December 2, 2021

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Home loan approval and debt

How To Get Cash Back On An FHA Home Loan

Do you need to know how to get cash back on an FHA home loan? If you want to purchase a home with an FHA “forward mortgage” you might be tempted to ask your lender if it’s possible to apply for more mortgage loan money than is required to complete the transaction. This question usually comes with the hope of being allowed to take the extra loan funds out in cash similar to a personal loan. Some borrowers want to know if they can do this, but that specific scenario is definitely NOT possible under FHA home loan rules. Borrowers are not permitted to get cash back in such cases (we’re discussing FHA purchase loans here and NOT FHA cash-out refinance loan options) except in the form of a refund | more...

 
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How Long Do You Have To Be At A Job To Get An FHA Loan?

How long do you have to be at one particular job to get an FHA loan? The employment issue is an important one, but some borrowers misunderstand the rules, thinking them to be more strict than they actually are. What is the reality of the FHA loan employment rules? FHA Loan Rules For Minimum Employment Standards The rules governing FHA loan employment standards are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, which includes the following requirement on how the lender must verify the borrower’s employment history: “Mortgagees must not accept or use documents relating to the employment, income, assets, or credit of Borrowers that have been handled by, or transmitted from or through the equipment of unknown parties, or Interested Parties.” Furthermore, the lender “may not accept or use | more...

 
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FHA Mobile Home Loans Get Enchancements

For the first time in four decades, the Federal Housing Administration has published major new guidelines to improve the sale of manufactured homes, mobile homes, etc. In a press release on the FHA and HUD official sites, it was announced that the FHA Title One Program for purchasing mobile homes has been revised and “enhanced” with policies designed to streamline the program and help those who want to use and FHA mortgage to buy a manufactured home. These rules are updated to include FHA mortgages for mobile homes that are “titled as personal” as well as the lot where such a home would be placed. Motivation for these enhancements includes a need to make the program guidelines more understandable to both lenders and borrowers, “while providing expanded eligibility requirements for | more...

 
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Who May Contribute To My FHA Home Loan? Interested Party Contributions

Who my contribute to my FHA home loan? That is a question many want to know, and the answers don’t always point to the most obvious type of contribution the borrower may seek-the FHA mortgage loan required down payment. How much and to which areas can an interested party contribute to for the borrower’s FHA mortgage? FHA loan rules governing this topic are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Loan Handbook for single-family mortgage loan transactions. To begin, it should be noted that down payment source funds are strictly regulated and must come from a verifiable source the lender can investigate to make sure FHA loan rules have been followed. In general, down payment contributions cannot come from interested parties to include “sellers, real estate agents, builders, developers or other | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

What Goes Into Your Mortgage Payment

Are you new to the house-hunting process? Do you need to know what goes into a monthly mortgage payment? It’s a lot more than just dividing up your loan amount by the number of years you want to pay on the mortgage. With a home loan, it is true that your main numbers will include the amount you pay on the loan principal and the interest, divided by the number of months you are obligated to on the mortgage note.  HUD 4000.1 is the FHA single-family home loan rule book. It has all the guidelines your participating FHA lender needs to process and approve or deny your loan application. And when your lender accepts your application for review, she will not simply run the numbers on the principal and interest.  | more...

 
Low Mortgage Rates and Refinance Options

FHA Home Loan Pre-Approval: Issues To Consider

Getting mortgage pre-approval is an important step in the home buyer journey. It indicates to the seller and to a lender that you are serious about your home loan and that you are ready to commit to the right property and the right price. So what should you know about mortgage pre-approval before you apply? There are some basic questions to ask yourself before you start filling out the forms to get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved for an FHA home loan means asking yourself how good your credit score is and how high your credit card balances are. It’s best to start asking these questions far in advance of your home loan so that you have ample time to work on your credit issues where they might exist, and also so | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules And Your Personal Information

Worried About FHA Home Loan Interest Rates?

What forces affect FHA home loan interest rates? If you are worried about getting the best FHA loan rate, you should know what factors go into the mortgage rate you are offered by a participating lender. There are multiple factors that influence rates, some are market forces but some are directly in the borrower’s control–at least in terms of the rate you could be offered. The most important thing to understand about rates–especially home loan interest rates–is that they fluctuate frequently. This means that some aspects of the rate you are offered are beyond your control. Other aspects are in the borrower’s ability to change for better or worse. What do we mean? Your Choices Can Affect The Interest Rate You Are Offered The choices you make as a consumer | more...

 
FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgages Versus Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The End Of National Homeownership Month

The month of June is National Homeownership Month, and now that the month is over, the FHA and HUD are reminding potential FHA borrowers about government initiatives to encourage homeownership, prevent discrimination, and enable first-time homebuyers to consider purchasing a new house. The HUD official site announced at the end of June that there are more initiatives coming to improve free access to housing and further prosecute violations of the Fair Housing Act. According to a press release on HUD.gov, this process began in the first days of the Biden Administration with the newly-sworn-in President of the United States issuing a memorandum to the Department of Housing and Urban Development “to address discrimination in our housing market”. Since those earliest days, HUD has issued a proposed rule “on countering housing | more...

 
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What First-Time Home Buyers Need To Know

Some people aren’t sure if they are considered first-time home buyers or not, and in some cases it definitely makes a difference. Some people don’t realize they are considered first time home buyers even though they owned property in the past. It is important to know your status as a buyer as those eligible for first-time buyer status in local communities may qualify for down payment help on their FHA mortgages. What does it take to be considered a first-time home buyer? What are the advantages?  There is a persistent myth about FHA home loans that fools some people from considering FHA loans as an option. But if you have owned property in the past, depending on how far back in the past that home ownership goes, you may qualify | more...

 
Buying a House

Can I Make A Home Loan Down Payment With Bitcoin?

What can consumers who own Ethereum or other cryptocurrencies do with these funds? There are many platforms for buying and selling virtual currencies themselves, and more shopping options open up for Bitcoin and other crytpo all the time. Some house hunters who are invested in cryptocurrencies are wondering whether it is possible to make a down payment on a home with Bitcoin or other virtual cash. The answer to the house buying question depends on the nature of the transaction–for example, an arrangement between a seller and a buyer involving Bitcoin may be possible if all parties can agree. But what about when a lender gets involved? If you have a situation where a buyer wants to use Bitcoin or other virtual currencies to make a down payment on an | more...