November 12, 2019

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Do FHA loans have an income cap?

Do FHA Home Loans Have An Income Cap?

Some borrowers learn that FHA mortgage loans are government-backed and guaranteed by the FHA and HUD, which can lead to certain assumptions about the nature of a government-backed mortgage. One of the misconceptions about FHA home loans is that due to their government association have either an income limit, or are otherwise need-based. Some borrowers might be confusing the government-backed USDA loan program with the FAH loan rules. USDA loans ARE need based. However, FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 do not specify a maximum income and do not require a specific financial need to qualify. FHA loans do not have a low-income requirement, a household income cap, or a requirement that you be a first-time buyer. These loans are instead designed for those who want to purchase a home | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules About Borrower Debt

FHA Home Loan Rules About Borrower Debt

Do you know what your lender is required to do when you fill out an FHA mortgage loan application? Part of the lender’s job is to make sure that the loan applicant can realistically afford the new home loan, and making that determination means reviewing your current debt. HUD 4000.1, the FHA Lender’s Handbook for single family mortgages, has instructions for the lender in this area. It begins stating the lender’s responsibilities: “The Mortgagee must determine the Borrower’s monthly liabilities by reviewing all debts listed on the credit report, Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), and required documentation.” How is that accomplished? “All applicable monthly liabilities must be included in the qualifying ratio. ” Your lender will calculate your debt ratio using one method that includes only your current debt, and | more...

 
The Difference Between Homeowner's Insurance And Mortgage Insurance

FHA Loans For First-Time Borrowers: Debt Ratios

One area that is just as important as FICO scores and credit reports to first-time borrowers? The amount of debt versus the amount of monthly income. This is known as a debt-to-income ratio or debt ratio for short; this is just as crucial for a borrower as their FICO scores. Many borrowers already know this; they have spoken to a lender or a housing counselor, or they have done their research already and fully understand that if you have too much outgoing debt and not enough monthly income, your home loan chances are in jeopardy. But what is not as well-known? The fact that there are actually TWO debt ratios the lender will look at. Yes, there are two calculations and if you don’t anticipate the second one you may | more...

 
Do FHA loans have an income cap?

FHA Home Loan Income Limits Do Not Exist

Some borrowers confuse the features of the FHA home loan program with other government-backed loans, but when it comes to the question of income limits, FHA borrowers do not need to worry-there are NO income limits for FHA home loans. Those who misunderstand the FHA loan program as a need-based home loan option are likely confusing FHA mortgages with USDA loans, which are need-based and DO have income limits. Real estate purchases with FHA loans are not the same as their USDA counterparts. FHA Mortgages Are Not Just For First-Time Home Buyers We repeat: FHA mortgages are not only for first-time home buyers, and they are not restricted to those who may fall into a lower income category. Any financially qualified borrower can be approved for an FHA mortgage as | more...

 
Why You Can't Buy An Airbnb With An FHA Mortgage

Home Loan Credit Problems: Unresolved Borrower Debt

What can jeopardize a home loan application? There are many factors, but delinquent and unresolved debt are two areas that first-time home buyers should be keenly aware of; these issues can derail a mortgage loan application depending on the severity and amount of the debt. We discuss debt ratios and related issues in this space all the time; the unresolved debt issue is related to debt ratios in a way (the resolution of the debt will likely add to the debt ratio in some way) but an account that is delinquent, and/or in dispute is a separate area altogether. It’s always best to apply for any major line of credit with a minimum of 12 months of on-time payments; anything less could threaten your ability to get loan approval. But | more...

 
Why You Can't Buy An Airbnb With An FHA Mortgage

Signs You Are Not Ready To Apply For A Home Loan

How does a first-time buyer know they are ready to apply for a home loan? There are some instances where a first-time borrower is definitely NOT ready, do you know what they are? You Don’t Know Your FICO Scores If you don’t know what your FICO scores are, you aren’t truly prepared to apply for a home loan. You need to know what the lender will know when she reviews your credit report. If you apply without knowing your scores, you risk wasting time and money. You Haven’t Reviewed Your Credit Report In The Last Months Leading Up To Your Credit Application If you don’t know what your loan officer will see when your credit report is pulled, you aren’t ready to apply for a loan. Evidence of identity theft, | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Perfect Credit: Fact Versus Fiction

FHA Home Loan Debt-To-Income Ratios

First-time home buyers looking at their FHA mortgage options hear a lot of about the debt-to-income ratio and how it affects the borrower’s ability to get a home loan approved. But do you know how the FHA lender is supposed to calculate that debt ratio? The rules governing this are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1. It explains to the lender that there are actually two debt ratio calculations that must be made. One is the total monthly mortgage payment compared to the total monthly income, the other is the total “fixed payment” compared to the borrower’s income. These debt ratios are complicated by the requirement that the income used to calculate the ratio must be lender-verified and certain kinds of unverifiable income will not count in the | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: A Q&A

What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Income Verification

What do borrowers need to know about FHA home loans and income verification requirements? The short answer is that it depends on several factors including the nature of the borrower’s job. Why is this true? Why isn’t there a standard answer? Because there are a variety of different employment types and FHA loan rules must address them. Self-employed borrowers are held to a different set of requirements because verifying that income requires a different set of procedures than for “traditional” employment. Those who work in the gig economy as contractors, 1099 workers, etc. are also in a different set of circumstances than a typical 9-5 worker, so those employees need their own procedures, too. FHA Loan Income Verification Rules For more traditional employment, the lender may require pay stubs, tax | more...

 
What You Should Know About Mortgage Loan Interest Rates And The Fed Rate Cut

How To Prepare For An FHA Mortgage: Check Your Spending

Do you know how to prepare for an FHA mortgage? If you aren’t currently doing a check on your spending as part of your mortgage loan preparation stage, you may need to run some numbers on your personal finances before you commit to house hunting and an FHA mortgage application. How To Take A Realistic Look At Your Monthly Spending Habits To Prepare For An FHA Home Loan Consider pulling your bank statements for the last year to review your spending habits, and pay close attention to the habits you notice over the most recent three to six months. Your financial institution may have a spending tracker for personal accounts that may help, or you may wish to invest in a personal finance app or tracking software to help you | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance

Can I Use My GI Bill Housing Allowance For An FHA Home Loan?

Military borrowers who are considering an FHA home loan may wonder if they are permitted to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill housing stipend as part of their qualifying income for an FHA mortgage. FHA loan rules found in HUD 4000.1 require the lender to verify all sources of income for the borrower; verifiable income that qualifies may be counted in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. This process is important because if a borrower’s debts exceed a certain ratio compared to the amount of income, it may be harder for the lender to justify approving the FHA mortgage. So it makes sense that a borrower who qualifies for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or Forever GI Bill benefits might want to have their housing stipend included in the income they submit | more...