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FHA 203(k) Rehab Loans: What's A Contingency Reserve?

FHA 203(k) Rehab Loans: What’s A Contingency Reserve?

If you are interested in buying or refinancing a home to renovate with an FHA mortgage, the FHA 203(k) loan is a great place to start exploring your options. The FHA 203(k) rehab loan comes in two varieties-one for larger and more ambitious projects, and a smaller “limited” 203(k) that offers smaller loans for simpler repairs/renovations. The 203(k) loan involves hiring contractors and having work done according to both FHA home loan minimum standards, but also requires that the home be brought into compliance with applicable building codes. Lender standards, state law, and FHA home loan rules will affect how this transaction is conducted. One FHA requirement is the FHA rehab loan contingency reserve, which you can think of as a “rainy day fund” in case there are unexpected costs | more...

 
FHA Construction Loans And Other Government-Backed Mortgages

Why Do People Refinance Home Loans?

Why do people refinance home loans? The answers are diverse since there is more than one reason to refinance AND more than one application for an FHA refi loan. Refinancing To Get Lower Monthly Payments One powerful motivation to refinance is to get a lower mortgage payment each month. Existing FHA mortgages can be refinanced into FHA Streamline Refinancing mortgages, which feature no FHA-required new credit check or appraisal. Your lender may require a credit check and/or appraisal if lender requirements or circumstances warrant. Some Streamline Refinance loans have to include a new credit check if the borrower chooses add-ons to the loan that increase monthly payments over a certain threshold. FHA Streamline Refinance loans must generally result in a tangible benefit to the borrower including a lower payment. Non-FHA | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loan Myths

FHA Refinance Loan Myths

FHA refinance loan myths keep some potential borrowers from making a truly informed choice about what to do when it’s time to apply for a cash out refinance loan, reverse mortgage, or rehab loan. Know the facts before you decide! FHA Refinance Loans And Changing Lenders It’s a myth that you can’t refinance your home with a different financial institution than what you started with. You are not required to use your original lender when refinancing a mortgage loan. This is true regardless of whether your original mortgage is an FHA loan or not. Your original mortgage can be refinanced into an FHA loan even if it is a conventional mortgage or other type of non-FHA loan. You will be required to change lenders if your current mortgage is a | more...

 
FHA Refinance Home Loans: Getting Ready

FHA Refinance Home Loans: Getting Ready

Do you know what you need to get ready for an FHA refinance home loan application? There are several areas you can prepare in before it’s time to sign the loan application paperwork. Check Your Credit Reports-EARLY FHA refinance loans should be treated in the same way your original home loan application was handled in terms of checking credit, avoiding new lines of credit before and during the refinance loan process, and trying to lower your debt ratio before the application. Decide The Right Refi Loan For You Your preparations for the new loan may depend greatly on the type of FHA refinance loan you are looking for; cash-out, no cash out, Streamline Refinancing, rehab refi loan, etc. How are these loans different? There are too many aspects to discuss | more...

 
FHA home loan occupancy requirements

Streamline Refinance Loan Rules: Is Cash Back Permitted?

Do FHA Streamline Refinance Loans permit cash back to the borrower? Can you apply for “more” refinance loan than you need to pay off the original mortgage and take that cash at closing time? The FHA Streamline Refinance loan is for existing FHA mortgages; borrowers who have an FHA loan who want to refinance in order to get a financial benefit such as a lower payment, shorter loan term, or get out of an adjustable rate mortgage should consider this as an option. But is one of the financial benefits offered the ability to get cash back? FHA refinance loan options do include cash-out refinancing, intended for FHA and non-FHA loans alike. Let’s examine what the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, has to say about cash back to the borrower | more...

 
FHA Streamline Refinance Loans: Tangible Benefits

FHA Streamline Refinance Loans: Tangible Benefits

What are the tangible benefits of an FHA Streamline Refinance Loan? Believe it or not, that phrase is not just a clever way to say “Streamline refinance loans can help you lower your payments.” The phrase “tangible benefits” is found in the FHA loan handbook to describe an outcome of getting the loan. “Tangible benefits” means some distinct help for the FHA Streamline Refinance loan borrower in the form of a lower mortgage rate, a lower monthly payment, the ability to get into a fixed rate mortgage and out of an adjustable rate loan, etc. In most cases an FHA Streamline refi is meant to give the borrower one or more of these benefits. In fact, HUD 4000.1 has specific instructions to the lender on this issue; “The Mortgagee must | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loan Myths

More FHA Refinance Loan Tips

There are many FHA refinance loan tips you should know when planning and saving for your new loan. Refinance loans guaranteed by the FHA feature fixed or adjustable rates, can offer cash back to the borrower, and also come as a no cash-out option for both FHA and non-FHA mortgages. FHA Refinance Loans Have No Down Payment, But Do Have Closing Costs You won’t make a down payment on an FHA refinance loan, but there are associated closing costs with the loan you will need to budget and save up for. The LTV for an FHA refinance loan varies depending on the type of refinancing you seek; talk to your lender about the expenses associated with your refinance loan so you can save accordingly. FHA Loans Do Not Require Private | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loan Top Five Tips

FHA Refinance Loan Top Five Tips

There are many things you’ll need to know if you are applying for an FHA refinance loan for the first time. Do you know what your options are to refinance? If you have an existing FHA or non-FHA loan, it is possible to refinance into an FHA mortgage with a fixed or adjustable rate, with cash back to the borrower or without cash back. Your refinance loan options are more diverse than you might think. 5. Refinance Your Home Loan With Your Current Lender OR Find A New Financial Institution Refinancing into an FHA mortgage does NOT require you to stay with your current bank. Any participating lender willing to work with you can process your FHA refinance loan paperwork. You are not required to use the original lender to | more...

 
Reasons To Refinance With An FHA Mortgage

Reasons To Refinance With An FHA Mortgage

Reasons to refinance your home loan with an FHA mortgage vary as much as the types of homes you can purchase with an FHA loan. Is now the right time to examine your refi loan options and start planning for your new loan? You might be ready for an FHA refinance option if one or more of the following applies to you. Refinance Loans For Those Who Want A Lower Interest Rate Depending on the nature of your original home loan, FHA refi loans could help you save money over the lifetime of your mortgage loan with lower interest rates. One thing that’s easy to overlook about the interest rate options available with FHA loans; what you are offered will depend at least in part on FICO scores and other | more...

 
The One Time Close Loan: VA, FHA, And USDA Options

FHA Streamline Refinance Loan Rules: Credit, Occupancy

FHA Streamline refinance loan rules for credit, occupancy, and more are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook. FHA Streamline refinancing is for borrowers who have existing FHA mortgages and want to apply to refinance into a lower mortgage rate, a lower monthly payment, or into a fixed rate FHA mortgage out of an adjustable rate FHA loan. FHA Streamline Refinance loans have no FHA-required credit check or appraisal. Your participating lender may require one anyway, but you’ll need to discuss those issues with a loan officer. The rules in HUD 4000.1 begin by stating what kinds of property can be refinanced with an FHA Streamline loan. “Streamline Refinances may be used for Principal Residences, HUD-approved Secondary Residences, or non-owner occupied Properties.” The lender is required to verify occupancy | more...