June 26, 2019

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What Is A New Construction FHA Home Loan Compared To Existing Construction Loans?

FICO Scores and FHA Loans: A Reader Question

Can a co-borrower make up for another borrower’s FICO score issues? A reader asked us a question along those lines in our comments section recently: “My credit is not good enough to get a home loan. However, if my sister was willing to cosign for me to get a home can she sign? What are the requirements” FHA loan rules require all borrowers to be obligated on the mortgage to credit qualify. We get a glimpse at FHA loan policy in HUD 4000.1 page 132 which discusses “Minimum Decision Credit Scores” for all borrowers: “The Minimum Decision Credit Score (MDCS) refers to the credit score reported on the Borrowers credit report when all reported scores are the same. Where three differing scores are reported, the middle score is the MDCS. | more...

 

FHA Loan Rules: Borrowers, Co-Borrowers, Co-Signers

Do you know what the FHA loan rules are for borrowers, co-borrowers, and/or co-signers? What are the requirements for each and how is your lender required to proceed with each? The FHA home loan rule book for single family mortgages, reverse mortgages, and refinance loans is HUD 4000.1 It instructs the lender that borrowers have an occupancy requirement-the borrower must agree to take ownership of the home and use it as her or his primary residence after loan closing. Usually the borrower will have to move in within 60 days of closing. HUD 4000.1 also tells the lender that borrowers may only purchase homes with FHA loans withing the United States or its’ territories. Purchase of non-U.S. real estate is not permitted with an FHA mortgage. All parties to be | more...

 

Cosigners and Co-Borrowers On FHA Loans

In our previous blog post we discussed an FHA loan reader question about co-borrowers and their status. What is the basic difference between a cosigner and a co-borrower and how does an FHA loan work in such cases? FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 differentiate between a cosigner and co-borrower; the cosigner, while liable for the loan, does not have any ownership in the property. The co-borrower has both financial responsibility and ownership. Both cosigners and co-borrowers must have a legal primary residence in the United States or be U.S. citizens. Borrowers, co-borrowers, and cosigners all must provide basic information to the lender including Social Security numbers. Co-borrowers and cosigners are subject to the rules of HUD 4000.1 that restrict who can participate in an FHA loan transaction: “A party | more...

 

FHA Loans With A Non-Occupying Co-Borrower

How does having a non-occupying co-borrower affect your FHA mortgage? What happens if one of the borrowers decides they want a change in their status as occupying or non-occupying? A reader asked us a question along these lines recently in the comments section: “I just purchased my home in November 2016 with my husband’s uncle as a co-borrower (not living in the property). Now he is getting a divorce and his soon-to-be ex-wife wants the househe basically just helped me qualify of put the down payment to purchase and pay the mortgage on my ownhe even signed hes rights to the title the day we signed for the property is I was told. I could put in that paper after about 6 months of having the property but now I | more...

 
Do Section 8 Housing Vouchers Count For FHA Loans?

FHA Loans and Co-Signers: A Reader Question

A reader asked us a question about FHA loans and co-signers recently. “If I cosigned for a friend and he refinanced to get everything put in his name and me taken off, am I eligible for an FHA loan for my own home?” FHA mortgage loan requirements refer to co-signer arrangements and “contingent liabilities”. HUD 4000.1 says: “A Contingent Liability refers to a liability that may result in the obligation to repay only when a specific event occurs. For example, a contingent liability exists when an individual can be held responsible for the repayment of a debt if another legally obligated party defaults on the payment. Contingent liabilities may include Cosigner liabilities and liabilities resulting from a mortgage assumption without release of liability.” If the reader’s circumstances meet that definition | more...

 
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FHA Refinance Loan Basics

FHA refinance loans bring with them many questions, especially for first time applicants. Here’s a good example, a question asked recently in our comments section: “My husband lost his home to a short sale on his previous marriage. We are currently doing a rent to own, but we hold the deed. They fought the lender, and won, and it was supposed to be taken off of his credit report. Equifax kept it on. His score is 709. Can we refinance our home?” FHA refinance loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state, “A refinance transaction is a new Mortgage for a Borrower with legal title on the same Property with the proceeds used to pay off any existing liens.” If the reader’s circumstances (a “rent to own” arrangement, in this case) meets | more...

 

FHA Loan Co-Signers & Co-Borrowers

A reader asked us a question this week in the comments section about FHA loan co-signer and/or co-borrower rules. “If there is more than one person on the loan application, does it matter what percentage each person owns?” There are a number of variables that need to be addressed to properly answer this question. For example, does the reader refer to a co-signer, or a co-borrower? Are the applicants legally married? If so, do they reside in a community property state? FHA loan co-signer rules in HUD 4000.1 don’t specify a percentage of ownership for co-signers. The rules simply state the co-signer is “liable for the debt”. FHA loan rules for eligibility of co-borrowers (occupying and non-occupying) don’t mention a percentage of ownership, either: “To be eligible, all occupying and | more...

 
Can I Get A Second FHA Appraisal If I Don't Agree With The First One?

Commission Income and FHA Loans

A reader asks, “Can I apply for an FHA loan after just one year of commission based pay with a cosigner?” FHA loan rules require all borrowers to be obligated on the loan to financially qualify, which would include verification of both employment and income. A co-signer or co-borrower may not be able to make up for financial shortcomings of the other borrower(s) on the mortgage loan, but lender standards would apply in this area and it’s best to have a conversation with a loan officer about those standards and what may be possible. FHA loan rules for commission income, found in HUD 4000.1, state the following: “Commission Income refers to income that is paid contingent upon the conducting of a business transaction or the performance of a service…The Mortgagee | more...

 
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FHA Refinance Loans: What Are Your Options?

FHA loans aren’t just for new purchases. You can also apply for an FHA refinance loan for an existing FHA mortgage, a conventional loan, or other types of mortgages depending on the type of refinancing you need. HUD 4000.1 describes the rules for FHA refinance loans, including a basic list of all the types of refinancing available and what they are meant to do for the borrower: -No cash-out refinances of FHA-insured and non FHA-insured Mortgages are designed to pay existing liens. These include: Rate and Term refinance, Simple Refinance, and Streamline Refinance. -Cash-out refinances are designed to pull equity out of the Property. -Refinances of non FHA-insured Mortgages are available for qualified Borrowers in negative equity positions (Short Refi). -Refinances for rehabilitation or repair (Section 203(k)). That information is | more...

 
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FHA Loan Reader Questions: Judgments and Loan Approval

A reader asks, “I have a judgment for a car that was repossessed in May 2010. It was a car purchased by my husband with myself as cosigner. I didnt plan on paying it off as we are waiting on a divorce and he has no plans to help pay it off. Will I be able to get a FHA mortgage with this lingering on my credit? I do have credit scores in the 650 range and higher.” Community property laws in a given state, where applicable, may affect the answer to this question, but in general, FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state that judgments on a borrower’s credit history must have some kind of resolution. On pages 177 and 178 of HUD 4000.1 we learn a great deal | more...