May 22, 2019

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Questions A First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask The Seller

Questions A First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask The Seller

First-time home buyers and those who have purchased a home before but haven’t had to explore housing markets in a while should make a list of questions to ask the seller of a home placed on the real estate market. Sometimes it’s not the answer to the questions as much as the way the seller answers those questions-your ability to ask important questions in those cases is important, but so is paying attention to how the questions get answered. For example, the question, “Has the roof ever been replaced or repaired?” may get you a direct answer; “No, nothing has ever gone wrong with the roof”. But if the seller hesitates or offers a less-than-forthcoming answer, such as, “I don’t remember anything going wrong with the roof” or “No, the | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisal Questions: Why Is Peeling Paint A Problem?

FHA Loan Appraisal Questions: Why Is Peeling Paint A Problem?

One common question about FHA appraisals involves the issue of peeling paint. This can be a problem for some homes, especially those built on or before the year 1978. Borrowers want to know why the appraiser reviewed the home (the appraisal is not a property inspection) and required a correction of a peeling paint issue as a condition of loan approval. The borrower’s question in these cases is normally a variation on, “It’s just a cosmetic issue, why is the appraiser making a big deal out of peeling paint?” Unfortunately, for homes (including condo units) built on or before 1978, peeling paint is not just a cosmetic problem due to the use of lead paint in those construction projects before it was recognized as a safety hazard. FHA home loan | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisal Issues: Environmental Concerns

FHA Loan Appraisal Issues: Environmental Concerns

The FHA appraisal requires attention to a variety of areas in and around the home, but one aspect of the appraisal has to do with assessing safety hazards and environmental issues that could interfere with the borrower’s ability to use the home. In the case of these FHA appraisal rules, the term “environmental” refers specifically to the areas in and around the home. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, begins addressing these concerns by instructing the lender: “The Appraiser must report known environmental and safety hazards and adverse conditions that may affect the health and safety of the occupants, the Property’s ability to serve as collateral, and the structural soundness of the improvements”. Such hazards can include lead-based paint, mold, chemicals, and other hazards. One recent addition to the HUD | more...

 
FHA Appraisals Versus Home Inspections: Facts You Should Know

FHA Appraisals Versus Home Inspections: Facts You Should Know

We write about FHA home loans, the FHA appraisal process, and why the appraisal should never be used in place of a home inspection to determine the condition of the home. Borrowers who do not personally arrange for a home inspection and rely on the results of the FHA appraisal alone put themselves at serious risk of buying a home that has hidden problems. Because lenders and other industry professionals sometimes use the term “inspection” when referring to the appraisal, borrowers may assume that the appraisal really IS an inspection (which is more in-depth than an appraisal). But this is not true. Here’s one example why you should not rely on the FHA appraisal to tell you the condition of the home; HUD 4000.1 includes appraisal requirements. Here’s a passage | more...

 
What Is An FHA REO Home?

FHA Home Loan Appraisal Issues

We are contacted frequently with questions related to FHA appraisals. Many first-time borrowers and experienced house hunters alike have trouble understanding the nature of the appraisal process and how it works. We are often asked if a certain appraisal condition is grounds for having the loan denied, and whether FHA home loan appraisal rules fit a unique circumstance. But whatever the question, the variable in the equation is the fact that FHA appraisal rules, which are basically minimum requirements, are not the only rules that will affect the transaction. So even if FHA appraisal requirements say that a home that has lead-based paint may be acceptable under certain conditions, state or local building code may have additional requirements. And the building code requirement in that area would have to be | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Basics For First-Time Home Buyers

What You Need To Know About Home Loan Appraisals As A First-Time Home Buyer

What do first-time home buyers need to know about real estate appraisals when it’s time to make an offer on a home? Your real estate agent and lender know the power of the appraisal-do you? FHA Home Loans Require An Appraisal For Most Transactions There is only one kind of FHA mortgage loan that has no FHA-required appraisal, called the FHA Streamline Refinance loan. All others will need an appraisal to determine the fair market value of the home. The Appraisal Is A Tool For The Lender Borrowers should not use the appraisal to determine whether the home has defects or hidden problems. No matter what you may be told by others, the appraisal process is not intended to help the borrower decide whether or not the home is ok | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: The Escape Clause

FHA Home Loans: The Escape Clause

Of course it’s not formally known as the “escape clause” but first-time home buyers should know about the FHA home loan rules that govern what happens if the appraised value of the home comes in lower than the asking price of the real estate. HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender that a clause must be inserted into any legally binding commitment to purchase the home that guarantees that the borrower does not forfeit earnest money or retain an obligation to purchase the property if the appraisal is lower than the sale price. The wording of such a clause is suggested in HUD 4000.1 (page 117) as something to this effect: “It is expressly agreed that notwithstanding any other provisions of this contract, the purchaser shall not be obligated to complete the | more...

 
How Does An FHA Mortgage Help A First-Time Home Buyer?

How FHA Home Loan Appraisals Differ From Home Inspections

If you are serious about buying a particular home with an FHA mortgage loan, one of the big steps in the process heading toward loan approval is the FHA appraisal. The appraisal process and the home inspection are not the same thing, do not address the same concerns, and are intended for different users. What are these differences and why should you as the house hunter care about them? FHA Appraisals Are A Lender’s Tool The home that is appraised by an FHA fee appraiser does so in service of the lender, not the borrower. The lender is interested in knowing that the home meets minimum FHA standards and applicable building codes. The lender is also interested in setting a fair market value for the home; that is done by | more...

 
On Buying A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

FHA loans: A Mortgage For First-Time Home Buyers

While it should be pointed out that FHA mortgage loans are not restricted to those who have never owned a home before, it’s also good to note that FHA mortgages are an excellent choice for first time buyers since they won’t be required to buy homes with 20% down. Low- and no-downpayment mortgages are obviously an advantage to the first time home buyer; how does an FHA mortgage help these borrowers? Verify Your FHA Loan Eligibility All mortgage loans have eligibility standards; FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, rural housing loans guaranteed by the USDA or even the 100% loans offered to qualifying veterans (VA loans) guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs all have financial eligibility requirements. And all of these loans have minimum program guidelines that may or | more...

 
Can I Use An FHA Loan To Buy A Single Family Rental Home?

Four Reasons You Need A Home Inspection After The FHA Appraisal

There are four good reasons why you need a home inspection as well as an FHA appraisal on the home you want to buy with an FHA mortgage. Some FHA loan applicants are tempted to sign on the dotted line based on the results of the FHA appraisal alone. Is this a good idea? No. Why not? If it’s good enough for the FHA, why isn’t it good enough for the borrower to accept the appraisal results and take it on faith that the home is exactly as it appears? #4: Get A Home Inspection Because The Appraisal Is Not Intended For The Borrower, It’s A Tool For The Lender The appraisal process is meant only to establish the home’s fair market value and determine that the home meets minimum | more...