March 26, 2019

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

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...

 
What You Need To Know About FHA Condo Loans

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...

 
The Flexible FHA Home Loan

The Flexible FHA Home Loan

First-time home buyers don’t have to put 20% down when shopping for real estate they want to live in as their primary residence. The FHA home loan allows a low 3.5% down and this type of home loan has been described as having loose underwriting standards. Those standards include the FHA minimum credit score of 580 or higher for maximum financing and the lowest down payment, and technically borrowers with FICO scores above 500 are also eligible though with a higher down payment. Lender standards will apply above and beyond these minimums. FHA home loans allow borrowers with lower credit and higher debt ratios to qualify for first-time home buyer loans using compensating factors; a higher down payment, a substantial amount of cash reserves, or other, lender-defined compensating factors. And | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Approval By The Numbers

FHA Home Loan Approval By The Numbers

Do you know what it takes to get a home loan approved? When you apply for an FHA mortgage loan or an FHA refinance loan, you should know about the following numbers and how they work together to get you into your first home or an upgrade to a newer property as a repeat home buyer. FHA Home Loan Approval Numbers: One One is the number of people obligated on the loan who are required to live in the real estate secured by the FHA mortgage as their full-time residence. At least one borrower obligated on the mortgage must live in the home as their primary home. FHA Mortgage Loan Approval Numbers: Two Two is the number of years of employment the lender is required to verify for all potential | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Facts For First-Time Borrowers

FHA Home Loan Facts For First-Time Borrowers

First-time home buyers should know about several things going into the home loan process, including their options when it’s time to refinance or consider a new home loan. Are you fully informed about your home loan options with an FHA mortgage? FHA Home Loans For First-Time Buyers Allow Non-Occupying Co-Borrowers A non-occupying co-borrower is someone obligated on the mortgage but who does not intend to live in the property full time. A co-borrower can help you to qualify for the mortgage by paying part of the closing costs and the down payment, but all borrowers applying for the mortgage loan must financially qualify. That means that the credit liabilities of the borrower with the weakest credit cannot be offset by the strengths of the co-borrower. Everyone will be considered on | more...

 
First-Time Home Buyer Tips

First-Time Home Buyer Tips

What does a first-time home buyer need to know when searching for real estate to buy with an FHA mortgage? It’s good to make a checklist before you start and add to it along the way-there are some important things to do before you ever fill out home loan paperwork. Decide If You Are Going To Use A Real Estate Agent Whether you buy your home with an FHA mortgage or not, this is a choice that could make a difference in terms of saving time looking for just the right home. If you choose to use the services of a real estate agent, be sure to include a list of features you want in your home and features you do not want-the agent will help you narrow the field. | more...

 
Is Now The Right Time To Buy Your First Home With An FHA Mortgage?

Is Now The Right Time To Buy Your First Home?

Is now the right time for a first-time home buyer to look at real estate listings and consider buying that first home? Is now a good time for those who have owned property before to examine their FHA mortgage loan options? In both cases, the answer may be yes. Recent headlines and reports by companies like Zillow and CNBC indicate rising optimism in the housing market in the first quarter of 2019; inventory is increasing and mortgage loan applications have gone up recently, too. Ask any real estate agent about the state of their market and you may learn that now is a good time to explore your home ownership options. Why choose an FHA mortgage in a climate like this? The low down payment requirement is a good start-you | more...

 
How Does An FHA Mortgage Help A First-Time Home Buyer?

How Does An FHA Mortgage Help A First-Time Home Buyer?

When it’s time to buy that real estate you’ve had your eye on, how can an FHA mortgage help out a first-time home buyer? What do you need to know about FHA loans that can help you make the most informed choices? FHA Loans Offer Lower Credit Requirements Yes, there are conventional home loans you may qualify for with lower FICO scores, but you may face larger down payment requirements, which means more money out of pocket up front. FHA home loans require a 3.5% down payment for those with FICO scores 580 or higher. Lender standards may be higher than this, but the FHA minimums are lower than conventional loans. FHA Loans Allow Certain Closing Costs To Be Financed Ask your lender which closing costs of your specific transaction | more...

 
What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

Before you get FHA home loan approval on that piece of real estate you have your eyes on, your mortgage loan application process will include a credit check. Your lender will need to determine your creditworthiness, and also verify your employment and income. Most borrowers expect this process and thanks to having other kinds of credit applications including credit cards, auto loans, and student loans, have a basic idea of what will happen. But not everyone expects that their initial credit check for the home loan they are applying for will NOT be the last one the lender does before the loan closes. You might not get the down-low on this from your real estate agent or your lender, but this is one of the “secret” things about the home | more...

 
Questions To Ask Your FHA Lender

Questions To Ask Your FHA Lender

There are many questions to ask your participating FHA lender when you are getting ready to purchase a first home or a replacement home. If you are looking at working with a realtor and begin your house hunting process, make sure you create a list of questions for your lender so you can go into the home loan process as informed as possible. Do FHA Home Loans Require Me To Have A Financial Need To Qualify? Your lender will explain that no, FHA home loans are not need-based. There are government-backed need based loans that feature income requirements and maximum income rules; USDA home loans are a good example. But FHA mortgages have no income limit, are not need based, and do not require the borrower to be a first-time | more...