November 14, 2018

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FHA Mortgage Loan, Dropping Home Prices, And Your Appraisal

FHA Mortgage Loan, Dropping Home Prices, And Your Appraisal

You may read articles discussing home prices moving lower on real estate blogs or lending websites; when house prices move from one part of a cycle to another there is sometimes confusion related to the valuation of a home. Why would an FHA borrower looking at a house in a neighborhood or housing market with prices trending in one direction get back an FHA appraisal indicating that the home the buyer wants isn’t valued in the same way? Higher or lower, why does one home get valued “as expected” when another one does not? There are a set of variables at work in the appraisal process that include not only the age/condition of the home, but also how other houses stack up against the one you want to purchase with | more...

 
What Is An FHA Loan?

What Is An FHA Loan?

What is an FHA loan? What are they used for? These are fairly basic questions, but there is a surprising amount of confusion about certain aspects of the FHA mortgage loan program. Know these facts about FHA home loans to make the decision about buying or refinancing a home loan with an FHA mortgage. FHA Single Family Home Loans Are For House Hunters FHA loans are intended for those who wish to purchase a home using a government-backed loan that requires a lower down payment than many conventional loans. These loans cannot be applied for to be used as personal loans, though FHA cash-out refinancing is an option for borrowers who have equity built up in the home over time. FHA loans are intended for owner/occupiers, and there is an | more...

 
FHA Loan Approval And Your Credit Scores

FHA Loan Approval And Your Credit Scores

What do you need to know about FHA loan approval and your credit scores? There are some important factors that can help you in the planning stages for your new mortgage loan. Don’t go into the mortgage application process without being armed with this information-you’ll be glad you know before you sign. FHA Minimum FICO Scores And Your FHA Lender FHA minimum FICO score requirements are not necessarily the same as your lender’s requirements. FHA Loan rules establish a minimum for credit scores (580 or higher for maximum financing) but your lender may require higher scores. An average is between 640 and 700, with scores between 640 and 680 being common requirements for the lowest down payment. FICO Score Requirements May Vary Depending On The Type Of FHA Loan Your | more...

 
How Do I Know If I Qualify For An FHA Mortgage?

How Do I Know If I Qualify For An FHA Mortgage?

How do you know if you qualify for an FHA mortgage? There are several minimum requirements you should know, but keep in mind that we are not discussing an individual lender’s standards (which will vary depending on the lender) but the FHA Single Family Home Loan program’s basic rules. When you talk terms with a participating FHA lender, you can discuss what additional requirements may apply with that financial institution. The Basics FHA home loans are for financially qualified borrowers regardless of their status as first time buyers or experienced home owners. There is no minimum or maximum income dollar amount specified for FHA home loan approval. Borrowers may be eligible even if they have a bankruptcy or foreclosure in their history as long as good credit has been re-established | more...

 
Five Reasons Lenders May Deny Your Home Loan Application

Five Reasons Lenders May Deny Your Home Loan Application

There are many reasons why a home loan application might be denied. If you seek an FHA home loan, credit requirements and other rules may be more forgiving of past credit mistakes, but lender standards and other factors do mean the borrower is held to certain minimums for FICO scores, debt ratios, and other financial qualifications. #5: FHA Loan Rules Require A Minimum FICO Score Requirement If your FICO scores are below 500, FHA loan rules say you are not eligible for an FHA mortgage loan. But that 500 minimum score is the FHA requirement, NOT the lender’s. Your participating lender’s requirements may be higher than 500 as a minimum, and meeting the bare minimum can result in a higher down payment. FHA FICO score requirements for the lowest down | more...

 
Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home With Your FHA Loan

Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home With Your FHA Loan

There are common problems associated with home loans that can be easily avoided no matter if you are using an FHA mortgage, FHA refinance, or any other kind of home loan. Do you know how to make your home loan experience as efficient and hassle-free as possible? FHA Loan Pre-Approval: Don’t Search For A Home Without It When you are serious about the house hunt, and are ready to commit financially to the home you find that seems to be “the one”, the seller will take you far more seriously as a buyer if you approach with pre-approval in hand. Sure, you can make an offer without being preapproved for a home loan, but rest assured that other potential buyers WILL talk to the seller having taken the time to | more...

 
Will I Need To Fill Out IRS Form 4506-T To Buy A Home With An FHA Loan?

Will I Need To Fill Out IRS Form 4506-T To Buy A Home With An FHA Loan?

When you fill out FHA home loan paperwork to purchase a home, your lender may ask you to complete IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. What is the purpose of this form and how does it affect your FHA loan? What Is IRS Form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return? The official site of the Internal Revenue Service says that the purpose of this form is twofold. One use is so that a transcript may be ordered free of charge, and the other use is to give permission to a third party (in this case, your participating FHA lender) to receive the transcript instead. Why Does My FHA Lender Need My Tax Information? The lender is charged with verifying the borrower’s income and employment as part | more...

 
Getting A New FHA Loan After Selling Your Home

Getting A New FHA Loan After Selling Your Home

A lot of the advice you read about home loans in general, and FHA mortgages in particular, is aimed at the first-time home buyer. But what happens after that first-time buyer becomes a home owner, eventually sells the property, and wants to purchase another home with an FHA loan? Buying another home after selling your old one will seem very familiar in many ways, but when you purchase again after selling (or choose to sell and purchase at the same time) you will need some extra supporting documentation. Your FHA lender is requires to verify your income and debts the same way as with the original mortgage. But having purchased a home, and paid it off via the sale of the property (or even simply paying off the old mortgage | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Debt-To-Income Ratios

FHA Home Loan Debt-To-Income Ratios

First-time home buyers looking at their FHA mortgage options hear a lot of about the debt-to-income ratio and how it affects the borrower’s ability to get a home loan approved. But do you know how the FHA lender is supposed to calculate that debt ratio? The rules governing this are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1. It explains to the lender that there are actually two debt ratio calculations that must be made. One is the total monthly mortgage payment compared to the total monthly income, the other is the total “fixed payment” compared to the borrower’s income. These debt ratios are complicated by the requirement that the income used to calculate the ratio must be lender-verified and certain kinds of unverifiable income will not count in the | more...

 
What Do FHA Loan Closing Costs Include?

What Do FHA Loan Closing Costs Include?

What do FHA loan closing costs include? There are a group of fees and expenses you will need to save up for during the planning stages of your FHA home loan. Remember that the less you have included in the loan amount (certain permitted closing costs may be added to the loan) the lower your mortgage payments potentially are. Closing costs are not standardized; your FHA loan may cost more in some housing markets than other depending on what is reasonable and customary in that market. It is important to know that in most cases the fees and expenses of your loan will be priced in a similar fashion. If you aren’t sure about a certain cost or fee, ask your lender to explain it and how it works. It | more...