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FHA Home Loan Basics For First-Time Home Buyers

FHA Home Loan Basics For First-Time Home Buyers

First-time home buyers should know as much about their home loan options as possible going into the application process. FHA home loans are a good option to consider when buying your first real estate-do you know how flexible the FHA home loan program is? FHA Home Loan Basics For New Borrowers FHA home loans are intended for owner-occupiers who want to purchase a home at least one person obligated on the mortgage will occupy as the full-time residence. FHA home loans are not need-based mortgage loans, so there is no income cap or other limitations on who can apply. Some people confuse FHA home loans with USDA mortgages, which are governmnent-backed mortgages that do require income caps and are need based, unlike FHA mortgages. Who You Borrow Money From With | more...

 
Things That Keep You From Getting An FHA Mortgage

Which FHA Home Loan Do You Need?

First-time home buyers new to FHA home loans don’t always realize how many different FHA home loan options are available to them. You don’t have to buy a one-bedroom house in the suburbs; FHA mortgages are more flexible and offer many ways for you to find and buy a dream home. FHA Condo Loans Because of a long-time misconception held even today about FHA loans being need-based, having income caps, or intended only for low-income borrowers (none of those things actually apply to the FHA mortgage loan program) some are surprised to learn that there is such a thing as an FHA condo loan. Any qualified borrower (based on income, credit history, employment stability, and other financials) can apply for an FHA condo loan in a condominium project that meets | more...

 
The Two FHA Rehab Mortgages

The Two FHA Loan Rehab Mortgages

There is a kind of FHA mortgage that first-time home buyers and experienced home owners alike can apply for that will allow the purchase or refinance of a piece of owner-occupied real estate and provide funds for repairs and renovations. The loan comes in two forms, as mentioned above; one for a new purchase and one to refinance an existing mortgage. The FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage and the FHA 203(k) Refinance loan offer a range of possibilities for those who wish to buy a fixer-upper house or renovate their existing property. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 describe these loans as follows: The Section 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance is used to:  Rehabilitate an existing one- to four-unit Structure, which will be used primarily for residential purposes;  Rehabilitate such a Structure | more...

 
Refinancing a Second Home With An FHA Mortgage Loan

FHA Home Loan Questions And Answers For First-Time Borrowers

FHA home loans offer first-time home buyers an advantage with low down payment requirements, more flexible lending standards, and the ability to apply for local down payment assistance help where offered (as long as that assistance meets FHA requirements). Do you have questions about the FHA home loan process as a first-time buyer? Some of these answers below may help. What Is An FHA Forward Mortgage? The term “forward mortgage” refers to any home loan used to buy a property. It’s also sometimes known as a purchase loan. Why Are Closing Costs Due At Closing Time And Why Can’t I Finance Them Into My Home Loan? Not all closing costs must be paid in cash at closing time-the FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium is an example of an FHA home | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Facts

FHA Loan Facts

When you start doing research on home loans and want to learn what it takes to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan as either a first-time home buyer or as a return borrower, you will find websites with lists of loan approval requirements. Some of those FHA home loan approval requirement lists look like this: A credit score of 580 or higher for the lowest down payment A debt-to-income ratio of 43% or less 3.5% down payment 1-2 years of consistent employment history A property that meets FHA standards OR A home eligible for FHA 203k rehab loan financing You may find a caveat on lists like these stating that they are “general guidelines” and that is true. What isn’t always included in those caveats is that additional lender standards | more...

 
Questions A First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask The Seller

FHA Loans Versus Conventional Home Loans

If you are planning to look at real estate listings soon or use the help of a realtor to locate a new home, here are some questions to ask yourself about your new home loan; the answers will help you decide whether to pursue an FHA mortgage, a conventional loan, etc. FHA Mortgage Versus Conventional Home Loans: Compare Down Payments Make sure you know your FICO scores in advance of comparing down payment requirements since the amount of cash you will be required to put down is affected by credit scores when those scores are below a specific cutoff. There is more than one standard for FICO scores in this area-FHA loan minimums and lender requirements. Lender standards will apply no matter whether you are applying for FHA or conventional | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For Millennials

FHA Home Loans For Millennials

How young is too young to buy a home? Millennials are taking over as the largest group of home buyers in the United States, but some wonder whether they are able to qualify. What does it take to qualify for an FHA mortgage? Are There Age Restrictions On FHA Home Loans? FHA loans do require all borrowers to be of sufficient legal age to sign legally binding contracts. But aside from that, there are no real age limits for FHA mortgages with one exception. The FHA Reverse Mortgage, which lets qualified borrowers convert the equity in a home they own outright into cash, is limited to borrowers aged 62 or older. But for forward FHA mortgages to purchase a home, as long as the borrower is otherwise qualified and of | more...

 
Lower Home Prices And FHA Mortgages

FHA Home Loans: Why You Want To Haggle With The Seller

Many first-time home buyers hate the idea of negotiating, haggling, or otherwise trying to adjust the price of the home with a seller. But haggling has some benefits that can directly affect how much money you pay for the home and NOT just where the general price of the property is concerned. Why Should A First-Time Home Buyer Be Willing To Negotiate With The Seller? The most obvious reason to haggle with the seller of the real estate you want to buy is to get a lower price. And this also becomes more crucial if the appraisal comes back lower than the asking price of the property. The buyer cannot be forced to close the deal in cases where the appraised value of the home is lower than the asking | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Income Limits Do Not Exist

What You Need To Know About FHA Condo Loans

Buying a condo with an FHA mortgage loan is an option many borrowers might be interested in but sometimes assumptions about the FHA home loan program might cloud the issue. Here are some things you should know about FHA mortgages for condo purchases. FHA Condo Loans For First-Time Home Buyers FHA condo loans are open to first-time buyers and experienced home owners alike. You will be approved for the FHA condo loan based on your financial qualifications rather than whether or not you have owned property before. FHA Condo Loans Have Certain Advantages The down payment requirements for FHA home loans do not change based on the type of property you purchase, so you are still required to financially qualify but your down payment requirement does not get adjusted because | more...

 
Buying Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage

Buying Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage

Buying real estate with an FHA mortgage is easier when you know what is allowed and what is not. The mortgage loan process can be complex at times due to federal law, state and local requirements, lender standards, and the nature of the mortgage you seek. But there are some simple answers to real estate buying questions that can help you use an FHA loan to your best advantage. Can I Buy A Multi-Unit Property With An FHA Mortgage Loan? Yes. FHA home loans are for one-to-four unit properties and you can purchase a townhouse, duplex, mixed-zoning property that meets FHA guidelines, and many other types of homes. Do I HAVE To Be A First-Time Borrower Or First Time Home Buyer To Qualify For An FHA Mortgage? No. Can I | more...