June 21, 2018

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FHA loans for investment properties

FHA Loan Rules For Investment Properties

Admittedly, the title, “FHA Loan Rules For Investment Properties” might sound a little misleading; the FHA lender’s handbook HUD 4000.1 states clearly on page 142, “Investment Properties are not eligible for FHA insurance.” But what is the FHA definition of an investment property? The answer to that question is twofold-to understand what constitutes an investment property, we have to examine what is NOT an investment. What is the type of home loan the FHA does guarantee? FHA mortgages are primarily for owner-occupiers. At least one borrower obligated on the mortgage must live in the home as her permanent, principal residence within a reasonable time after the loan closes. In some cases, FHA loan rules make provisions for borrowers who want to use an FHA loan for a secondary residence, but | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules: Can The Seller Provide Appliances As Part Of The Sale?

Do You Need An FHA Home Loan?

Do you need an FHA home loan? There are many mortgage loan options on the market, do you know what makes an FHA mortgage a potential advantage as a home buyer? FHA Home Loans Have More Forgiving Credit Requirements FHA mortgages have minimum FICO scores and credit history requirements that can be more forgiving than their conventional loan counterparts. Lender standards will also apply, but the FHA-proscribed minimums allow the lender greater flexibility to consider loan approval. FHA Loans Have Lower Down Payment Requirements 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property for new purchase loans on existing construction homes is quite appealing for many borrowers who can’t afford 20% down for some conventional loans. FHA One Time Close construction loans also require a 3.5% down payment for properties built | more...

 
FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Credit Tips

What You Should Know About FHA Loans And Lender Standards

What you should know about FHA home loans and lender standards includes the basic concept that FHA loan minimums are not the only rules that affect your home loan transaction whether it’s a One Time Close construction loan, a reverse mortgage, or even a cash-out refinance. FHA loan rules are not designed to address any and all possible scenarios when dealing with a home loan application. FHA loan rulebooks do not include the state/municipal guidelines and requirements for every housing market. FHA mortgage loan rules in HUD 4000.1 provide some leeway and flexibility for the lender to interpret the rules in light of lender requirements-as long as those requirements are in accordance with federal law and FHA guidelines. And then there’s state law, local building code requirements, and local ordinances | more...

 
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...

 
FHA Home Loans: Facts You Should Know Before You Buy

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...

 
Do You Suffer From Home Loan Anxiety?

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...