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Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

The FHA and HUD have announced higher FHA forward loan limits for 2021. Most borrowers will experience a higher FHA loan limit depending on their location and other variables. Federal law requires FHA to establish forward mortgage / purchase loan floor and ceiling loan limits each year. These limits are based on the loan limit set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency for conventional mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The national conforming loan limit for 2021 is $548,250. While these limits DO NOT apply until 1 January 2021, you can locate the entire list of FHA loan limits. That list includes areas at the FHA ceiling, areas between the floor and the ceiling at the FHA official site. The National Housing Act and its amendments | more...

FHA Home Loan Questions

Common Questions About FHA Mobile Home Loans

FHA home loan options include FHA mortgages for mobile homes. You can buy a mobile home, manufactured home, or modular home using an FHA mortgage and there are many common questions about this type of FHA mortgage option. What Does the FHA Define As A Manufactured Home? The FHA official site describes a mobile home (also known as a manufactured home) as a property built “to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) and displays a red certification label on the exterior of each transportable section”. The FHA official site also states that manufactured homes are built “in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant” and are transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis. FHA loan rules state that any mobile home must be affixed | more...

FHA Home Loan

Do I Need To Use An Escrow Account For My Home Loan?

An escrow account is a tool you and the lender can use to simplify mortgage payment issues with respect to property taxes, homeowner insurance, and other payments. Depending on the nature of your mortgage your lender may require the use of escrow, especially if you are applying for a One-Time Close construction loan or an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loan or 203(k) refinance loan. Escrow accounts make it possible for some hands-off payments for property taxes and other expenses. Escrow may be required by law depending on the state you’re buying in and the circumstances of your loan. Escrow accounts may be referred to as impound accounts and if you are putting a fixed amount of money into escrow each month (via your mortgage payment), your lender is basically letting those | more...

FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: “Identity Of Interest”

What does it mean to have an “identity of interest” when applying for an FHA home loan? This can be an issue if the borrower has been renting the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage from the seller prior to the home loan application. That is not the only issue addressed under the rules for identity of interest–those with family ties buying or selling to one another may also need to have an understanding of the rules in this area. What is the meaning of “identity of interest?” The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, describes identity of interest transactions as a real estate sale between two parties “with an existing Business Relationship” or between family members. The word “interest” in this case refers to the interest the seller | more...

FHA Home Loan Income Rules

FHA Home Loans: What Kind Of House Can I Buy or Build?

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 include guidelines for lenders explaining what types of property are eligible, and what types are ineligible, for an FHA mortgage. You might not realize at first that an FHA mortgage can be used for properties other than typical suburban homes; FHA mortgages can be used to buy or build a typical family house, but also to purchase condo units, manufactured housing, and much more. The list of property types you can choose from includes the previously mentioned types but also: detached or semi-detached dwellings Manufactured Housing townhouses or row houses individual units within FHA-approved Condominium Projects You can buy existing construction, new construction that has never been occupied, or have a home built from scratch using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan. What some | more...

FHA Appraisal Refunds?

FHA Appraisal Refunds?

Some borrowers don’t understand the nature of the home loan appraisal process and as a result, they often ask a common question if the results of the appraisal don’t come back as expected. The process works like this–a buyer goes looking for a home to purchase with an FHA mortgage. They find a home they want to buy and before the home loan can be approved, there is a required FHA appraisal. The appraisal is a tool for the lender, not the borrower, to help establish the market value of the property and insure the house meets minimum standards. The home loan amount is based in part on the appraisal and homes don’t always appraise for what the borrower or seller thinks it should. In situations where the appraisal comes | more...

Time Is Running Out On Exterior-Only FHA Appraisals

Time Is Running Out On Exterior-Only FHA Appraisals

In August 2020, the FHA and HUD issued an extension of their temporary exterior-only appraisal guidelines for borrowers applying for FHA mortgages and refinance loans. This measure, and others similar to it, came after the President declared a national emergency with respect to the coronavirus pandemic and, according to the FHA/HUD official site, “initiated actions to stem the threat to public health and the American economy.” On March 27, 2020, HUD published Mortgagee Letter 2020-05, authorizing “flexibilities to the re-verification of employment and Acceptable Appraisal Reporting Forms and Protocols by allowing exceptions for Exterior-Only and Desktop Appraisal inspections in certain transactions”. The original measures were issued in March of 2020 to allow FHA appraisers to perform their work on FHA mortgages without having to put themselves at risk of COVID-19 | more...

FHA Home Loan Resources

Is A Property Eligible for an FHA Mortgage Loan If It Has Asbestos?

Borrowers interested in purchasing older properties using an FHA insured mortgage could face several challenges depending on the nature of the property. For example, some buildings insulated or otherwise constructed with asbestos products could pose a health hazard. FHA rules include minimum property requirements for safety, which address situations like these. Is a property eligible for an FHA loan if it has asbestos in it?

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What Is An FHA Loan Down Payment?

What is an FHA loan down payment? Most people in the house-hunting process are familiar or will become familiar with down payments-the money required from the borrower upfront which is paid against the principal of the loan. There’s a long-standing notion about the nature of down payments; if a borrower invests a large amount of money upfront, they have a bigger stake in making on-time payments and remaining in good standing on the mortgage loan. But that idea isn’t addressed in the FHA loan rulebook. What is discussed is the nature of the minimum required cash investment or the down payment on an FHA mortgage. All FHA loans for new purchases will require a minimum FHA loan down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. Naturally, the | more...

HUD Announces Changes To Exterior-Only Appraisal Guidelines For FHA Purchase Loans

FHA And HUD Propose Revised FHA Loan Guidelines

The FHA and HUD have proposed an overhaul of its single-family mortgage loan program with an eye on “expediting homeowner assistance and achieving operational efficiencies” designed to lower the costs of servicing FHA mortgages. The FHA has proposed a set of policies that–while not currently adapted and are under a review and industry comment period–are designed to “remove unnecessary barriers for homeowners seeking mortgage payment relief,” according to an FHA press release as well as “achieve operational consistency with industry standard best practices”, details of which are listed below. These proposed alterations come at a time of increased uncertainty as coronavirus outbreaks have increased across a large number of states and the threat of extended or additional lockdown measures looking large. The FHA and HUD seek to improve the ability | more...