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House Hunting Advice For First-Time Home Buyers

House Hunting Advice For First-Time Home Buyers

When you start making plans to work with a realtor, there are some very good things to consider ahead of time. Checklists, online mortgage calculators, and other home buying tools are only some of the things you’ll want in your house hunting toolkit when you are ready to become a home owner. Decide What Your Priorities Are For Your New Home Before you ever fill out FHA home loan paperwork, and long before you decide which real estate agent to work with, you should have an idea of what your main priorities are for your new home. Do you need a home located near a certain school or type of school? Are you looking for some place quiet and residential and nowhere near a shopping mall, gas station, or movie | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For Homes Built Before 1978

FHA Home Loans For Homes Built Before 1978

FHA home loans are offered for a variety of home needs including building a house from the ground up with an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, but there is also an option to use your FHA mortgage to buy an older home that is not considered new construction. In cases where the property is older than 1978, there are some additional rules regarding the potential for lead paint in the residence that all borrowers thinking about buying older property should be aware of. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 point out that any home built prior to 1978 must include disclosures to the buyer: “…the seller must disclose any information known about lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before selling the house, in accordance with the HUD-EPA Lead Disclosure | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: Why You Want To Haggle With The Seller

How Do I Refinance My Home Loan?

Are you planning to buy your first home and wondering about your refinance loan options later down the line? Do you already own a home you need to refinance? There is good news for you; refinancing with an FHA mortgage can help you get into a lower mortgage payment, get out of an adjustable rate mortgage, or even renovate your house. What does it take to refinance a home loan with an FHA mortgage? Choose The Refinance Loan You Need There are several FHA refinance loan options. If you need to remodel or repair your home at the same time you refinance, you can apply for an FHA 203(k) rehab loan that provides funds for approved upgrades and improvements. But the FHA rehab refinance loan (which is also available as | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Approval Rules You Should Know

FHA Home Loan Approval Rules You Should Know

If you are a first-time home buyer or have never used an FHA home loan before, there are some rules about FHA mortgages you should know before getting started. FHA Home Loan Approval Depends On More Than Your Credit Score It’s easy to fixate on credit scores and they are a major part of what your lender will use to determine a borrower’s creditworthiness. But it’s not the only criteria. Your income, employment, and credit habits will all be examined at home loan application time. FHA loan rules specifically require the lender to verify two years of employment, and that employment does not have to be with the same company. The rules also require your lender to determine that your income is likely to continue. But this is possible even | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance Rules You Need To Know Now

FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance Rules You Need To Know Now

FHA home loan rules allow down payment assistance for the mortgage for both first time buyers and experienced house hunters alike. There are down payment assistance programs for first-time borrowers, there are down payment gift funds that can be provided by family, friends, or employers…but all of these are subject to FHA loan rules. FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance Rules HUD 4000.1 says down payment assistance cannot come from any entity or party that has a stake in the outcome of the home loan sale or the approval of the mortgage loan. That includes: -The seller of the Property; -Any other person or Entity who financially benefits from the transaction (directly or indirectly); or Anyone who is or will be reimbursed, directly or indirectly, by any party included in | more...

 
Why You Could Buy A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

FHA Home Loan Answers For First-Time Borrowers

First-time borrowers have many questions about FHA home loans. Here are some common questions and the basic answers, which should give you plenty to discuss with a lender when the time is right. What do you need to know about an FHA home loan? Can I Earn Too Much Money To Qualify For An FHA Mortgage? FHA loans do not have an income cap and these mortgages are not need-based loans. First-time home buyers may have financial constraints such as a tight budget and a need to save money up front on the transaction, and the FHA loan program is designed to help such borrowers with lower down payment requirements and the ability to finance certain closing costs. Do I Have To Live In The Home I Buy With An | more...

 
FHA Home Loans and Help With Down Payments

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. A Wall Street Journal report from January 2019 discusses “the bank of Mom and Dad” as one of the most influential factors in home buying. Did you know that according to the Wall Street Journal, approximately 26% of the FHA loan transactions included financial help from parents? The Bank Of Mom And Dad can be a powerful factor in buying a first home. But some first-time home buyers aren’t | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Qualifying Income: Disability Benefits

FHA Home Loans And Qualifying Income: Disability Benefits

When you apply for an FHA home loan to buy real estate, your lender will need to verify your income and employment. Some borrowers may wish to submit disability income for consideration but aren’t sure if that income will qualify. FHA loan rules address these concerns; HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender how to verify disability income, and defines how disability income may qualify. According to HUD 4000.1, the lender is required to “verify and document the Borrower’s receipt of benefits from the SSA, VA, or private disability insurance provider. The Mortgagee must obtain documentation that establishes award benefits to the Borrower. “ What Disqualifies Disability Income From Consideration For An FHA Home Loan If the borrower’s disability income has an expiration date within three years from the date of the | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Qualifying Income: Disability Benefits

FHA Home Loan Approval For First-Time Home Buyers

What should you know about FHA home loan approval? Buying a first home or a larger property after purchasing a starter home with an FHA mortgage can be less stressful if you remember a few important things right at the start. FHA Home Loans Require A (Lower) Down Payment FHA mortgage loans require a minimum of 3.5% down. Compare that with other mortgage loans such as a conventional mortgage, or other government backed mortgage loans such as the USDA program. Yes, when you do research on USDA loans, you will find a no-down payment option offered to some qualified borrowers. But USDA loans are need-based, and FHA home loans are not. Any financially qualified borrower can apply for an FHA loan if they intend to use the house they buy | more...

 
Five reasons to buy your first real estate with an FHA home loan.

Five Reasons To Buy Your First Real Estate With An FHA Home Loan

FHA home loans are a great way to make your first real estate purchase. Are you looking at homes for sale and trying to decide which is the best mortgage loan for you? If you are a first-time home buyer and feel a bit confused by what your real estate agent finds in MLS listing data while searching for “houses near me”, remember that the FHA mortgage loan option is available to anyone who financially qualifies. If you are talking to a real estate agent, do not forget that FHA loans are not restricted to first-time home buyers or those who have never owned property before. You can own other property and still buy a home to live in as your primary residence using an FHA loan whether you’ve purchased | more...