February 19, 2018

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FHA 203(k) rehab loans: who does the work?

FHA 203(k) Rehab Mortgages: Who Does The Rehab Work?

When it comes to FHA 203(k) rehab loans, many borrowers want to know who does the work? Can the borrower hire a contractor, is the borrower required to do the work themselves? What are the rules? The guidelines for the FHA 203(k) rehab loan program are found in HUD 4000.1, which states that certain standards are in place when trying to select the contractors to do the labor. For starters, this type of loan requires that the borrower use the services of a 203(k) loan consultant. “The Mortgagee must select an FHA-approved 203(k) Consultant from the FHA 203(k) Consultant Roster in FHAC. The Mortgagee must not use the services of a Consultant who has demonstrated previous poor performance based on reviews performed by the Mortgagee. The Consultant must inspect the | more...

 
Am I eligible for an FHA mortgage?

Am I Eligible For An FHA Mortgage?

Am I eligible for an FHA mortgage? That is a very common question, but many borrowers have a specific reason for asking-they want to know if a certain credit problem or work/life situation might disqualify them from an FHA loan. I Have A Recent Bankruptcy Borrowers with bankruptcy issues will have to discuss their situation with a participating lender, but in general at the very minimum you will be required by FHA guidelines to wait a full year (called a “seasoning period”) before applying for a new loan. In some cases you may be required to wait longer, and lender standards apply above and beyond the FHA loan rules. Getting a loan post-bankruptcy requires the applicant to have good credit habits post-bankruptcy, and in some cases you may need the | more...

 
Things you should know about FHA home loans

Things You Should Know About FHA Home Loans

There are many things you should know about FHA loans before you start the application process; myths and half-understood features of this home loan program still confuse some applicants going into the process. What follows should help you better understand the basics of the FHA home loan program. FHA Loans Are Not Just For First-Time Home Buyers There is no restriction on FHA loans for those who have purchased a home before. There are no separate terms, qualifications, or other rules for those who have purchased before. All FHA loan applicants who are financially qualified are welcome to apply. FHA Loans Are Available For Condos, Mobile Homes, and Mixed-Use Properties Suburban homes are just one of the types of property you can buy with an FHA mortgage. You can purchase | more...

 
Is There A Smaller FHA Rehab Loan?

Is There A Smaller FHA Rehab Loan?

The FHA 203(k) rehab loan is an excellent choice for borrowers who need to repair, upgrade, or renovate an existing home. But some borrowers don’t have ambitious, large-scale work to be done and a “full” 203(k) rehab loan might not be appropriate for smaller-scale work. Is there an option for borrowers who need an FHA 203(k) rehab loan but don’t need a very large sum of money to do the work? The FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan The limited FHA 203(k) allows borrowers to apply for rehab loan funds, but the loans in this case have a maximum total repair cost of $35,000 and no repair cost minimum. This type of rehab loan is an excellent choice for borrowers who want to work on the home but without fully refinancing | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans: The Limited 203(k) Option

FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan Standards

FHA 203(k) rehab loan standards include a list of things that can be done with a 203(k) rehab loan and a list of ineligible projects. Borrowers should know ahead of time what is allowed and what is not with these FHA rehab loans. FHA Loan Rules For Renovation, Improvements, Add-Ons In general, FHA home loan programs such as the Energy Efficient Mortgage (which can be used in conjunction with an FHA 203(k) loan) and the FHA 203(k) and FHA 203(h) rehab loan feature a list of approved uses for loan proceeds. There’s a prohibition against cash back to the borrower on these transactions except where it is needed to pay for materials and labor; even then a borrower cannot “profit” from the loan. FHA loan rules require escrow accounts to | more...

 
What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Appraisals

What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Appraisals

What you need to know about FHA home loan appraisals includes the difference between an appraisal and an inspection, and what the appraiser looks for when spotting defective conditions and why. The most important thing to know overall about an FHA home loan appraisal is that the appraisal is not a tool for the borrower to use to determine whether the house is suitable; the appraisal is a tool for the lender to establish the fair market value of the home. Do not rely on the appraisal to tell you the home is in acceptable condition, it was not designed to do this no matter how it may seem from the appraisal report. The borrower-arranged home inspection is the best way to “test drive” a home to see if it | more...

 
HUD announces aid package for Puerto Rico

HUD Announces Major Review Of Manufactured Housing Rules

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a press release announcing a major review of manufactured housing rules. According to the HUD official site, the agency is in the public comment period prior to “a top-to-bottom review of its manufactured housing rules as part of a broader effort to identify regulations that may be ineffective, overly burdensome, or excessively costly given the critical need for affordable housing.” For the next 30 days, the agency says it will accept public comments “to identify existing or planned manufactured housing regulatory actions to assess their actual and potential compliance costs and whether those costs are justified against the backdrop of the nation’s shortage of affordable housing”. General changes in manufactured housing regulations may not seem to have anything to do with | more...

 
Things you should know about FHA home loans

FHA Loan Options For New Construction Homes: FHA One-Time Close Mortgages And More

FHA loan options for buying new construction homes include the FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage, which allows a borrower to apply once and have a single closing date for a house built from the ground up. FHA One-Time Close mortgages differ from other construction loans because this type of construction loan eliminates the two-step construction loan application process where the borrower applies once for the costs of construction, and has a closing date for that loan, then applies a second time for the mortgage on the property itself. It’s definitely an advantage to have a single application and closing date. But what are the other options to compare this type of loan to? It’s good to know what you can get from multiple options-making an informed choice to build a | more...

 
FHA Loan Options For Buying A Home

FHA Loan Options For Buying A Home

FHA loan options for buying a home include choices on the housing type you need, the type of home loan you need, and sometimes even the circumstances of the purchase, in the case of people who are buying homes in federally declared disaster areas. Do you know what your new purchase FHA home loan options are? FHA Loans Available For Many Types Of Homes FHA home loans can be used to purchase property that will be owner-occupied residences, but the home can have as many as four living units. That means the borrower has the option to rent out unused living units if she chooses. Owner occupancy is a condition of loan approval, so you can’t use an FHA loan to purchase an investment property (one you intend to rent | more...

 
How to use an FHA home loan

How To Use An FHA Home Loan

Do you need to know how to use an FHA home loan? There are many things you can do with an FHA mortgage, or an FHA refinance loan. Some of your options include buying a home with more than one living unit, refinancing an existing loan to do rehab or repair work, and including energy-efficient upgrades into your new mortgage. Use An FHA Home Loan To Buy Your First Home FHA home loans are not specifically targeted at one type of buyer, but first time home buyers enjoy the lower down payment requirements and more lenient FHA credit requirements. First time home buyers may learn early that the FHA home loan program isn’t strictly for first homes, but that the participating lender has some kind of first-time buyer incentive. This | more...