October 20, 2018

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Why Isn't The Mortgage Loan Interest Rate I See On The Internet The Same Offered To Me?

Why Isn’t The Mortgage Loan Interest Rate I See On The Internet The Same Offered To Me?

Why do house hunters find FHA home loan interest rates advertised online to be different than the interest rates offered to them by a lender? Many borrowers want to know what the difference in rates will be and why. The answer is that several variables combine when your lender is reviewing your application for a new mortgage. Your interest rate will be offered based in part on those variables. What are some of these variables? FHA Home Loan Interest Rates And Daily Market Conditions FHA home loan interest rates are affected daily by investor behavior, breaking financial news, politics, even natural disasters and holidays. The daily changes in mortgage rates may or may not be passed on to the consumer in the form of an actual higher or lower rate; | more...

 
FHA Loans And Your Credit Report: Check Ahead Of Time

FHA Loans And Your Credit Report: Check Ahead Of Time

It’s generally advised for borrowers to check their credit reports a year ahead of time before applying for a home loan. One of the reasons for the early start has to do with the amount of time it could take to dispute items on your report; outdated information, errors, evidence of stolen identity, etc. But when you are pulling your credit report, what should you be looking for? There are plenty of items you should compile a credit report checklist and include in that list. Check The Basics Before Applying For Your FHA Mortgage Or Refinance Loan The first thing to do when pulling your credit report is to make sure all of your vital information is accurate. Your name should be correctly spelled, your Social Security Number should be | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Credit Questions And Answers

FHA Home Loan Credit Questions And Answers

There are lots of questions about how the FHA home loan process works, but among the most common are on the subject of credit, and how you qualify for a home loan with your credit scores and credit history. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about home loans and credit. What FICO Scores Are Able To Qualify For An FHA Home Loan? There are two standards; FHA loan minimum requirements and the lender’s individual FICO score rules. FHA minimums are NOT the same as your lender’s standards; the FHA FICO scores are the minimum required to be approved. FHA loan rules say borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 technically qualify for an FHA mortgage, but at a higher down payment than those who qualify for | more...

 
What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Income Verification

What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Income Verification

What do borrowers need to know about FHA home loans and income verification requirements? The short answer is that it depends on several factors including the nature of the borrower’s job. Why is this true? Why isn’t there a standard answer? Because there are a variety of different employment types and FHA loan rules must address them. Self-employed borrowers are held to a different set of requirements because verifying that income requires a different set of procedures than for “traditional” employment. Those who work in the gig economy as contractors, 1099 workers, etc. are also in a different set of circumstances than a typical 9-5 worker, so those employees need their own procedures, too. FHA Loan Income Verification Rules For more traditional employment, the lender may require pay stubs, tax | more...

 
How Do Student Loans Affect My FHA Mortgage?

How Do Student Loans Affect My FHA Mortgage?

How do student loans affect your FHA mortgage? Is it harder to get FHA loan approval if you have student loan debt? What if the debt is not currently due or being paid in monthly installments? FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 (the FHA loan handbook) address these issues. Student loan debt is in a category of its’ own thanks to rule changes a few years ago taking student loans into account during the review for credit worthiness. Student loans once upon a time were in a category called “deferred obligations” because it was possible to have a student loan debt and not be required to pay at that moment; the amount of the deferred obligation was taken into account in a certain way by the lender. But after the | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules And Investment Properties

FHA Loan Rules And Investment Properties

FHA home loans are generally intended for owner/occupiers; there is an occupancy requirement for the FHA single-family home loan program that basically allows loans for principal residences and denies loans for those who do not intend to occupy the home within 60 days of loan closing (unless other arrangements are made for a delayed move-in which may or may not be possible depending on the lender). HUD 4000.1 has the rules that govern occupancy and the purchase of homes considered to be investment properties. HUD 4000.1 begins by defining what it considers an investment property to be: “An Investment Property refers to a Property that is not occupied by the Borrower as a Principal or Secondary Residence.” That is fairly simple, and the rules in this section go on to | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules For Sellers

FHA Home Loan Rules For Sellers

Much of our discussion here about FHA home loans is focused on the buyer; what the FHA borrower can and cannot do with an FHA mortgage or refinance loan, how occupancy rules may dictate whether a home loan is approved or not, etc. But there are some FHA mortgage loan rules that affect the seller, too. Not all the FHA loan guidelines concentrate on the lender or borrower. For example, the seller is allowed to contribute a certain amount of money toward the costs of the home loan, but those contributions cannot exceed FHA and lender limits. If the seller’s contribution DOES exceed the limit, the borrower’s loan must be reduced dollar-for-dollar for the full amount above the FHA limit. There is a list of things that can result in | more...

 
FHA Home Loans With Less Than Two Years Of Employment

FHA Home Loans With Less Than Two Years Of Employment

Are you looking for a home but don’t have an extensive employment history? The general rule for home loan approval is that the lender wants to see two years of work history. Depending on the nature of the loan and other factors, the two-year rule may have certain additional requirements that apply, and the lender may not be required to personally verify previous employment if tax records or pay stubs can reflect a two year employment record. In general, conventional loans require two years of work or education related to income, VA mortgage loans have a similar two year requirement. USDA loans also require the borrower to prove two years of work history. What are the specific requirements for FHA mortgages? According to HUD 4000.1, “For all Employment related Income, | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

There are some important questions to ask a prospective lender when you are shopping around for a home loan. Make the most informed choice you can about selecting your lender, and remember that it pays to shop around for an FHA mortgage! #5: Will You Provide Me With An FHA Loan Estimate? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB.gov) advises borrowers that lenders are required to provide a loan estimate within three days of application. CFPB says the estimate should include the following: estimated interest rate monthly payment taxes and insurance total closing costs for the loan The estimate should also include how the interest rate and payments may change where applicable. Lenders should be willing to provide this estimate. #4: Are The Terms Of This FHA Loan Subject To Change? | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Refinance Checklist

FHA Mortgage Refinance Checklist

If you are exploring your refinance loan options, FHA refi loans can help with cash out refinancing, rate-and-term refi, or even a refinance loan that lets you rehab or remodel your property. If you want a refinance loan, it’s a very good idea to assemble a checklist in the planning stages so you know where you need to focus to prepare for the new loan. There is more than one area to make checklists for including areas like your credit, your home ownership goals, and the plans you have for your refi loan. FHA Refinance Loan Checklists: Goals And Financial Plans A good checklist includes the reasons for your checklist items in the first place. Ask yourself why you want to refinance your mortgage-make a list of pros and cons | more...