August 4, 2020

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Time is running out for FHA mortgage loan relief

Time Is Running Out For FHA Mortgage Loan Relief

Under the CARES Act passed in 2020 to help financially stricken Americans, all government-backed mortgages had foreclosure-avoidance measures instituted to protect homeowners from losing their homes during COVID-19. Those with VA, USDA, and FHA mortgages had all foreclosure actions suspended until the end of August 2020; the CARES Act forbids lenders and loan servicers “from beginning a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure against you, or from finalizing a foreclosure judgment or sale”. That foreclosure protection started March 18, 2020 but under the current version time is running out to act–these protections expire August 31, 2020. Those who have a financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, may request an FHA loan forbearance for up to 180 days and an extention for an additional 180 days is also offered. This is NOT | more...

 
HUD Announces Extended COVID-19 Guidelines For Self-Employment Income Approval

HUD Announces Extended COVID-19 Guidelines For Self-Employment Income Approval

The FHA and HUD have announced an extension to some of its’s temporary coronavirus measures created to help participating lenders approve FHA home loans. This announcement was made in a group message containing other guidelines with changes via a “multisubject mortgagee letter” by HUD in the last week of July 2020. “COVID-19 Multisubject: Updated Temporary Guidance for Verification of Self-Employment; Rental Income; 203(k) Rehabilitation Escrow Account” is a HUD mortgagee letter with updates that affect FHA loan rules for applicants trying to qualify for an FHA mortgage with self-employment income. There are other updates for those who want to purchase a home using rental income to qualify–we’ll explore that information in a future blog post. The measures announced in the FHA mortgagee letter are not permanent; it’s part of a | more...

 
One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

There are home loans for borrowers–even first-time home buyers–to allow the construction of a home from the ground up. They are called One-Time Close construction loans and are available from participating FHA, VA, and USDA lenders. One Time close loans, also known as single-close construction loans, feature one loan for both the construction of the home and the purchase of that home. When you apply for a construction loan, one area you’ll soon learn about is something called the base home sales price. This is essentially the base cost of the project using the contractor’s standard designs and features–you choose the design and features and those choices generate a base price. Choosing Features, Materials, Design How do these choices affect cost? Consider the design itself. What is the cost of | more...

 
FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage Basics

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Rules

What do borrowers need to know about FHA One-Time Close construction loans? There are two very important areas to keep in mind. One involves the lender’s specific requirements to qualify for this single-close construction loan, and the other involves FHA loan rules. The two are not always identical and this is something to be aware of when going into the loan application process. FHA One-Time Close mortgages are different than existing construction loans because the home must be designed, built, and paid for from the ground up and there are varying time frames under which this will be done. Purchasing an existing construction home means getting to move in much more quickly, but the trade-off is that you are purchasing someone else’s home rather than having one built especially for | more...

 
FHA And HUD Propose Revised FHA Loan Guidelines

FHA and HUD Announce Even More Home Loan Relief Options For Qualifying Home Owners

Millions of home owners were affected by a loss of income and employment at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in America. And there was a lot of money on the table in the form of mortgage relief and stimulus payments, but what happens when the stimulus money is gone and the borrower gets to the end of a home loan forbearance period? The FHA and HUD have announced extended relief for FHA borrowers -relief specifically designed to help those who applied for FHA loan forbearance. A press release titled, “FHA Expands Home Retention Measures For Homeowners Financially Impacted By Covid-19” announces the measures, which are meant to help home owners bring their mortgage up to date at the end of the loan forbearance period. As of July 8, 2020, | more...

 
HUD Extends Modified Exterior-Only Appraisals During COVID-19

HUD Extends Modified Exterior-Only Appraisals During COVID-19

The World Heath Organization says “the worst is yet to come” with regard to the global coronavirus pandemic; the Department of Housing And Urban Development responded to COVID-19 quarantine measures in March 2020, eliminating a requirement temporarily to suspend in-person or indoor appraisal activity. Those changes temporarily meant FHA appraisals would not be subject to a requirement for in-person appraisals that might run in violation of community social distancing policies. The appraisal policy (as well as modified employment verification requiremets for certain loans). But that was all set to expire (more than once, as we’ll read below) until HUD acted to extend these measures anew. Now, with COVID-19 hot spots in the forefront of American news headlines, HUD has extended the modified appraisal guidelines (as well as employment verification rules)–they | more...

 
HUD Announces Extended COVID-19 Guidelines For Self-Employment Income Approval

FHA And HUD Announce Extended Foreclosure Relief

Are you a homeowner with an FHA loan worried about your mortgage during the coronavirus pandemic? If so, you aren’t alone. Coronavirus outbreak containment policies–lockdowns, quarantines, and other necessary measures, have brought with them economic hardship from many Americans; loss of income creates and questions about future earnings can result in late and missed mortgage payments, increasing the risk of foreclosure. But during the pandemic, federal relief measures were drafted to help–and the FHA/HUD is no exception, requiring participating lenders to delay initiating or continuing foreclosures during the crisis. Now, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration have issued an extension (actually the second extension since the crisis began) of the foreclosure moratorium announced in March. The Old Deadline Wasn’t Sufficient The HUD official site | more...

 
Construction Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Planning Your One-Time Close Construction Loan

Some FHA loan applicants do not realize they have the ability to apply for a One-Time Close mortgage that lets the borrower build a home on their own lot instead of buying an existing construction home. The FHA One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan, like its’ VA construction loan counterpart, is a loan backed by the government that allows the borrower to apply for a single mortgage loan to cover both the costs of construction of a home from the ground up and the purchase of the home.  This is offered as an alternative to construction loans that require two loan applications (one for construction, one for the completed home) and two closing dates. OTC Loans Have The Same Down Payment Requirements As Other FHA Loans The One-Time Close loan avoids | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

First-Time Home Buyers: Build Your New Home With A One-Time Close Construction Loan

Buying a home can be challenging for some first-time borrowers. Many newcomers to the mortgage market don’t know all their options open and in that situation it is easy to make choices that are less than fully-informed. One-Time Close construction loans are open to any financially qualified applicant and that includes FHA borrowers who have never purchased a home before but have good FICO scores and repayment history that has no late or missed payments in the last 12 months or better. One-Time Close loans are offered as FHA, VA, and even USDA mortgages. The FHA version is NOT need-based and features no income caps, unlike the USDA version. VA construction loans are intended only for qualifying military members, veterans, and certain surviving spouses of military members. For the average | more...

 
FHA And HUD Propose Revised FHA Loan Guidelines

FHA Extends Coronavirus Policies

The Federal Housing Administration has issued a press release announcing an extension to coronavirus-related mortgage relief for American borrowers with FHA home loans. One major feature of that extension? More time on the FHA eviction and foreclosure moratorium issued on FHA mortgages. That moratorium now lasts until June 30, 2020. This applies to homeowners with “FHA-insured Title II Single Family forward and Home Equity Conversion (reverse) mortgages” according to the HUD official site. Until these measures expire, FHA lenders are directed to: Halt all new foreclosure actions; Suspend all foreclosure actions currently in process, excluding legally vacant or abandoned properties; Cease all evictions from FHA-insured Single Family properties; This excludes actions “to evict occupants of legally vacant or abandoned properties”. Also extended? The length of time for FHA’s temporary policies | more...