October 26, 2021

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Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

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...

 
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Federal Disaster Relief For FHA Borrowers In Montana, New Hampshire

The 2021 disaster season has seen a large number of federal disaster area declarations; that combined with a global pandemic and it’s easy to see that mortgage relief in any form is a much-needed thing. In October 2021, the FHA and HUD announced foreclosure relief in areas of New Hampshire and Montana affected by natural disasters. In New Hampshire, those areas included the counties of Cheshire and Sullivan which were harmed by severe storms and floods. In Montana, areas affected by something known as the Richard Spring Fire received a major disaster declaration for Rosebud County and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.  In declaring these areas as federal disaster areas, HUD is able to offer foreclosure relief in those areas–a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of FHA-insured mortgages starting on the | more...

 
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FHA Mortgage Relief Announced For Vermont Disaster Areas

In many cases, the FHA and HUD make announcements about disaster relief after tropical storms, hurricanes, forest fires.  But you don’t have to experience a Category 3 hurricane to be severely affected by weather; one excellent example of this comes with the HUD announcement of federal disaster assistance for parts of the State of Vermont that were in the path of severe storms and flooding at the end of July 2021. On September 29, 2021, there was a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for two  Vermont counties–Windham and Bennington. Thanks to that Presidential declaration, HUD has offered an automatic 90-day foreclosure moratorium for those two counties–this affects those with FHA mortgages, “commenced on the date of the Presidential major disaster declaration, and foreclosures of mortgages to Native American borrowers guaranteed under | more...

 
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FHA And HUD Announce New Foreclosure Relief Measures For Those Recently Affected By COVID-19

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced new COVID-19 relief measures for those with FHA mortgages.  This news comes on the heels of a previously issued FHA Mortgagee letter, ML2021-19, “Extension of the Foreclosure-Related Eviction Moratorium and Expiration of the Foreclosure Moratorium in Connection with the Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency” which contained the following statement: “HUD’s foreclosure moratorium is set to expire on July 31, 2021, and HUD is not extending that moratorium further”. That statement is true for many; the FHA and HUD have added more help but it is intended for those who have experienced recent financial difficulty because of COVID-19. For those who have already taken advantage of this help, the loan forbearance offered borrowers a chance to save their homes even during the prolonged | more...

 
HUD Disaster Resources

Your FHA Mortgage And Natural Disasters In 2021

In the early days of the month of September, the FHA and HUD have made a number of announcements regarding disaster relief for portions of the country that have experienced fires, floods, and hurricanes. The agencies have, from the start of September to September 10, 2021, issued no fewer than seven announcements related to disaster relief. The first of those, dated September 1, 2021, includes the following related to disaster relief measures for those who are in presidentially declared federal disaster areas: Foreclosure relief – There is an automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages beginning on  the date of the major disaster declaration; Call the FHA Resource Center at 1-800-304-9320 for assistance FHA Rehab Loans — FHA Section 203(h) Rehabilitation Loans for disaster victims | more...

 
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Advice For Homeowners Affected By Natural Disasters in 2021

American homeowners have been hard hit by natural disasters in 2021; everything from forest fires to hurricanes and tropical storms have beset homeowners on both coasts and in many places in-between. Add to that the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic and you get a lot of financial hardship for those who have had to evacuate, and for those who have experienced lost or damaged homes and property. The FHA and HUD have specific disaster-relief policies for those affected by natural disasters; if you have been affected by a storm, fire, or any other type of natural disaster it’s vital to contact your participating lender immediately to discuss your home loan options during the recovery phase. FHA loan rules for those affected by natural disasters may include limited foreclosure moratorium procedures | 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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Do You Need Help Saving Your FHA Mortgage?

Do you worry about your ability to make payments on your FHA home loan? You are not alone, and the FHA and HUD want to help. There have been many foreclosure prevention measures taken by lenders and the FHA/HUD alike including a COVID-19 related foreclosure moratorium, loan modification options for qualifying applicants and much more. In early 2021, the FHA and HUD announced “loss mitigation options” to help those recovering financially from the pandemic; these included a COVID-19 Advance Loan Modification offered to “…eligible delinquent Borrowers who can achieve a 25 percent reduction to the Principal and Interest (P&I) portion of the Borrower’s monthly mortgage payment through a 30-year rate and term loan modification” according to HUD.gov The FHA and HUD continue evaluating how the pandemic has affected the agency’s | more...

 
VA One Time Close Construction Loan

VA One-Time Close Construction Loan Options for Military Veterans Expanded

Some house hunters get fed up with looking for just the right home, while others start out their home loan journey knowing in advance they want a house built for them. What options to these borrowers have? There is an FHA home loan known as the FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan that lets borrowers apply for a single loan that covers both construction costs and the mortgage itself. The FHA version of this type of construction loan requires the borrower and lender to work together to establish a plan for the project including estimated completion times, interest rates, budgets, and more. Some borrowers aren’t interested in FHA home loans since they have other options; do qualifying military veterans have a VA loan version of the FHA One Time | more...

 
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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...