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On Buying A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

On Buying A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

First-time home buyers looking for a new home to buy with a mortgage loan might not know all of their options at the time they start looking, but everyone stars house hunting with their own set of assumptions-some are right, and some are not. Some assume that an FHA home loan is made specifically for first-time home buyers, but this is not true-any financially qualified borrower can apply and be approved for an FHA home loan for a mobile home, suburban home, duplex, even condos and multi-unit properties. You read that correctly, FHA home loans can help first-time home buyers purchase multi-unit homes. This is good for those anticipating family growth, and for those who are thinking about becoming landlords and getting income from the unused living units in the | more...

 
Home Renovation With An FHA Loan

Home Renovation With An FHA Loan

There are two kinds of home renovation projects; the ones you plan and the unexpected renovation you may need to do if there is a sudden problem in the home after purchasing it. An unexpected home renovation can be caused by many things that were not a factor at the time your home inspection was done; a water pipe can burst, a stove can prematurely stop working, or storm damage could cause a leak in your roof. Repair experts and contractors will be quick to point out that even a home that passes an inspection can develop such problems through no fault of the builder or seller. An unexpected home repair situation isn’t uncommon for home owners, so what’s a borrower to do when the need arises? You can fund | more...

 
How To Prepare For A New FHA Mortgage In 2019

How To Prepare For A New FHA Mortgage In 2019

Want to prepare for an FHA home loan in 2019? There are some important steps to take to get ready for your journey to home ownership. Some are financial, some are credit-related, and some pertain to the rates and terms you will be offered when you are ready to find a lender. Decide On Type Of Property You Want To Buy With An FHA Mortgage Condo loans are different than existing construction mortgage loans for typical suburban homes. This is also true of mobile home loans versus typical suburban homes. For example, a mobile home cannot be manufactured before June 15, 1976 or it cannot be considered for an FHA mortgage. There is no such age restriction on typical suburban houses or similar properties. And those who wish to have | more...

 
Are FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans The Only Option For Older Home Owners?

Are FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans The Only Option For Older Home Owners?

There are many kinds of homeowner; there’s the young couple just starting out looking for their first home, there are mid-career professionals who need to relocate or upsize their living conditions, and there are older home owners looking to cash in on equity they have worked hard to build up in the home. What kind of FHA loan options are open to the older home owner who wants to keep their home but cash in on the increased value of their property? FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans For Older Home Owners Before we start discussing the FHA cash-out refinance loan option for seniors, it’s important to point out that FHA cash-out refinance loans are for any financially qualified borrower; these loans are NOT restricted to older home owners. FHA cash-out refi | more...

 
FHA Cash Out Refinance In 2019

FHA Cash Out Refinance In 2019

There are many uses for an FHA cash-out refinance loan in 2019. Are you considering paying down student loan debt? Taking equity out of your home in cash for use to to home improvements, or to make a down payment on a new vehicle? FHA loan rules don’t restrict how you can use the funds from your cash out loan. FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans In 2019 Some borrowers may be concerned about the rising home loan interest rates of 2018, but interest rate trends go in cycles and some mortgage experts are looking to the new year for some corrections or a slowing of interest rates going up based on the notion that further increases might damage consumer confidence. That would encourage the Fed to avoid more rate hikes at | more...

 
Can I Refinance With An FHA Loan?

Can I Refinance With An FHA Loan?

Need to refinance your loan with an FHA mortgage? Depending on what type of property you are refinancing, you may be eligible for an FHA refinance loan for cash out, a rehab loan refi, or even an FHA-to-FHA Streamline refinance loan with no FHA-required credit check. One of the most important factors in determining if you can refinance with an FHA loan is the reason why you wish to refinance. Those who want to get a lower interest rate on an investment property, for example, would be ineligible to apply for an FHA Single Family Refinance Loan as these loans are restricted to owner/occupiers only. Those who want to switch from a conventional home loan to an FHA mortgage loan would be permitted to apply if they are using the | more...

 
FHA Cash Out Refinance In 2019

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 Loans And The 2019 Government Shutdown

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...