October 26, 2021

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Buying a House

What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Your FICO Score

FHA home loan approval depends on a number of things–your payment history on your financial obligations, your employment, and your FICO scores. Credit scores are a big worry for some home loan applicants. Do you have thin credit? Have you had poor credit habits in the past that you are trying to fix?  Remember, more consumers than you realize have had similar issues in the past–there is no shame in trying to correct your past mistakes and get back on track with your credit. Too many people feel a sense of shame about their past credit issues–and that shame can prevent people from taking constructive steps to help themselves. Did you know that you can begin repairing your own credit by making consistent on-time payments and lowering your balances on | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Can I Apply For A New Mortgage After Bankruptcy?

Is a home loan in the wake of bankruptcy an impossible dream? In many cases, no, it’s not. But a potential borrower looking to start house hunting again after a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy has been discharged should know about some rules that will apply in such cases.  Do you know what they are? Some borrowers, including first-time home buyers, assume that after a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing it is all but impossible to get a participating FHA lender to consider a loan application. It’s a mistake to count yourself out of the running to apply for a new home loan.  Some people wrongly assume you must wait seven years or longer to apply for a new mortgage after bankruptcy. FHA home loan rules indicate | more...

 
Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

FHA Loans: New Construction Vs. Existing Construction?

What is the difference between new construction and existing construction? For the purpose of an FHA home loan, the distinction can be important, even if it’s just on a procedural level. The FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) makes important distinctions between new construction and existing construction loans. FHA Home Loans For Existing Construction Properties The FHA defines existing construction properties in a very specific way: “Existing Construction refers to a Property that has been 100 percent complete for over one year or has been completed for less than one year and was previously occupied.” The appraisal requirements for existing construction are not quite the same (in terms of timing, paperwork and required forms) but the issue that will most affect a typical borrower is in how the appraisal is to | more...

 
Home loan approval and debt

Who May Contribute To My FHA Home Loan? Interested Party Contributions

Who my contribute to my FHA home loan? That is a question many want to know, and the answers don’t always point to the most obvious type of contribution the borrower may seek-the FHA mortgage loan required down payment. How much and to which areas can an interested party contribute to for the borrower’s FHA mortgage? FHA loan rules governing this topic are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Loan Handbook for single-family mortgage loan transactions. To begin, it should be noted that down payment source funds are strictly regulated and must come from a verifiable source the lender can investigate to make sure FHA loan rules have been followed. In general, down payment contributions cannot come from interested parties to include “sellers, real estate agents, builders, developers or other | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

What Goes Into Your Mortgage Payment

Are you new to the house-hunting process? Do you need to know what goes into a monthly mortgage payment? It’s a lot more than just dividing up your loan amount by the number of years you want to pay on the mortgage. With a home loan, it is true that your main numbers will include the amount you pay on the loan principal and the interest, divided by the number of months you are obligated to on the mortgage note.  HUD 4000.1 is the FHA single-family home loan rule book. It has all the guidelines your participating FHA lender needs to process and approve or deny your loan application. And when your lender accepts your application for review, she will not simply run the numbers on the principal and interest.  | more...

 
FHA Loan Approval: Credit Check Facts

Credit Scores For An FHA Home Loan: When Low Credit Is Not Bad Credit

Are you worried about your credit scores for an FHA home loan? When is a low credit score a reflection of bad credit behavior? FHA home loan rules specify that the lender must ensure a borrower as a 500 FICO score at the very minimum in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage, but your credit score numbers don’t tell the whole story. It’s true that FHA loan rule minimums for FICO scores do not always reflect the participating lender’s credit score requirements; borrowers are technically eligible for an FHA mortgage with the lowest possible down payment if they are applying with FICO scores at 580 or higher. The lender may require a credit score of 620 or higher for the same applicants. But your FICO scores only make up | more...

 
Rehab Refinance Loans, Effects Of The Pandemic, And Interest Rates

Need A Refinance? Avoid Getting Scammed

In 2021, the official site of the Minnesota Attorney General included a page warning consumers not to fall for home loan refinance scams. During the pandemic, many borrowers found themselves in need of refinancing or other moves to make home loans more affordable in times of reduced income and other financial stressors. If you have been looking to get out of an adjustable-rate mortgage, or are trying to get a lower monthly payment on a fixed-rate home loan, you may notice third parties reaching out to you via e-mail, social media, text messages, or phone calls offering to help you refinance your mortgage. “But be careful”, the Minnesota AG official site warns, “Some homeowners have become the target of fraudulent refinancing offers” that sometimes begin with a phone call from | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Before You Apply For An FHA Mortgage

One of the biggest worries about buying a home? Having good enough credit to qualify.  Do you know what it takes to raise your credit scores? Do you know what it takes to do so without paying a third party to do things on your behalf? Improving your credit scores ahead of an FHA mortgage loan application requires time, which is why financial advisors say it’s best to start early when planning and saving for your loan. Raising your credit scores means changing some basic habits associated with your payments, and getting into new habits can be an adjustment. But that is not the reason why it takes time to repair your credit.  There are three basic issues you should be concerned with if you want to raise your score. | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Resources

Do FHA Home Loans Have An Income Cap?

Some borrowers learn that FHA mortgage loans are government-backed and guaranteed by the FHA and HUD, which can lead to certain assumptions about the nature of a government-backed mortgage. One of the misconceptions about FHA home loans is that due to their government association have either an income limit, or are otherwise need-based. Some borrowers might be confusing the government-backed USDA loan program with the FAH loan rules. USDA loans ARE need based. However, FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 do not specify a maximum income and do not require a specific financial need to qualify. FHA loans do not have a low-income requirement, a household income cap, or a requirement that you be a first-time buyer. These loans are instead designed for those who want to purchase a home | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Home Loans After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Those looking for home loans in the wake of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy often get conflicting messages about when, how, and even whether they can apply. Circumstances and causes of bankruptcy may vary, but borrowers often ask the same kinds of questions about what their options are after the proceedings are done. A typical version of such questions may go like this: “I had a bankruptcy that was discharged and I was told I needed to wait two years before I can apply for an FHA loan.  But other sources say I have to wait longer. What is the reality? How long do I have to wait to apply?” What follows is advice about how long you might have to wait but keep in mind that the clock starts ticking | more...