November 14, 2018

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Five Uses For FHA Refinance Loans

Five Uses For FHA Refinance Loans

Need to know your FHA refinance loan options? There are many good uses for an FHA refi loan including using cash-out refinance options to reduce existing debt or make a large future purchase to help with school, a job, etc. #5: FHA Refinance Loans Can Be Used To Get A Lower Interest Rate FHA interest rates are negotiated between borrower and lender. The rate you are offered with an FHA mortgage may be lower than conventional rates, so if you currently pay on a conventional mortgage it is a very good idea to ask a participating FHA lender how you may be able to get a better rate. Home loan interest rates offered to you are dependent in part on your credit, but don’t assume just because you have had | more...

 
Home Repairs With An FHA Loan

Home Repairs With An FHA Loan In 2019

Credit card use data from a company called Argus, and other studies indicate that as many as one in three home owners paid for home renovations in 2017 using a credit card. It’s estimated that more than $140 billion worth of home improvements were financed by credit card. Credit card interest rates vary, but if you’re paying more than 10% interest on that credit card and thinking about using one to finance your home repairs in 2019, you are likely paying too much in interest compared to an FHA home loan or refinance loan. What are the options with FHA mortgages and home repair? Can you apply for an FHA mortgage at a lower interest rate than your credit cards and get your home repairs accomplished without paying unnecessary interest? | more...

 
FHA Reverse Mortgage Policy Changes Explained

FHA Reverse Mortgage Policy Changes Explained

In a recent blog post we discussed recent changes to FHA Reverse Mortgage loan policies. Here are some explanations of some of those policy changes and how they affect mortgage loan processing for FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as reverse mortgages. Evidence of Current Hazard Insurance FHA reverse mortgages require the lender to verify the existence of hazard insurance where required and to make sure that insurance is current, not delinquent. According to the 2018 HECM policy updates, participating FHA lenders who issue reverse mortgages are now allowed to accept alternative documentation of hazard insurance: “In lieu of a current hazard insurance declaration page, HUD will accept a document from the hazard insurance provider (i.e., hazard insurance company underwriting the property and responsible for paying a claim) on | more...

 
Four Things To Check Before Refinancing Your Home Loan

Four Things To Check Before Refinancing Your Home Loan

What do you need to check before applying for an FHA refinance loan? There are some important areas to consider in the planning stages of your new loan that include interest rates, property values, and more. FHA Refinance Loans And Interest Rates Are you in a non-FHA loan hoping to get a lower interest rate through refinancing? Do an online search and you’ll find that lending websites indicate FHA home loans feature lower rates than conventional mortgages. The rates actually offered to you are contingent on your financial qualifications and how rates are performing at the time. It is very important to shop around for the best rates available to you. In certain times when rates are much lower, it may be tempting to wait or “float” to see if | more...

 
Advantages Of An FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan

Advantages Of An FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan

Do you know the advantages of an FHA cash-out refinance loan? There are several, especially if you are considering an FHA loan to get money to renovate your existing home. FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loans: Good For FHA and Non-FHA Mortgages FHA cash-out loans are for all mortgages, FHA or not. You can refinance a USDA, VA, conventional, existing FHA loan, etc. The rules to qualify are the same no matter what kind of home loan you wish to refinance, and the longer you have been making mortgage payments, the better. FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Funds Are Not Restricted The uses you put your cash-out refinance money towards is not restricted; you can use your cash out funds any way you see fit. That includes debt consolidation, vacations, and home repair. FHA | more...

 
FHA Announces Revisions To FHA Reverse Mortgage Policies

FHA Announces Revisions To FHA Reverse Mortgage Policies

The Federal Housing Administration has issued a press release with revised FHA requirements for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages. Effective immediately, when processing FHA Reverse Mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, alternative supporting documentation is permitted as an alternative to “previously required materials that, in many instances, delayed claim processing” according to the FHA official site. FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery is quoted in the press release saying that the rule changes would help keep the FHA Reverse Mortgage program on a “more financially viable path”. Montgomery says, “Streamlining the HECM claim payment process makes us more responsive to participating lenders…” FHA’s new HECM guidelines are intended to keep lenders from being “unduly burdened when seeking claims payments when the HECM reaches 98 percent of its maximum claim amount”. It | more...

 
Types Of FHA Mortgages: Refinance Loans

Types Of FHA Mortgages: Refinance Loans

FHA home loans come in both forward mortgages for purchasing homes but also refinance loan options. You can refinance a home with FHA cash-out loans, FHA Streamline loans, and Reverse Mortgages. The type of FHA refinance that’s right for you depends on your financial needs and goals, but there is a refinance loan option for most needs. Which one is right for you? FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans FHA cash-out refinancing is for any mortgage, FHA or non-FHA. You do not have to have an existing FHA mortgage to apply for an FHA cash-out refinance and you do not have to use the same lender that issued your original mortgage. Cash-out refinancing requires a new appraisal and the amount of cash back to you depends on how much of your new | more...

 
Lower Your Monthly Mortgage Payment

Lower Your Monthly Mortgage Payment

Do you need to lower your monthly mortgage payment? There are several FHA refinance loan options to help you do that, and depending on your financial needs and goals you may find that an FHA refinance is exactly what you need to get into that lower monthly obligation. Lower Mortgage Payments Before They Begin Some applying for an FHA home loan have the option of not financing certain up front costs such as the FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium. Any expense you add to the loan amount potentially increases your monthly payments. One of the best things you can do when looking for a new home loan is to try to avoid adding more funds to the loan amount if you do not need to. For some, it’s already too | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loan Credit Questions And Answers

FHA Refinance Loan Credit Questions And Answers

FHA refinance loans have a set of guidelines for credit scores and credit history-do you know what it takes to be approved for an FHA refinance loan? There are some common questions about FHA refinance loans where credit is concerned, knowing the answers may help you a great deal. What Kind Of Credit Scores Do I Need To Be Approved For An FHA Refinance Loan? In general, FHA loan requirements include a FICO score at 500 or better for some loans, 580 and higher for maximum financing. These are FHA minimum requirements and do not reflect lender standards, which may be higher. Refinance loans with cash out will require certain FICO score ranges (lender provided) that are key to getting maximum financing. You will need to ask the lender about | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: Should I Buy A House Or A Condo?

Sell Or Refinance With An FHA Loan?

Which is the better option? Sell your home, or refinance your mortgage loan with an FHA refinance loan? Your financial needs and goals will determine part of the answer to this question, the nature of the housing market and how much you still owe on your mortgage loan will help inform the answer, too. FHA Refinance Loan Options For Those Considering Selling Their Property You can sell the home you’re currently in, or refinance it with an FHA cash-out refinance loan or an FHA rehab loan if you want to use FHA mortgage loan funds to repair or remodel the property. Why refinance instead of sell? Some borrowers think about selling because they want to move into a larger home. Refinancing isn’t an option for these people…or is it? The | more...