December 5, 2020

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2021 HECM Loan Limits

2021 FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Loan Limits

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published FHA loan limits for the FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan program for 2021. Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as FHA Reverse Mortgages, are offered to financially qualified borrowers age 62 or older who either own their homes outright or are very close to doing so. FHA HECM loans feature no monthly payments; the borrower receives cash from the loan based on terms negotiated with the participating lender; the loan is normally due when the borrower dies or sells the home. The loan may also be declared due in full if the borrower quits using the property secured by the HECM loan as their primary address. Borrowers are required to use escrow to pay property taxes and must follow | more...

 
FHA Refinance Options

Prepare Now For Your Refinance Loan In 2021

Are you excited by the historic low interest rates that happened in 2020 and have your eye on a refinance loan in the new year come 2021? Do you need a lower mortgage payment? Perhaps you would like a lower interest rate on your current home loan? Some borrowers have different needs–some feel stuck in adjustable rate mortgages and want to refinance into a fixed-rate mortgage loan instead. These scenarios can be addressed with an FHA refinance loan and if you’re thinking about applying in 2021 its best to become as familiar as you can with the types of refinance options open to you when it’s time to refinance a non-FHA mortgage or an existing FHA home loan. Consider An FHA Refinance Loan In 2021 The same kinds of preparations | more...

 
Reasons To Refinance

Reasons To Refinance

There are good reasons to refinance your mortgage, and there are reasons that aren’t advisable. What do you want to accomplish with your refinance loan? Borrowers looking for cash out might list that as the primary reason but what you plan to do with that cash could be just as important as the home loan itself. There are many reasons to consider refinancing your home loan with an FHA refi loan. One is to get into a lower interest rate–whether you have an existing FHA mortgage or a non-FHA loan, you can refinance into an FHA loan with the goal of getting a lower rate. It’s a very good idea to let your participating FHA lender know the specific reason you want to apply for refinancing. If getting a lower | more...

 
HUD Announces Changes To Exterior-Only Appraisal Guidelines For FHA Purchase Loans

HUD Announces Changes To Exterior-Only Appraisal Guidelines For FHA Purchase Loans

When the FHA and HUD began adjusting policies to accommodate social distancing requirements meant to mitigate COVID-19, one of the measures it started was the use of desktop-only and exterior-only appraisals. This meant that an FHA appraiser conducting a home inspection was no longer required (temporarily) to step into the home to perform the appraisal. The appraisal could be accomplished in person from the exterior only (hence the name of the “exterior-only” appraisal) or by using a computer in a desktop-only type of review of the property. These measures were meant to be strictly temporary and had expiration dates when these modifications to FHA policy would expire. But later, the FHA and HUD decided to extend the deadlines in light of the fact that coronavirus emergency did not abate in | more...

 
Why did my mortgage payment increase

Why Did My Mortgage Payment Increase?

Some borrowers discover their monthly mortgage payment has gone up and wonder why. Regardless of whether your home loan is an FHA mortgage, a VA home loan, or a conventional mortgage, there are reasons why you might have experienced an increase in your monthly mortgage payment amount. If you see changes in your mortgage payment that you don’t recognize or understand, the first thing you should do is to reach out to your loan servicer to get more information. Don’t simply accept the change if you don’t understand why it happened; consumer advocacy groups such as the government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remind home owners that sometimes a change in your mortgage payment could be a simple mistake by the lender and one that could be immediately addressed with a | more...

 
FHA Loan Questions: Eligible Property Types

FHA Loan Questions: Eligible Property Types

There are some common questions about what is permitted with an FHA mortgage and what is not permitted. All borrowers should make the most fully informed decision about buying a home possible–know your options before you apply! Remember that there’s not one catch-all loan for all property types–there are different FHA home loan products for different property types. Can I Use An FHA Loan To Buy A Condo Unit? The short answer is yes, but FHA condo loans are allowed when the condo unit is on (or added to) a list of FHA approved condo projects. Once that requirement has been verified, the condo must also meet FHA minimum standards and local building code. The condo project must not require the FHA borrower to agree to restrictive covenants that limit | more...

 
Cash out refinancing

FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Questions And Answers

Do you know what to expect when you want to refinance your mortgage in order to cash in on the value of your home? Are you wondering how much money will you get in cash at closing time? These and other questions are important–knowing the answers before you commit or at least knowing how to arrive at those answers is crucial before you commit to the refi loan. Here are some common questions about FHA Cash-Out Refinancing loan options you should know: Do FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans Cost The Same In All Housing Markets? The short answer is no, and the reason for this is that all housing markets differ, lender standards differ, and your own personal needs and goals may affect the type of transaction you need. For those | more...

 
FHA loans

The FHA Refinance Loan

Mortgage loan interest rates have, at the time of this writing in October 2020, been hovering at or near historic lows, though in recent days FHA mortgage loan interest rates have moved out of the two percent range and into the three percent zone. Many watched mortgage rates dip below that three percent zone and there were plenty of home owners interested in taking advantage of those low rates to refinance their mortgages. There are many reasons to consider refinancing including saving money over the lifetime of the loan by paying a lower interest rate and/or getting into a lower monthly mortgage payment. If you are ready to commit to a refinance loan, you have multiple options to refinance out of a conventional loan or other non-FHA mortgage. You can | more...

 
FHA disaster relief changes

FHA Refinance Loans For Home Improvements

FHA refinance loan options include the ability to apply for a refi loan to do home improvements–a very important option for those with existing FHA mortgages or non-FHA loans alike. How can FHA refinance loans help a borrower make upgrades or improvements? There’s more than one way to approach the refinance loan question if you want a refi AND funds to perform approved upgrades or remodeling to your house. Participating FHA lenders may offer a range of FHA loan products that can help in this area including the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM), and FHA Rehab loans. Most of these options will require the borrower to work more closely with the lender to determine what may be funded using FHA refinance loans, but many projects are possible. For FHA | more...

 
Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

FHA Refinance Loan Tips

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many borrowers took advantage of foreclosure moratoriums and other financial relief measures to save their homes from going into mortgage default. Other borrowers may choose to explore their refinancing options to get a lower interest rate or other advantages that can help them financially over the long term. If you are thinking about a refinance loan, there are some tips you should know that can help you make the most informed choice about refinancing. Remember that there are many different options if you want to refinance a home loan. Cash-out refinancing is one option, borrowers can also select no cash-out versions and a borrower with an existing FHA mortgage may find a benefit using something called the FHA Streamline Refinance, which has no FHA-required appraisal or | more...