October 22, 2017

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson On Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

HUD Secretary Ben Carson On Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

The head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development has written an open letter to the victims of Hurricane Harvey discussing the FHA/HUD outreach to affected areas and options for disaster relief. According to the FHA/HUD official site, HUD Secretary Ben Carson addressed those in the federal disaster areas in Texas stating, “HUD is tasked with comprehensive, long-term disaster relief and has been working on the front lines in Texas. We are your ear on the ground and your voice in Washington, and we are committed to providing a compassionate and effective response.” Secretary Carson’s remarks included options for those recovering from Hurricane Harvey. “We are currently locating vacancies and moving displaced residents into safer housing.” “We are also working closely with homeless shelters and with temporary shelters, ensuring | more...

 
HUD announces disaster relief

HUD Announces Further Disaster Relief For U.S. Virgin Islands

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced disaster relief for St. Croix Island, the latest of the U.S. Virgin Islands to be declared a major federal disaster area. There have been a string of announcements for areas in Puerto Rico and elsewhere as the damage has been surveyed and, in some cases, when additional concerns are raised by new tropical storms and hurricanes. St. Croix is now able to receive federal disaster assistance from FEMA, HUD, and the FHA among other agencies. Home owners in presidentially-declared major disaster areas should contact FEMA as soon as possible to determine what benefits and relief are available to them. Those who own property damaged in the natural disaster should contact their lenders and insurance agents to determine next steps in recovery, | more...

 
HUD announces disaster relief

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Puerto Rico

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster relief for natural disaster victims in Puerto Rico. According to a press release on the FHA/HUD official site, the following municipalities have been declared major disaster areas: Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guayama, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Manati, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Rio Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba and Yabucoa. Those in a federally declared disaster area have options for relief from agencies including FEMA, the FHA, and HUD. According to the press release, “HUD’s | more...

 
HUD announces disaster relief

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Virgin Islands, Georgia

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced disaster relief for parts of Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As more parts of the United States and its’ protectorates are affected by hurricanes and tropical storms, many of those areas are being declared federal disaster areas and as such become eligible for certain aid from HUD, FEMA, and other agencies. The disaster declaration for St. Thomas and St. John islands, plus Camden, Chatham, and Glynn counties in Georgia mean that the FHA “activates a mortgagee letter making a variety of insured loan programs available for disaster victims and putting into play use of special loan servicing and underwriting requirements” according to the FHA/HUD official site. What options are available in these areas? According to HUD, those directly affected | more...

 
What you should know about FHA 203(h) Loans For Disaster Victims

What You Should Know About FHA 203(h) Loans For Disaster Victims

After Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been issuing press releases as more federal disaster areas are declared in affected counties. When the government names such disaster areas, they become eligible for a variety of relief measures including FHA 203(h) loans for disaster victims. During this particular set of disasters, there’s been a trend( in news media and among those affected by the hurricanes) to refer to those who have experienced them as “survivors” rather than “victims”. While that is acknowledged and respected here, the wording used in official FHA/HUD guidance such as the FHA Single Family Home Loan Handbook (HUD 4000.1) is “victims” and for accuracy’s sake that’s how we’ll reference the materials when quoting from and discussing these references. What You | more...

 
HUD announces disaster relief for Florida.

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Florida

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced disaster relief measures for Florida following a presidential declaration of federal disaster areas in the state. According to a press release on the FHA/HUD official site, the following counties are now recognized as federal disaster areas: Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and St. Johns counties. According to the release, HUD offers a variety of relief options to those in the affected areas including (but not limited to) the following: A 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and “forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages”. Making Section 203(h) loans available to those in the counties listed above. The 203(h) program “provides FHA insurance to | more...

 
HUD announces disaster relief

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Puerto Rico

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has made announcements about disaster relief as certain parts of the country become federally-declared disaster areas. The latest of these is a press release from HUD on relief efforts to Puerto Rico. According to a press release on the FHA/HUD official site, “HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Irma.” That assistance includes a 90-day moratorium on foreclosure action for FHA mortgages, the availability of FHA rehab loans for disaster victims, and more. According to HUD, these options can help those in the affected areas recover, rebuild, or purchase a new home to replace | more...

 
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Can I Get An FHA 203(h) Rehab Loan With Bad Credit?

Can I get an FHA 203(h) rehab loan with bad credit? That question is a serious one in the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Borrowers who are in the process of fixing bad credit, catching up on their payments, or trying to improve their overall credit situation have enough to manage without the added complication of trying to repair or salvage a home damaged in a natural disaster. What are the FHA loan rules for credit qualifications when applying for FHA 203(h) rehab loans in federally-declared disaster areas? FHA Loan Credit Requirements For 203(h) Rehab Mortgages The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, instructs lenders processing 203(h) rehab loans and refinance loans to be as flexible as possible with credit requirements. That flexibility is governed | more...

 
HUD announces disaster relief priorities for survivors of Hurricane Harvey

HUD Announces Disaster Relief Priorities For Survivors of Hurricane Harvey

HUD has announced disaster relief priorities for survivors of Hurricane Harvey, and those priorities include long-term housing needs for those displaced by the disaster. According to a press release published on the HUD official site, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is the “lead federal coordinating agency for long-term disaster-related housing needs resulting from Hurricane Harvey. Federal partners are working closely with the Texas state-led housing task force, as well as other state, local, tribal and voluntary agencies, to meet the need for quality affordable rental homes.” Post-Harvey disaster recovery efforts are, as you can see from the quote above, far-reaching. Those who have been displaced may be eligible for FEMA assistance, and HUD urges all in hurricane affected areas to contact FEMA to determine what they may be | more...

 
FHA Loans And Natural Disasters: What You Should Know

FHA Loans And Natural Disasters: What You Should Know

FHA home loans can be affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. Whether you have experienced damage to your property due to high winds, flooding, or other issues, once that damage has been done you will need to deal with your mortgage lender, your insurance company, and other agencies. Some borrowers may need financial relief in the form of loan forbearance, foreclosure avoidance or other measures. The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, has a section heading titled “Loss Mitigation” which is all about foreclosure avoidance and options borrowers may have to save their homes. Those options include what happens after a natural disaster, starting with a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures based on circumstances outlined below: “FHA-insured Mortgages secured by Properties located in Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDA) will be | more...