February 21, 2019

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Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage Versus Renting

Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage Versus Renting

How much money do you spend renting a home instead of owning one? If you count the security deposit, any applicable pet deposit, and other expenses, the numbers can add up quickly. When you rent a home instead of buying real estate with a mortgage loan, you are also stuck with whatever appliances your landlord has seen fit to install in the home, regardless of quality. You have to live with someone else’s interior design and paint scheme preferences, and chances are the carpet is not what you would have chosen…at all. Renting A Home: Where Are The Long-Term Financial Benefits Compared to Home Ownership? When you rent, you get no equity, no cash-out refinance loan option, and no ability to sell the home at a higher price than you | more...

 
Are The Same FHA Home Loans Offered To A First-Time Home Buyer As Experinced Borrowers?

Are The Same FHA Home Loans Offered To A First-Time Home Buyer As Experinced Borrowers?

There are plenty of misconceptions about the FHA home loan program and first-time home buyers may assume some of them are true. One such misconception is that the FHA home loan program is only for first-time home buyers. Another is that the FHA loan program offers perks for those who are searching for their first home or a starter home. The reality is much different. Three Things First-Time Home Buyers Should Know About FHA Loans FHA home loans are not need-based mortgages, though many who need affordable down payments and the ability to refinance later into a lower mortgage payment choose FHA mortgages for the flexible credit guidelines and other factors. Down payment assistance may be available in your local area. However, the FHA itself does not offer any such | more...

 
FHA Home Loans In 2019: Are Home Price Increases Slowing Down?

FHA Home Loans In 2019: Are Home Price Increases Slowing Down?

A CoreLogic Home Price Insights report indicates that home prices increased by more than five percent between November 2017 to November 2018, but the same agency indicates that home prices may slow down in 2019. Could that be beneficial to a house hunter looking to purchase a new home with a mortgage loan? FHA home loan limits have increased in 2019 for the second year in a row, making for an interesting borrowing environment for the first-time home buyer or any other financially qualified loan applicant who seeks an FHA mortgage. The higher home loan limits combined with slowing home prices, with predictions of more houses available in 2019 could offer house hunters more to work with in the new year. FHA home loans are not just available for typical | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Or Conventional Loan? Which Is Best For You?

FHA Mortgage Or Conventional Loan? Which Is Best For You?

What is the advantage of the FHA mortgage loan over conventional mortgages? There are many areas to be aware of when choosing the right mortgage loan to buy your new home with, but your financial priorities will determine a great deal. If you are looking at buying a new home or refinancing your existing mortgage, FHA and conventional loans have features you should compare. Especially if you need to save money up front on the mortgage. Conventional home loans,  which you may also hear referred to as agency loans, are mortgages you will get via Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Fannie and Freddie are the government-sponsored enterprises that your lender relies on to provide liquidity and stability to the lending market. Why don’t FHA borrowers choose these loans instead? Higher | more...

 
How Does An FHA Mortgage Help A First-Time Home Buyer?

How FHA Home Loan Appraisals Differ From Home Inspections

If you are serious about buying a particular home with an FHA mortgage loan, one of the big steps in the process heading toward loan approval is the FHA appraisal. The appraisal process and the home inspection are not the same thing, do not address the same concerns, and are intended for different users. What are these differences and why should you as the house hunter care about them? FHA Appraisals Are A Lender’s Tool The home that is appraised by an FHA fee appraiser does so in service of the lender, not the borrower. The lender is interested in knowing that the home meets minimum FHA standards and applicable building codes. The lender is also interested in setting a fair market value for the home; that is done by | more...

 
How To Get An FHA Mortgage Loan As A First-Time Home Buyer

What Is An FHA Loan?

What is an FHA loan? What are they used for? These are fairly basic questions, but there is a surprising amount of confusion about certain aspects of the FHA mortgage loan program. Know these facts about FHA home loans to make the decision about buying or refinancing a home loan with an FHA mortgage. FHA Single Family Home Loans Are For House Hunters FHA loans are intended for those who wish to purchase a home using a government-backed loan that requires a lower down payment than many conventional loans. These loans cannot be applied for to be used as personal loans, though FHA cash-out refinancing is an option for borrowers who have equity built up in the home over time. FHA loans are intended for owner/occupiers, and there is an | more...

 
FHA Loans For Single Homeowners

Finding A Lender For An FHA Mortgage

How do you find the right lender for your home loan needs? If you seek an FHA mortgage, the first step is to find a participating lender who is willing to write an FHA loan. After that, the process of weeding out has a lot to do with finding the services you need, the most competitive interest rate, and a lender that has the kind of loan you need. FHA Lenders: They Are Not All Alike The reason it’s important to shop around for an FHA lender includes finding one that is willing to do the kind of mortgage for the property you want to purchase. Not all participating lenders offer all FHA loan products. Depending on your housing market, certain kinds of mortgages may not be popular and may | more...

 
On Buying A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

Am I Ready To Apply For An FHA Mortgage?

Are you ready to apply for an FHA home loan? There are some steps you can take in the planning stages to make sure that when you fill out those forms, you are absolutely ready. FHA Home Loans: Is Now The Right Time To Buy A Home? There are many things that come together to make a home loan transaction successful; one of them is the timing of your loan application. Is now the right time to buy? If you have a down payment saved or budgeted for, if you have checked your credit, if you have done the math on your finances, you have a very good idea of your financial status at the moment. If there are things left undone, you can pick some of the most simple | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Don’t Apply For An FHA Home Loan And An Auto Loan At The Same Time

Plenty of websites, books, and financial podcasts warn about managing your credit properly during the home loan application process. One bit of advice from many of these sites? Don’t apply for a car loan at the same time or just before a home loan. Why? There are several reasons, one of the most important being that your debt-to-income ratio is negatively affected by any new line of credit and a home loan lender will be required to consider that when deciding whether or not to approve your mortgage loan. The minimum payment required each month on the car loan will be factored in with the rest of your debt, and if you significantly change your debt ratio during the home loan process-even if the loan is initially approved-it could affect | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Are You Ready To Fill Out FHA Home Loan Paperwork?

Are you ready to fill out FHA home loan paperwork and start the loan application process? Here are some important things you should think about before getting the forms and starting the loan. Get Ready For An FHA Mortgage Loan By Reducing Your Debt Ratios FHA home loans, like other mortgages, require the borrower to be able to realistically afford the mortgage. If you don’t know how much debt you have going out compared to how much income you have-hypothetical mortgage payments included-you aren’t ready to fill out home loan paperwork. You will need to know what the lender will see when examining your debts and income, and know how much of your income is taken up by your monthly financial obligations. Knowing Your FICO Scores Ahead Of Your FHA | more...