August 19, 2017

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What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

What Is An FHA Loan Limit? Part Two

What Is An FHA Loan Limit? We’ve been exploring this question-in our previous blog post we looked at the basics of FHA loan limits. According to the FHA/HUD official site, “The maximum mortgage amount that FHA will insure on a specific purchase is calculated by multiplying the appropriate LTV percentage by the Adjusted Value. In order for FHA to insure this maximum mortgage amount, the Borrower must make a Minimum Required Investment (MRI) of at least 3.5 percent of the Adjusted Value.” FHA loan limits are set by the National Housing Act and will vary depending on the housing market. Some areas are low-cost markets, some are high-cost, and others are simply “average”. But what does that mean for the typical FHA loan applicant? The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, | more...

 
What is an FHA loan limit?

What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

What is an FHA loan limit? The answer to this question can be found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, which begins by explaining: “A Mortgage that is to be insured by FHA cannot exceed the Nationwide Mortgage Limits, the nationwide area mortgage limit, or the maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. The maximum LTV ratios vary depending upon the type of Borrower, type of transaction (purchase or refinance), program type, and stage of construction.” Furthermore, the handbook says that for most FHA loan programs the maximum mortgage is either the Nationwide Mortgage Limit for that area or “a percentage of the Adjusted Value”. The handbook breaks down how a home’s adjusted value is calculated, according to transaction. For new purchase or “forward mortgages”, the handbook states: “For purchase transactions, the | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loans

FHA Loan Limits: Low-Cost Areas, High-Cost Areas

FHA loan limits can be puzzling to those unfamiliar with how the program works. FHA loans are calculated based upon the appraised value of the property or the sale price, whichever is lower. There are other factors that will help determine the final amount of the home loan including whether approved closing costs have been rolled into the loan, approved energy efficient upgrades, etc. But housing markets vary across the nation. What is an affordable, modest price for a house in one area won’t be enough to purchase property in a high-cost area. So how does the FHA determine what the proper loan amount should be with this factor in mind? HUD 4000.1 has the answers, listing FHA loan limits, and their requirements and loan guaranty limits for low-cost areas | more...

 

Maximum Loan Amounts For FHA Loans

What are the FHA loan rules for maximum loan amounts? The rules for loan amounts are found in the FHA single family home loan rule book, HUD 4000.1 has answers, starting with this from page 155: “A Mortgage that is to be insured by FHA cannot exceed the Nationwide Mortgage Limits, the nationwide area mortgage limit, or the maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. The maximum LTV ratios vary depending upon the type of Borrower, type of transaction (purchase or refinance), program type, and stage of construction.” Borrowers sometimes wonder if they can apply for a home loan for more than the purchase price of the home. The answer to such questions depends greatly on what the extra money is to be used for. For forward mortgages and refinance loans alike, FHA | more...

 

Temporary Reduction of Income: FHA Loan Rules

What happens if a borrower fills out an FHA loan application while having a temporary reduction of income either on the record or ongoing during the application process? Does the FHA loan rule book, HUD 4000.1, address these situations? Fortunately, yes. There are many reasons why a loan applicant might experience a temporary reduction of income-short term disability, for example. Maternity leave. Temporary leaves of absence, sabbaticals, etc. According to page 206 of HUD 4000.1, FHA loan rules in this area include the following: “For Borrowers with a temporary reduction of income due to a short-term disability or similar temporary leave, the Mortgagee may consider the Borrowers current income as Effective Income, if it can verify and document that: – the Borrower intends to return to work; – the Borrower | more...

 
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FHA Loan Amounts: A Reader Question

What are the minimum FHA loan amounts? A reader asked us a question in the comments section along those lines recently: “Is there a minimum amount for FHA Loans? Someone told me you have to borrow at least $90,000. Does the loan depend on your annual income?” FHA mortgages are not approved or denied based on the dollar amount of your annual income, but rather on your ability to afford the loan based on your financial obligations (including an estimate of your monthly mortgage payment) compared to your monthly income. Your debt-to-income ratio is more important in the loan approval equation. When it comes to FHA loan amounts, the minimum loan is based on the appraised value of the property or the asking price, whichever is lower. The FHA loan | more...

 

Late or Missed Payments and FHA Loan Applications

If you look at recent headlines, it’s easy to see indications that the U.S. economy is trying to improve. The Fed is discussing interest rate hikes after a long period of measures to shore up the economy after the financial crisis of 2008, for example. Stocks have rallied in 2017-so much so that some believe the growth is happening faster than might actually be good in the mid-to-long term. But in spite of upward trends, many still wrestle with common financial problems, including the simplest-late and missed payments on financial obligations. Having a handful of these in your recent past might not affect your overall financial bottom line if you’re not planning to seek new lines of credit, but for those who need to examine their mortgage options, late or | more...

 
How much can I borrow with an FHA refinance loan?

Mortgage Markets and FHA Loans

At the beginning of 2017, Forbes.com published a housing outlook for 2017 which included predictions from experts about what could happen this year. Three months into the new year, how accurate were some of the highlights of this piece? How do current trends affect mortgage loan applicants and those looking to refinance? A quick look at current events shows that some of the observations made at Forbes.com in an article by Samantha Sharf are absolutely right and there’s no reason to expect anything different in the short to mid-term. Consider the prediction made in this piece about mortgage rates. According to the article: “By historic standards rates are still low. In 2017 experts expect movement, but differ on where for the 30-year fixed rate will land. Estimates out there range | more...

 
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Are You Ready For An FHA Mortgage Application?

If you are thinking about filling out an FHA mortgage application, there are a few questions to ask yourself before you do-if you’re ready to apply for an FHA loan, you’ll have the answers ready. How Much Down Payment Money Do You Have? In the planning stages of buying a new home, one of the most important things you can do early is determine how much home you can realistically afford. Using a mortgage calculator can help you estimate how much you need. Since FHA home loans typically require a minimum 3.5% down based on the adjusted price of the home, you can get an estimate of how much will need to be saved up to make that down payment. Know how much you’ll need-at least a rough estimate-early in | more...

 
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Non-Occupying Co-Borrowers: A Reader Question

FHA loan rules state that in cases where there are non-occupying co-borrowers, different down payment requirements may apply. According to FHA loan rules, “A Non-Occupying Borrower Transaction refers to a transaction involving two or more Borrowers in which one or more of the Borrower(s) will not occupy the Property as their Principal Residence.” A reader got in touch recently to ask a question about the FHA loan down payment requirement in situations that feature non-occupying co-borrowers. “I see below under 4155.1 (page 78 of 413) that unrelated individuals that can document evidence of a longstanding, substantial family type relationship would qualify for maximum financing. So since a cousin is classified as unrelated yet they’ve know each other since birth and have been living as family since then would then qualify | more...