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FHA Home Loans For Borrowers With Thin Credit

FHA Home Loans For Borrowers With Thin Credit

Some borrowers worry their FICO scores aren’t high enough to be approved for a home loan. Other borrowers worry that they don’t have a long enough credit history. There are ways you can raise your FICO score, increase your credit file, and make yourself a better credit risk for an FHA home loan, FHA rehab loan, or even a construction loan to build your own house on your own lot. If you apply for a home loan with thin credit non-traditional credit or no credit, your lender will ask for any evidence you have made recurring payments of some kind. That’s a good place to start when it’s time to review your credit. Your lender will want to see that for any financial obligation you do carry, that on-time payments | more...

 
Save Money! The Benefits Of Housing Counseling Before You Start House Hunting

Save Money! The Benefits Of Housing Counseling Before You Start House Hunting

Saving money is usually done to prepare for a home loan, but did you know there is a simple trick to saving money on mortgage expenses? It basically involves being a more informed borrower so you don’t mistakenly choose options that cost you more unnecessarily. Getting the right home loan for your needs can help you maximize your real estate dollar, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t know the options they have where home loans are concerned. A Freddie Mac report indicates that housing counseling and/or good financial education is a key benefit when you start the journey toward buying real estate. Knowing which loans are best for your needs and which ones to avoid is key. The Freddie Mac report, a “Generation Z Study”, concludes that | more...

 
Beware of Escrow Fraud

Need A Home Loan? Beware Of Escrow Fraud

There are common home loan scams that affect house hunters, even those applying for FHA home loans. One such scam–one you might actually encounter in your home buying journey–is called escrow fraud and it can affect even the most experienced homeowner if they are caught at just the wrong moment. Home Loan Scams Can Affect Any Type Of Mortgage Escrow scams are not associated with FHA mortgages alone, any type of home purchased with any type of home loan could be targeted. An important sense of any successful scam is creating a sense of urgency or emergency or a feeling that a big discount might be missed if you stop to consider the options. The scammer wants you to be in a hurry, not thinking critically, and ready to invest | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Some of our most popular blog posts and articles have to do with buying a home with a low credit score. What can you do if you know your credit isn’t perfect but need to buy a home with an FHA mortgage? Actively Work On Your Credit The most effective way to change your credit rating and improve it is also the simplest. Make all payments on time for at least one year leading up to your home loan application. This is the first step toward getting yourself ready to actually be approved for a mortgage loan. Review Your Credit Report If you don’t know what your credit report says, you are not ready for a home loan. It really is as simple as that. Learn How To Understand Your | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans In 2020

Refinance Loans, Millennials, and Remodeling

Published reports about home loan trends include stats indicate that more than 85% of home buyers or home owners in the Millennial age range will be undertaking renovation, fixer-upper, or remodeling projects in the next three years. These borrowers scour social media such as Pinterest to find decor, design, and layout ideas; these borrowers don’t seem to mind spending a bit extra to add just the right features to a home. Is there an FHA mortgage loan for these people? The FHA Rehabilitation Loan If you need to buy and remodel a home, the standard FHA mortgage is not the right type of loan to ask for. Instead, ask your loan officer about an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation mortgage, which is available to help buy and repair or remodel a home | more...

 
Buy Or Rent? The Cost Gap Gets Narrower

FHA Home Loans For 2019

What are your FHA home loan options in 2019? Those looking to start house hunting in the new year should know about FHA loan guaranty limits and how those limits can change from year to year. This is a very important detail of the home loan process you should know before starting the search for your dream home. FHA loans have limits that are set periodically and can change from year to year. For many years, the basic limit did not change, and in high or low-cost areas the limits are naturally different but the amount of those respectively higher or lower limits don’t always change. However, in 2018 FHA loan limits did change, and borrowers found they had increased limits according to FHA Mortgagee Letter 2017-16. The national limit | more...

 
How To Avoid Foreclosure During The Coronavirus

How Do I Know If I Qualify For An FHA Mortgage?

How do you know if you qualify for an FHA mortgage? There are several minimum requirements you should know, but keep in mind that we are not discussing an individual lender’s standards (which will vary depending on the lender) but the FHA Single Family Home Loan program’s basic rules. When you talk terms with a participating FHA lender, you can discuss what additional requirements may apply with that financial institution. The Basics FHA home loans are for financially qualified borrowers regardless of their status as first time buyers or experienced home owners. There is no minimum or maximum income dollar amount specified for FHA home loan approval. Borrowers may be eligible even if they have a bankruptcy or foreclosure in their history as long as good credit has been re-established | more...

 
FHA Loans And Your Credit Report

Types of FHA Mortgages: New Purchase Loans

Looking for the right FHA mortgage loan for you? There are many different options available if you need to buy a home with an FHA loan including mortgages that allow you to buy and repair a home at the same time, and loans that allow you to build a home from the ground up. FHA Loans: What Is A Forward Mortgage? Once you start shopping around for a home loan, you will encounter terminology related to your home purchase. Some of the most common are “forward mortgage” and “purchase loans”. These two terms basically indicate that the loan is meant to buy a home rather than refinance it or apply for an FHA Reverse Mortgage which gives cash to the borrower secured by a home that is nearly paid off | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

How Do Student Loans Affect My FHA Mortgage?

How do student loans affect your FHA mortgage? Is it harder to get FHA loan approval if you have student loan debt? What if the debt is not currently due or being paid in monthly installments? FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 (the FHA loan handbook) address these issues. Student loan debt is in a category of its’ own thanks to rule changes a few years ago taking student loans into account during the review for credit worthiness. Student loans once upon a time were in a category called “deferred obligations” because it was possible to have a student loan debt and not be required to pay at that moment; the amount of the deferred obligation was taken into account in a certain way by the lender. But after the | more...

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

Five Things You Should Know About FHA Refinance Loans

Five things you should know about FHA refinance loans include the fact that you can find an FHA mortgage to refinance any typical home loan, you can get a refinance loan with cash out, and you can refinance a home to remove an ex-coborrower, spouse, or other persons from the mortgage. #5: FHA Refinance Loans Are Available For Both Existing FHA Mortgages And Non-FHA Mortgages You may only refinance a mortgage using an FHA refinance loan, but the types of mortgage you can refinance include FHA, VA, conventional, USDA, etc. You do not have to have an existing FHA mortgage to apply for FHA refinancing. You are required to occupy the home being refinanced with the FHA mortgage, and refinance loans for secondary residences may be limited depending on the | more...