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How to apply for an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage

How To Apply For An Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Do you know how to apply for an FHA adjustable rate mortgage loan (ARM)? The loan limits are the same on FHA ARMs as they are for fixed-rate mortgages, but your strategy for the loan should be quite different. It’s important to apply for an adjustable rate loan with a purpose; if you aren’t sure why a fixed rate loan is better for some than an ARM, you aren’t ready for an ARM loan application yet. The government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published some sound advice for house hunters interested in an adjustable rate mortgage; that advice includes knowing when you would want an ARM loan and when you would not want one. The basic difference between a fixed rate FHA mortgage and an adjustable rate is that with | more...

 
Why You Can't Buy An Airbnb With An FHA Mortgage

Why You Can’t Buy An Airbnb With An FHA Mortgage

Some borrowers read our previous blog posts on what you can and cannot purchase with an FHA home loan and want to know why you can’t buy an Airbnb with an FHA mortgage. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state clearly that FHA Single-Family Mortgages are intended for primary residences and that any non-residential use of the home must be “subordinate to” the residential nature of the property. HUD 4000.1 also includes instructions to the lender about other acceptable uses of the property including various prohibitions including whether or not you can rent unused portions of your home out to other people after buying it with the FHA loan. For those who are interested in renting to another person as a long-term resident, this is NOT a problem. FHA loan | more...

 
Homes You Can And Cannot Buy With An FHA Mortgage

Homes You Can And Cannot Buy With An FHA Mortgage

What kinds of homes can you purchase using an FHA mortgage loan? It does not matter whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced borrower, the FHA mortgage option (as well as FHA refinance loan options) are open to any financially-qualified borrower. Homes You Can Buy With An FHA Home Loan: Condominiums The FHA condo loan program was revised in 2019 to include the approval of qualifying individual condo units in projects not on the FHA approved list. That means that it is easier to find a purchase a condo unit with an FHA mortgage. Some believe condos to be closer to the luxury side of real estate buying, but condo units are popular, especially in larger metropolitan areas. The FHA loan program allows borrowers to purchase condo | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Rule Changes

FHA Condo Loan Rule Changes

The FHA and HUD announced changes to FHA condo loan approval policy in August of 2019, opening the program up to condo loans in condominium projects that have not been added to the FHA approved list. A Final Rule detailing the program changes was published, but in the interim between revising the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program handbook, HUD 4000.1, the FHA and HUD have published rules to manage the new rules. According to an FHA mortgagee letter published on the FHA official site, “FHA systems will be enhanced in the future to permit the issuance of case numbers in unapproved projects” basically from the time the final rule became effective (mid-August 2019) until the FHA and HUD rules and systems are fully updated with the new changes. What is | more...

 
Issues That Affect FHA Home Loan Approval

Issues That Affect FHA Home Loan Approval

There are some issues that can affect FHA home loan approval but don’t automatically mean the loan will be denied. Borrowers should be aware of the rules in the FHA single-family home loan handbook, HUD 4000.1 that tell a lender when more attention is needed for a specific loan application. For example, did you know there are two basic types of home loan approval processes? One is a more automated process that happens when the lender uses the Automated Underwriting System (AUS) to review the loan. AUS can be used for borrowers that don’t have certain complications with the loan; borrowers that do have certain issues with their application may find the lender is required to “downgrade” to a “manual” underwriting process that requires more scrutiny on the borrower’s financial | more...

 
The New FHA Condo Rules

The New FHA Condo Rules

The Department of Housing and Urban Development official site announced new FHA condo loan rules in August 2019 that make it easier to purchase a condo unit, especially for condo projects not added to the FHA approved list. October 15, 2019 is the start date for the new rules that allow FHA loan approval for mortgages to buy condo units in projects that are not on the FHA approved list. Not all condo units are eligible for this consideration, and the FHA and HUD have issued a list of “single unit approval” requirements that include the following as described on the HUD official site: The individual condominium unit must be located in a completed project that is not FHA-approved; Condo projects that have 10 or more units are limited to | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: A Q&A

FHA Home Loans: A Q&A

Q: What Kind Of Home Can I Buy With An FHA Mortgage? A: You can purchase a single-family home with as many as four living units. FHA home loans can be used to buy condos, mobile homes, town houses, mixed-use properties that are primarily residential (the borrower must live in the property), and manufactured homes. Q: Is Private Mortgage Insurance Required For FHA Mortgages? A: Private mortgage insurance is not required, but FHA borrowers will be required to pay a Mortgage Insurance Premium and an Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) as a part of the mortgage. The UFMIP is paid up front or financed in its’ entirety into the loan amount. The mortgage insurance premium each month is part of the borrower’s monthly payment. Q: Can I Buy A Home | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules For Second Residences

FHA Loan Rules For Second Residences

One thing you will read often about FHA single-family home loans? They are only intended for owner-occupied residences. So why do some borrowers hear of some homeowners being approved for FHA loans for a second house? There is a provision in HUD 4000.1 that allows an FHA mortgage for a “second” primary residence, as well as a provision for what the FHA and HUD term “secondary residences” under certain conditions. The FHA loan rules say secondary residences are defined as follows: “Secondary Residence refers to a dwelling that a Borrower occupies in addition to their Principal Residence, but less than a majority of the calendar year. A Secondary Residence does not include a Vacation Home. “ FHA loan approval may be possible for a secondary residence when the following applies: | more...

 
Why Consider An FHA 203k Rehab Loan

Why Consider An FHA 203k Rehab Loan

Why consider a 203k FHA Rehab Loan for buying or refinancing a property that needs repairs? For some the answer is simple. Some house hunters may be looking for a project home to customize. Others may be home owners who want to refinance to make upgrades and renovations to the home. The FHA 203k Rehab Loan and Refinance Loan option is a good one to explore. Some are tempted to make home improvements with a credit card rather than a mortgage or refinance loan; this might work for those who already own the home, but it’s important to compare the costs of financing such projects versus putting them on a credit card. Anyone who is house hunting and finds a property they like but won’t meet building code and/or minimum | more...

 
Four Questions About FHA Home Loans

Four Questions About FHA Home Loans

FHA home loans, like any other mortgage loan transaction, can seem complicated at first. Especially for first-time home buyers who have never applied for a mortgage before. What questions should you ask your lender about this process before you fill out loan paperwork? FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender: What Interest Rates Are Available To Me? FHA loan interest rates are determined by several factors, one of which being your credit score. Your lender will need to know your credit score or approximate credit score to give you an idea of the interest rates available to you, so make sure you bring that information to the lender before you ask. FHA Home Loan Questions: What’s The FHA Loan Limit For The Housing Market You Want To Buy Your | more...