October 17, 2017

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Can I buy a manufactured home with an FHA loan?

Can I Buy A Manufactured Home With An FHA Mortgage?

Can I buy a manufactured home with an FHA loan? That is a question on the minds of many who are interested in purchasing a mobile home or manufactured home. What are the FHA loan rules for these properties? For starters, It IS possible to buy a mobile home or manufactured home using an FHA mortgage. Not all participating FHA lenders offer these loans (that’s up to the discretion of the lender) so you will need to find a lender who offers this type of FHA mortgage. Secondly, the homes themselves must meet FHA loan standards and other requirements in order to qualify for the mortgage. What are the FHA loan rules for mobile and manufactured home loans? One of the most basic areas addressed in the FHA loan handbook | more...

 

Getting Ready For An FHA Mortgage Loan

Getting ready for an FHA mortgage loan doesn’t just mean checking your credit report and FICO scores, saving up money for a down payment, and reducing your debt-to-income ratio. It also means making important choices about your home and mortgage needs. Some of these choices may need to be made early in the preparation stage, others may come later depending on the type of home you decide to buy. Are you ready for an FHA mortgage loan? Type Of Home Believe it or not, the nature of the property you buy with your FHA mortgage loan could affect the type of home loan you apply for. A typical suburban home isn’t the same as a mobile home or a condo. The loans for a condo or manufactured home have different | more...

 

Maximum Loan Amounts For FHA Loans

What are the FHA loan rules for maximum loan amounts? The rules for loan amounts are found in the FHA single family home loan rule book, HUD 4000.1 has answers, starting with this from page 155: “A Mortgage that is to be insured by FHA cannot exceed the Nationwide Mortgage Limits, the nationwide area mortgage limit, or the maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. The maximum LTV ratios vary depending upon the type of Borrower, type of transaction (purchase or refinance), program type, and stage of construction.” Borrowers sometimes wonder if they can apply for a home loan for more than the purchase price of the home. The answer to such questions depends greatly on what the extra money is to be used for. For forward mortgages and refinance loans alike, FHA | more...

 

FHA Appraisals: A Reader Question

This week in our comments section, a reader asked us a question about how certain aspects of FHA appraisals work. “I am pre-approved for a FHA loan, and lucked into having an estate offered to me before they list with a realtor, at a fantastic price! Problem is, it is 6 acres with an older mobile home…it was built in 1977, so meets the age requirement barely, but I have heard many different explanations as to what qualifies it as ‘permanent’, or ‘tied to the land’.” “It cannot be moved, has had permanent additions on foundations attached, and a complete roof addition over all of it, so certainly cannot be moved, and is in REALLY great condition. However, the title has NOT been retired for itso my question is, can | more...

 

FHA Home Loans: General Rules

FHA home loans are unique compared to conventional loans due to the lower down payment and more forgiving credit requirements. There are some basic rules governing FHA mortgage loans you should know about going into the process; keeping these in mind will save time and help you better prepare for the loan. One of the key issues for FHA mortgages is the location of the home. According to HUD 4000.1, “The Property must be located within the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa.” That’s a very basic requirement, but FHA loan rules do get more specific from there. A property must be situated in a reasonable owner-friendly location. For example: “The Mortgagee must determine if a Property is located | more...

 
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FHA Home Loans: A Variety Of Options

There are many different types of real estate available to purchase or refinance with an FHA single family home loan. Did you know that FHA loans are not limited to traditional suburban-type housing? The options you have are as diverse as the kinds of real estate you might consider purchasing. For example, while an existing construction suburban home is definitely an option with FHA loans, you can also consider a new construction home. The difference between new construction and existing construction can be technical; new construction properties have generally been completed for a year or less and have never had an owner. So while you may not be interested in a “build-to-suit” new construction loan, you may be able to get a new construction loan for a property that is | more...

 

FHA Home Loan Questions: Mobile Home/Manufactured Home Foundations

We have not one, but two questions in our comments section recently about mobile homes/manufactured homes. Here’s the first: “We had our modular home purged when we ref in 1997. It was required to have tie downs installed when it was refinanced. We are now selling our property and now the lender is requiring that different tie downs need to be done. Is there a clause grandfathered in any tie downs prior to 2001 excludes this update to the old tie downs?” The problem with answering this question is that lender standards, plus state/local building code would definitely apply. It’s not clear what the reader is asking when discussing the “grandfather clause”. Is that in reference to HUD 4000.1 rules governing FHA loans for manufactured homes? Or is that in | more...

 

Conventional Loans Versus FHA Mortgages

What’s the major difference between FHA mortgage loans and conventional loans? Actually there are several, but the first and most basic difference is that an FHA mortgage is guaranteed by the government, where a conventional loan is not. The government’s backing of an FHA mortgage makes the loan less of a risk to the financial institution offering you a line of credit to purchase your home. And because the loan is backed by the government, FHA mortgages feature lower down payment requirements than many conventional mortgages. You may find conventional loans requiring 10 or even 20 percent down, where an FHA mortgage for qualified borrowers with FICO scores at 580 or above may qualify for maximum financing. That means a down payment requirement of only 3.5% of the adjusted value | more...

 
What Is A New Construction FHA Home Loan Compared To Existing Construction Loans?

FHA Loans Versus Conventional Loans

Here’s the Scoop on Conventional Loans from FHA.com on Vimeo. What are the differences between FHA home loans and conventional loans? There are several, some features of mortgage loans can vary depending on the lender, and state law may also affect how your home loan is handled depending on circumstances, but there are a few very important general differences to keep in mind when comparing FHA loans to conventional loans. The first difference is the basic nature of the loan itself. Conventional loans are not backed by the government, unlike FHA home loans where the FHA guarantees a portion of the loan to make it more attractive to the lender to issue credit. In the event that a borrower defaults on an FHA loan, the lender and the FHA have | more...

 

FHA Loan Tools

If you are in the planning stages of a new home loan, there are plenty of FHA loan tools you can use to help you prepare. The planning stage of your new home loan is just as important as the house hunting, home inspection, and negotiation stages. Do you have the right tools to get started? FHA Loan Limits Knowing how much loan the FHA guarantees in your area is an important part of the process. FHA loan limits are not the absolute maximum you can borrow, but getting a bigger home loan above and beyond those limits may require you to work with a loan officer to determine what you need to do to apply for a “Jumbo Loan”. Learn what the FHA loan guaranty limit for your area | more...