November 22, 2019

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FHA Home Loan Myths Explained

FHA Home Loan Myths Explained

There are plenty of myths about FHA home loans. For example, some people STILL believe the FHA home loan program is a need-based mortgage loan offered only to low-income house hunters. This is not true–any financially qualified borrower can apply for an FHA mortgage. There are no income caps or need-based requirements for FHA loan approval. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. FHA home loans can be used to buy certain property types including condo units and mobile homes; FHA home loans can even be used to have a house built on your own land with a low 3.5% down payment. FHA Loan Myths: First Time Home Buyers You do NOT have to be a first-time homebuyer to qualify for an FHA mortgage. You can be an experienced | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Assumptions

FHA Home Loan Assumptions

Sometimes a homeowner decides they don’t want a particular home any longer. Some choose to sell, others choose to have their home loan assumed by another person, which is not quite the same as selling the home but has the same intended result–the new owner becomes financially responsible for the mortgage and the property. When you want to have your FHA home loan assumed, you’re required to get the participation of the lender in most cases. There are rules in HUD 4000.1 that govern loan assumptions, they begin with the agency’s definition of the term: “Assumption refers to the transfer of an existing mortgage obligation from an existing Borrower to the assuming Borrower.” Because of certain rule changes that affected the FHA loan assumption rules, HUD 4000.1 has a different | more...

 

Happy Veterans Day 2019

Happy Veterans Day! Many banks will be closed to observe this federal holiday, bond markets are closed, and we pause in our usual routine of answering questions about FHA home loans to honor our veterans. Thank a veteran for her service, and remember the sacrifices all our troops have made no matter where in the world they may be stationed. To all current and former members of the U.S. military, THANK YOU for your service! Our regular posting schedule resumes tomorrow.

 
FHA Loan Closing Cost Rules

FHA Loan Closing Cost Rules

FHA home loan closing cost rules affect your home loan no matter if you are buying a mobile home with an FHA loan or having a house built on your own land using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan. Closing cost rules for FHA home loans have two “lanes” (our term, not a bit of industry jargon) where the rules are applied–one is the rules from the FHA Single-Family Lender’s Handbook (HUD 4000.1) and the other are the lender’s own standards and requirements. FHA loan rules and lender standards will both apply. FHA loan closing cost rules begin with the understanding that your down payment and your closing costs are two separate expenses. Your closing costs cannot be used as part of your down payment. FHA loan rules in HUD | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Rules

FHA Loan Down Payment Rules

Do you know what the rules are for down payments according to the FHA Lender’s Handbook? HUD 4000.1 states that the minimum required down payment allowed for FHA mortgages is 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. The borrower must pay this independently of any other closing costs associated with the loan. The seller, lender, or any other party with a stake in the outcome of the transaction cannot provide down payment funds to the borrower. Sellers are permitted to contribute toward closing costs, but not the down payment. The down payment is part of the borrower’s cash requirement to close the loan. The lender is required to verify the sourcing of all down payment funds (including gift funds from other people) to insure the money does not come | more...

 
Important FHA Loan Options For Almost Any Mortgage

Important FHA Loan Options For Almost Any Mortgage

There are important FHA loan options you should know about that apply to practically any type of mortgage. No matter if you need a single-unit loan for a typical suburban home or you want to build a house on your own lot using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, there are options you should consider to get the most mileage out of your loan. FHA Loan Options: Energy Efficient Add-Ons The FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage is an option you can use to add funds for approved energy-saving upgrades to the property. That much is more well-known than the fact that you can use this FHA loan option even if you are applying for an FHA Rehab loan which is already intended to provide funds to repair, renovate, or upgrade a | more...

 
Real Estate, Millennials, And Down Payments

Real Estate, Millennials, And Down Payments

What do millennials and Gen Z’ers say about buying real estate and making down payments? A home ownership-centric website called Porch.com did a survey of roughly 1300 people and the results are quite interesting–and useful to anyone in the planning stages of buying a home. The attitudes of the age groups such as Generation Z and Millennials were of particular interest for this study. “According to our findings” the Porch.com survey page for the Generational Outlook Survey says, “over 75 percent of Gen Zers said it was ‘very important’ or ‘important’ to own a home in their lifetime”, but “only 41 percent” believe it is necessary to do that in the next decade or so. But regardless of when the home is to by purchased, more than 40% of those | more...

 
What Is Ahead For Home Loan Interest Rates?

What Is Ahead For Home Loan Interest Rates?

Last week, mortgage loan interest rates moved higher, reported as a significant increase after hitting lows not seen in some time. At one point in the earliest of October rate changes, mortgage rates went to multi-year lows, taking FHA mortgage loan interest rates below 3.50% for the most well-qualified borrowers. So what is ahead for FHA home loan interest rates? At the time of this writing, FHA rates for a 30-year fixed rate forward mortgage loan (for the most well-qualified applicants) are somewhere at or near 3.375%. Will this low-rate trend last? Is now the right time to buy or refinance a home? The answer depends on plenty of variables including your financial goals for the home–do you plan to stay in it long term or do you know you | more...

 
Happy Columbus Day 2019

Happy Columbus Day 2019

Today we pause from our posts about FHA home loans, FHA refinance loans, and related topics, to enjoy the three day weekend some observe as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, traditionally observed in the United States as Columbus Day. We’ll return to our usual posting schedule tomorrow (Tuesday October 14, 2019) but in the meantime, if you too are celebrating a three-day weekend, have a safe and pleasant one and thank you for reading!

 
FHA Home Loan Interest Rates Lower

FHA Home Loan Interest Rates Lower

There is still time to take full advantage of the higher 2019 FHA home loan guaranty limits set at the start of the new year. If you are thinking about a mortgage or a refinance loan, 2019 may be the year for you. Recent headlines combining a trend in rising home values, more borrowing power, and changes to certain aspects of the home loan industry making it easier in certain sectors (including condo project sales) to buy and sell real estate for residential purposes. Add to that interest rates that are lower after two weeks of improvements at the time of this writing and you have the perfect circumstance for some borrowers interested in lower rates and more borrowing power. What do you need to know about the current FHA | more...