January 24, 2022

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Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Using Military Pay To Qualify For An FHA Mortgage

Some house hunters have questions about the ability to be approved for an FHA mortgage using military benefits as qualifying income. What will a participating FHA lender consider and what will they reject? Much depends on the nature of the benefit and whether it is likely to continue. Why would currently serving military members or military veterans consider an FHA loan instead of using their zero-down VA home loan benefit? There are several reasons why the FHA loan might be a choice these buyers make–some might want to save their VA loan for a bigger home, or they may have already used their VA loan entitlement in an earlier purchase. To qualify for any home loan you need verifiable income. Military income is not a lump sum payment for services | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Home Loan Myths: 20 Percent Down Payments

Why do people still believe you MUST make a 20% downpayment on a home loan? Like other persistent home loan myths (including the one that holds that FHA mortgages are ONLY for first-time homebuyers), the 20% issue has been passed along to unsuspecting first-time home buyers for decades. What is the reality? FHA mortgages require 3.5% down at a minimum. That’s for borrowers who financially qualify with FHA and lender credit score requirements.  FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Lender’s Handbook, says that 580 or better is the FHA standard.  You will need to ask the lender you choose whether there are higher FICO score requirements with that financial institution. (There often are.) With conventional mortgages, 20% down is typically required for borrowers who want to avoid | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

Buying Your Very First Home With An FHA Mortgage

If you are buying your first home, published reports say you aren’t alone. In December of 2021, a Marketwatch article noted that in 2021, the number of first-time homebuyers increased from 31% to 34%. That information comes via the National Association of Realtors, which also notes that historically, some 40% of buyers have traditionally been first-timers. Do you need a first home or starter home? Those who buy with FHA mortgages are in a good position to buy thanks to lower down payment requirements–only 3.5% for those who financially qualify. Lower down payments can help in ways some don’t expect–such as having more money to pay closing costs and other expenses related to buying a home. Down payment assistance programs in your local area may be able to offset the | more...

 
New FHA Home Loan Guidelines Announced

Getting A Lower Monthly Payment With An FHA Mortgage

If you want a lower mortgage rate, refinancing your home loan can help if the interest rates offered to you at the time are more competitive than what you pay under the original home loan. Lower rates can result in lower monthly payments.  There are also options to refinance for the express purpose of getting a lower payment but for some, this issue is complicated by an option known as mortgage recasting. When you refinance, you apply for a new loan to replace the old one. The new loan may be for a shorter term or for the same number of years you committed to originally. If you refinance an FHA mortgage using an FHA Streamline Refinance loan, one of the benefits from doing so can be a lower monthly | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan In 2022

Do you want to buy a home in 2022? FHA home loan limits are higher in the new year and there are many different options to choose from with the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program. FHA loans are a popular option for borrowers–especially those who may be newcomers to the job market, those with thin credit or non-traditional credit, etc. When researching your home loan options you will learn that some lenders in your housing market may be participating FHA lenders who may also offer other loan options. This is an advantage as you can compare that lender’s options carefully to make the most informed decision about your mortgage. FHA Loan Downpayments FHA loans feature lower downpayments than you might expect, especially if you have heard the myth that you | more...

 
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FHA Loan Terms Defined

If you are new to the home loan process in 2022, there are some vocabulary terms you’ll want to know as you start to plan and save for your FHA home loan. As you start to research your mortgage options and talk to industry professionals, you’ll likely hear or read some technical terms that may be confusing..at first. The farther along you get in the home loan process, the more these new terms will start to become clear and make sense. Here are some of the terms you are likely to learn more about in the coming months. Comparables You may not experience this phrase in the earlier part of the home loan process but you may once you have found a property you want to buy.  A “comparable” is, | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

Things To Consider: FHA Loans In 2022

What do you need to know about home loans in 2022? There are a few things to keep in mind that may affect your planning and choices about a new mortgage or refi loan. Here are some issues to think about going into the new year: FHA Loan Limits Are Higher In 2022 FHA loan limits go up in most markets, but there are some areas where the limits may not necessarily change. Keep in mind that there are high-cost markets AND low-cost housing markets. \Depending on where you are house hunting the limits may be different than what you are used to–it’s a great idea to check the limits ahead of time to get an idea of what to expect. Interest Rates May Rise In 2022 With the Fed | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Income Rules

Qualifying For An FHA Loan Or Refinance Loan

FHA home loans and refinance loans feature similar requirements in terms of FICO scores, credit history, and responsible credit use. When you want to refinance a home loan, it’s smart to treat the process exactly the same as you did when you applied for your first mortgage where applicable. But not all borrowers have the luxury of taking a year or more to plan and save for the loan. Some must act quickly because their homes have been damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster, or they have a job-related relocation or some other issue that requires a faster approach to the loan. Some borrowers need a new purchase loan; a job relocation or an increase in family size may warrant buying a larger home.  Knowing the FHA loan policy | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

FHA Loan Applications In 2022

Are you one of the many house hunters planning on filling out FHA loan applications for 2022? Are you ready to apply? Here are some tips to help you determine how close you might be to the application stage of a new FHA mortgage. Credit Reports Do you know the contents of your credit reports? Do you know your FICO scores? If not, you’ll need some additional time before applying for your home loan to review your credit, see what the lender may see, and determine whether your credit history is free of errors or evidence of identity theft. If your credit report shows erroneous information or if you suspect identity theft based on questionable entries on your report, you will need additional time prior to your FHA loan application | more...

 
Gathering Your Home Loan Documents And Preparing For The Application

FHA Home Loans: Questions To Ask

If you are getting your finances in order and making plans to apply for an FHA home loan, there are some important questions you can ask your lender ahead of time to make your path to homeownership a smoother one. Some people, even when applying as new house hunters, have done enough research ahead of time to ask some of the right questions. But there are some home loan questions with answers that mean a lot more when combined with other information. What do we mean by this? It does not matter if you are looking for an FHA condo loan, a new construction loan, mobile home mortgage, etc. You will definitely want to ask the lenders you compare about interest rates and how much your loan will cost. The | more...