October 28, 2020

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FHA Refinance Loans And Current Interest Rates

Planning A Home Loan? Beware Holiday Credit Card Use

A borrower’s debt-to-income ratio is an important part of the financial qualifications your lender will look at when trying to decide to approve or deny your mortgage loan application. Some future borrowers don’t help themselves out in this regard during holiday time and as we approach November and December, those in the planning stages of their mortgage loan journey should beware of opening new credit or increasing credit card use on existing accounts. Why? Credit Card Use Spikes At Holiday Time Traditionally, American consumers tend to increase credit use during the holiday season and it never pays to ignore this factor–take your potential holiday spending into account when planning for a new mortgage loan. In some cases the amount of the credit card debt isn’t the problematic factor–timely payments is | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Are you considering your home loan options? FHA mortgage loans have more flexible credit requirements more consumer-friendly loan options, but even with more lenient credit guidelines (compared to some conventional mortgages) there are a number of areas to consider in the preparation stages of your loan. Some are already ahead of the curve when it comes to getting financially ready for a major loan application, others are really starting from ground zero. Do you know how ready you are to fill out that mortgage loan application? Having Enough Preparation Time Is Important It does cost money to buy a home–there are plenty of up-front costs including appraisals and the home inspection, etc. Financial experts advise taking at least a full year to save, budget, and even to research the new | more...

 
What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What is the minimum credit score required to get approved for an FHA mortgage loan? Readers ask questions about this issue all the time, sending in questions asking if it is possible to still get an FHA mortgage with a low credit score. FHA loan rules establish a minimum credit score for loan eligibility but lender standards also apply so this is a harder question to answer than you might think. What is best in these situations is to know that FHA loan rules are the baseline, the minimum. The lender’s requirements are also applicable so you will need to discuss what FICO scores qualify. In general, FHA loan rules in the FHA lender’s handbook say FHA borrowers with credit scores at 580 or higher are eligible for maximum financing | more...

 
Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Chances At Loan Approval?

Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Chances At Loan Approval?

American consumers are entitled by law to a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies. This is a valuable resource all potential home loan applicants should take advantage of as early as possible in the home loan planning stages. However, this is only a first step into a larger world. Credit monitoring is, in the age of hackers and rampant identity theft, a necessity for borrowers who want to make certain their credit will be enough to justify home loan approval. And credit monitoring is not the sort of thing you want to start late in the game–you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to review your credit and work on it during the planning stages. How long should that planning be? Your home loan | more...

 

One-Time Close Construction Loan Mortgage Payments: What You Need To Know

When do mortgage payments begin on a construction loan? If you are building on your own lot with a VA One-Time Close loan or an FHA OTC construction loan, you’ll want to know what you are liable for and when–and you’ll also want to know how delaying your mortgage payments until the home is complete will affect your monthly payments down the road. VA and FHA mortgage loan options include the ability to build a home on your own land using a VA One-Time Close construction loan or the FHA equivalent. One-Time Close loans allow you to build a house on your own land or purchase land in conjunction with building a home.  There is a single application and approval process–these loans are potentially more streamlined and easier to manage | more...

 
First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

Househunters, Do You Need Credit Advice?

Are you a house hunter worried about your credit ahead of your loan application? It doesn’t matter if you want to buy a mobile home, a condo, or even build a house on your own lot with a construction loan, you’ll need to examine your credit closely long before you apply for your mortgage. Many borrowers are afraid to look at their credit report, or they don’t know how to access one. Fortunately, you can get help accessing and reviewing your credit with professional credit monitoring, and there are some things you can do on your own to improve your credit ahead of your loan application. Start As Early As You Can Working on your credit, no matter what state it may be in, takes time. If you find issues | more...

 
the importance of credit for home loan approval

The Importance Of Your Credit For Home Loan Approval

Why is credit monitoring, credit repair, and credit utilization so important for the purposes of gettig a home loan approved? This is a serious question all borrowers should ask ahead of their loan applicaiton. It’s just as important to know the hows and whys of addressing your credit scores and history–and the question should be addressed long before applying for a major line of credit like a construction loan to build on your own land, or the purchase of a condo or suburban home. A participating FHA lender is required to make each loan applicant can realistically afford the home loan. For loan approval, your credit history must have patterns that indicate that you will pay on time and generally behave like a good credit risk. Approving a home loan | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Credit Score Requirements: FICO Scores And More

FHA Home Loan Credit Score Requirements: FICO Scores And More

Many borrowers worry about their credit scores ahead of an application for an FHA home loan, and it’s hard for some to gauge whether they have sufficient credit to get a loan approved. FHA loans have more forgiving credit requirements and borrowers should not assume they do not qualify for a home loan without discussing their circumstances with a participating lender. When is a low credit score too low? FHA home loan rules specify that the lender must ensure a 500 FICO score (the very minimum) in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage, but your credit score numbers don’t tell the whole story. Lender Requirements For Home Loan Approval Vary You may read that FHA loan rule minimums for FICO scores do not always reflect the participating lender’s credit | more...

 
First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

First Time Home Buyers: Improve Your Credit With Credit Monitoring

The COVID-19 pandemic has created economic uncertainty for many current and future homeowners. Many borrowers may have experienced financial setbacks during the coronavirus outbreak in America, and the years to come will involve a lot of credit repair and related efforts American consumers will need to get back on track financially. Protecting your credit is more important than ever–do you know what can hurt your FICO scores? Actively monitoring your credit is an important option–there are services that keep track of your credit report and learn about what affects your scores. It may be tempting to use free credit monitoring offers but financial advisors recommend comparing features on free offers versus subscription-based services. You may find that paying a small fee gets you much better options and features for managing | more...

 
Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Why You Should Monitor Your Credit As A First-Time Home Buyer

Are you a first-time home buyer interested in buying or building a home? New borrowers should monitor their credit for signs of identity theft, erroneous information, and outdated credit data; doing so improves your chances at home loan approval by ruling out issues that may be related to credit report problems that are not your fault. Some future home owers already pay strict attention to their credit, but not everyone does. And they should–credit monitoring should play a crucial part of your preparation stages before applying for an FHA mortgage. The principles we are talking about here can protect you when applying for any big loan, including cash-out refinancing. Regular Monitoring Eliminates Surprises Later Having regular updates about your credit report reduces the chances of something slipping through–errors or evidence | more...