April 18, 2019

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Home Flipping and FHA Loan Rules

Home Flipping And FHA Mortage Loans: The Rules

A 2019 CoreLogic report states that home flipping, the process of purchasing, renovating, and putting a house back on the market in a short period of time and often at a substantial markup, is at it’s highest levels in about eight years. The CoreLogic report states, “…since the Great Recession, flippers have been increasingly good at acquiring properties at a discount, either because the properties were legally, financially or physically distressed”. Some borrowers may be tempted to flip homes, and others may wish to purchase a flipped home. What does the FHA home loan program’s rulebook say about this practice? HUD 4000.1 states that “eligibility of a Property for a Mortgage insured by FHA is determined by the time that has elapsed between the date the seller has acquired title | more...

 
Can I Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage After Foreclosure?

Can I Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage After Foreclosure?

After a major negative credit event like a foreclosure, some home owners assume they may never be able to get a lender to take them seriously for a home loan ever again. Is this true? At first glance, FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 might lead a potential borrower to think that it is. “A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a DIL of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of case number assignment.” The abberviation DIL stands for deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. Note that the above does NOT say the borrower can NEVER get a home loan again. There is a three-year waiting period required but it IS possible. And later in HUD 4000.1, we | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

What do you need to know about FHA home loan interest rates? You may find certain finance blogs discussing home loan rates in general, or those that make blanket statements about mortgage rates. What’s the reality? One personal finance blog attempts to discuss what controls home loan interest rates and what does not; the publication discusses the fact that things like the 10-year Treasury not doesn’t control interest rates. Which is true. There is no **control**. But these publications forget to mention that investor activity in the Treasury market can INFLUENCE rates depending on circumstances. The same publication states very boldly that the Fed does not control mortgage loan interest rates either. And it’s true that the Fed does not have any day-to-day control over mortgage loan rates. But Fed | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Insurance Refunds

FHA Mortgage Insurance Refunds

FHA home loans do not, as conventional mortgages often do (based on LTV), require third-party private mortgage insurance, sometimes known as PMI. Instead, FHA mortgages require mortgage insurance premiums paid as part of your monthly mortgage payment. There is an Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) that is due at closing time in cash, which may also be financed in its’ entirety should the borrower wish to do so. Then the Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) are included in the monthly payment. FHA home loan rules address mortgage insurance issues in HUD 4000.1, which states, “Most FHA mortgage insurance programs require the payment of UFMIP, which may be financed into the Mortgage. The UFMIP is not considered when calculating the area-based Nationwide Mortgage Limits and LTV limits.” That means your loan limit | more...

 
FHA Loans After Bankruptcy

FHA Loans After Bankruptcy

Yes, it is possible to get a home loan following a bankruptcy with an FHA mortgage loan. Some borrowers, including first-time home buyers, assume that after a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing that it is impossible to get a new home loan. Others assume you must wait seven years or longer to apply for a new home loan. What’s the reality? Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy The most important thing about getting a new loan after bankruptcy is when you apply, and following that the most important issues include whether or not your bankruptcy has been discharged or not. FHA home loans are possible but only after the bankruptcy has been discharged, not after they have been initially filed. The FHA Home Loan Seasoning Period After a | more...

 
Different Types Of FHA Home Loans For First-Time Buyers

Different Types Of FHA Home Loans For First-Time Buyers

There are many different choices for home loans, and first-time home buyers should know their options before they decide on which loan to apply for. Do you know the difference between a rehab loan and a construction mortgage? Or a condo loan versus a mobile home loan? FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgages These loans, also known as FHA Construction-to-Permanent loans, offer a single loan and closing date for borrowers who want to have a house built for them rather than buying an existing property. FHA construction loans can be more complex that loans for existing real estate but for many the additional effort is worth it to have a home that is built especially for them. First time home buyers can apply for these loans the same as any other | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Facts

FHA Loan Facts

When you start doing research on home loans and want to learn what it takes to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan as either a first-time home buyer or as a return borrower, you will find websites with lists of loan approval requirements. Some of those FHA home loan approval requirement lists look like this: A credit score of 580 or higher for the lowest down payment A debt-to-income ratio of 43% or less 3.5% down payment 1-2 years of consistent employment history A property that meets FHA standards OR A home eligible for FHA 203k rehab loan financing You may find a caveat on lists like these stating that they are “general guidelines” and that is true. What isn’t always included in those caveats is that additional lender standards | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Appraisal Issues

FHA Home Loan Appraisal Issues

We are contacted frequently with questions related to FHA appraisals. Many first-time borrowers and experienced house hunters alike have trouble understanding the nature of the appraisal process and how it works. We are often asked if a certain appraisal condition is grounds for having the loan denied, and whether FHA home loan appraisal rules fit a unique circumstance. But whatever the question, the variable in the equation is the fact that FHA appraisal rules, which are basically minimum requirements, are not the only rules that will affect the transaction. So even if FHA appraisal requirements say that a home that has lead-based paint may be acceptable under certain conditions, state or local building code may have additional requirements. And the building code requirement in that area would have to be | more...

 
Five Things You Should Do Before Applying For Your First Home Loan

Five Things You Should Do Before Applying For Your First Home Loan

First-time home buyers should be working on five areas before they apply for a mortgage loan. Are you working with a real estate agent or searching the real estate listings in your local area? Maybe you want to buy a new home in a different area than where you are living now and need to know the ins and outs of the neighborhoods there? Decide What Kind Of Home Loan You Need Having a home built from the ground up is possible with an FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan, but these loans are quite different than an FHA Condo Loan or FHA loans for a mobile home or manufactured home. Knowing the kind of loan you want in advance will help you search for the right kind of lender-some financial | more...

 
HUD Announces Findings In Illinois Housing Fraud Investigation

FHA And HUD Announce Home Loan Policy Changes

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced policy updates and changes that have been added to the FHA Single Family Home Loan Program Handbook, HUD 4000.1. According to an FHA/HUD press release, these are the first changes and updates to the handbook since late 2016. “With today’s update, FHA is recommitting to the industry that it will continue to maintain and enhance the SF Handbook so that it becomes a single, comprehensive source of policy guidance for lenders and other stakeholders doing single family business with FHA” according to the press release. The updates, posted March 27, 2019, include a set of “technical changes for consistency and clarity” as well as FHA home loan program policy updates. These updates affect how the lender may handle certain issues associated | more...