September 19, 2019

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Will FHA Loans Let Me Rent Out My Home?

Will FHA Loans Let Me Rent Out My Home?

Will FHA loan rules allow you to rent out the property you purchase with an FHA mortgage? There are many who wish to buy a home to start working as a landlord, but if you wish to do this with an FHA mortgage, there are certain restrictions you will need to know before you commit. Many home loans have specific requirements; a borrower may be permitted to buy an investment property with certain kinds of home loans (not FHA) but the trade off may be higher interest rates, more restrictive terms and conditions (depending on the lender), and penalties for early payoff of the mortgage. Being a Landlord With An FHA Home Loan With an FHA home loan, you are permitted to be a landlord as long as you occupy | more...

 
FHA Loans In Special Flood Hazard Areas

FHA Mortgages In Special Flood Hazard Areas

The FHA lender’s handbook, HUD 4000.1, has instructions for the lender to make sure properties to be purchased with an FHA mortgage aren’t located in certain zones. The lender is also tasked with insuring that if the home is located within certain flood hazard areas that the appropriate hazard insurance is obtained as a condition of loan approval. One such zone is the Special Flood Hazard Area or SFHA. HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender to insure that a home is located in an SFHA as declared by FEMA. “The Mortgagee must obtain flood zone determination services, independent of any assessment made by the Appraiser to cover the Life of the Loan Flood Certification” where applicable. But in general, there are some areas where an FHA mortgage simply is not possible | more...

 
How to Get A Loan Estimate

How To Get A Loan Estimate

Have you found a house you want to buy with an FHA mortgage loan? If you don’t know how to request a home loan estimate, there are plenty of resources for you to learn. A home loan estimate can help you compare lenders and decide which is the right one for you. It may include a breakdown of closing costs, interest rates, and the monthly payment and is generally helpful for borrowers trying to decide how much loan to apply for, how much down payment to make, etc. It’s never good to simply apply for the loan with the first mortgage lender you find; consumer watchdog agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) advise borrowers to identify several participating lenders and request loan estimates from all of them. “Contact | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisals: Different Rules For Different Homes

FHA Loan Appraisals: Different Rules For Different Homes

FHA loan appraisals have different standards depending on the type of property you wish to buy. That doesn’t mean that some homes get favorable treatment in the appraisal process than others. What it does mean is that some properties have unique issues. For example, an appraisal for an FHA condo won’t be the same as for a manufactured home. One reason? Manufactured homes do not start off with permanent foundations, and having one is a requirement. A condo unit does not face such problems, so there is a specific appraisal requirement for manufactured housing that such homes be affixed to a permanent foundation that meets FHA and federal standards. A condo unit is already on a foundation, so the requirements there have more to do with the state of the | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Interest Rates: What You Should Know About Low Rates

FHA Home Loans And Interest Rates: What You Should Know About Low Rates

At the time of this writing, what you should know about FHA Home loan interest rates includes the idea that interest rates at the moment are low for FHA mortgages, that the rates are subject to change, and that your credit report will play an important part in the rate you are offered. What do you need to know about FHA home loan interest rates in today’s housing market? FHA Loan Interest Rates Are Currently Very Low Some market watchers are quoting rates as low as 3.25%, and while that mortgage rate assumes a very well-qualified borrower, it is an indication of how low rates have gone in 2019. What’s good for the economy is often bad for mortgage loan interest rates, and the reverse can also be true. With | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Flood Hazard Areas

FHA Home Loans And Flood Hazard Areas

FHA home loans have rules for loan approval that include determining if a house is suitable for the mortgage. In some cases a home might not be approved for a mortgage because of its’ condition, but in others the location of the home may be a problem. This is true in cases where a home is located too near a high pressure gas pipeline, high voltage lines, or mining operations. But there is another aspect of this you should know-the FHA loan rules for homes located in certain areas prone to flooding. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state that the lender is responsible for making sure the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage is not located in certain government-designated flood zones. From HUD 4000.1: “The Mortgagee must | more...

 
Will FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Drop Even More?

FHA Appraisal Standards: What You Need To Know

A recent press release by HUD applauds new lead paint hazard requirements issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Those standards include a more strict requirement for lead levels in certain homes and “child-occupied facilities”. According to a press release on the HUD official site, “Since the 1970s, the United States has made tremendous progress in lowering children’s blood lead levels. In 2001, EPA set standards for lead in dust for floors and windowsills in housing, however since that time, the best available science has evolved to indicate human health effects at lower blood lead levels than previously analyzed.” The new rules don’t necessarily affect FHA appraisal guidelines with specific changes-FHA loan rules address lead paint issues, generally requiring abatement of lead-based paint in homes older than 1978 where there is | more...

 
FHA Loan Tips

FHA Home Loan Tips

FHA Mortgages: Lower Down Payment Requirements And Not Just For First-Time Home Buyers FHA loans require 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home as a down payment unless your credit does not meet the loan program requirements or lender standards. Borrowers with FICO scores of 580 or higher technically qualify for the lowest possible down payment but you will need to check lender requirements since they are not the same from one financial institution to another. FHA Mortgages: Down Payment Assistance IS Permitted You can get help from family, friends, employers, or other third parties-they can provide gift funds for the down payment. FHA loan rules say you can only get down payment help from those with no financial stake in the outcome of the transaction. ALL down payment | more...

 
Home Values Dropping: FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

Home Values Dropping: FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

Real estate values could be entering a new phase, if some real estate blogs are to be belived; a Zillow.com report notes that median home values declined a bit in the spring of 2019. A different online real estate publication notes, “Though values didn’t drop year-over-year, their growth rate to (sic) lag behind 2018’s number.” That information does not necessarily help or hurt a house hunter looking for an FHA mortgage and a home to buy at the moment, but there are some important FHA loan rules to remember that WILL help you in cases where property values or house prices are in a state of decline. Where are values going lower according to Zillow? How about San Francisco? Pittsburgh? Others named include Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego. You | more...

 
Qualifying For An FHA Home Loan With Disability Benefits

FHA Loan Appraisal Questions: Why Is Peeling Paint A Problem?

One common question about FHA appraisals involves the issue of peeling paint. This can be a problem for some homes, especially those built on or before the year 1978. Borrowers want to know why the appraiser reviewed the home (the appraisal is not a property inspection) and required a correction of a peeling paint issue as a condition of loan approval. The borrower’s question in these cases is normally a variation on, “It’s just a cosmetic issue, why is the appraiser making a big deal out of peeling paint?” Unfortunately, for homes (including condo units) built on or before 1978, peeling paint is not just a cosmetic problem due to the use of lead paint in those construction projects before it was recognized as a safety hazard. FHA home loan | more...