December 15, 2019

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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...

 
What is an FHA loan down payment?

Budgeting and Planning For Your FHA Loan

If you are planning to apply for an FHA loan soon and are still in the planning stages of that loan, there are some expenses you can anticipate and save up for. Some borrowers may be interested in financing some of the costs associated with a new loan, but paying them up front can help save money over time. Those who choose to pay these costs up front are often looking at their mortgage loan over the long term. Those who choose to finance certain expenses where permitted may be trying to save money up front. Whichever option you choose, it pays to be an informed borrower-even if you know in advance you want to finance certain expenses. FHA loans and refinance loans have different rules for what expenses can | more...

 

How Much Can I Borrow With An FHA Mortgage Loan?

One of the most common questions about FHA loans is, “How much can I borrow?” The answer to that question is a lot easier to get by using an online mortgage calculator to factor in the length or term of the loan, interest rate (estimated), estimated property taxes and other details. Some of the information you need to calculate how much you can borrow depends on circumstances. The interest rate, for example, is determined in part by what rates are on offer currently based on market conditions and other factors but also by your credit history and FICO scores. The better your FICO scores are, the better the interest rates. The borrower and the lender negotiate interest rates on FHA mortgages, they are not set or regulated by the FHA | more...

 

FHA Loan Rules For Manufactured Housing

Recently we wrote about HUD’s proposed rule changes for manufactured housing standards to exclude certain recreational vehicles from the same requirements as home manufactured as permanent living spaces. In light of that recent news, it’s a good idea to review FHA home loan rules for manufactured housing, mobile homes, etc. The first requirement for an FHA home loan on a manufactured home/mobile home is that the home must be classified as a single-family dwelling. It must be no less that 400 square feet and must end up being affixed to a permanent foundation. Other requirements include having a HUD Certification Label affixed or the home must have “obtained a letter of label verification issued on behalf of HUD, evidencing the house was constructed on or after June 15, 1976, in | more...

 
What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

FHA Loan Down Payment Requirements

A recent question in our comments section asked if the down payment for an FHA home loan could be financed, or does it need to come “out-of-pocket”. This is an important factor for FHA single family home loans as there is what the FHA describes as a “minimum cash investment” or down payment required that a potential FHA home loan applicant will need to budget for. That down payment is, at the bare minimum, 3.5% of the “adjusted value” of the property. This is stated in HUD 4000.1 which says specifically: “Minimum Required Investment (MRI) refers to the Borrowers contribution in cash or its equivalent required by Section 203(b)(9) of the National Housing Act, which represents at least 3.5 percent of the Adjusted Value of the Property.” This must be | more...

 

Apply For An FHA Loan In 2016

If you are considering any type of home loan in 2016, be sure to explore your options with FHA mortgages, refinancing, or reverse mortgages. FHA loans offer a variety of advantages over conventional mortgages including lower interest rates (based on your financial qualifications), built-in protections for the buyer, and more. FHA New Purchase Loans There are many options with an FHA mortgage for single-family homes. New purchase loans include the option to add extra funds to the loan for energy-efficient upgrades or improvements. You can also consider purchasing a fixer-upper using an FHA rehab loan where funds are made available to repair/upgrade the property to FHA minimum standards. The loans mentioned above are intended for owner-occupied residences and would be not be available for investment properties. An FHA new purchase | more...

 

FHA Loans For Mobile Home Lots? A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I never tried to get a loan for my mobile home, I’m currently $250 away from owning it. I went into a land contract with the lady who owns it now, well she didn’t tell me that the people who own the land want all 3 trailers moved off their land by summer, no specific date. Now the I moved into this trailer 04/2014, I’ve dealt with nothing but repairs out of my pocket…I’m a low income, unable to work 30 year old mother, I own a vehicle straight out, and my credit score is 580, is there a type of loan to help me pay to move my trailer, and buy land?” Let’s see what the FHA official site, FHA.gov, has to say about this reader | more...

 

FHA Loans For Manufactured Homes: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “My wife, 5 year old and I live in North Carolina with her parents b/c it simply costs too much to rent. Her parents purchased a manufactured home that is over 10 yrs old (1998) 3 years ago as well as the roughly 3/4 acre lot it sits on.” “The house itself does have a permanent foundation (Strapped or bolted to a PIP or masonry perimeter foundation, with no tow gear left in the crawl). They currently still owe significantly on the mortgage. I’ve been looking at the FHA sites out there for information but I haven’t learned an answer to my question. My question is, can my wife and I buy her parents house and land through a manufactured home loan when the house itself is | more...