January 24, 2022

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Don’t Get Scammed When Refinancing Your FHA Mortgage

Are you considering an FHA Cash-Out Refinance loan in 2022? What about your options under the FHA Streamline Refinance program or the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage option for qualifying borrowers aged 62 or older? Each of the refinance loan options above could be used as a tool by scammers to try to fool you into paying money to someone other than your lender. All it takes is a “spoofed” e-mail that looks like it came from a legitimate source or a text message from a number you don’t recognize and some people are on the hook. Others know to look for the signs of a scam and avoid trouble by spotting the signs. How many unsolicited e-mails, junk mail, and robocalls do you get each month associated with some kind | more...

 
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Do You Need Down Payment Assistance For Your Mortgage?

If you want to buy a home and you worry about the down payment, you may be able to get help from a state or local down payment assistance program offered in your housing market.  If you are considering an FHA mortgage, you should know that the FHA itself does not offer down payment help, but does recommend borrowers seek such programs to help lower the overall upfront cost of the mortgage. What kinds of down payment help is available? There are many options depending on the state where you live and whether or not you have owned property recently.  One issue that is common for many state-level down payment assistance programs? Being either a first-time homebuyer who has never owned a home before, OR being a former homeowner who | 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 the borrower does not always have to pay that money out of pocket. Why? State and local down payment assistance programs can help–a borrower using a state or local program that meets FHA standards for third-party down payment help could save thousands upfront on the loan. What kind of standards are | more...

 
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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...

 
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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...