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How Much Will My FHA Appraisal Cost?

How much does an FHA appraisal cost? This is a common question, most often asked in conjunction with whether or not the FHA regulates this expense as part of the FHA home loan process. The Cost Of FHA Appraisals And Home Inspections The first thing to remember when budgeting for an FHA appraisal is that you must also set aside money for a home inspection. You should never rely on the appraisal alone to determine whether the home, condo unit, or mobile home or modular home is suitable to purchase. The FHA appraisal costs money, and the home inspection costs money too. Borrowers who balk at paying “twice” for a service that is mistakenly viewed as nearly identical (appraisals are NOT identical to inspections) should know that paying hundreds for | more...

 
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Article Update: FHA Appraisal Refunds

Back in 2012, we wrote an article discussing the FHA appraisal process, and whether it’s possible to get a refund from an appraiser if a property is not approved for an FHA mortgage or when the home’s appraised value comes back different than expected. When we addressed this question, which we are asked from time to time, the going advice was that in cases where a buyer disagrees with the outcome of the appraisal, the fee must still be paid. What’s the reality in 2022? When you find a house you want to buy with an FHA home loan, there must be an appraisal. This process is non-negotiable; the appraisal helps to determine the FHA loan amount which is based on the fair market value of the home, not necessarily | more...

 
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FHA Loans And Surplus Land

What do FHA loan rules say about surplus and/or excess land? It’s not an issue for someone who wants to buy a condo unit, but for those looking for homes in rural areas, excess or surplus land could be an important detail at appraisal time. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 discuss appraisals where there may be surplus land or excess land involved, and while the section referencing this issue is short, it does give us an idea of what to expect in these cases; a big question addressed in FHA loan rules here is how the excess or surplus land affects the valuation of the property. What Is The FHA Definition Of Surplus or Excess Land? HUD 4000.1 states, “Excess Land refers to land that is not needed to | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

FHA Home Loan Issues For Veterans

Veterans interested in buying a home have many choices including a VA home loan, but also FHA loans that function in much the same way as their VA counterparts. While it is true that VA loans require no down payment in most cases but FHA home loans always require one in most cases, some veterans explore their FHA loan options just the same. Some want existing construction loans, others want a One Time Close mortgage to build a suitable home from the ground up. One Time Close mortgages are available in both VA and FHA versions, so military and veteran borrowers have options with either type of mortgage. But some military members and veterans may enter the service after already having purchased a home, or after having assumed an FHA | more...

 
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Buying A Condo Unit With An FHA Loan

The FHA Single-Family Home Loan program offers condominium loans in addition to its other single-family home loan options. This surprises a small number of house hunters who wrongly assume that FHA home loans are need-based loans or that condo units don’t qualify for an FHA mortgage. They do. But there are some important things to know about the FHA Condominium Loan option–the first is that since 2019, there have been different rules about how condo loans are processed. Once upon a time you could not get an FHA condo loan if the condominium project was not on or added to the list of FHA-approved projects. Now, you may be allowed to buy a condo unit in a project that is NOT on the FHA’s list provided that the condo unit | more...

 
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FHA Home Loans: The Escape Clause

Of course it’s not formally known as the “escape clause” but first-time homebuyers 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 purchase | more...

 
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Appraisals Vs. Home Inspections: What You Need To Know

Can you buy a house relying on the appraisal alone to tell you about the home’s condition or should you shell out the money to pay for a home inspection? That’s a question more than one home buyer has answered in the wrong way. Here’s one version of a very common question asked about FHA home loans, appraisals, and the inspection process.  “I bought a house and I am discovering major problems and code violations. I did not have a home inspection and was told the FHA does its own inspection. Can you explain why the FHA inspection did not find these violations of code?” To start, the FHA does not inspect homes and you should not expect the FHA appraisal process to be anything more than what it is | more...

 
What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

How Much Do I Put Down On An FHA Home Loan?

There are persistent myths and misunderstandings about home loans. One persistent myth is that FHA mortgages are only approved for first-time home buyers. Another is that FHA loans are only for low to moderate-income borrowers. And a third–and the focus of our article–is that you have to make a 20% down payment on a home loan. What’s the reality? FHA home loans do NOT require a 20% down payment, even if you are at the lower end of the qualifying credit score range. According to FHA loan rules, the most you are required to put down on an FHA mortgage (on paper, according to the FHA) is 10%. That is for borrowers who do not have FICO scores that qualify them for 3.5% down. So why do people think you | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Get A Lower Interest Rate On Your FHA Home Loan

First-time borrowers might not fully understand how they can get a lower interest rate on their home loans; experienced house hunters who have been through the home buying process before aren’t necessarily at an advantage in this area. No matter whether you have owned a home before or not, it’s smart to focus on what can be done to earn a competitive interest rate on a home loan, home loan refinance, etc. Want A Lower Interest Rate On Your FHA Mortgage? Check Your Credit Scores It’s possible to apply for a home loan without ever looking at your credit report. It’s also a very bad idea to do so. Why? Borrowers who are unaware of the information in their credit reports are not ready to apply for a home loan. | more...

 
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FHA Appraisal Refunds?

Some borrowers don’t understand the nature of the home loan appraisal process and as a result, they often ask a common question if the results of the appraisal don’t come back as expected. The process works like this–a buyer goes looking for a home to purchase with an FHA mortgage. They find a home they want to buy and before the home loan can be approved, there is a required FHA appraisal. The appraisal is a tool for the lender, not the borrower, to help establish the market value of the property and insure the house meets minimum standards. The home loan amount is based in part on the appraisal and homes don’t always appraise for what the borrower or seller thinks it should. In situations where the appraisal comes | more...