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FHA 203(k) Fixer-Upper Loans: What About The Appraisal?

FHA 203(k) Fixer-Upper Loans: What About The Appraisal?

When you buy a home with an FHA mortgage, it must be appraised to insure the property meets minimum FHA standards. A home to be purchased with an FHA mortgage must be code-compliant, it must not be too close to high voltage lines or high pressure gas pipelines, and there are specific requirements for property located near know natural disaster zones. All of these requirements protect buyers and lenders alike, but there are certain instances where a property would never pass the FHA appraisal, yet borrowers seek mortgage loans for these properties anyway. Consider the borrower who needs a home loan to do rehab or repair work on an existing structure that badly needs it. And what about the borrower who wants to purchase a fixer-upper home, or a property | more...

 
How much can I borrow with an FHA refinance loan?

How Much Can I Borrow With An FHA Refinance Loan?

How much can I borrow with an FHA refinance loan? There are many reasons why a borrower might need to know early in the planning stages how much might be allowed, and knowing the FHA loan rules in this area can definitely help save time before you apply for the loan. Knowing what kind of refinance loan you might need is a big help in answering the question. Why? Because the actual dollar amount for some FHA refi loans may vary for the same property depending on circumstances. The amount of an FHA rehab loan, for example, will be higher since there are laborers and materials to be paid for, inspections, etc. The same home that gets an FHA Streamline Refinance loan instead might have a lower dollar amount depending | more...

 
Why should I refinance with an FHA mortgage loan?

Why Should I Refinance With An FHA Mortgage?

Why should I refinance with an FHA mortgage loan? Many ask themselves this, and often times the answer is good news; lower interest rates, the ability to refinance into a fixed rate loan from an adjustable rate mortgage, or lower mortgage payments. But there are also some FHA refi options for those who need to recover from natural disasters, or who want to rehab their property. Typical FHA Refinance Loan Options Borrowers with existing FHA mortgages have a full range of options including FHA Cash-out Refinance loans, FHA Streamline Refinance loans which can help with lower interest rates and mortgage payments, FHA no cash-out loans, and even reverse mortgages (for qualified borrowers aged 62 or older). Those with non-FHA mortgages may also refinance using cash-out or FHA no cash-out, options. | more...

 
What is an FHA Short Refinance?

When Can I Refinance An FHA Loan? FHA Short Refinance

In our last blog post, we discussed when a borrower is permitted to refinance a home loan using an FHA mortgage. But there’s one area not covered by the rules on refinancing with cash out or with no-cash out FHA refinancing. What about borrowers who are underwater on non-FHA mortgages, sitting in what in what is known by mortgage professionals as a “negative equity position”? Is there any help for these home owners? According to HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, there is a program called the FHA Short Refi, which “allows the Mortgagee to refinance a non FHA-insured Mortgage in which the Borrower is in a negative equity position”. That could be good news for some who badly need to get back on the road to building equity once | more...

 
Why should I refinance with an FHA mortgage loan?

When Can I Refinance An FHA Loan?

When can I refinance an FHA loan? That is a common question, and one that is addressed in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1. There are rules that govern how and when you can refinance your home loan and those rules will vary depending on the type of refinance loan you seek. Most FHA home loans, including refinance loans and even reverse mortgages, require occupancy as a condition of loan approval. In the case of FHA cash-out refi loans, that occupancy is required for at least one year prior to the new loan. From HUD 4000.1: “Cash-out refinance transactions are only permitted on owner-occupied Principal Residences. The Property securing the cash-out refinance must have been owned and occupied by the Borrower as their Principal Residence for the 12 months prior | more...

 
Where Can I Refinance An FHA Loan? Part Two

Where Can I Refinance An FHA Loan? Part Two

Where can I refinance an FHA loan? We’ve been exploring FHA refinance topics in recent blog posts, and this common question is definitely an important one. Why? Because depending on your refinance needs, you may need to shop around for a lender who will offer the type of loan best for your financial goals and needs. FHA refinance loans for existing FHA mortgages are sometimes referred to as “FHA-to-FHA refinancing”, which simply means that you’re going from one FHA loan to another. One misconception about refinance loans is that you would need to stay with the original lender in order to refi FHA-to-FHA, but this is not true. You are free to shop around for a new participating FHA lender to refinance your mortgage. You are also free to explore | more...

 
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What Is An FHA Streamline Refinance Loan? Part Two

We have been discussing the question, “What is an FHA Streamline Refinance loan?” In our previous blog post on this subject we discussed what FHA Streamline Refinance loans are, including the fact that they are intended only for FHA-to-FHA transactions only, and have no FHA-required credit check. FHA Streamline refinance loans also generally require the borrower to get a lower payment, lower interest rate, or get into a fixed rate loan from an adjustable rate mortgage. There are some exceptions to this which you can discuss with your lender. Those are some of the basics about what FHA Streamline refi loans are. But there is also a list of things that streamline refinances are NOT. These loans don’t permit the same things that FHA cash-out refinance loans do. FHA Streamline | more...

 
Can I Get A Second FHA Appraisal?

What Is An FHA Streamline Refinance Loan?

What is an FHA streamline refinance loan? This type of refinance loan option is intended for borrowers who have existing FHA mortgages and want to refinance into a lower interest rate or monthly payment. Streamline refinance loans allow the borrower to apply with no FHA-required appraisal or credit check. Your lender may require one or both, but the FHA allows the option to apply without such requirements. That’s a unique feature-FHA streamline refi loans allow the lender to use the borrower’s existing credit and appraisal data to approve the loan. This type of borrowing can be a major advantage for the home owner who has financial goals that include lower monthly payments. How Streamline Refinance Loans Work The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, describes streamline refinancing as follows: “Streamline Refinance | more...

 
What should I know about FHA appraisals?

Who Can Refinance An FHA Loan? Requirements You Should Know

Who Can Refinance An FHA Loan? We’ve been examining that question recently and according to HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, at least one borrower on the FHA refinance loan transaction must have legal title to the property. Under a section titled, “Borrower Eligibility”, we learn: “At least one Borrower on the refinancing Mortgage must hold title to the Property being refinanced prior to case number assignment.” But there is also, depending on the nature of the home to be refinanced, a requirement on the property type itself. HUD 4000.1 states: “For a transaction involving a Manufactured Home to be considered a refinance, the Manufactured Home must have been permanently erected on a site for more than twelve months prior to case number assignment.” What are some other FHA refinance | more...

 
How Do You Refinance An FHA Loan?

How Do You Refinance An FHA Loan? FHA Refi Options

How do you refinance an FHA loan? In our last blog post on this subject, we discussed the need to determine your financial needs and goals before examining the different types of FHA refinance loan options. Are you planning to stay in your home for the duration of the loan? Do you need to sell long before then? The answers to those questions will help determine which refi loan is right for you. But what ARE those options? FHA Cash-Out and No Cash Out Refinance Loans Borrowers who have existing FHA mortgages or even non-FHA home loans can refinance with either FHA Cash-Out refinancing or a no-cash version of the same. Cash out refinance loans permit the borrower to get money back on the transaction. Basically once your original mortgage | more...