June 20, 2018

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FHA Construction Loans And Other Government-Backed Mortgages

FHA Construction Loans And Other Government-Backed Mortgages

House hunters looking for government-backed mortgages (as opposed to conventional mortgages which may have higher down payment requirements and other features) have a variety of options to choose from. Are you in the market for an FHA construction loan such as the FHA One Time Close construction mortgage? Do you need to build instead of buy? FHA One Time Close Construction Loans Borrowers who choose the FHA One Time Close mortgage are applying for a single mortgage loan covering both the construction phase and the mortgage itself. These loans are for those who want to build a home from the ground up, and there are additional requirements for these loans regarding escrow, inspections, and when mortgage payments are scheduled to being. One Time Close (OTC) loans from participating FHA lenders | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Identity Of Interest Transactions

Are You Ready For An FHA Loan Application?

Are you ready for an FHA mortgage loan? Buying or refinancing a home with an FHA loan takes planning and preparation, but once you’ve put the time in and gather your information, budget for expenses, and check your credit, the process will be far more understandable and accessible. Are You Ready For An FHA Mortgage Loan Application? You may be ready to fill out your FHA mortgage loan or refinance loan application if you have spent the last year reviewing your credit reports, working on reducing your debt-to-income ratio, and have made sure to have 12 months of on-time payments on ALL financial responsibilities. You are ready to apply if you know what kind of home loan you need and how it will be used. For example, are you interested | more...

 
Who can apply for FHA Reverse Mortgages?

Who Can Apply For FHA Reverse Mortgages?

Who can apply for an FHA reverse mortgage? Borrowing money to take advantage of the value in the home is not a new concept, but the reverse mortgage is a type of loan that’s quite different than a standard FHA refi loan. What Is The FHA Reverse Mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a loan that obligates the borrower without requiring monthly mortgage payments. FHA reverse mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages or HECMs for short, offer the borrower cash or a line of credit in an amount agreed upon between the borrower and lender. That amount is determined in part by the value of the home, so FHA HECM loans will require a new appraisal to see what the current fair market value of the property might be. | more...

 
Who May Contribute To My FHA Home Loan? Interested Party Contributions

FHA Loan Rules: Late Or Missed Housing Payments

Many readers contact us asking about the FHA loan rules for late or missed housing payments. These questions aren’t usually along the lines of “what happens if I am late making my FHA mortgage loan payment”, but rather how a participating FHA lender will view late or missed housing payments when it comes time to approve or deny the mortgage loan application. FHA loan rules governing the lender’s loan approval process are found in the FHA Single Family Loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1. These instructions to the lender aren’t the only rules that may affect your transaction; lender standards and state/federal laws will also apply. But the basic guidelines for the FHA home loan approval process give the lender specific instructions for FHA loan minimum requirements, and that will be the | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Mistakes To Avoid Before You Close The Deal

FHA-To-FHA Refinance Loan Rules

Do you know the loan rules for FHA-to-FHA refinance loans? There are many reasons why a borrower with an existing FHA mortgage could need or want to refinance. Some are interested in taking a portion of their home’ s equity in cash, others want lower monthly payments. Let’s examine the rules of FHA-to-FHA refinance transactions. How the FHA Defines Refinancing The rules governing FHA-to-FHA refinancing are found in a section of HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook. It defines FHA refinance loans as follows: “A Refinance Transaction is used to pay off the existing debt or to withdraw equity from the Property with the proceeds of a new Mortgage for a Borrower with legal title to the subject Property.” There are a variety of FHA loan options when you are | more...

 
Am I Eligible For An FHA Home Loan If I Am In A Credit Counseling Program?

What Credit Score Do I Need To Get A Home Loan?

What credit score do I need to get a home loan? That is a question many FHA loan applicants ask, and the answer involves both FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 (the FHA loan handbook) and lender requirements. What You Should Know About FHA Loan Standards FHA loan rules for credit and FICO scores are minimum requirements, but your participating FHA lender may have additional requirements. Always remember that FHA loan rules provide the baseline requirements, but the lender may have higher FICO score and credit history standards. What we’re discussing here are the FHA rules, lender requirements will vary. The FHA “Minimum Decision Credit Score” (MDCS) HUD 4000.1 defines the FHA MDCS as follows: “The Minimum Decision Credit Score (MDCS) refers to the credit score reported on the Borrower’s | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Credit Issues

FHA Refinance Loan Options

Are you considering your FHA refinance loan options in 2018? There are several different options to choose from depending on your financial needs and goals. What do you want to do with an FHA refinance loan? Lower Your Monthly Mortgage Payments There are FHA refinance loan options that can help lower your interest rate or monthly payments, depending on circumstances. Some borrowers with non-FHA loans want to refinance into an FHA mortgage because of potentially lower interest rates. This is often done with an FHA no-cash out refinance loan option. Whether you will get lower monthly payments on an FHA no-cash out loan depends on several factors including your credit scores, the current amount you are paying on a home loan, and whether you choose to finance certain expenses associated | more...

 
Can I Use My GI Bill Housing Allowance For An FHA Home Loan?

FHA Loan Questions: Credit, Bank Statements, and Overdrafts

Here is a variation on a common question about FHA home loan requirements: “How many months of bank statements are required to show the underwriters in relevance to the month we are closing on the house? Also if there are NSF/overdrafts on our account three to six months prior to our closing month, will that hurt our chances of getting the loan?” To answer these questions properly we need to do some detective work in the FHA loan rule book. Let’s start with the age of the documents needed for a home loan. The rules that govern FHA home loans says all documents must be, in general, no older than 120 days. The lender’s standards may apply in such cases-will the lender require more bank statements in order to review | more...

 
Can Disaster Relief Grants Be Used As Money To Close An FHA Loan?

Do FHA Loan Requirements Change Each Year?

Do FHA loan requirements change each year? This area can be a bit confusing because some aspects of the FHA loan program have changed in recent years, and some things are updated on a yearly basis. But the basic structure of the FHA loan program including FICO score minimums, appraisal rules, and occupancy requirements? These do not change from year to year. Do FHA Loan Rules Are In HUD 4000.1 Change Annually? HUD 4000.1 is the FHA Single Family Home Loan Handbook. It contains all the basic rules and requirements for FHA home loans. It lists the FICO score requirements, loan repayment history rules, debt-to-income ratio guidelines and other issues that affect FHA loan approval. These requirements do not change from year to year, but are subject to revision based | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Approval And Your Credit Report

How Do FHA Loan Requirements Work?

How do FHA loan requirements work? Do you know what you need in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan or FHA refinance loan? There are important details you should know about FHA mortgage loans that can help you make an informed decision about applying for one. FHA Loans Feature Lower Down Payment Requirements FHA loan down payment requirements include a minimum 3.5% down based on the adjusted value of the home. You won’t be able to get a zero-down payment FHA mortgage unless you are a qualified borrower applying for an FHA 203(h) mortgage for disaster victims in a federally-declared disaster area. 3.5% down is the minimum cash investment required. Some borrowers with low FICO scores may be required to put down 10% depending on their scores, lender | more...