October 26, 2021

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FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

How To Avoid A Mortgage Closing Scam

The government’s consumer watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has a page dedicated to warning house hunters about home loan closing scams.  According to CFPB documents,FBI warnings about home scams include attempts to “phish” your personal information with the purpose of tricking a potential borrower into diverting the payment of closing costs and down payment to a destination that is NOT your lender.  In a single year alone, these mortgage closing scams cost almost one billion dollars. Want to know how you can keep this from happening to you? Scammers trying to pull these types of phishing attacks target people in the mortgage industry–they find legitimate email addresses and “spoof” them, making the email appear to be from a real address. But the email is full of hacking | more...

 
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The Final Month Of The COVID-19 FHA Foreclosure Eviction Moratorium

September 1, 2021 marks the start of a countdown–the final days of the FHA foreclosure eviction moratorium issued to help FHA borrowers avoid loan default and foreclosure during the economic hardship of the global COVID-19 pandemic. There were two FHA-wide orders during the pandemic. One was a prohibition on foreclosures on homes securing an FHA mortgage, and the other was a moratorium on foreclosure-related eviction for those with FHA mortgages who were in the foreclosure process when the pandemic hit. The moratorium on FHA foreclosures ended in July 2021, but the foreclosure eviction ban was extended until the end of September 2021. On July 30, 2021, the FHA and HUD issued an announcement stating as such, which included the following: “Foreclosure-related evictions of persons from properties that were secured by | more...

 
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Time Is Running Out On The HUD Foreclosure Eviction Moratorium

The end of the HUD foreclosure moratorium was announced earlier this year–the end date of the moratorium is listed as July 31, 2021. That date is firm, at least according to the most recent FHA Mortgagee Letter published on this issue, which mentions, “foreclosures of FHA-insured mortgages may be initiated or resumed upon the expiration of the foreclosure moratorium in accordance with FHA requirements.” The July 31st deadline is, at this time, not expected to be extended further. However, there is also a moratorium on foreclosure-related evictions for FHA borrowers who are in default on their mortgages. That eviction moratorium has been extended until September. HUD instructions to participating FHA lenders is clear. The Mortgagee Letter on the FHA/HUD official sites includes these guidelines: “A Mortgagee must not initiate or | more...

 
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HUD Announces Extension To Foreclosure And Eviction Moratorium

The FHA and HUD are extending a moratorium on foreclosure-related evictions in a last-minute bid to protect FHA borrowers from losing their homes after the expiration of a previous eviction and foreclosure moratorium. The HUD official site states that on July 30, 2021, FHA foreclosure and eviction procedures will still be on hold; the agency is extending its moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until September 30, 2021. The previous deadline was at one time “set in stone” and HUD had previously announced there would be no further extensions. But public outcry over the expiration of a rental eviction moratorium gave the Biden administration pause; soon there were extensions on the foreclosure and eviction moratorium for those who bought homes with government-backed programs like FHA single-family home loans. In a press | more...

 
Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks

What do first-time home buyers need to understand about the credit check process for getting an FHA mortgage? There are many variables but one thing you can do to get a better understanding of what it takes to be approved for a loan is to start trying to think like a loan officer–their job depends on making sure that you are a good credit risk. How can you help the lender help you? What you don’t know can hurt you in the journey toward buying that first piece of real estate. Before you begin working with a realtor, you should know several things about the credit check process. Credit is a major part of home loan approval and you want to be able to convince your lender you are ready | more...

 
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Documents You’ll Need To Apply For A Home Loan

Do you know the paperwork and documentation you’ll need to complete a home loan application? There are plenty of things you’ll need to gather–what follows is a list of items that are easy to overlook when you’re thinking about filling out an online loan application. This list is not exhaustive–you should ask your loan officer for a complete list of that financial institution’s requirements–they aren’t always the same. Authorization The first thing to know about some home loan documentation requirements? Some of them are fairly non-negotiable. For example, your lender must get copies of your credit report to complete your mortgage application. This requires all borrowers named on the mortgage application to give permission to the lender to do so and you cannot supply your own credit data to the | more...

 
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Changes To FHA Home Loan Policy: Student Loan Debt

The Department of Housing and Urban Development official site has published a press release announcing an important revision to FHA Single-Family home loan guidelines in HUD 4000.1 concerning how a participating FHA lender should consider student loan debt as part of the loan approval process. Before the publication of HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Loan program handbook, FHA loan rules “did not address how Mortgagees should calculate future payments of deferred student loan debt which, once due, could negatively impact a Borrower’s long-term ability to repay their Mortgage and other monthly obligations” according to the HUD press release. What’s more, FHA loan rules did not consider deferred and non-deferred student loan debt separately.  When HUD 4000.1 was published to replace HUD 4155, FHA loan rules were modified to require a | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

FHA/HUD Near Current Deadlines For Ending COVID “Flexibilities”

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not long after, the FHA and HUD published details of altered FHA loan procedures designed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These altered procedures included modified employment verification, appraisal processes, and appraisal protocols such as exterior-only options. The HUD guidelines for these modified policies were intended to address the specific needs and risks associated with in-person requirements during COVID. Some of the temporary policies were allowed to expire but then got reinstated. Others simply had their deadlines extended. In January of 2021, President Joseph R. Biden announced a plan called the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, and in response, temporary FHA and HUD policies were | more...

 
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FHA Announces Revised Single Family Home Loan Policies

Since the start of the pandemic and COVID-19 mitigation measures, American homeowners have felt the effects of job loss, layoffs, furloughs, and other hardships related to coronavirus quarantine issues. Many of those with FHA home loans, FHA refinances, and other loans have needed foreclosure avoidance measures due to this economic hardship brought. Fortunately agencies like the FHA and HUD implemented many things for homeowners with FHA mortgages. Now the FHA announces some changes to the basic structure of the single-family home loan program to help these homeowners stay in their homes. The FHA updated portions of its rulebook for single-family home loans; the changes will help lenders, “more quickly offer effective loss mitigation home retention options to borrowers in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure”.  These policy changes are | more...

 
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HUD Further Extends COVID-19 Foreclosure Relief

The FHA and HUD have announced new modifications to coronavirus relief options for FHA borrowers in need of foreclosure avoidance help during the pandemic. Effective immediately, HUD has implemented a variety of modifications: Extended foreclosure and eviction moratoriums now expire June 30, 2021; Deadline for “first legal action” and “Reasonable Diligence Time Frame” is extended to 180 days; COVID-19 Forbearance start dates are now extended to June 30, 2021; HECM extension period is extended to June 30, 2021; HUD now offers up to two additional three-month COVID-19 Forbearance periods or HECM extension periods “for certain Borrowers”; HUD now allows additional Borrowers, “regardless of delinquency status or participation on a COVID-19 Forbearance” to apply for FHA’s COVID-19 Loss Mitigation Options; HUD has removed the restriction on “Borrowers receiving more than one | more...