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What you need to know about switching FHA lenders

What You Need To Know When Switching FHA Lenders

There are several reasons why a borrower might decide to switch FHA lenders during a home loan transaction. In cases where the switch happens, borrowers should know certain FHA guidelines that can affect the transaction-especially if an appraisal has already happened. Some borrowers think about switching lenders because they have had an unsatisfactory experience. Others may simply be offered a better deal. But there are some instances where the borrower is tempted to switch lenders because of an appraisal issue-namely that the appraisal did not value the property as expected. In such cases, when a borrower is tempted to get a new lender and a new appraisal, what should be known about that process? The first thing borrowers should know is that new FHA appraisals are not possible simply because | more...

 
What is my FHA home loan interest rate?

What Is My FHA Home Loan Interest Rate?

What is my FHA home loan interest rate? Borrowers want to know because it affects the overall cost of the mortgage for the lifetime of the loan, and when you are buying a home with an FHA mortgage (or any other kind of home loan) it’s important to think long-term; knowing how the interest rate affects your loan costs is a detail worth learning more about. But interest rates on FHA home loans are not (to the surprise of some) set or regulated by the FHA or HUD. The only real guidelines for basic FHA loan interest rates are that the rates must be applied in a manner that is reasonable and “customary” for the housing market you are buying in. The FHA does have regulations on how Adjustable Rate | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisal Tips

FHA Loan Appraisal Tips

FHA loan appraisal tips can be hard to come by if you are a first-time home buyer and aren’t even sure about the right questions to ask. Do you need to clear up any confusion over the FHA appraisal? Keep reading, you’ll learn that the appraisal process is more simple and straightforward than it may appear at first glance. FHA Appraisals Are Ordered For The Home You Wish To Purchase That may seem alike a simple and obvious fact if you have some experience with the home loan process, but some borrowers might not realize that the appraisal stage of the mortgage comes when you find a home you are serious about buying. You won’t need to know the actual fair market value of a home that you’re just “window | more...

 
Property Flipping And FHA Home Loan Rules

Property Flipping And FHA Home Loan Rules

What do you need to know about property flipping and FHA home loan rules? The first thing to know is that flipping is addressed in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1 and there are measures in place to discourage the practice. That said, the rules which prevent flipping usually apply to the buyer’s side of the transaction. FHA loan rules don’t forbid a borrower from selling the home purchased with an FHA mortgage at any time. But the rules do have something to say about FHA mortgage approval for “flipped” homes. How FHA Defines Flipping Not all homes that are purchased and end up back in the housing market fairly quickly will meet the FHA definition of a flipped house. HUD 4000.1 defines flipping on page 145, stating: “Property Flipping | more...

 
When Should I Refinance With An FHA Mortgage?

When Should I Refinance With An FHA Mortgage?

When should I refinance with an FHA mortgage? That is a question many home owners face, especially if their financial plans have changed from the ones the borrower had when closing the original mortgage. Do you know if it is a good time to refinance? If you need lower payments or interest rates, and are credit-qualified to receive those lower rates, it may be the right time to explore your options. FHA Refinancing For Borrowers In Adjustable Rate Mortgages Some FHA borrowers buy a home with an adjustable rate loan, either thinking they will sell before the introductory rate ends (or before the rates are adjusted beyond a certain threshold) or refinance the loan at some later date. FHA ARM loan adjustments may be more conservative than some conventional loan | more...

 
FHA Loans, Eligible Property Types, And Mixed-Use Properties

FHA Loans, Eligible Property Types, And Mixed-Use Properties

There are a few misconceptions about FHA loans when it comes to eligible property types and purchasing mixed-use property. The FHA Single Family Home Loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1, has some instructions for the lender in these areas that are good to know going into the house hunting process. FHA Loans For Mixed-Use Property There are FHA mortgages available to purchase mixed-use property as long as that property meets the right FHA criteria; it must be primarily residential in nature, and non-residential use of the home must not overwhelm the property. HUD 4000.1 defines “mixed use” property as follows: “Mixed Use refers to a Property suitable for a combination of uses including any of the following: commercial, residential, retail, office or parking space. Mixed Use one- to four-unit Single Family Properties | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Rules And Model Building Codes

FHA Appraisal Rules And Model Building Codes

When it comes to FHA appraisal rules, it’s easy to forget that the appraisal requirements and minimum property standards set by the FHA are not the only regulations which must be followed. State law, and local building codes also apply. The FHA/HUD official site includes instructions to participating lenders and appraisers about model building codes and how FHA mortgage appraisal rules work together in the FHA loan transaction process. According to FHA.gov, “The Minimum Property Standards (MPS) establish certain minimum standards for buildings constructed under HUD housing programs. This includes new single family homes, multi-family housing and health care type facilities”. At one time there were a variety of minimum property standards for different types of properties. But since the era of the 1980s, the Department of Housing and Urban | more...

 
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Happy Presidents’ Day 2018

Happy Presidents’ Day 2018! Today banks and markets are closed, and we pause from our usual schedule of writing posts and answering questions about FHA home loans to observe the holiday. We return with our regular content schedule tomorrow. Thank you very much for reading!

 
FHA Refinance Loan Top Five Tips

What Do I Need To Know About Applying For An FHA Mortgage?

What do I need to know about applying for an FHA mortgage? The answers to this question can help any potential home loan applicant go into the process better prepared and ready to begin the journey toward home ownership. Preparing For An FHA Mortgage Loan Takes Time The average preparation time for an FHA loan can be up to a year or more, depending on the borrower. Why does it take so long to plan for an FHA loan? Part of the prep time involves saving up for the fees and expenses of the loan including appraisals, compliance inspection fees, and the required minimum down payment. Borrowers should expect to pay a minimum of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home as a down payment; this is required above | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Options: Build, Buy, Or Rehab

What Can I Buy With An FHA Home Loan?

What can I buy with an FHA home loan? There are many options available including town homes, condos, mobile homes, manufactured homes, and more. But there is also a list of things you cannot use an FHA mortgage loan to purchase, and that’s good to know going into your search for the right home for you. For example, FHA mortgages cannot be used to purchase any property you don’t intend to live in as your primary residence. FHA home loans are only for properties you will live in as your home address. FHA home loans can be used to purchase homes with a single living unit, but can be used to buy property with as many as four living units. That means that a borrower could potentially buy a four | more...