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Need To Fix Your Credit Before Your FHA Home Loan?

Do you need to work on your credit before applying for an FHA home loan? If you are worried that your FICO scores or credit history might not be good enough to be approved for a home loan, keep reading. Prepare For Your FHA Home Loan Application As Early As Possible One of the most important things you can do to start working on credit repair or just getting ready for the home loan in general is to start looking at your credit reports as early as possible. It will take time to improve a credit rating and credit history-do not delay! The earlier you start working on your credit issues, the better off you will be at loan application time. Work On Your Credit Yourself Yes, you can pay | more...

FHA Home Loan Rules For Sellers

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...

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FHA Short Refi Loans in 2017?

HUD 4000.1 is the FHA single family home loan rule book. Whether you are purchasing a suburban home, a condo unit, or a mobile home with an FHA mortgage, the rules in HUD 4000.1 pertain to your FHA loan transaction. This set of rules also includes guidance on FHA refinancing loans including a program known as an FHA short refi loan, also called “Refinance of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions Program”. This program, according to HUD 4000.1, “allows the Mortgagee to refinance a non FHA-insured Mortgage in which the Borrower is in a negative equity position”. That’s commonly known as being “underwater” on a home loan. An FHA short refi requires the lender to “write off at least 10 percent of the unpaid principal balance”. The borrower must be in | more...


FHA Mortgage Loan Limits For New Purchase Loans And Refinance Loans

We’ve gotten some questions recently about FHA mortgage loan amounts, so it seemed like a good time to post the FHA loan rules found in HUD 4000.1 about how maximum loan amounts are calculated. There are FHA loan guaranty limits and FHA mortgage loan amounts–the two shouldn’t be confused as FHA mortgage loan guaranty limits refer to the amount of money the FHA will guarantee for the loan, whereas the maximum loan amount is the highest amount for a specific transaction that the lender/FHA loan rules will allow. FHA loan rules say the maximum can be affected by the type of transaction. You can find the FHA maximum guaranty amounts for your housing market at the FHA official site: https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/hicostlook.cfm. HUD 4000.1 says of maximum loan amounts: “A Mortgage that | more...


FHA Refinance Loan Facts And Fictions

If you are thinking about your refinance loan options in 2016, now is a good time to review some FHA refi facts. Planning for an FHA refinance loan is important, and if you start early the same way as preparing for the original purchase of your loan you may save yourself valuable time later on in the process. It’s important to take enough to time to review your recent credit history, make sure you have no late or missed payments in the 12 months leading up to the loan application, and make sure there are no errors or evidence of identity theft on your credit report. Here are some basic facts–and fictions–about FHA refinancing: FACT: FHA refinance loans are available for existing FHA loans and non-FHA mortgages alike. You can | more...


FHA Short Refinance Program: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “Will the FHA Short Refinace Program give the lowest interest rate? Secondly, will there be a refinance charge? Does this work with Fannie Mae?” This reader question refers to the FHA Short Refinance Loan Program which was extended last year to 2016 and is intended for borrowers who find theselves “upside down” or “underwater” on their home loans. According to an FHA fact sheet published at FHA.gov: “FHA’s Refinance of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions (“Short Refinance”) is available to help people who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth because their local markets have seen large declines in home values. The temporary enhancements to the existing refinance program apply to loan applications with FHA case numbers issued on or after September 7, 2010 | more...


FHA Short Refinance Program Enhancements

Earlier in 2012, the FHA announced some changes to its FHA Short Refinance program, which was originally announced in 2010 in a Mortgagee Letter titled ” FHA Refinance of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions”. This program, also known as the FHA Short Refinance, is designed to allow “responsible homeowners with negative equity an opportunity to refinance their homes. These enhancements were designed to maintain homeownership by providing borrowers with conventional loans, who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, opportunities to refinance into an affordable FHA loan.” “This opportunity allows only non-FHA insured loans to qualify for an FHA refinance loan provided that the lender or investor writes off the unpaid principal balance of the original first lien mortgage by at least 10 percent.” The changes | more...


Policy Changes For FHA Short Refinancing Loans: Debt-To-Income Ratio

Recently we’ve been reporting on the latest policy changes to the FHA Short Refinancing Loan program. There’s one last change to cover–the new rules for debt to income ratios. For the FHA Short Refinancing Program, the maximum debt to income ratios have changed in some situations. The FHA mortgagee letter outlining changes FHA Short Refinance loans states: “Mortgagee Letter 2010-23, provides specific guidance for debt-to-income ratios for loans that


FHA Short Refinancing Loans For Underwater Borrowers With Conventional Mortgages

Being “underwater” on a home loan means owing more on the property than the home is worth. In the last few years, this is a problem faced by more home owners across the nation due to the housing market crisis. In response to this, the Federal Housing Administration took action. In 2010, the FHA published a mortgagee letter outlining details of a plan called “FHA Refinance of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions