December 10, 2019

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Does The Fed Interest Rate Cut Also Cut Mortgage Loan Rates?

Does The Fed Interest Rate Cut Also Cut Mortgage Loan Rates?

On Wednesday, October 30 2019, the Fed voted to cut interest rates for the third time. The specifics, reported by many news outlets including CNBC.com, include a 25 basis points cut to the benchmark funds rate. According to a CNBC report, ” The rate sets what banks charge each other for overnight lending but is also tied to most forms of revolving consumer debt.” Some want to know if the Fed rate cut directly equals a cut to mortgage loan insurance rates for FHA loans, VA mortgages, USDA loans, or conventional mortgages. The short answer is no, it does not. But that does NOT mean an interest rate cut won’t affect your mortgage rate if you are not currently in a rate lock commitment with your lender. The rates cut | more...

 
Home Loan Advice: Top Reasons For Failed Loan Applications In 2018

Home Loan Advice: Top Reasons For Failed Loan Applications In 2018

– Did you know that a Realtor.com survey reveals that as few as 40% of all potential home buyers apply for their mortgage loan with confidence? As many as 60% of the home buyers in 2018 feared they would not be able to qualify for a mortgage loan. Another survey, issued in September of 2019 by the company CoreLogic, states that high debt and low credit scores were the leading causes of mortgage denials last year. In 2018 alone there were more than two hundred and sixty million loan applications for single-family housing. Those applications were for one-to-four unit properties, as well as a portion of the applications going toward manufactured housing. The CoreLogic report suggests an overall loan application denial rate of just under 25%. And of that 25%, | more...

 
Home Loan Credit Advice From Credit Bureaus

Home Loan Credit Advice From Credit Bureaus

We discuss FHA home loan credit issues here frequently, but our advice is only one source. What do the three major credit reporting agencies have to say about credit issues related to mortgage loans? Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion all have official sites with advice for consumers who want a fair and honest mortgage loan. Let’s examine some of the advice for potential home loan applicants. Mortgage Loan Credit Advice From Equifax The credit reporting agency Equifax has some advice for borrowers, including a very useful tip about how to do damage control on your credit report if a situation beyond your control resulted in late or missed payments. According to the Equifax official site, in such cases, “Consider adding a consumer statement to your credit reports.” Did you know you | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And The Biggest Credit Mistake You Can Make

FHA Home Loans And The Biggest Credit Mistake You Can Make

In this space, we discuss FHA home loans and how they get approved. And we talk a lot about the biggest credit mistake you can make leading up to your home loan application-missed payments. And we’re not just talking about missed payments on one type of credit, we discuss the effects of missing a payment no matter what it is or how important to your financial bottom line. But it is human nature to forget good advice when you only get it from one source, which is why we’re turning our attention today to the advice of one of the three biggest credit reporting agencies in existence: Experian. Experian is 125 years old and has a lot to say about how to manage credit, improve credit ratings, and how credit | more...

 
Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

There are four things to remember about home loans and credit scores, especially for first-time home buyers looking to buy their first piece of real estate. FHA home loan rules are more forgiving when it comes to credit scores, but there are still minimum standards and requirements to meet. Keep these four things in mind when planning your home loan application for best results. Credit Utilization And Payment History Are Both Very Important How much of your credit limit do you use? This is a question the lender needs to answer because how you use credit is just as important as all the other factors that go into home loan approval. Carrying high credit card balances can hurt your chances for home loan approval-try to keep your balances below the | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Perfect Credit: Fact Versus Fiction

FHA Home Loans And Perfect Credit: Fact Versus Fiction

We get plenty of reader questions about FHA home loans. Many of those questions have to do with worries that a borrower won’t qualify for the loan. One of the biggest topics in this area? “Can I get an FHA Home loan without perfect credit?” We fielded a question like that recently-the term “perfect credit” was used. The reader seemed to assume that perfect credit is required in order to buy a home. But who do you know as a homeowner with perfect credit? The truth is, FHA home loans do NOT require perfect credit for loan approval. But many potential home owners don’t understand how the credit check process works, or the requirements for loan approval. So it’s easy to understand how people can assume wrong things about the | more...

 
Home Buying, FHA Loans, And Mortgage Trends

FHA Home Loans And Housing Counseling

FHA home loans are for many different kinds of borrower-experienced and first-time home buyers alike. But it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the process if you are new to it or haven’t purchased real estate before. That is one reason why it’s a very good idea to consider talking to a HUD-approved housing counselor. Did you know you can call the FHA at their toll-free number, 1-800 CALL FHA, and request a referral to an approved housing counselor? The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official site reminds borrowers that housing counseling is NOT just for new purchase home loans-if you are trying to avoid foreclosure or are trying to avoid homelessness, there are HUD housing counseling services for you, and those services may be provided free of charge. | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance

FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance

The down payment is one of the daunting things for first-time home buyers-coming up with the cash to put the minimum required 3.5% (of the adjusted value of the home) may seem like an uphill task, but fortunately the FHA loan program guidelines permit the use of approved down payment assistance programs. These programs are not offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development; potential borrowers will need to seek out these down payment assistance programs in their local area. The rules the FHA provides to organizations wishing to offer down payment assistance includes the requirement that down payment gifts or grants must not come with an expectation of repayment. They also include the requirement that such funds be properly sourced and transferred to the borrower. But FHA rules | more...

 
Myths About Home Loans and Credit

Myths About Home Loans and Credit

There are lots of myths about home loans and the credit requirements you need to be approved for a mortgage. Here are some pervasive myths about credit as it relates to the home loan application you may be considering in the near future. Credit Myths: You Need Perfect Credit To Get A Mortgage FHA mortgage loan credit standards are more forgiving than some conventional options and borrowers do not need to have a perfect record to qualify. What you DO need is 12 months or more of on-time payments with no late or missed payments, a history of responsible credit use with balances that are not close to the credit limit, and a solid employment history (two years or more). Home Loan Credit Myths: The Lender Only Pulls Your Credit | more...

 
The Difference Between FHA Loan Credit Score Requirements And Your Lender's FICO Score Rules

The Difference Between FHA Loan Credit Score Requirements And Your Lender’s FICO Score Rules

We answer many reader questions about FHA home loans, including information about credit requirements, appraisal issues, and FHA loan standards. Among the most common reader questions about FHA home loans? Questions about the credit scores required to get home loan approval. This issue is confusing to some borrowers because they don’t realize that FHA loan rules say one thing and lender requirements may say another. Is this a contradiction? No. The FHA loan credit score requirements should be viewed by the borrower as the minimum standard, with the knowledge that the lender is permitted to require higher FICO scores than the FHA’s minimums but NOT permitted to require LOWER scores than the FHA minimum. In other words, consider the FHA loan FICO score numbers as the baseline lowest scores permitted. | more...