June 27, 2022

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FHA Mortgage Loan

Planning Your Home Loan

The planning stage of your home loan is extremely important. This is where you will determine what kind of home you might want, the price range you can afford, and how much down payment you need to save up to make. One big choice you face in the planning process? Decisions about issues related to long-term occupancy of the home, whether you plan to sell within a short or long amount of time and how you should arrange your financing to accommodate those needs. What kind of arrangements? Some borrowers don’t apply for a fixed-rate mortgage. They know they are not keeping the home for the long term and choose to take advantage of lower interest rates offered in the introductory period of an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) instead | more...

Mortgage Rate Trends

FHA Loans And Rising Rates

If you need to buy a home with an FHA mortgage but you are concerned about rising interest rates, there are some things you can do to help yourself make a more informed choice about your FHA loan options.  There are options to haggle with the seller, and there are loan options to consider like an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage. In the meantime, you can work to improve your FICO scores which helps the lender offer you a lower interest rate.  When it comes to negotiating with the seller, you may find the asking price is too high in general, or you may be looking for a price offset because of rising mortgage loan rates.  But it may be tough to sell the idea of a lower price. Instead, you | more...

FHA mortgages and refinance loans

Seller’s Markets, Buyer’s Markets, And FHA Loans

What does it mean to get an FHA loan when you are in a buyer’s market? What does it mean to use an FHA mortgage in a seller’s market? If you are new to house hunting chances are you’ve heard these terms before, but what do they mean in the context of a house hunt? FHA Home Loans In Buyer’s Markets What does it mean to be shopping for a house in a buyer’s market? The simplest answer is that you have an advantage as a buyer because there may be plenty of homes to choose from with little serious competition from other buyers.  That lack of competition may be because of the supply of available houses for sale. In a buyer’s market, you would still want to get pre-qualified | more...

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday in the United States. Today, we commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans–an event formalized in Texas on the day General Order 3 was issued by Union Army General Gordon Granger. That order announced freedom for enslaved people in the State of Texas on June 19, 1865. The actual day, June 19th, is celebrated along with a formal holiday observation of Juneteenth held on Monday, June 20, 2022 with banks, financial markets, post officers, and schools closing in honor of the day. We too pause our usual discussions of all things related to FHA loans to observe Juneteenth. Thank you for reading and our regular posting schedule returns tomorrow.

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Factors That Affect Your FHA Mortgage Interest Rate

When the Fed meets to set monetary policy, it has the option to raise or lower the nation’s interest rates. That is a move that can directly affect some areas of the finance sector such as credit cards, but it indirectly affects mortgage loan interest rates. The Fed’s actions don’t actually change mortgage rates.  Investor behavior in reaction to the Fed’s announcements, on the other hand, do have the potential to affect mortgage rates. The rate you are offered by the lender tomorrow may be affected by news and developments in the markets today. But that’s not the only factor that can affect the interest rate you are offered. At this stage for many mortgage-focused blogs, a conversation about FICO scores goes right here. It’s true that your credit scores | more...

FHA loans

FHA ARM Loans: Good Or Bad Idea?

Why do people choose FHA adjustable-rate mortgages or choose to refinance with one? There are several reasons including the need to get into a lower rate upfront, as part of an overall strategy for buying and selling the home, or to take advantage of changing interest rates. ARM Loan Basics FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgages feature an introductory rate, and that rate expires after a set amount of time, typically one year. The introductory rate can also be set between three and 10 years. After that time period, the rate adjustments begin. Borrowers do better with ARM loans when they have a strategy for dealing with the rate adjustment periods. Do you plan to sell or refinance before the introductory or initial ARM loan rate expires?  That plan works better for | more...

FHA Rehab Loans

What To Know About Renovating Your Home With An FHA Loan

FHA home loans for renovation include the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loan and refinance loan options. There are also FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages or FHA EEMs that allow energy-saving upgrades and improvements to the property.  EEMS are add-ons allowed for most FHA home loans, not a separate loan program, and adding an EEM potentially raises your monthly mortgage payment. If you need to apply for an FHA home loan to renovate, the first thing you need to know is that on paper, FHA loan rules say you may be allowed to be your own builder or contractor.  However, lender standards will apply and you may find that your FHA lender does not permit this. You’ll need to ask directly as early in the process as possible. FHA loan rules say that | more...


FHA ARM Loan Options To Consider

An ARM loan, also known as an adjustable-rate mortgage, allows you to apply for a loan with an initial rate that will increase after the introductory period is over.  The lower initial rate is a benefit for some borrowers, but it pays to have a plan on how to handle this type of loan in advance–do you really plan to pay on an ARM for the full term of the mortgage? Or do you want to sell or refinance instead? FHA loan options include ARM loans which may have a one-year intro rate, but you could apply for a three-year, five-year, seven-year, or even 10-year ARM loan. That means that the introductory rate won’t change for that initial period (three years up to 10 years) and then the loan is | more...

FHA Loan Options

Applying For Your FHA Mortgage

After you have gotten all the planning done, and after you have saved for your downpayment and gone house hunting, you’ll come to the place where you are finally ready to apply for a home loan.  What do you need to know about this process and how it works? One of the most important things to decide is how much personal help you might need to apply. There are three basic options that may be open to you depending on the lender. Whether you need to pre-qualify, get pre-approved, or actually begin the application process itself, your lender may take a specific approach to how your loan documentation and application data is submitted. Some lenders take a very hands-off approach, allowing you to apply and submit online without requiring any | more...

FHA Home Loans

Can An FHA Loan Be An ARM?

There are many choices to make when you want to buy a home. One of those choices is deciding whether a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage is right for you. FHA home loans come with an adjustable-rate mortgage option that features an introductory rate followed by an adjustment period that may vary depending on what you and the lender agree upon. When you choose an adjustable-rate mortgage, also known as an ARM loan, the introductory rate is typically more competitive than the fixed-rate FHA option. When using an ARM loan, some borrowers have a plan to sell or refinance before the first adjustment or soon thereafter. ARM loans are best for those who have a plan to deal with those adjustments. What follows are the FHA loan rules for FHA ARM loans, | more...