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Reasons To Refinance With An FHA Mortgage In 2022

There are many reasons to consider refinancing a home loan with an FHA mortgage. Some aren’t as attractive in times when interest rates are moving higher, and others may require a refinance no matter what the rates are doing.  Recovering from financial or natural disasters can bring a homeowner back to the lender to discuss options for saving a home through refinancing as one possible option. In the spring of 2022 when inflation and other issues contributed to rising interest rates, cash-out refinancing may not be on the table in the minds of those worried about a continued rise in rates.  But some homeowners affected by the pandemic who are struggling to make their mortgage payments or struggling to keep up due to the long-term financial effects of COVID-19 on | more...

 
HUD

FHA Adds 40-Year Mortgage Relief Option

The Federal Housing Administration has announced a 40-year mortgage modification option for borrowers who are struggling to save their homes due to COVID-19. The announcement will have lenders offer more options to those who are behind on FHA Title II loans, which are the mortgages most commonly used under the FHA loan program to buy primary residences with.  The new 40-year option is meant for those who “cannot achieve a minimum targeted 25 percent reduction in the Principal and Interest portion of their mortgage payment through FHA’s existing 30-year mortgage modification with a partial claim” according to the press release. Over time, the FHA and HUD have made major changes to the COVID-19 homeowner relief choices offered to those with FHA mortgages.  According to the FHA and HUD, adding the | more...

 
FHA And HUD

HUD Announces More Funding For Areas Hit By Natural Disasters

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been very busy in 2021 and 2022 responding to natural disasters and announcing the latest federal disaster assistance in areas hardest hit by storms, fires, flooding, and more.  Homeowners in federally-declared disaster areas soon learn about the FHA’s foreclosure moratoriums and options for recovering damaged or destroyed homes using FHA 203(h) and FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loans (amongst multiple options). Now, HUD has announced further assistance for current and future disaster areas in the form of “Allocations for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery” plus the start of something called CDBG-DR Consolidated Waivers and Alternative Requirements Notice.” That notice is described by the HUD press release as being “ a critical step taken by the department to open access to more than $2 | more...

 
FHA/HUD

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Alaska, Missouri, And Tennessee

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster assistance to three states affected by natural disasters in 2021 and in 2022. Certain counties in Tennessee, Alaska, and Missouri are now eligible for federal disaster relief, FHA foreclosure moratoriums, and more. Tennessee was affected by severe storms, high winds, and tornadoes from December 10 to December 11, 2021; in January of 2022 the President issued a major disaster declaration for the following Tennessee counties: Cheatham  Davidson Dickson Gibson Henderson Henry Lake Obion Stewart Sumner Weakley Wilson The President also announced a major disaster declaration for portions of Alaska affected by severe storms, high winds, floods, landslides, and mudslides from October 29 to November 1, 2021. In January 2022 the President declared the Kenai Peninsula Borough a major | more...

 
FHA/HUD

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Counties In Washington State

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster relief for certain counties in Washington State affected by natural disasters late in 2021. The following counties have been declared federal disaster areas: Clallam Skagit Whatcom That is in addition to federal disaster areas for the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, and Quileute Tribe in Washington. The relief is intended to “supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding and mudslides” from November 13 to November 15 in 2021. If you live in any of the affected counties or tribal areas mentioned above, contact your loan officer immediately and ask your lender about the following relief and foreclosure prevention remedies for those with FHA mortgages: Immediate Foreclosure Relief In federal disaster areas, there | more...

 
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FHA And HUD Announce Disaster Relief For Arkansas and Colorado

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster relief for portions of Arkansas and Colorado affected by natural disasters. In the case of the Arkansas declaration, the following counties are eligible for relief thanks to a Presidential major disaster area declaration: Craighead Jackson Mississippi Poinsett Woodruff These counties were hit by severe storms and tornadoes in December 2021. For the Colorado declaration, Boulder County has been declared a major disaster area due to wildfires that began in late December 2021 and into 2022. The declaration also means that FEMA funding is provided to the affected areas “on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures”. If you live in any of the affected counties mentioned here, the following disaster relief options are available to you: Immediate Foreclosure | more...

 
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FHA And HUD Announce Disaster Relief For Alabama Counties

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the availability of federal disaster relief in certain counties in Alabama affected by storms and flooding in October of 2021. A presidential major disaster declaration was placed into effect for the counties of Jefferson and Shelby. An FHA/HUD press release published at HUD.gov adds that there is also federal funding available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA offered on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide, but this is not part of the relief offered directly to homeowners. What is available for them? HUD offers “immediate foreclosure relief” for FHA mortgages in the form of a 90-day moratorium “on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages commenced on the date of the Presidential major disaster declaration, and | more...

 
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HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Kentucky Home Owners In Federal Disaster Areas

The FHA and HUD have announced disaster relief for FHA borrowers who live in the federally declared disaster areas in the State of Kentucky. The declaration was made effective as of December 10, 2021, in the wake of flooding, tornadoes, and other natural disaster-related issues. The President announced major disaster declarations for the following counties in Kentucky: Caldwell Fulton Graves Hopkins Marshall Muhlenberg Taylor Warren An FHA/HUD press release published at HUD.gov adds that there is also relief on a “cost-sharing basis”  in Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor, and Warren counties. What does the FHA/HUD disaster relief announcement mean for FHA borrowers and homeowners?  HUD offers “immediate foreclosure relief” for FHA mortgages in the form of a 90-day moratorium “on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages | more...

 
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FHA Mortgage Relief Still Available For Those Affected By COVID

If you have trouble making your monthly FHA mortgage loan payments, you are not alone. There seem to be so many borrowers struggling that the FHA and HUD have announced multiple extensions to COVD-19 mortgage forbearance policies. Indeed, there have been so many updates and extensions to FHA loan policy in this area that it’s hard to keep it all straight. What’s the most current guidance from the FHA and HUD regarding those who need FHA loan forbearance due to COVID-19 pandemic issues? On September 27, 2021, the FHA issued a Mortgagee Letter, FHA ML 21-24, which explains to lenders the current FHA policy toward such mortgage relief: “Upon Borrower request, Mortgagees must offer a COVID-19 Forbearance to any Borrower that experiences an adverse impact on their ability to make | more...

 
FHA And HUD

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...