July 27, 2021

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FHA And HUD Announce Streamlined Foreclosure Relief

The FHA and HUD have announced mortgage relief streamlined for those who need assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with FHA mortgages have a new “FHA COVID-19 Recovery waterfall” which “streamlines and revises FHA’s previous options for struggling homeowners, reduces required documentation, and allows mortgage servicers to provide greater payment reduction for eligible homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family Title II forward mortgages” according to the HUD official site. “This next step in the evolution of FHA’s COVID-19 response is a significant and meaningful way to help those homeowners who will be at a critical point in their recovery in the coming months and transitioning out of forbearance to permanent sustainable payments,” which are the words of FHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lopa Kolluri, who was quoted in | more...

 
FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgages Versus Adjustable Rate Mortgages

The End Of National Homeownership Month

The month of June is National Homeownership Month, and now that the month is over, the FHA and HUD are reminding potential FHA borrowers about government initiatives to encourage homeownership, prevent discrimination, and enable first-time homebuyers to consider purchasing a new house. The HUD official site announced at the end of June that there are more initiatives coming to improve free access to housing and further prosecute violations of the Fair Housing Act. According to a press release on HUD.gov, this process began in the first days of the Biden Administration with the newly-sworn-in President of the United States issuing a memorandum to the Department of Housing and Urban Development “to address discrimination in our housing market”. Since those earliest days, HUD has issued a proposed rule “on countering housing | 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...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Construction Loan Options: Comparing One-Time Close Loans

Do you dream of building a home? There are affordable options for those who want to build on their own lot or buy land in conjunction with a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan. One-Time Close mortgages feature a single loan application and a single closing date. Compare that to construction loans that make you apply and get approved twice–once for the construction costs and once for the purchase of the property. Your construction loan options include VA, FHA, and USDA mortgages. One type of loan might be more suitable to certain borrowers than others, but fortunately, there are multiple choices you can make to get the right loan for you. FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans The FHA One-Time Close mortgage is a good choice for those who want more flexible | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

FHA Loan Rules To Build Or Buy A Home

Are you interested in applying for a home loan to build or buy a house of your own? FHA mortgage loan options allow a wide variety of choices when it comes to a first home. And you do not have to be purchasing your first house to use an FHA mortgage–as long as you are buying a home you want to live in as your main address and financially qualify, an FHA home loan may be for you. The range of those FHA loan options may surprise you. Did you know a first-time homebuyer has the option to purchase a condo unit using an FHA mortgage? The condo project may be on or added to an FHA-approved list but starting in 2021 it is also possible to have a loan | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

Unique FHA Construction Loan Rules

It can be more exciting to build a home from the ground up to your specifications than buying existing construction. Some borrowers prefer to have more say in the design of their homes and that’s where an FHA One-Time Close construction loan comes in. If you want to build a home on your own lot using a construction-to-permanent loan, also known as a One-Time Close mortgage (AKA the “single-close” construction loan), you should know that certain home loan rules are different for construction loans than for existing construction mortgages. There are some aspects of construction loans the borrower applying for an existing construction home loan won’t have to deal with, and there are specific rules for unique issues associated with building a home. For example, when applying for an FHA | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

First-Time Borrowers Can Build a Home Instead of Buying One

Even a first-time buyer dreams about having a house built especially for them from the ground up. Some taking their house-hunting journey for the first time are surprised to learn that their options include the ability to build a home on your own lot using a One-Time Close construction loan. One-Time Close construction loans, which feature only a single loan application and a single closing date, are offered as conventional mortgages, but also as VA and FHA construction loans. What should first-time home buyers should know about construction loans before committing? Don’t worry, these things won’t discourage you from getting the loan. But knowing some issues in advance may change how you prepare for your new home loan. Down Payments When building your home on your own land, a down | more...

 
Build On Your Own Lot

Low Down Payment Construction Loans For New And Repeat Borrowers

Are you interested in building your home from the ground up? A loan called the One-Time Close construction mortgage can help you as a first-time home buyer or as an experienced borrower. You don’t have to be a first-time borrower to take advantage of a low-down payment or even a zero down payment home loan you can use to build a house on your own lot. Among the first questions you are likely to ask about this type of loan? How much you’ll be required to provide as your down payment. And the answer you get depends on what kind of construction mortgage you seek. Do you know how much money you need to save up for a down payment? That depends on the nature of your mortgage; VA, FHA, | more...

 

FHA One-Time Close Mortgages Compared To VA One-Time Close Construction Loans

Lots of people are interested in building a home using a One-Time Close construction mortgage (OTC). This is a great option for military officers, career enlisted members, military retirees, and veterans who want to construct a new home rather than buying somebody else’s house. These construction loans are offered by both the VA and FHA loan programs. But which is better for those who have the option of applyinf for a VA mortgage? Who VA Loans Are For VA loans and the VA One-Time Close construction loan program are intended for veterans and currently serving military members with qualifying minimum time on duty. Surviving spouses (of military members who have died as a result of military service) may also qualify to apply for the VA loan program. FHA loans, including | more...

 
One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

One-Time Close Construction Loans: Loan Limits

Are you a house hunter who has gotten tired of looking at other people’s dream homes? Do you want to build your home instead of buying someone else’s? The One-Time Close construction loan is a good option for this; the One-Time Close loan eliminates the need for a second loan application and approval process compared to some other types of construction loans.  There is more than one type of One Time Close mortgage to choose from–you could be eligible for a One-Time Close construction mortgage in multiple programs. Do you know which one is best for you? USDA One-Time Close Construction Loans We start with the need-based construction loan program offered by the USDA. The USDA One-Time Close construction loan program was created for borrowers on restricted incomes. This construction | more...