October 28, 2020

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HUD Announces New Deadlines For Coronavirus Foreclosure Avoidance Options

HUD Announces New Deadlines For Coronavirus Foreclosure Avoidance Options

Since the global coronavirus pandemic began affecting the United States economy, HUD has made a variety of policy changes and loss mitigation measures available to borrower struggling to make mortgage payments on FHA mortgages, refinance loans, and even reverse mortgages. In April, 2020, HUD published Mortgagee Letter 2020-06. That letter announced measures including COVID-19 related loan forbearance, plus “Standalone Partial Claims”, plus an extension of the deadline for FHA Reverse Mortgages (also known as FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages or HECM) for those affected by the pandemic. A few months later, HUD also announced loan forbearance options for those who needed it beyond the initial forbearance period. And now, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration have announced that the agencies recognize a need, “…to | more...

 
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...

 
Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: What's Allowed, What's Now

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: What’s Allowed, What’s Not

FHA mortgages are great for borrowers who want a lower down payment, no early repayment penalties, and more flexible home loan approval guidelines than some conventional counterparts. But the tradeoff comes where certain kinds of property and other loan details are concerned. If you want a home as opposed to an investment, an FHA mortgage is right for you. That includes those who want to build a home from the ground up instead of buying someone else’s property. Whether you want a traditional suburban home, a mobile home, a condominium, or even a duplex or multi-family unit, there’s an FHA mortgage for those purposes. But what about those who want to buy a house they can rent out to others, or those who want a mixed-use property that can handle | 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...

 
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...

 
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First-Time Home Buyer? FHA Loan Basics You Should Know

2020 has brought incredible low mortgage rates, surging refinance loan applications, and sustained buying and selling homes; all this in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Historically low mortgage loan interest rates mean greater interest in loans and the savings current rates could provide. If you are just getting started on the road to homeownership, there are some FHA home loan basics to know as you research your mortgage options. Different Homes, Different Loans One myth of the home loan market is that there is a generic loan for any type of property you want to buy. That’s not true–there are different loans for different purposes. For example, if you want a low-down-payment loan to help you build a house on your own land, the FHA One-Time Close construction loan | more...

 
What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Even during the global pandemic, people still need to buy and sell houses to live in. The real estate markets in America have not shut down, and even as you read this there are mortgages entering the closing stages. Are you looking for a new home to live in? If you are, it’s likely you’ve asked yourself whether your credit is ready for a major credit application; do you know what to do if your credit report needs correcting? One of the most common bits of advice in this area is that all borrowers should start preparing by getting very familiar with the contents of your credit report. But there is another step to take at the same time you’re doing that. Set Your Bills To Autopay When you review | more...

 
FHA Loan Questions: Eligible Property Types

Credit Monitoring For First-Time Home Buyers

Modern payment gateways, online selling and re-selling, and even digital currencies such as Bitcoin make for a more complicated relationship with credit and personal security; doing business digitally exposes consumers to more risk every day and from a variety of angles. Your account can be hacked individually, it can be compromised as part of a larger “harvest” of personal data and account numbers from a target company, etc. You may have had a credit card “skimmed” by a third-party device secretly installed in a gas pump payment swiper, or you could have been “shoulder surfed” at the ATM while entering your account information. Whatever the approach taken to this sort of crime, the threat to consumers is very real. Today’s news headlines tell us there are too many ways accounts | more...