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Rates for home loans were mixed, but stayed near recent lows, even as bond market moves suggest another big step down lies ahead.

FHA Home Loan Mortgage Rates

Just as we headed into 2019, the FHA and HUD announced higher FHA loan guaranty limits for the new year, giving most counties a boost in the dollar amount the FHA would back for an FHA mortgage loan. Now, as we read headlines from reputable sources including Marketwatch, about home loan interest rates, it seems like now is a very good time to be a first-time home buyer or a repeat borrower looking to purchase or refinance residential property with an FHA mortgage. One recent Marketwatch article about home loan interest rates includes the blurb. “Rates for home loans were mixed, but stayed near recent lows, even as bond market moves suggest another big step down lies ahead. “ That is according to Andrea Riquier’s June 20th article titled, “Mortgage | more...

 
FHA Rehab Refinance Loan Basics

FHA Rehab Refinance Loan Basics

Recent headlines about mortgage loan interest rates have descriptions similar to “rates edging toward long-term lows”, which is motivating many to explore their refinance loan options. Are you a first-time home owner interested in getting a lower mortgage rate? Or are you interested in repairing or remodeling the home? Keep reading. FHA Rehab Refinance Mortgage Loans The FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage, also known as an FHA Rehab loan, is offered as a new purchase loan AND a refinance loan. When you refinance with an FHA Rehab loan you are given funds to be used specifically for approved projects in the home. These refinance mortgages will feature interest rates that are offered based on your FICO scores, so the same lower interest rate may not be available to all applicants; those | more...

 
FHA Refinance Rules

FHA Refinance Rules

Mortgage loan interest rates have hit long-term lows according to recent headlines and that is driving more people to consider refinancing their mortgages to take advantage of those rates. There are FHA home loan refinance rules you need to know going into the refi process that will help you get closer to loan approval-do you know what they are? FHA Refinance Loan Rules: No Cash Back Unless You Apply For Cash-Out Refinancing Like new purchase home loans, unless you specifically apply for an FHA cash-out refinance loan, you won’t be permitted to take cash back on the transaction except in the form of refunds. FHA rehab loans that provide money for improvements to the home must be used in specific ways and cannot simply provide funds for the borrower that | more...

 
Don't Make These Home Loan Mistakes

Don’t Make These Home Loan Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is stressful, but there are things you can do as a first-time buyer that will help. Avoid these big mistakes when planning your mortgage. Don’t Change Jobs Before Your Mortgage Closes This advice does not apply to everyone, but it does for those who are contemplating changing the nature of their employment from having a boss and a traditional workplace to a freelance, contract, or per-project type work. There are different FHA home loan rules for non-traditional employment, freelance jobs, commission income, etc. If you were working in a typical job at the start of the home loan application process and are tempted to switch to contract, freelance, or commission work, your job switch could hinder your mortgage loan process since the income | more...

 
5 FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

5 FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

There are many rules and regulations that govern FHA home loans and knowing how the system works can save you time and money when you are ready to start the journey toward home ownership. Some borrowers may ask themselves if they are ready to buy a home; if you know some or all of the areas below you may be closer than you think. FHA Home Loans Require Occupancy You cannot buy a home with an FHA single-family home loan unless at least one person obligated on the loan will use the property as their primary residence. This occupancy requirement is non-negotiable and the borrower must take possession of the home within a reasonable time after closing, usually 60 days for existing construction home. Properties that require repairs (such as | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Rules You Need To Know

FHA Appraisal Rules You Need To Know

Are you a first-time home buyer? Are you looking into your FHA home loan options and not sure what the appraisal process is all about? The FHA appraisal is a tool for the lender to determine the home’s fair market value and a way to make sure a property meets MINIMUM standards. No matter what you might hear (and some mistakenly call the appraisal an “inspection”) the appraisal will not tell you the true condition of the home. Even the FHA and HUD themselves warn borrowers to pay for the optional home inspection (which is technically not a requirement, but then again, neither is test-driving your car before you buy it). And what should borrowers know about the FHA appraisal process? The appraisal’s most important feature for some borrowers is | more...

 
FHA Construction Loan Facts

FHA Home Loans: Mistakes To Avoid When It’s Time To Close

As you get closer to the day when you sign the paperwork, pay your closing costs, and take possession of your new home, there are some important mistakes to avoid. Do you know what they are? FHA home loan closing day is an important milestone; make sure you know what to expect leading up to the big day. Don’t Be In A Hurry Take the time to carefully read all documents you are required to sign, don’t skip the home inspection, and don’t give in to any kind of high-pressure sales tactics you encounter along the way. Buying a home is a major financial investment; give it the time it is due before you fully commit. Always Ask Questions You might feel that you should already know the answers to | more...

 
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Happy Memorial Day 2019!

Happy Memorial Day! We pause today from our usual posts about FHA home loans, refinance loans, FHA One-Time Close construction loans and related topics to recognize the sacrifices made by our women and men in uniform. Thank you to all who have served-from those who have gone before to those who are about to enter their first year in uniform in service to our country. We return with our regularly scheduled posts on Tuesday. Thank you for reading, and have a safe and happy Memorial Day 2019.

 
Home Values Dropping: FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

Home Values Dropping: FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

Real estate values could be entering a new phase, if some real estate blogs are to be belived; a Zillow.com report notes that median home values declined a bit in the spring of 2019. A different online real estate publication notes, “Though values didn’t drop year-over-year, their growth rate to (sic) lag behind 2018’s number.” That information does not necessarily help or hurt a house hunter looking for an FHA mortgage and a home to buy at the moment, but there are some important FHA loan rules to remember that WILL help you in cases where property values or house prices are in a state of decline. Where are values going lower according to Zillow? How about San Francisco? Pittsburgh? Others named include Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego. You | more...

 
How To Prepare Your Finances For A Home Loan

Questions A First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask The Seller

First-time home buyers and those who have purchased a home before but haven’t had to explore housing markets in a while should make a list of questions to ask the seller of a home placed on the real estate market. Sometimes it’s not the answer to the questions as much as the way the seller answers those questions-your ability to ask important questions in those cases is important, but so is paying attention to how the questions get answered. For example, the question, “Has the roof ever been replaced or repaired?” may get you a direct answer; “No, nothing has ever gone wrong with the roof”. But if the seller hesitates or offers a less-than-forthcoming answer, such as, “I don’t remember anything going wrong with the roof” or “No, the | more...