January 19, 2018

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Can Disaster Relief Grants Be Used As Money To Close An FHA Loan?

Can Disaster Relief Grants Be Used As Money To Close An FHA Loan?

Can disaster relief grants be used as money to close an FHA mortgage loan? In the wake of the many natural disasters in 2017, many home owners in Texas, California, Puerto Rico, and other affected areas want to know what their options are to recover, rehab, repair, or replace their homes. FHA loan rules require the lender to verify the source of all funds used as a down payment on FHA mortgage loans; down payment money (also known as a Minimum Required Investment or MRI) cannot come from unsecured loans, gifts with an expectation of repayment, or other unapproved sources. The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, have rules for down payments that are sourced in whole or in part by disaster relief grants. But what does the FHA consider to | more...

 
Can I buy a mobile home with an FHA home loan?

Buying Land With An FHA Loan

There are several reasons why a house hunter looking for a home to purchase with a VA mortgage might want to buy a piece of land. In times when the housing market is favorably inclined towards new construction loans, some buyers might want a government insured loan for a proposed construction or new construction purchase; others might want to buy a piece of land for a manufactured home or mobile home.

 
What is my FHA home loan down payment?

How Much Is My FHA Home Loan Down Payment?

What is my FHA home loan down payment? It’s an important question to ask as early as possible in the home loan planning process. You will need to save up for an FHA loan down payment and there are a few variables that will factor in when it comes time to calculate that down payment. Do you know what they are? FHA Home Loan Down Payments Are Not A Fixed Amount The dollar amount of the required FHA loan down payment is not standardized for all home loans. Borrowers should know that the down payment is calculated based on several factors including the adjusted value of the property, credit scores, and lender standards. FHA Home Loan Down Payments Have A Minimum Requirement The lowest down payment a borrower is legally | more...

 
Can I get an FHA loan without a down payment?

Can I Get An FHA Loan Without A Down Payment?

Can I get an FHA loan without a down payment? That’s a question some ask after learning that some conventional mortgages require a minimum of 10% down, sometimes as high as 20% down. Is there such a thing as a no-money-down FHA mortgage loan? Down Payment Rules For FHA New Purchase Loans and Construction Loans All FHA forward mortgages (what you apply for to purchase a home) require a minimum down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property. There is one exception, and that is for FHA 203(h) rehab loans for disaster victims in federally declared disaster areas. The FHA 203(h) rehab loan requires NO down payment UNLESS it is used in conjunction with an FHA 203(k) rehab loan (which is for general use and not limited | more...

 
How do FHA mortgage loan-to-value limits work?

How Do FHA Mortgage Loan-To-Value Limits Work?

How do FHA mortgage loan-to-value limits work? The loan-to-value (LTV) limit is an indicator of how much of a down payment you’ll be required to make on the FHA mortgage loan. There’s no such thing as a no-money-down FHA mortgage for new purchases, so the LTV is an important detail in your loan transaction. The rules covering FHA LTV ratios are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook. There we learn the following by way of introduction to the FHA requirements in this area: “The determination of the maximum LTV percentage available is influenced by…the particular mortgage insurance program (See Programs and Products); and the transaction type. The Mortgagee must apply the lowest applicable LTV percentage as determined under the requirements in this section.” Your LTV limits are determined, | more...

 
Do I Have To Make A Down Payment On An FHA Mortgage?

Do I Have To Make A Down Payment On An FHA Mortgage?

One variation of a commonly asked question about FHA home loans is, “Do I have to make a down payment on an FHA mortgage?” This question gets asked sometimes in reference to other government-backed loans that feature no down payment (available via a Department of Veterans Affairs program offered to qualifying military members and certain military spouses only). FHA home loans do require money down-the borrower’s minimum required investment is 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. But there are situations where more money down may be required. Credit Score Issues Potential FHA borrowers who have credit scores outside the standard required scores (580 or higher for the FHA program minimums, though lender requirements may be higher) will be required to put more money down. This applies to borrowers | more...

 
Can my seller pay some of my closing costs?

Can My Seller Pay Some Of My Closing Costs?

Can my seller pay some of my closing costs? The basic answer is, “yes, within certain limits.” FHA loan rules permit certain expenses to be negotiated between buyer and seller, including the contribution of allowed costs. How does it work? FHA Loan Rules For Interested Party Contributions HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, defines “interested parties” as “sellers, real estate agents, builders, developers or other parties with an interest in the transaction”. HUD 4000.1 states that such interested parties are permitted to offer payments on “origination fees, other closing costs and discount points” within the bounds of FHA loan rules (more on that below), state law, and lender standards. What Payments Can An Interested Party Contribute? HUD 4000.1, page 232, states that an interested party or parties may contribute towards | more...

 
Can I Get An FHA Loan For A Mixed-Use Property?

What Should I Know About FHA Appraisals?

What should I know about FHA appraisals? There are many factors to remember about the FHA appraisal process, and not all of them have to do with the act of doing the appraisal; borrowers need to know how the appraisal fits into the overall process of applying for an FHA loan and getting loan approval. FHA Appraisals Are A Typical Expense The appraisal fee is a standard part of a home loan’s fees and expenses, and borrowers should save money for both the appraisal and the possibility of additional fees that could be required depending on the outcome (more on that issue below). Borrowers should keep in mind that the home loan cannot be approved without the results of the appraisal, so it’s best to come to the loan process | more...

 
Can I use disaster relief for my FHA loan down payment?

What Can I Add To My FHA Mortgage Loan?

What can I add to my FHA mortgage loan? There’s a list of items that may be allowed to be added to your mortgage loan above and beyond the adjusted value of your property. Let’s examine what the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, has to say about adding certain costs to your home loan amount. Calculating The Maximum Mortgage Amount On Your FHA Loan To start, let’s see what HUD 4000.1 says about how the lender is expected to calculate the maximum mortgage amount. “The maximum mortgage amount that FHA will insure on a specific purchase is calculated by multiplying the appropriate LTV percentage by the Adjusted Value. In order for FHA to insure this maximum mortgage amount, the Borrower must make a Minimum Required Investment (MRI) of at least | more...

 
Do I Have To Make A Down Payment On An FHA Mortgage?

What Is An FHA Loan Down Payment? Sources Of Down Payment Funds

What is an FHA loan down payment? We examined the basics in our last blog post, but one important issue related to down payment funds? Their source. FHA loan rules state that the lender must verify the source of all funds to be used in the down payment. Not all sources are eligible to be used; FHA loan rules have strict guidelines about how and where such funds may be derived. For example, while borrowers are permitted to get down payment help from outside sources, none of those sources may have a financial stake in the outcome of the transaction. So your seller may not directly provide down payment funds, and any other contributing party cannot get reimbursement from anyone involved in the transaction. Down Payment Source Funds: The Official | more...