October 26, 2021

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Buying A Home: Your Down Payment

What are the rules for FHA loan down payments? Some first-time homebuyers looking for a first home don’t realize you can’t just make the down payment by providing a check to your lender.  There are strict rules about down payments–they must come from approved sources, they must be accompanied by any supporting documentation showing where the money comes from, etc. You, the borrower, are allowed to apply for a home loan and make a down payment on the house you make an offer on, but when you make that down payment you must document the sourcing of the money. As in, where did it come from? A cashed-in investment? That’s permitted under FHA loan rules. Did your down payment money come from a pink slip loan or a credit card | more...

 
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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 Move The Same Day You Close Closing dates can change, circumstances may require a new closing date. If you hired movers or rented a truck on the same day that you are supposed to close the deal, you may be disappointed. 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 | more...

 
What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

How Much Do I Put Down On An FHA Home Loan?

There are persistent myths and misunderstandings about home loans. One persistent myth is that FHA mortgages are only approved for first-time home buyers. Another is that FHA loans are only for low to moderate-income borrowers. And a third–and the focus of our article–is that you have to make a 20% down payment on a home loan. What’s the reality? FHA home loans do NOT require a 20% down payment, even if you are at the lower end of the qualifying credit score range. According to FHA loan rules, the most you are required to put down on an FHA mortgage (on paper, according to the FHA) is 10%. That is for borrowers who do not have FICO scores that qualify them for 3.5% down. So why do people think you | more...

 
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How Much Will My FHA Home Loan Be?

How much will my FHA home loan be? That is a question many borrowers want to know, and the answer can be more complicated than just taking the sale price of the home and doing the math. FHA home loan maximum amounts are determined by factors including the maximum FHA loan guaranty for the housing market you are buying the home in, your credit history, the amount of your down payment, and more. The final amount of your FHA mortgage loan is affected by your down payment, the FHA loan limit in your area, and other factors. FHA Home Loan Limits FHA home loan limits are not the same in all housing markets. Some parts of the country are considered low-cost areas and have a lower FHA loan guaranty limit | more...

 
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FHA Loan Down Payment Facts

Some borrowers get nervous about having to come up with a down payment. It is more than some have spent on one thing in their adult lives all at once, who can blame them for worrying? FHA home loans permit down payment gifts and grants and that can be a huge help for the first-time homebuyer. The rules for these programs must clearly explain the conditions of the grant or gift, under what conditions it might be required to be paid back–those payback terms of often triggered by violating the terms of the agreement. It can also happen when the home is sold, paid off, or no longer used as the primary residence.  Such gifts may come from state or local housing development agencies or other local entities–remember that the | more...

 
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Down Payment Help For Your Home Loan

If you need a home loan but worry about the down payment, you may be able to take advantage of state-run or locally operated down payment assistance programs in your area. The FHA home loan program itself does not offer down payment assistance so you will need to find a local program that can help. What should you know about down payment assistance programs? For a start, these programs can be used with an FHA mortgage to purchase an owner-occupied single-family residence. In some cases you may be able to purchase a home with more than one living unit, but occupancy is a requirement both for the FHA loan program for single families as well as many down payment assistance options. For FHA loans, the minimum required 3.5% (of the | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Income Rules

What To Do If You Need Down Payment Assistance

Some borrowers worry that they can’t save up enough money for their home loan down payment. Fortunately, many states feature programs that can help these borrowers who may otherwise qualify for an affordable home loan but struggle with their down payment requirement. If you are considering an FHA mortgage but need down payment help, there are programs offered by state and local agencies that may be able to help you soften the economic blow of that 3.5% down payment requirement imposed by the FHA. Not all down payment assistance meets FHA loan guidelines–you’ll need to make sure that whatever the source of your down payment assistance, you meet the sourcing requirements for the money.  That means having a clear paper trail from the person providing your down payment assistance. Your | more...

 
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FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance

Do you worry about making a down payment on a home loan? There are home loans that require higher down payments than others but the FHA loan program requires only 3.5% down for borrowers with qualifying FICO scores. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say: Borrowers with FICO scores at 580 or higher qualify for the lowest down payment. Borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 are required to put 10% down. These are FHA guidelines, not individual lender standards. FHA home loans don’t have a zero down payment option, but FHA construction mortgages allow the borrower to use land equity as part of the down payment where applicable. But borrowers don’t always have to make the downpayment themselves thanks to down payment assistance programs that can help. Here | more...

 
Gathering Your Home Loan Documents And Preparing For The Application

Down Payment Sources: The Rules

Are you struggling to save enough money for a down payment for a home loan? It’s tempting to turn to quicker sources of funds for that minimum required investment, but FHA loan rules say some potential sources for down payment money cannot be used. Those prohibited sources include considering cash advances from a credit card, payday loans, and certain other sources for a larger sum of money that can be used for a down payment including down payment “gifts” that actually have an expectation of repayment. The guidelines that cover these downpayment issues are found in HUD 4000.1, also known as the FHA Lender’s Handbook. The rules? For any type of FHA loan that requires a down payment (a new purchase loan, an FHA One-Time Close construction mortgage, condo loan, | more...

 
Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

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.