June 22, 2021

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Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Get Your Credit Ready For A Mortgage

Do you want to buy or build a home? Before you apply for a mortgage loan there are some steps to take in the planning stages to get you closer to loan approval. Checklists can be important tools when making the preparations you need before you apply for a home loan; purchasing a home is one of the most important investments you can make; you’ll have an easier time in the process if you are organized.  You will want to start preparing this checklist long before you are ready to fill out paperwork to apply for the mortgage or to get pre-approved. This is a process that should begin, at a minimum, 12 months ahead of your application. What should you put on a credit checklist when prepping for the | more...

 
Gathering Your Home Loan Documents And Preparing For The Application

Down Payment Sources: The Rules

Are you struggling to save enough money for a down payment for a home loan? It’s tempting to turn to quicker sources of funds for that minimum required investment, but FHA loan rules say some potential sources for down payment money cannot be used. Those prohibited sources include considering cash advances from a credit card, payday loans, and certain other sources for a larger sum of money that can be used for a down payment including down payment “gifts” that actually have an expectation of repayment. The guidelines that cover these downpayment issues are found in HUD 4000.1, also known as the FHA Lender’s Handbook. The rules? For any type of FHA loan that requires a down payment (a new purchase loan, an FHA One-Time Close construction mortgage, condo loan, | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules And Your Personal Information

Why Loan Applications Are Denied

What makes a borrower worthy of home loan approval? A history of on-time payments, a low debt ratio, and good credit scores all work together to get you home loan approval. But what gets you denied a mortgage? Reasons For An FHA Loan Rejection Your lender is required justify approving a home loan. There are three things the lender will review (among others): Verify that you have sufficient income for the monthly mortgage obligation; Determine that the borrower can afford existing debt and the new mortgage payments Ensure the applicant has a history of responsible credit use. What factors contribute to the lender’s decision when reviewing these three areas? We’ll explore them below. Credit Scores Matter On paper, FHA loan rules allow loan approval for borrowers with FICO scores between | more...

 
Buying a House In The Era of Corona

FHA Loan Approval: Credit Scores Are Just One Factor

Some house hunters worry that they don’t have credit scores good enough to qualify for the mortgage. But it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that FICO scores are not the single determining factor in home loan approval. There Are THREE Important Factors Some FHA loan applicants come to the process knowing that both FICO scores and your record of on-time payments are crucial for loan approval. But even this is an incomplete picture of what your lender is after when trying to approve your home loan application. By this point in our article, you are likely getting the hint that there is indeed a third factor that counts when applying for a mortgage loan, and that factor is your debt-to-income ratio. The participating FHA lender’s job is to | more...

 
Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Home Loan Approval And Your Credit Scores

It doesn’t matter if you want to buy a single-family home in a rural area or a condo unit in a busy metropolis; if you don’t understand your credit report or know your credit score, you aren’t ready to financially commit to a home loan. In order to buy a home, consumers have to become credit-literate. That means knowing how credit reports work, how to interpret credit scores, and how your credit report affects your ability to be approved for a loan. There are three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion, Experian. That is one reason why we encourage borrowers to check their credit reports as early as possible prior to applying for an FHA mortgage or any other major line of credit. You may have to dispute an error | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

FHA Loans: The Credit Check

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 give instructions to the lender on how to establish an FHA borrower’s creditworthiness. FHA loan rules tend to be more flexible on credit issues than their conventional equivalents, but borrowers are still required to financially qualify. Are you looking for a condo loan, a mobile home loan? There’s an FHA loan for that. Do you want to build a house on your own land with an FHA construction loan? Some don’t realize the credit requirements in the FHA Lender’s Handbook are identical. For construction loans, borrowers should expect slightly higher credit requirements from the lender. But on paper, FHA loan rules make no distinction between different loan types and the minimum FICO score needed to qualify for maximum financing. One area that is also | more...

 
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The Four Keys To Fixing Your Credit Before Your Home Loan

A lot of borrowers want to buy a home but worry that they have credit problems that might keep them from getting their mortgage loan approved. Any borrower worried in this way should do four important things starting about a year away from the day you want to apply for the loan. What are the four keys to credit repair ahead of your home loan? There are two items in the “Do” category and two items in the “Don’t” category you should consider doing as early as possible before you apply for best results. #1 Credit Repair Hack For Home Loan Applicants The number one credit repair hack any consumer can try begins with knowing the contents of your credit report. It’s that simple, really. And everything else you do | more...

 
Bad Credit Home Loans

Bad Credit Home Loans

You’ll find a lot of information on the internet about bad credit home loans. Lists of bad credit-friendly lenders abound, but what do you need to know about these home loans and their alternatives? The first thing to remember is that bad credit is a potential barrier to new credit for a reason–your lender is required to justify the loan and make sure you are a good credit risk. And if your credit scores and credit history show that you haven’t been as reliable about making on-time payments and meeting your credit obligations? Your lender has two options. One is to deny you the loan. This is what usually happens in cases where the lender cannot justify approving your loan due to credit issues. Each lender has their own standards | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

When You Apply For Your Mortgage Loan

When you apply for a home loan, whether it’s an FHA mortgage, conventional loan, or any other type of “forward mortgage” used to purchase, your lender is required to check your employment, income, and credit information to make sure you are a good credit risk. Some borrowers assume the lender is only interested in FICO scores–the numbers assigned to you based on your credit patterns, repayment history, and other variables. But that is NOT true–the score is important, yes. But it’s not the only factor that goes into loan approval decisions. And it’s key to understand the factors that go into determining your credit score as those factors are of interest to your lender. TransUnion, one of the “big three” credit reporting agencies, advises consumers that credit scores are determined | more...

 
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...