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More FHA loan options for new and returning borrowers

More FHA Home Loan Options For New And Returning Borrowers

In our last blog post we discussed some basic FHA home loan options for those who want to buy or refinance a home. More FHA loan options for new and returning borrowers alike include FHA fixed-rate and adjustable rate financing, FHA condo loans, and more. FHA Home Loan Interest Rate Options FHA home loan interest rate options are not the same at all participating lenders. Depending on both your own personal financial qualifications and lender requirements, it may be possible to apply for a fixed rate 15-year or 30-year mortgage, or for an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) in the same terms. All FHA loans are generally required to amortize within the terms of the loan agreement and FHA loan rules. At the time of this writing, HUD 4000.1 states, | more...

 
Do you know what type of FHA home loan you need?

Do You Know What Kind Of FHA Home Loan You Need?

Do you know what type of FHA home loan you need? There are many options with an FHA mortgage and not all of them involve purchasing a new home; you can apply for FHA rehab loans, FHA refinance loans, even an FHA reverse mortgage for qualified borrowers aged 62 or older. FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans For Building A New Home FHA loans do not require you to purchase property that has already been built; did you know there’s an FHA construction loan option that features only one loan application and closing date? Many participating lenders offer FHA One-Time Close construction loans; for those who financially qualify this allows you to have a house built for you from the ground up. You may find some lenders willing (or unwilling) to | more...

 
Top Questions About Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Top Questions About Buying A Home With An FHA Loan

What are your top questions about buying a home with an FHA home loan? For some it’s about how much the loan will cost month-to-month, while for others the issue of the loan’s long-term cost are an issue. If you aren’t sure how the FHA home loan program works, you’ll definitely want to read on. What You Can Buy With An FHA Mortgage In general, FHA home loans are for owner/occupiers who want to buy a home to use as their primary residence. You can buy a property with as many as four units as long as it meets FHA minimum standards and you are financially qualified for the mortgage loan. FHA loan applicants may apply for any type of FHA loan offered by a participating lender including mobile home | more...

 
More FHA loan options for new and returning borrowers

FHA Home Loan Fact And Fiction

FHA home loan fact and fiction; do you know what’s true and what’s not about your FHA home loan options? There are plenty of misconceptions about getting an FHA home loan including the all-time number one-the idea that FHA loans are ONLY for first-time home buyers. That is definitely NOT true. FHA loans are for any financially qualified borrower regardless of their previous home ownership status. FHA home loan fictions also include the idea that you can only purchase a typical suburban home with an FHA mortgage; this is also not true as FHA loans can be approved for mobile homes, condo units, mixed-use property that is primarily residential, town homes, and multi-unit homes. The truth about FHA home loans is that borrowers are allowed to buy “real property” with | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans: The Limited 203(k) Option

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...

 
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...

 
FHA Home Loan Options: Build, Buy, Or Rehab

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...

 
Switching FHA Lenders, Part 2

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...

 
FHA Home Loan Options: Build, Buy, Or Rehab

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...