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Do You Need Down Payment Help?

FHA Home Loans and Help With Down Payments

First-time home buyers looking for real estate to buy with an FHA loan may be intimidated by the notion of saving up for and making any kind of down payment, let alone a percentage of the appraised value of the home. But it’s important to remember that borrowers have options with FHA mortgage loans that can help offset the down payment. Did you know that just over a quarter of all FHA loans at one time featured parental contributions toward the down payment? That information is according to the Wall Street Journal, which reports some 26% of the FHA loan transactions included financial help from parents–WSJ calls it “The Bank Of Mom And Dad” and it can be a powerful factor in buying a first home. But some first-time home | more...

 
Buying a House

What To Know About FHA Mortgage Insurance

What do you need to know about FHA mortgage insurance? There are basically two payment plans for FHA mortgage insurance premiums; one for 11 years and one for the lifetime of the FHA loan.  There is an Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium you pay at closing time, and then there is the annual mortgage insurance premium split up over the 12 mortgage payments a year you are scheduled to make. FHA Mortgage Insurance: How Long? FHA mortgage insurance is required on most FHA loans. Streamline Refinances and certain other loans like those for homes on Native American tribal lands have a lower rate than for purchase loans and other FHA refinance options.  If you pay 10% down on an FHA mortgage you may have the option of ending your FHA | more...

 
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FHA Loans: Calculating The Monthly Mortgage Payment

One of the most important questions a home loan applicant can ask is, “How much will my monthly mortgage payment be?” While this may seem to be a simple calculation of how much the loan is, divided by how many months the mortgage loan payments are required, the truth is that it’s more complex than that. Mortgage loan applicants have a variety of online mortgage calculators to help them arrive at estimates, but what actually goes into the calculation of your monthly mortgage payment? If it’s not a simple matter of taking the loan amount and dividing it by the number of months the loan term is set for, what DOES go into those calculations? There are a variety of things. The basic calculation we mention is part of it, | more...

 
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What Do FHA Loan Closing Costs Include?

What do FHA loan closing costs include? There are certain fees and expenses you will need to save up for during the planning stages of your FHA home loan. They include an up-front mortgage insurance premium, home inspection, appraisal fees, and other costs that add up and you may encounter unexpected costs like a compliance inspection that would come on the heels of the appraisal where repairs or corrections are required. They are not required in all home loan cases (only when deemed necessary as a result of the appraisal), so it’s not an expense you will definitely have to pay. Remember that the less you have included in the loan amount (certain permitted closing costs may be added to the loan) the lower your mortgage payments potentially are. Closing | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

What You Need To Know About FHA Loan Closing Costs

What do you need to know about FHA home loans, cash to close, and your obligations at closing time? If you are a first-time homebuyer it’s easy to get confused (initially) about the difference between your down payment money, closing cost funds, and other expenses like the home inspection.  Some of the early confusion comes because some do not understand the FHA philosophy about the down payment and the other expenses associated with closing day.  When you pay closing costs, that money is not lumped into your downpayment requirement. In other words, if you pay X amount of money at closing time for things like the FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium and other expenses, that money is NOT considered part of your FHA loan downpayment. HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loans And Current Interest Rates

The FHA Borrower’s “Secret Weapon” For Closing Costs

Do you know about one of the secrets of managing your closing costs for an FHA home loan? We’re talking specifically about seller contributions to your closing costs for your FHA purchase loan–what the seller is permitted to contribute under the rules for your FHA mortgage. Buying a home requires more cash than some borrowers expect–at first. There are appraisals and home inspections to pay for, sometimes a pest inspection may be needed, and you may also have to pay or anticipate paying some taxes, compliance inspection fees, and more. Negotiating with the seller to pay a portion of your closing costs is (believe it or not) fairly common in the mortgage industry.  Individual sellers and individual house hunters alike may need some time to get used to this idea | more...

 
FHA Loans

FHA Home Loans And Your Downpayment

There are good reasons to put more money down on a low-down-payment mortgage like an FHA home loan. There are also important reasons why someone might not be able to pay as much upfront on the home loan as they would like. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a larger downpayment? The biggest disadvantage for some is the basic financial outlay of cash. Financial circumstances don’t permit all buyers to pay a lot out of pocket for their home loans. In such cases, downpayment assistance programs offered by state or local agencies can help those who qualify. For those who can afford to pay more upfront? The most obvious, Home Loans 101-type advice is that a bigger downpayment lowers your interest costs over the lifetime of the loan because | more...

 
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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...