or renovate an existing home can apply for this mortgage–you can refinance an FHA or non FHA loan with the FHA 203(k). But some borrowers don’t have ambitious, large-scale work to be done and a “full” 203(k) rehab loan might not be the right loan if you don’t have a huge project to deal with. And fortunately there is a smaller version of the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation | more...

 
FHA Refinance Options

Prepare Now For Your Refinance Loan In 2021

Are you excited by the historic low interest rates that happened in 2020 and have your eye on a refinance loan in the new year come 2021? Do you need a lower mortgage payment? Perhaps you would like a lower interest rate on your current home loan? Some borrowers have different needs–some feel stuck in adjustable rate mortgages and want to refinance into a fixed-rate mortgage loan instead. These scenarios can be addressed with an FHA refinance loan and if you’re thinking about applying in 2021 its best to become as familiar as you can with the types of refinance options open to you when it’s time to refinance a non-FHA mortgage or an existing FHA home loan. Consider An FHA Refinance Loan In 2021 The same kinds of preparations | more...

 
Bad Credit Home Loans

Bad Credit Home Loans

You’ll find a lot of information on the internet about bad credit home loans. Lists of bad credit-friendly lenders abound, but what do you need to know about these home loans and their alternatives? The first thing to remember is that bad credit is a potential barrier to new credit for a reason–your lender is required to justify the loan and make sure you are a good credit risk. And if your credit scores and credit history show that you haven’t been as reliable about making on-time payments and meeting your credit obligations? Your lender has two options. One is to deny you the loan. This is what usually happens in cases where the lender cannot justify approving your loan due to credit issues. Each lender has their own standards | more...

 
FHA Loan Options

FHA Loan Options

Why choose an FHA mortgage? Why not apply for a USDA home loan or a VA mortgage? Aren’t these also government-backed loan programs? Yes, but FHA mortgages are open to any financially qualified applicant, while USDA loans are need-based mortgages for those who meet certain income requirements, and VA loans are not offered to the general public but are offered as a benefit for military service. There is nothing wrong with USDA mortgages or VA home loans. But they aren’t available for just any borrower, where FHA mortgages are offered to the general public. And what about applying for conventional mortgages? These non-government backed home loans have higher FICO score requirements in many cases, as well as higher down payment requirements in cases where the borrower’s credit scores aren’t as | more...

 
HUD Says November Is Fraud Awareness Month

HUD Says November Is Fraud Awareness Month

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is observing the month of November as Fraud Awareness month. The agency’s official site states, “During November Fraud Awareness Month, HUD is highlighting the many resources available to help combat fraud.” What kind of resources are available to borrowers and potential borrowers? One of them is a video titled, “What Does Fraud Mean To You?” The HUD official site also includes links to resources such as a global occupational fraud report. What should consumers beware of and raise the awareness of when it comes to fraud associated with mortgages and refinance loans? There are a variety of critical areas that should be paid attention to–much will depend on what stage of home ownership you are at. Are you a first-time home buyer? A | more...

 
Rehab Refinance Loans, Effects Of The Pandemic, And Interest Rates

Rehab Refinance Loans, Effects Of The Pandemic, And Interest Rates

At the time of this writing, FHA mortgage loan interest rates are still below the three percent line–best execution FHA mortgage loan rates for purchase loans are at 2.40%. The fact that we’re reporting on FHA loan interest rates below three percent makes some a bit more motivated to explore their refinance loan options. Some want to refinance their mortgages to get more affordable monthly mortgage payments. In the wake of COVID-19 furloughs and layoffs earlier in the year there were also falling mortgage rates AND government stimulus checks along with mortgage loan forbearance and other options for those trying to weather the economic impact of the pandemic. But not everyone wants to refinance in 2020 to save money–some need repairs to their property, others want to get out of | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Resources

FHA Home Loan Resources

If you are thinking of applying for an FHA home loan or an FHA refinance loan, there are some important resources you should know about in the planning stages. These resources can help you prepare for your loan application, give you information about estimated mortgage payments, and help you located FHA loan limit information for your county. The first thing a potential home buyer should know about is the ability to contact the FHA to get a referral to a HUD-approved housing counselor who can help you understand the mortgage loan process, what it means to start preparing your credit for a home loan, and more. You can contact the FHA directly by calling 1-800 CALL FHA to request your referral. Another important resource? Online listings of FHA loan limits | more...