October 16, 2019

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What Is Ahead For Home Loan Interest Rates?

What Is Ahead For Home Loan Interest Rates?

Last week, mortgage loan interest rates moved higher, reported as a significant increase after hitting lows not seen in some time. At one point in the earliest of October rate changes, mortgage rates went to multi-year lows, taking FHA mortgage loan interest rates below 3.50% for the most well-qualified borrowers. So what is ahead for FHA home loan interest rates? At the time of this writing, FHA rates for a 30-year fixed rate forward mortgage loan (for the most well-qualified applicants) are somewhere at or near 3.375%. Will this low-rate trend last? Is now the right time to buy or refinance a home? The answer depends on plenty of variables including your financial goals for the home–do you plan to stay in it long term or do you know you | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

Rising Equity And FHA Refinance Loans

With reports of rising equity in many housing markets over the last year, it makes sense for those with mortgages to consider an FHA refinance loan. If your financial goals include being able to pull the value of your home out in cash with an FHA refi, there are options to consider alongside the cash out refi loan that could make the difference when deciding which refinance loan is right for your needs. A CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Report reveals that in the last year, home equity in some markets went up nearly five percent since the second quarter of 2018. How much is that increase worth to the home owner? Nearly $5 thousand. Overall, the amount of money homes are worth increased nationwide in the last 12 calendar months to | 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...

 
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...

 
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...

 
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...

 
5 Uses For An FHA Mortgage Loan

5 Uses For An FHA Mortgage Loan

There are five good uses for an FHA home loan you should know about, especially if you are a first-time home buyer with no experience in applying for mortgage loans. The right kind of loan awaits you, but first it’s important to determine what the right loan for you might be based on your financial needs and goals. 5. Buy An Existing Home With An FHA Mortgage You can use an FHA mortgage to buy existing construction houses as long as they meet FHA minimum standards and local building code, are primarily residential in nature, and you plan to occupy the property as your home. These homes can be condo units, mobile homes, town homes, multi-unit properties (as many as four living units), or manufactured homes. 4. Buy A Fixer-Upper | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Your FHA Home Loan

What You Need To Know About Your FHA Home Loan

What you need to know about FHA home loans as a first-time home buyer includes the terms and conditions of your loan, how loan approval works, and what it takes to qualify for an FHA mortgage. Are you ready for your first home? Keep reading and make note of any areas that need addressing in order to get as close as possible to home loan approval before you fill out the forms. FHA Home Loans Require A Down Payment, But It’s A Low Downpayment FHA mortgage loans require a minimum 3.5% down payment for all new purchase transactions, construction loans, and rehab loans that are not applied for as disaster relief rehab loans (the FHA 203h loan). You may be required to pay five percent down or more on some | more...

 
Rising Equity And FHA Refinance Loans

Get Ready To Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Are you ready to buy a home? If you aren’t sure, there are some ways to know what’s left to be done before actually filling out the loan paperwork. Buying a home with an FHA loan is easier with some advance preparation and planning. Set A New Budget If you haven’t made a new budget that includes a potential mortgage payment, you should look into those numbers before you apply. You need to know how much your new house payment will affect your existing budget, and don’t forget to include extra funds for maintenance and upkeep of the home. You may need to factor in the cost of minor replacement needs, and you will also need to consider the initial outlay of cash that may be required (apart from the | more...