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When Is An Appraisal Required For An FHA Home Loan?

When Is An Appraisal Required For My FHA Mortgage Loan?

When is an appraisal required for an FHA home loan? This important question often comes up when borrowers want to refinance a home using an FHA refinance loan such as cash-out refinance, FHA Streamline Refinance, or even when the borrower wants to apply for an FHA Reverse Mortgage. Appraisals are required for most FHA loan transactions-you will always have to pay for an appraisal for an FHA forward mortgage, which is the kind of loan you will apply for when purchasing a new home. Appraisals are required for both existing construction loans and FHA One-Time Close construction loans, though the process will vary for construction loans due to the nature of the transaction. Appraisals will also be required for FHA Rehab loans. The appraisal is intended to establish the fair | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Questions And Answers About The Appraisal Process

FHA Home Loan Questions And Answers About The Appraisal Process

The FHA loan appraisal process is potentially confusing to a new borrower. If you are serious about purchasing a specific property with an FHA mortgage, the appraisal is an important step in the loan approval portion of your house hunting experience because it tells the lender whether the property is suitable for an FHA mortgage. What Is The FHA Appraisal And What Does It Do? FHA appraisals are performed when you want to purchase a specific property with a home loan. The appraisal is not done for a house you are “just looking” at; this process is reserved for the home you specifically want to buy. An FHA approved appraiser, assigned by your lender, will come to the property and give it a general review. This process is not as | more...

 
What Does It Mean To Get An FHA Mortgage Loan Case Number?

What Does It Mean To Get An FHA Mortgage Loan Case Number?

For those new to the home loan process, or just new to FHA mortgage loans, the question, ‘What Does It Mean To Get An FHA Mortgage Loan Case Number?” is a good one to ask. What is this process and how does it work? It does not matter if you are applying for an FHA 203(k) rehab loan, a typical new purchase FHA mortgage, or even an FHA One-Time Close construction loan; when a borrower is serious enough to start the loan application paperwork the FHA case number process will begin. HUD 4000.1, the FHA Loan Handbook, says an FHA case number is ordered by the lender when there is an active mortgage loan application for the property a borrower wants to purchase. What is required of the borrower to | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Issues For Veterans

FHA Home Loan Issues For Veterans

Veterans interested in buying a home have many choices including a VA home loan, but also FHA loans that function in much the same way as their VA counterparts. While it is true that VA loans require no down payment in most cases but FHA home loans always require one in most cases, some veterans explore their FHA loan options just the same. Some want existing construction loans, others want a One Time Close mortgage to build a suitable home from the ground up. One Time Close mortgages are available in both VA and FHA versions, so military and veteran borrowers have options with either type of mortgage. But some military members and veterans may enter the service after already having purchased a home, or after having assumed an FHA | more...

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

FHA Loan Rules For Appraisals: What Borrowers Need To Know

What do borrowers need to know about FHA loan appraisal rules? We field reader questions every month that include queries about the appraisal process and whether or not a certain type of condition is permitted in a home to be purchased with an FHA mortgage. Some recent reader questions go along these lines: “Is an unfinished basement acceptable in a home I’m buying with an FHA mortgage?” “Does the garage have to be wired for electricity in order to be approved for an FHA loan? and, “The home I want to buy is served by a well instead of being connected to a local utility. Is this permitted?” There are some FHA loan rules for appraisals that may address some or all of these issues, but there’s a very important | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules: Can The Seller Provide Appliances As Part Of The Sale?

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...

 
FHA loans for investment properties

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 Home Loan Approval And Your Credit Report

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...