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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 homeowner, | more...

 
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Rent Or Buy? FHA Loans Can Help You Own Your Home

Is it wiser to rent or to buy your home? For some borrowers, it makes more sense to make a mortgage payment than to commit to a monthly rental payment. These borrowers should definitely explore their FHA home loan options and compare the cost of renting to the costs of owning. FHA Loans Can Help You To Stop Paying Rent Buying your home with an FHA mortgage means no more waiting for the landlord to repair crucial areas of the home. Homeowners are free to schedule or make their own repairs or upgrades without having to wait for someone else to get around to scheduling those necessary appointments. Buying a home with an FHA mortgage means no more apartment hunting, paying application fees or security deposits, etc. FHA Mortgage Loans | more...

 
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Buying A Home In 2023

Are you making plans to buy a home with an FHA mortgage in the new year? Your timing might be better than you think; housing markets are cooling which may lead (over time) to lower prices, decreased demand for houses on the market, and more negotiating power for the buyer. But there are a few important questions. How long does the market improve before we see conditions begin to level off? There is no way to predict what might happen going forward, and it’s important to compare and ask lenders about what rates might do in the months leading up to your FHA loan application in 2023. It is unrealistic to expect your lender to be a fortune teller, nobody knows when home loan interest rates might recover closer to | more...

 
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New Mortgage Rules And Your FHA Home Loan

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has weighed in on certain mortgage lending practices with an eye on reform; in 2022 it moved to require lenders to enhance loan approval policies related to a type of mortgage known as bank statement lending. These are loans include rules that allow the lender to review the borrower’s bank statements as a source of income for the borrower. Bank statement mortgage loans are, according to the publication National Mortgage News, offered to about 100 thousand borrowers per year, worth up to $25 billion in loans. In October of 2022, CFPB revised its regulations for these mortgages. Lenders are now required by the CFPB to confirm the data on bank statements used to verify income.  Specifically, the lender is required to determine that the | more...

 
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Mandatory or Optional? FHA Home Loan Issues

What is mandatory and what is optional when you apply for an FHA home loan? You will find a lot of advice on the internet about buying a home. You can haggle over the home sale price, for example, and negotiate things like seller concessions. But what about the not-so-obvious details? What is required and what is not? Mortgage insurance on your FHA mortgage, for example, is mandatory. To a point. All FHA forward mortgages (also known as purchase loans) require you to pay for mortgage insurance on your FHA home loan each month. That said, it may not be mandatory for the full duration of the mortgage. That may depend on how much you put down and the term of the loan you may have the option to cancel | more...

 
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Buying A Home With An FHA Loan In 2023

The last weeks of the old year usually bring speculation about what the next year will bring, especially in terms of the economy and the real estate market. Housing market issues were a serious concern in 2022. In the wake of this year’s rising mortgage rates and house prices; what are finance blogs and market watchers saying about what’s next in 2023? Many finance websites report a general expectation that rates and house prices may improve in the new year.  But the degree of that improvement is what’s at issue. Some feel big changes are coming (compared to current conditions) while others feel those gains could be more modest. The National Association of Realtors are on record saying 2023 may see mortgage rates hover between 6% and 7%. There will | more...

 
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Do You Need A Co-Signer For An FHA Mortgage?

Some house hunters are worried they may not be able to qualify for a home loan on their own and feel the need to add a co-signer. Other borrowers are buying a home with someone else (often significant others or spouses) and need to have more than one name on the mortgage. FHA home loans (yes, refi loans too) allow one borrower or multiple borrowers. The key to understanding how loan approval works for an FHA mortgage is to remember that all parties to be obligated on the mortgage loan must be able to financially qualify. FHA Borrowers And Co-Borrowers FHA loan rules instruct the lender that to be considered eligible for an FHA home loan or refinance loan, “…all occupying and non-occupying Borrowers and co-Borrowers must take title to | more...

 
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Important Features To Consider When Shopping For A New Home

Are you new to house hunting? There are things to look for when considering homes to buy with an FHA mortgage. These are features that often may enhance the home and make it more efficient. Once you are used to shopping around for a home, you can establish a checklist to remind you as you review each property. Ceiling Fans Not all homes come with ceiling fans. Are you buying a home in a warmer or more humid climate? A lack of ceiling fans can be a drawback; homes that do not have them installed might have other issues such as mold or mildew, but this will depend greatly on how the individual house was maintained. Exterior Lighting Exterior lights can provide additional safety, and not just to prevent burglaries | more...

 
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Buying A Home When Interest Rates Are High

Are you considering your FHA home loan options? You aren’t alone if you’re considering the option of waiting to buy until mortgage rates drop from current highs. How high have the rates gone? In the closing days of October 2022, the New York Times reported interest rates hit the 7% range for the first time since 2002. Do you worry that such high rates are here to stay? You couldn’t be blamed for thinking it’s a safer bet to hold off on buying a home right now. The Fannie Mae Housing Forecast for 2022 includes the possibility that mortgage loan interest rates might settle into the four percent range sometime at or near the second quarter of 2023. If that becomes a reality, could we see an increase in interested | more...

 
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FHA Rehab Loans: The Limited 203(k) Option

FHA 203(k) rehab loans include an option for smaller, less ambitious rehab projects. Borrowers who want a home loan to do rehab or repair work but don’t want to do a large project might assume FHA loan funds are not available, but this is not true thanks to the FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan option. What Is The FHA Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan? HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, describes the FHA Limited 203(k) mortgage as being good for “minor remodeling and non-structural repairs”. The rules for this loan state that the total rehabilitation cost may not exceed $35,000. The good news? There is no minimum repair cost for this type of rehab loan. Ineligible Projects For FHA Limited 203(k) Mortgages HUD 4000.1 features a list of things 203(k) funds | more...