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FHA Appraisal Rules Change To Help Borrowers

The FHA and HUD have revised appraisal rules for FHA single-family loans. Among the changes, FHA lenders must now provide home buyers with “clarified guidelines to contest an appraisal or request a reconsideration of value (ROV.) “root out racial, ethnic, or national origin bias in residential property valuations” on homes purchased with FHA mortgages.” HUD Publishes Its New Appraisal Guidelines A HUD mortgagee letter published in May 2024 says there are important changes in HUD’s Nondiscrimination Policy, Appraiser Conduct, and other Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Roster Appraiser requirements.  The goal is to create more equity in the appraisal process and “ensure appraisals for insured Mortgages are performed in a competent, independent, impartial, and objective manner” and that appraisers conform to what HUD calls the “Competency Rule.” Changes To FHA Appraisal | more...

 
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Can You Lose Earnest Money With An FHA Mortgage?

There are many different types of home loans, but most of them have one thing in common: the need to use home loan earnest money as a serious buyer. You don’t have to save or plan for earnest money when you are preparing for a home loan, but it is a bad idea not to, as we examine below. Earnest Money Defined Fannie Mae has an article on its official site discussing the nature of earnest money. That discussion includes the following: “Buyers demonstrate their commitment to purchasing a home by submitting an earnest money deposit. This money is held temporarily in an escrow account along with their offer.” NerdWallet.com also rings in, saying “Earnest money is a good-faith deposit you make on a home to show the seller you’re | more...

 
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What To Know About FHA Loan Application Documents

There is documentation required to process your home loan application and knowing what you need to submit in advance will speed up your home loan application journey. Do you know what your home loan or refinance loan transaction requires of you? The lender requires tax documents, information about the sources of your down payment, access to your credit reports, and more. But there are rules about who provides these documents, and you’ll need to be aware of them when gathering your paperwork. FHA Loan Rules On Documentation Some of the information your lender needs comes from you personally. This includes your photo identification and proof of legal residence in the USA (which may be required where applicable). FHA loan rules say you do not have to be a citizen to | more...

 
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FHA Home Loan Facts To Know Before You Buy

Many articles discuss what you can and cannot do with an FHA mortgage, such as the types of homes you can buy or whether or not you can earn money from a house you purchase with an FHA loan. But there are other issues you should know in the don’t department. For example, did you know you can finance certain closing costs, including the FHA upfront mortgage insurance premium? However, rules govern that portion of the transaction. The big takeaway from those rules is that you can’t finance a portion of that up-front mortgage insurance premium. FHA loan rules (not the lender’s requirements) state that a borrower pays the loan in full or finances it in full at closing time. There are other similar issues to know when you are | more...

 
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Questions To Answer Before You Start Househunting

Making assumptions about the home loan process can hurt you. For example, some borrowers believe the FHA loan program is wrong for them because they aren’t financially disadvantaged. That assumption is not true. Others wrongly believe it is impossible to qualify for an FHA loan because they have less-than-perfect credit. This is sometimes true depending on the circumstances but if your FICO scores are above 500, this type of mortgage is worth considering. Additional lender standards may apply but the FHA loan program offers more forgiving credit requirements than some conventional equivalents. Any Residence Can Be Purchased With An FHA Mortgage? FHA single-family home loans are not permitted for investment properties. That said, it’s possible to use an FHA mortgage to buy a one-to-four-unit property but the borrower must live | more...

 
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FHA Loans and Home Inspections

The difference between an FHA appraisal and a home inspection is a serious issue. Borrowers applying for an FHA mortgage to buy a home must have an FHA appraisal to ensure that the property meets minimum standards. But when a home passes the appraisal process or allows the loan to go through as long as required corrections are made, does that mean the property has been inspected and approved by the FHA? Not according to the FHA official site, which says an appraisal is never a guarantee or endorsement of any kind. Borrowers should know that the purpose of the appraisal is to establish the home’s fair market value and ensure that the home meets the minimum standards. However, the appraisal is not intended to discover any/all issues with a | more...

 
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Will FHA Loan Policies Change After The NAR Settlement?

It was a legal move that stunned the mortgage industry. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) agreed “to pay $418 million over roughly four years to resolve all claims against the group by home sellers related to broker commissions,” according to a CBS News report. The settlement also affects how much in real estate commissions may be paid by the seller. The old 6% requirement has been eliminated. Federal agencies, including the FHA and HUD, are now working to assure customers and clients that the news won’t upend certain aspects of the FHA loan process. The Settlement Thanks to the proposed settlement, sellers may potentially pocket the savings they get by not having to pay the old traditional 6% MLS listing fee. Could those savings encourage some home sellers to | more...

 
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Who Needs Homeowner Insurance?

FHA loans, VA mortgages, and similar government-backed home loans don’t force the borrower to select specific types of homeowner insurance to protect your investment but that does not mean it’s not necessary. Mortgage insurance protects the lender. If the borrower defaults on the FHA home loan, mortgage insurance minimizes the loss for the bank. Home insurance, on the other hand, is a tool for the borrower. It protects your investment by insuring your home and its contents depending on the wording of your specific policy.  First And Foremost Paying for both insurance types may make you feel there is protection for all circumstances. But not all types of damage are covered by your insurer. Did you know that flood insurance is completely separate from insurance for water damage? Some borrowers | more...

 
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First Time Home Buyers Should Know These FHA Loan Rules

There are some FHA loan issues that are crucial to understand before you commit to a lender or a mortgage.  For example, do you know what to do if the appraisal is lower than the asking price? Or how long you will pay for mortgage insurance? These are important things to know when planning and saving for your mortgage. FHA Loan Appraisal Issues If the house is not worth as much as the price tag, your participating FHA lender cannot lend more than the actual value of the property. This rule does not prevent add-ons to the loan, but the base loan amount is for the appraised value. If you want to buy a house that appraises lower than the asking price, you can’t finance the difference. You must pay | more...

 
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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 the best mortgage loan for you? If you are a first-time home buyer and feel 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 homebuyers or those who have never owned property. You can own other property and still buy a home as your primary residence using an FHA loan whether you’ve purchased another property or not. #5: FHA Loans Are Guaranteed | more...