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FHA Mortgage Or Conventional Loan? Which Is Best For You?

FHA Mortgage Or Conventional Loan? Which Is Best For You?

What is the advantage of the FHA mortgage loan over conventional mortgages? There are many areas to be aware of when choosing the right mortgage loan to buy your new home with, but your financial priorities will determine a great deal. If you are looking at buying a new home or refinancing your existing mortgage, FHA and conventional loans have features you should compare. Especially if you need to save money up front on the mortgage. Conventional home loans,  which you may also hear referred to as agency loans, are mortgages you will get via Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Fannie and Freddie are the government-sponsored enterprises that your lender relies on to provide liquidity and stability to the lending market. Why don’t FHA borrowers choose these loans instead? Higher | more...

 
Questions To Ask About Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Questions To Ask About Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Thinking of buying a home with a mortgage loan? FHA mortgages have options you should think seriously about-and not just for the purposes of buying the home and moving in. What Options Do I Have To Make A Lower Down Payment On My FHA Loan? This question is best answered depending on why it’s asked; are you in need of lower out-of-pocket expenses for your mortgage or do you need to know what FICO scores will let you qualify for a lower down payment? Down payment assistance programs may be available from third-party agencies in your housing market. As long as these down payment programs meet FHA standards and state law, an FHA borrower may apply for them. The FHA itself does not offer down payment assistance. Borrowers may also | more...

 
How FHA Home Loan Appraisals Differ From Home Inspections

How FHA Home Loan Appraisals Differ From Home Inspections

If you are serious about buying a particular home with an FHA mortgage loan, one of the big steps in the process heading toward loan approval is the FHA appraisal. The appraisal process and the home inspection are not the same thing, do not address the same concerns, and are intended for different users. What are these differences and why should you as the house hunter care about them? FHA Appraisals Are A Lender’s Tool The home that is appraised by an FHA fee appraiser does so in service of the lender, not the borrower. The lender is interested in knowing that the home meets minimum FHA standards and applicable building codes. The lender is also interested in setting a fair market value for the home; that is done by | more...

 
Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: Should You Skip The Home Appraisal?

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: Should You Skip The Home Appraisal?

When buying a home with an FHA mortgage, should you skip the home appraisal? Some buyers may wonder about this, especially in light of talk in late 2018 about whether the current real estate appraisal system should be kept or if appraisals should only be required of homes of a certain value or higher. According to data released by the National Association of Realtors, one big cause of home loan closing delays? Appraisal issues. The question remains; should borrowers skip the home appraisal? Borrowers Are Not Permitted To Skip The Appraisal Process FHA loans and other real estate lending require an appraisal as a mandatory part of the process. In spite of what you might see in headlines, borrowers and sellers cannot opt out. However, some borrowers may be thinking | more...

 
Refinance Loans, Millennials, and Remodeling

Refinance Loans, Millennials, and Remodeling

Published reports about home loan trends include stats indicate that more than 85% of home buyers or home owners in the Millennial age range will be undertaking renovation, fixer-upper, or remodeling projects in the next three years. These borrowers scour social media such as Pinterest to find decor, design, and layout ideas; these borrowers don’t seem to mind spending a bit extra to add just the right features to a home. Is there an FHA mortgage loan for these people? The FHA Rehabilitation Loan If you need to buy and remodel a home, the standard FHA mortgage is not the right type of loan to ask for. Instead, ask your loan officer about an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation mortgage, which is available to help buy and repair or remodel a home | more...

 
Buying A Home During The Holiday Season With An FHA Mortgage

Buying A Home During The Holiday Season With An FHA Mortgage

Are you interested in buying a home during the holiday season? Are you looking to weigh your options or are you seriously interested in making an offer? Many published reports on mortgage loan blogs are discussing this during the holiday season, but what do you need to know about house hunting options, hiring well-connected real estate agents, and deals during the December holiday shopping season? FHA Home Loans Aren’t Just Available For Pristine Homes You will read a lot of advice online this year about hiring a good real estate agent to help you narrow down your search, about pocket listings that sellers use to keep their homes from being flooded with window shoppers instead of serious buyers, etc. But one important thing to keep in mind about searching for | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Occupancy: What You Can And Cannot Do

FHA Home Loans And Occupancy: What You Can And Cannot Do

If you are buying an existing construction home with an FHA mortgage, or having one built for you using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, you will notice some common requirements for these mortgages; one such requirement involves the borrower’s use of the property once the loan has closed. FHA new purchase mortgages, also known as forward mortgages, are intended for those who wish to occupy the home as their main address, or “primary residence”. Some borrowers may be confused by this requirement because they assume you can buy and rent out a home using an FHA mortgage without intending to occupy it. But the reality is that FHA mortgages actually require occupancy by at least one person obligated on the home loan, so how is it possible to purchase | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Your Holiday Debt

FHA Home Loans And Your Holiday Debt

Are you considering an FHA home loan in 2019? Even as shoppers nationwide are preparing for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, some are being tempted by credit card offers to help pay for the gift-giving in December. But if you need a home loan in 2019, Christmas shopping season should be more carefully thought out for several reasons. It’s generally advised not to open new lines of credit in the planning stages leading up to your FHA loan application. Whether you need to refinance a home loan, get a new mortgage for your dream home, or apply for fund to repair your property using an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loan, you will need to maintain and pay down your existing lines of credit and avoid opening new | more...

 
FHA loans: A Mortgage For First-Time Home Buyers

FHA loans: A Mortgage For First-Time Home Buyers

While it should be pointed out that FHA mortgage loans are not restricted to those who have never owned a home before, it’s also good to note that FHA mortgages are an excellent choice for first time buyers since they won’t be required to buy homes with 20% down. Low- and no-downpayment mortgages are obviously an advantage to the first time home buyer; how does an FHA mortgage help these borrowers? Verify Your FHA Loan Eligibility All mortgage loans have eligibility standards; FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, rural housing loans guaranteed by the USDA or even the 100% loans offered to qualifying veterans (VA loans) guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs all have financial eligibility requirements. And all of these loans have minimum program guidelines that may or | more...

 
Buying Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage Loan In 2019

Buying Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage Loan In 2019

If you want to buy real estate with an FHA mortgage in 2019, there are several things you can do to get ready for a successful loan application and closing date. One of those preparations? Learning what you can and cannot buy with an FHA home loan. FHA Mortgages In 2019: Your Real Estate Options Many published reports speculate that in 2019, house prices will begin to come down and areas where the real estate environment is considered a seller’s market may begin to shift toward the borrower again. What kind of real estate inventory you have access to depends on the housing market where you want to live, but there are some things you should know about your home loan options before you decide to start looking. Namely that | more...