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Conventional Loan Interest Rates Make History, FHA Loan Rates Still Incredibly Low

Conventional Loan Interest Rates Make History, FHA Loan Rates Still Incredibly Low

Low mortgage rates have stolen the headlines on some finance blogs; as a result, 2020 has seen high volumes of refinance loan applications. The low rates also has many renters potentially finding themselves in a more affordable position to become homeowners. But another development has taken things in an even more historic direction; in June 2020 conventional loan rates made big headlines by plunging below the three percent threshold. The sub-three percent range has been familiar territory for FHA mortgage loans and VA mortgages. The same day conventional rates fell below three percent, the best-execution FHA mortgage loan interest rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was reported at 2.50%. The rates offered to any borrower will depend on the type of loan, the loan term, and other variables. Borrowers | more...

 
Reverse Mortgage And Foreclosure Relief Scams: What You Need To Know

Budgeting And Saving For Your First FHA Mortgage

When you decide to commit to buying a home or building one from the ground up using a one-time close construction loan, there are expenses you will need to save up for. If you haven’t started making a checklist of items you will need to pay for up front or choose to include in the loan amount, it’s a good idea to start making one as early as possible. Saving for your loan means identifying the expenses you will pay such as closing costs, appraisal fees, the home inspection fee, the FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium, and of course the down payment. The down payment, which is a minimum of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home, is one of the biggest expenses. That is one reason why it’s | more...

 
Mortgage Relief Scams To Avoid

FHA Home Loan Down Payments: Do You Need Help?

If you want to apply for an FHA condo loan, an FHA mobile home loan, or even an FHA construction loan, you will need to anticipate the down payment requirements for these mortgages. At the very minimum, all FHA borrowers must put 3.5% down, with a higher down payment required for those with lower FICO scores. One of the first questions many readers will be asking at this point is likely, “What FICO scores require the higher down payment?” That question is one reason why you’re reading this article right now; there are issues that can affect your down payment requirements. It’s not safe to assume that you can simply pay what the FHA loan program rules require–lender standards, state law, and other variables can come into play. One variable | more...

 
HUD Updates Coronavirus Home Loan Guidelines For Loan Closing

HUD Updates Coronavirus Home Loan Guidelines For Loan Closing

The FHA and HUD have issued guidelines for mortgage loan closing procedures that may be affected by coronavirus lockdown measures, quarantine, and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many home buyers were caught by surprise by coronavirus issues and there are many home loans that are affected. The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued initial policies in March, 2020, but updated them in mid-April to include provisions in several areas designed to help facilitate FHA home loans during the outbreak. FHA Loan Rules On Title insurance The FHA and HUD issued guidance on loan servicing issues designed to address situations in counties where recording offices are not operational during the national emergency. The FHA/HUD official site answers the following question related to such scenarios: “Will FHA accept title | more...

 
FHA down payment rules

FHA Loan Down Payments: What You Need To Know Today

When the time is right to explore your FHA home loan options, there are some things you need to know about down payments that can help you better prepare for the loan process. FHA home loans have strict rules about the source of your down payment funds and you will be required to document those sources no matter where your down payment money is sourced from. Here are the basic rules for FHA down payments: A down payment is required 100% of the time for new purchase FHA loans; Your down payment amount may be affected by your credit scores; You will be required to pay a minimum of 3.5% if your credit score meets FHA and lender standards; all others will be required to pay a minimum 10% down. | more...

 
Home loans and your credit scores

Get A Better Home Loan Deal By Asking One Question

 Some people are born negotiators, and they don’t mind telling the rest of the world about it. But more people seem to feel uncomfortable with the idea even when it’s in their best interest to do so. Are you trying to buy a home? If so, you’ve already committed to spending a lot of money to make this important investment. Why pay MORE if you don’t have to? Negotiating the details of your home loan can save you money and get you a better deal. Does it have to be uncomfortable and awkward? No. Actually, you can negotiate quite successfully by asking one simple question, but that question needs a bit of homework to ask properly. What’s the secret to negotiating a loan? What is that one question? before we | more...

 
Did The FHA Raise FICO Score Requirements For Single-Family Home Loans?

What Affects The Cost Of Your Home Loan

Shopping around, haggling over terms, and negotiating your home loan are not unusual practices, but some are not comfortable with trying them. Want an advantage in the home loan process? Learn how to do some low-key bargaining as it can save you money and time over the long haul with your home loan. Negotiating with the seller, for example, could get you extra money (provided by the seller) toward closing costs; up to six percent of the sale price of the home! But haggling isn’t the only factor that can affect the cost of your home loan. The Wuhan virus, discussed in the news as a coronavirus or a “coronavirus outbreak”, affected mortgage loan interest rates and sent them to the lowest levels we’ve seen in some time. The virus, | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loans: Are You Ready?

Rent Or Buy?

For some, buying is better. Why? Much depends on your financial goals but you should also take into consideration aesthetics and practical concerns, too. One argument in favor of buying or building (on your own lot) a home with an FHA mortgage? The ability to modify your property without having to go running to the landlord to ask permission is a big one. But some renters don’t realize that you can, when you own your home, also apply for a refinance loan to repair or modify your property. That is not something you can do with a rental unit. You’re basically at the mercy of the landlord in such cases. Another argument in favor of buying a home with an FHA mortgage instead of renting? The ability to purchase a | more...

 
FHA Loan Interest Rates: How Low Can They Go?

How To Buy A Home In 2020

Need to know how to buy a home in 2020? Making a plan to become a home owner includes budgeting, research, and even sharpening your negotiating skills. Are you ready to start your home loan journey? Shopping Around For A Home AND A Home Loan FHA mortgages allow first-time borrowers and experienced home owners alike to apply for a loan to buy or build a property. But you don’t have to limit your search to one kind of home OR one kind of FHA mortgage. For example, you could apply for an FHA Condo loan to purchase a condominium unit, or you could buy a mobile home or townhouse. FHA mortgage loans allow you to buy properties with as many as four living units, and that could be any number | more...

 
Myths About One-Time Close Construction Loans

Who Qualifies For FHA Loans?

Whether you’re interested in building a house from the ground up on your own lot or you need a mobile home or condo unit, there is an FHA home loan for you. Who qualifies for these mortgages and why? FHA Loans For First-Time Home Buyers FHA mortgages are open to first-time homebuyers without perfect credit. You can apply for an FHA home loan even with past credit mistakes; the best thing to do is to review your past credit and make sure your home loan application is turned in once you have a full year of on-time payments on your credit record. First-time borrowers should know an FHA mortgage, even an FHA One-Time Close construction loan is within their reach thanks to low 3.5% down payment requirements and the ability | more...