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FHA Announces Updated COVID-19 Guidance For Participating Lenders

FHA Announces Updated COVID-19 Guidance For Participating Lenders

The FHA and HUD have announced policy changes to the FHA Single-Family home loan rulebook, HUD 4000.1. These changes were announced in FHA Mortgagee Letter 2020-06 and address loss mitigation procedures specifically for COVID-19 related economic hardship. The prior version of HUD 4000.1 did not include specific guidance for lenders trying to help borrowers avoid foreclosure due to coronavirus issues; the old instructions are updated to include policies for lenders to help borrowers via CARES Act measures signed into law to help struggling companies and workers. The new additions to HUD 4000.1 include a new Section addressing the “Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency” guidance for lenders, which is effective immediately takes precedence over disaster relief guidance issued prior to the pandemic. FHA loan rules for presidentially declared major disaster areas in | more...

 

How do I find a VA One Time Construction Close Lender? ( 1 x Close, Single Close, OTC)

We are passionate about educating our Nation’s Veterans about the VA One Time Close Construction to Permanent loan program.  This program allows eligible Veterans to utilize their hard earned home loan entitlement to purchase a newly constructed home as opposed to purchasing a resale property (both offer $0 down) with no geographical restrictions and for Primary residences only . VA One Time Close Program Highlights Include: No payments due during construction; No re-qualification once construction is complete so you only qualify once & a single closing reduces costs and paperwork. Buyer Advantages Include: Provides construction financing for lot purchase and permanent loan all in one loan; Allows for up to 6% seller / builder contribution for borrower’s closing costs & pre-paids; Permanent and Construction portions of the loan underwritten and | more...

 
One-Time Close Construction Loan Options For Veterans

Your Construction Loan Options

Build a home instead of buying an existing one? This is a reality and there are plenty of choices to go around; FHA One-Time Close construction loans, the VA construction loan equivalent, USDA construction loans, and even conventional mortgages to build on your own land instead of buying an existing home. These loans all have features that are different than existing construction loans. They include how long it takes for you to move in, when your mortgage payments begin, and the kinds of features your home may have. Construction loans can be a bit more complex than a new purchase loan for a house in a typical neighborhood, and some read articles like this and want to be ready to commit, but an equal number of people read this but | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Is It Safe To Apply For A One-Time Close Mortgage During The Coronavirus?

Is it safe to apply for a One-Time Close construction loan during the coronavirus outbreak? Construction loans are offered for those who wish to apply for a home loan but don’t want to purchase existing construction. These loans are available for FHA borrowers, VA borrowers, even USDA applicants who meet program requirements may be approved. But what do you need to know about Construction loans during a time of national crisis such as the coronavirus? You May Need To Allow For Additional Processing Time Permitting and other official paperwork may be slow to be processed or approved depending on the government agency, demand, and local rules that may be in effect during a quarantine period, “stop movement”, or related restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of contagion. Don’t assume you | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Build A House On Your Own Land With An FHA Mortgage

Some house hunters decide to stop looking at existing construction homes and start thinking about building a house for themselves from the ground up. Other people know from the start of their homeownership journey that they want to build and not buy an existing home. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 include guidelines for lenders who want to help these borrowers. The section of the rulebook titled “Building on Own Land” tells lenders how to proceed with a construction loan including maximum loan amounts, who can act as the general contractor on the project, and more. Are you interested in having a house built for you on your own lot? Not interested in having to choose from existing construction housing? Building on your own land may be the right | more...

 
Myths About One-Time Close Construction Loans

Myths About One-Time Close Construction Loans

You can build a house from the ground up using a One-Time Close construction loan; many borrowers want to take advantage of these types of loans as the government-backed versions of the One-Time Close construction loan feature very low down payment requirements and the same financial qualification rules as other VA or FHA mortgages. One Time Close Myth: I Can’t Afford To Build A Home Instead Of Buying One It’s easy to assume that building a home will cost you more money than buying an existing construction property. But what kind of home do you need? Are you building a house to start a family in? Or are you building a home that you want to retire in? The overall cost of your project will depend on details like these, | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

One-Time Close Home Loan Hints

One-Time Close (OTC) loans allow borrowers to build a house on their own lot instead of having to choose from existing properties. You can be a first-time home buyer and still be approved for a One-Time Close construction loan, also known as Single-Close loans or Single-Close construction mortgages. If you have never examined your options on the real estate market, it’s easy to assume you aren’t financially qualified for a construction loan. After all, that sounds like a very big undertaking, doesn’t it? Having a house built for you? That may sound like something that other people might qualify for, but the fact is that FHA and VA OTC loans have the same requirements as any other FHA or VA mortgage. These loans are designed to be more affordable, and that | more...

 
Save Money! The Benefits Of Housing Counseling Before You Start House Hunting

Save Money! The Benefits Of Housing Counseling Before You Start House Hunting

Saving money is usually done to prepare for a home loan, but did you know there is a simple trick to saving money on mortgage expenses? It basically involves being a more informed borrower so you don’t mistakenly choose options that cost you more unnecessarily. Getting the right home loan for your needs can help you maximize your real estate dollar, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t know the options they have where home loans are concerned. A Freddie Mac report indicates that housing counseling and/or good financial education is a key benefit when you start the journey toward buying real estate. Knowing which loans are best for your needs and which ones to avoid is key. The Freddie Mac report, a “Generation Z Study”, concludes that | more...

 
One-Time Close Construction Loan Options For Veterans

One-Time Close Construction Loan Options For Veterans

There are reasons why some veterans don’t use their VA loan benefits to buy a house at that moment. The reasons for that, we’ll discuss below. But it is important for military members and their families to know the options they have when looking for a home to build on their own lot. There are plenty of options; which type of One-Time Close construction loan to choose from? Those who have entitlement to use for a VA mortgage loan to build a home would seem to choose to do so based on the zero down home loan option all by itself. Add the lack of a mortgage insurance requirement, and the fact that veterans who receive (or are eligible to receive) VA compensation for service-connected medical issues are exempt from | more...

 
Is It Safe To Go House Hunting During The Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is It Safe To Buy A Home In 2020?

Some borrowers are wondering if it is safe to buy a home in 2020. These people may be worried about interest rates taking a sharp move higher (they are currently very low due to issues we’ll discuss below) or about credit becoming harder to come by in the new year. But what is the reality? It’s never been a better time to be interested in real estate, especially for those interested in buying condo units or having a house built for them from the ground up using a One-Time Close construction loan. 2019 was a very interesting year for interest rates; there were times when rates behaved differently than expected, times when they went lower in spite of other pressures that could have driven rates higher instead.  And it seems | more...