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Last Days To Apply For FHA Loan Forbearance Due To COVID-19

There is not much time left to apply for FHA loan forbearance because of COVID-19-related financial difficulties. Last month, the FHA and HUD published a Mortgagee Letter announcing a final deadline for COVID-19-related FHA home loan forbearance. That final deadline of May 31, 2023, for both FHA purchase loans and FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as FHA HECMs. There is not much time left to apply for FHA loan forbearance, if you have not started an application or discussions with your lender, now is the time to get started. Contact your lender to discuss your options; this mortgage relief requires the participation of your financial institution. COVID-Related FHA Loan Relief: A Timeline On April 1, 2020, HUD announced a new program called Forbearance for Borrowers Affected by the | 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...

Construction Loan Advice For New Borrowers

Are You Ready For A Construction Loan in 2023?

You can use a One-Time Close construction loan to build a new home on your own land or land you buy in conjunction with the loan. This is a good option to think about if you want a house with designs you’ve approved instead of buying someone else’s house. Getting Your Loan Started Finding a participating FHA or VA lender, depending on the loan you choose is an integral part of the construction loan process. You should also know that construction loan mortgages require higher FICO scores and more time before move-in than a typical home purchase loan. But the end results are worth it. But just as important? Finding the right builder. One-Time Close loans don’t allow the borrower, builder, relatives of the buyer, etc . to act as | more...

What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What Are FHA Home Loan Discount Points?

If you don’t know what discount points are, you should explore them as an option to lower your mortgage loan interest rate while still in the planning and saving stages of your FHA mortgage. For new purchase loans, including FHA One-Time Close construction mortgages, FHA Condo loans, or FHA Mobile Home loans, discount points may help you save money upfront on your mortgage over the loan’s lifetime. Discount points aren’t for everyone–some borrowers prioritize reducing their upfront costs and these FHA loan applicants won’t be interested in points. Why? They represent a larger upfront and out-of-pocket expense. But for those who want to pay more upfront so they can save money down the line should consider points. What are these home loan discount points? The financial website Investopedia.com defines them | more...

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Can I Do My Own Contracting Work With An FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan?

When applying for an FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan to have a house built from the ground up, some borrowers want to know if the FHA construction loan program will permit the borrower to act as her own contractor. FHA loan rules found in HUD 4000.1 would seem to make this question fairly easy to answer, but look beyond this quote from the FHA home loan rulebook-this isn’t the only rule that governs the FHA construction loan process: “The Borrower must have contracted with a builder to construct the improvements. The builder must be a licensed general contractor. While the FHA guidelines state “The Borrower may act as the general contractor, only if the Borrower is also a licensed general contractor,” the FHA lender can choose not to | more...


Can You Buy Land With A VA Loan?

Are you wondering if you can use a VA loan to purchase land? Although you can’t finance the purchase of land with a VA loan alone, you can use a VA-insured loan program to buy land if it’s combined with the construction costs of building a new home. This loan product, known as a VA One-Time Close construction to permanent loan, allows borrowers to roll all the costs into one loan, requires $0 down payment, and involves just one closing. It’s a popular choice for those building Stick-Builds, modular, and manufactured homes. This loan type offers several benefits to borrowers, including the ability to avoid making payments during the construction phase and the convenience of not needing to re-qualify after the home is built. Moreover, even borrowers with credit scores | more...

Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

One-Time Close Construction 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...

Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

Can You Buy Land With An FHA Loan?

There are several reasons why a house hunter looking for a home to purchase with a VA mortgage might want to buy a piece of land. In times when the housing market is favorably inclined towards new construction loans, some buyers might want a government insured loan for a proposed construction or new construction purchase; others might want to buy a piece of land for a manufactured home or mobile home.

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Before You Start House Hunting: Housing Counseling

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. A Freddie Mac “Generation Z Study”, concluded, “The dream of | more...

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FHA Loans: New Construction Vs. Existing Construction?

What is the difference between new construction and existing construction? For the purpose of an FHA home loan, the distinction can be important, even if it’s just on a procedural level. The FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) makes important distinctions between new construction and existing construction loans. FHA Home Loans For Existing Construction Properties The FHA defines existing construction properties in a very specific way: “Existing Construction refers to a Property that has been 100 percent complete for over one year or has been completed for less than one year and was previously occupied.” The appraisal requirements for existing construction are not quite the same (in terms of timing, paperwork and required forms) but the issue that will most affect a typical borrower is in how the appraisal is to | more...