July 18, 2018

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FHA Loan-To-Value Limits: More Rules You Should Know

In a previous blog post, we discussed some of the basic loan-to-value ratio rules (LTV) for FHA loans. Your loan-to-value ratio is calculated based on the amount of the required down payment a borrower has to make as part of the FHA mortgage loan transaction. When you buy a home using an FHA mortgage, the loan-to-value ratio can be affected by your FICO scores. A higher down payment requirement means a different LTV than for those who make the lowest possible downpayment on an FHA mortgage loan of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property. But credit score issues aren’t the only things that can affect a borrower’s LTV on an FHA mortgage to buy a new home. Some FHA loan transactions, under FHA loan policy, require as much | more...

 
FHA Home Loans and Loan-To-Value Limits: Rules You Should Know

FHA Home Loans and Loan-To-Value Limits: Rules You Should Know

FHA home loans have limits on the amount of the loan, how much of the loan the FHA will guarantee, and the loan-to-value ratio or LTV. The LTV of your home loan is basically the percentage of the mortgage compared to the value of the property. There’s an loan-to-value calculation required in part because the borrower is required in most cases to make a minimum down payment for “forward mortgages”. These down payments are not required by FHA loan rules for FHA rehab loans to fix or replace qualifying homes in federally-declared disaster areas, but for all other new purchase FHA loans, the borrower will be required to make a minimum down payment. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 spell out the requirements for this down payment and calculating the | more...

 
How Much Can I Borrow With An FHA Mortgage In 2018?

How Much Can I Borrow With An FHA Mortgage In 2018?

How much can I borrow with an FHA mortgage in 2018? There’s no single answer to this question for a variety of reasons, but in general there are things you should know about an FHA mortgage that can help you understand how much you are able to borrow to buy a home. FHA Loan Limits Are Set By County FHA loan limits are broken down by county in each state. You can see a good example of this and learn what the FHA limit for your area is for the current year, but it is important to note that the dollar amounts you see are calculated before add-ons to the loan such as mortgage insurance premius, FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages, etc. In other words, your loan limit is calculated with the | more...

 
When Is An Appraisal Required For An FHA Home Loan?

Higher FHA Loan Limits For 2018

The FHA has announced FHA loan limits for 2018, and the new numbers mean good news for those looking to buy a home in the new year. The “national conforming loan limit” for 2018 is set at $453,100, up from last year’s limit of $424,100 (see below). The higher limit means more potential borrowing power for qualified FHA loan applicants. According to the announcement on the FHA official site, there are higher limits for 2018. The Federal Housing Administration calculates “forward mortgage limits based on the median house prices in accordance with the National Housing Act. FHA’s Single Family forward mortgage limits are set by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and county and are published periodically.” The FHA sets loan limits “at or between the low cost area and high cost | more...

 
Why Are FHA Loan Rules Different For Family-Owned Business Employees?

Buying Land With An FHA Loan

There are several reasons why a house hunter looking for a home to purchase with a VA mortgage might want to buy a piece of land. In times when the housing market is favorably inclined towards new construction loans, some buyers might want a government insured loan for a proposed construction or new construction purchase; others might want to buy a piece of land for a manufactured home or mobile home.

 
What If I Miss A Mortgage Payment Before Applying For An FHA Refinance Loan?

Late or Missed Payments and FHA Loan Applications

Is it possible to get an FHA loan application approved with late or missed payments on your credit report? It’s easy to get caught up in a struggle with common financial problems, and some of the simplest situations (late and missed payments on financial obligations) can have the biggest impact on a borrower’s credit rating or perceptions of creditworthiness. Having a handful “lates” and/or missed payments in your recent credit history might not affect your overall financial bottom line IF you’re not planning to seek new lines of credit. But if you are planning to apply for a home loan in the 12 months following late or missed payments, this situation becomes far more important. FHA loan applications, like other major lines of credit, are affected by anything that changes | more...

 
Before Your FHA Home Loan Closing Date: What You Should Know

What Are The FHA Loan Rules For Maximum Loan Amounts?

What are the FHA loan rules for maximum loan amounts? It’s an important question many borrowers need to know when looking for homes; knowing how much you can borrow is an important factor in budgeting and planning for your FHA loan. FHA Loan Maximum Mortgage Amounts Defined HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, describes FHA loan maximum mortgage amounts as follows: “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.” For most FHA loans, the maximum mortgage an applicant is eligible for involves “the lesser of the Nationwide Mortgage Limit | more...

 
Top Questions About Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Do FHA Home Loan Limits Change?

Do FHA home loan limits change? Borrowers who want to know what the FHA loan limits for a given housing market might be have to contend with the possibility of changing limits depending on what time of year they are house hunting. How FHA Loan Limits Work The Federal Housing Administration calculates new purchase mortgage loan limits based on “the median house prices in accordance with the National Housing Act” according to the FHA official site. “FHA’s Single Family forward mortgage limits are set by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and county and are published periodically.” FHA publishes updated home loan limits for forward mortgages and reverse mortgages on a yearly basis. The FHA official site states, “FHA sets these limits at or between the low cost area and high cost | more...

 
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...

 
Can I buy a manufactured home with an FHA loan?

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...