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FHA Home Loans, Down Payments, And More: What You Need To Know Today

FHA Home Loans, Down Payments, And More: What You Need To Know Today

First-time borrowers have many questions about the FHA home loan process including the subjects of down payments, seller contributions, and down payment assistance. Borrowers need to know that there are certain federal laws that require FHA home loans to limit the contribution of any third party with a financial stake in the outcome of the mortgage, and it’s good to know how these rules work. Seller Contributions Versus Seller Downpayment Assistance FHA loan rules state clearly that the seller of the home may not contribute funds toward the borrower’s down payment. This is expressly forbidden in the FHA loan rulebook, HUD 4000.1. However, sellers are permitted to contribute toward the borrower’s closing costs, capped at a maximum of six percent of the adjusted price of the property. Contributions in excess | more...

 
How Job Changes Affect Your Mortgage Loan Application

How Job Changes Affect Your Mortgage Loan Application

How do job changes affect your FHA mortgage loan application and chances for loan approval? Many first-time borrowers need to know this due to personal circumstances; it’s true that FHA home loan rules require the lender to verify two years of employment and it’s also true that an FHA borrower does not have to be with the same employer for two full years to be considered for an FHA mortgage. But what are the consequences of a job change in the FHA home loan process or immediately before a home loan application? If the job change is an upwardly mobile move that benefits the borrower and still meets FHA loan income requirements (for stability and the likelihood of the job to continue) there should be little to no negative effect | more...

 
Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

There are four things to remember about home loans and credit scores, especially for first-time home buyers looking to buy their first piece of real estate. FHA home loan rules are more forgiving when it comes to credit scores, but there are still minimum standards and requirements to meet. Keep these four things in mind when planning your home loan application for best results. Credit Utilization And Payment History Are Both Very Important How much of your credit limit do you use? This is a question the lender needs to answer because how you use credit is just as important as all the other factors that go into home loan approval. Carrying high credit card balances can hurt your chances for home loan approval-try to keep your balances below the | more...

 
Home Buying, FHA Loans, And Mortgage Trends

Home Buying, FHA Loans, And Mortgage Trends

Is 2019 the best time to consider buying a home? Recent mortgage loan interest rate trends and the news agencies that report on them seem to indicate that conditions are very good for first-time home buyers looking to purchase a home in the remainder of the year. One indication? Headlines during the week of August 4, 2019 that included phrases like, “Lowest Rates Since November 2016”. And then there are reports by agencies that monitor house prices in the United States. Consider the First American Real House Price Index (RHPI), which tracks the prices of single-family homes and the effects of factors like changes in mortgage loan interest rates on consumer borrowing power. The May 2019 report by First American includes this quote: “Consumer house-buying power, how much one can | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Rules: Cash To Close Sources

FHA Home Loan Down Payment Rules: Cash To Close Sources

FHA home loan down payment rules include requirements for the sourcing of funds used to make that down payment and/or provide cash to close the deal. Down payment funds and sources of cash to close must be properly documented by the lender to insure the cash does not come from unacceptable sources such as non-collateralized loans (payday loans, credit card cash advances, etc.) or in the form of “gift funds” that are not really gifts but have an expectation of repayment. When discussing the permitted sourcing of FHA home loan down payments or cash to close, many borrowers want to know if certain kinds of sources are acceptable to the lender. That can include proceeds from the trade-in of a manufactured home, the proceeds from the sale of real estate, | more...

 
Home Buying, FHA Loans, And Mortgage Trends

FHA Home Loans And Housing Counseling

FHA home loans are for many different kinds of borrower-experienced and first-time home buyers alike. But it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the process if you are new to it or haven’t purchased real estate before. That is one reason why it’s a very good idea to consider talking to a HUD-approved housing counselor. Did you know you can call the FHA at their toll-free number, 1-800 CALL FHA, and request a referral to an approved housing counselor? The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official site reminds borrowers that housing counseling is NOT just for new purchase home loans-if you are trying to avoid foreclosure or are trying to avoid homelessness, there are HUD housing counseling services for you, and those services may be provided free of charge. | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules About Borrower Debt

FHA Home Loan Rules About Borrower Debt

Do you know what your lender is required to do when you fill out an FHA mortgage loan application? Part of the lender’s job is to make sure that the loan applicant can realistically afford the new home loan, and making that determination means reviewing your current debt. HUD 4000.1, the FHA Lender’s Handbook for single family mortgages, has instructions for the lender in this area. It begins stating the lender’s responsibilities: “The Mortgagee must determine the Borrower’s monthly liabilities by reviewing all debts listed on the credit report, Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), and required documentation.” How is that accomplished? “All applicable monthly liabilities must be included in the qualifying ratio. ” Your lender will calculate your debt ratio using one method that includes only your current debt, and | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Interest Rates: What You Need To Know About Trends

Mortgage Loan Interest Rates: What You Need To Know About Trends

What should borrowers know about mortgage loan interest rate trends? Especially when those trends are pushing rates toward historic lows? It’s a very good idea to be aware of the forces that affect mortgage rates; understanding how they work is a step toward making a more informed purchase as a house hunter or first-time home buyer. Interest Rate Trends Are Affected By The Economy What is good for the economy is often bad for mortgage loan interest rates, and vice versa. You will see rates pushing higher when there is good economic news, and rates trend lower when there is bad economic news. Except when they don’t. The thing to remember about mortgage loan rates is that no single factor affects them; it’s a combination of things and sometimes interest | more...

 
First-Time Home Buyers and Finding A First Home

First-Time Home Buyers And Finding A First Home

Are you looking for your first home? A Realtor.com survey reveals some interesting things about those looking for their first house, including some difficulties that affect many house hunters in today’s markets. The Realtor.com survey, conducted between March and June 2019, includes some demographic data about those exploring today’s mortgage rates and looking for suitable homes: 25 percent have been looking for a home in the past month 21 percent have been looking for 2-3 months 15 percent have been looking for 4-6 months 9 percent have been looking for 7-12 months 24 percent have been looking for more than a year  And of that number, some percentages regarding problems house hunters are facing today. According to the survey, one of the main problems is locating an affordable home within | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Flood Hazard Areas

FHA Home Loans And Flood Hazard Areas

FHA home loans have rules for loan approval that include determining if a house is suitable for the mortgage. In some cases a home might not be approved for a mortgage because of its’ condition, but in others the location of the home may be a problem. This is true in cases where a home is located too near a high pressure gas pipeline, high voltage lines, or mining operations. But there is another aspect of this you should know-the FHA loan rules for homes located in certain areas prone to flooding. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state that the lender is responsible for making sure the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage is not located in certain government-designated flood zones. From HUD 4000.1: “The Mortgagee must | more...