April 19, 2019

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FHA Loans After Bankruptcy

FHA Loan Qualifying Credit Scores

FICO scores are a big part of getting your home loan approved as a first time home buyer or repeat borrower alike. One of the first questions someone purchasing their first home with an FHA loan will ask is what FICO scores qualify for the mortgage. And that’s not surprising; FHA loan credit qualifications do specify a minimum FICO score for all borrowers. And believe it or not, it’s the same credit score ranges for both first-time borrowers and those who have purchased real estate before. The FICO score minimums for the lowest down payment are set by the FHA and HUD, with these minimums often being increased by participating lenders based on that financial institution’s standard. So what you read below about qualifying FICO scores is the baseline score | more...

 
FHA Loans After Bankruptcy

FHA Home Loans And Qualifying Income: Disability Benefits

When you apply for an FHA home loan to buy real estate, your lender will need to verify your income and employment. Some borrowers may wish to submit disability income for consideration but aren’t sure if that income will qualify. FHA loan rules address these concerns; HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender how to verify disability income, and defines how disability income may qualify. According to HUD 4000.1, the lender is required to “verify and document the Borrower’s receipt of benefits from the SSA, VA, or private disability insurance provider. The Mortgagee must obtain documentation that establishes award benefits to the Borrower. “ What Disqualifies Disability Income From Consideration For An FHA Home Loan If the borrower’s disability income has an expiration date within three years from the date of the | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Debt-To-Income Ratios

FHA Home Loan Debt-To-Income Ratios

First-time home buyers looking at their FHA mortgage options hear a lot of about the debt-to-income ratio and how it affects the borrower’s ability to get a home loan approved. But do you know how the FHA lender is supposed to calculate that debt ratio? The rules governing this are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1. It explains to the lender that there are actually two debt ratio calculations that must be made. One is the total monthly mortgage payment compared to the total monthly income, the other is the total “fixed payment” compared to the borrower’s income. These debt ratios are complicated by the requirement that the income used to calculate the ratio must be lender-verified and certain kinds of unverifiable income will not count in the | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Home Loan Appraisals As A First-Time Home Buyer

What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Income Verification

What do borrowers need to know about FHA home loans and income verification requirements? The short answer is that it depends on several factors including the nature of the borrower’s job. Why is this true? Why isn’t there a standard answer? Because there are a variety of different employment types and FHA loan rules must address them. Self-employed borrowers are held to a different set of requirements because verifying that income requires a different set of procedures than for “traditional” employment. Those who work in the gig economy as contractors, 1099 workers, etc. are also in a different set of circumstances than a typical 9-5 worker, so those employees need their own procedures, too. FHA Loan Income Verification Rules For more traditional employment, the lender may require pay stubs, tax | more...

 
Will I Be Approved For An FHA Mortgage Loan?

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

Military borrowers who are considering an FHA home loan may wonder if they are permitted to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill housing stipend as part of their qualifying income for an FHA mortgage. FHA loan rules found in HUD 4000.1 require the lender to verify all sources of income for the borrower; verifiable income that qualifies may be counted in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. This process is important because if a borrower’s debts exceed a certain ratio compared to the amount of income, it may be harder for the lender to justify approving the FHA mortgage. So it makes sense that a borrower who qualifies for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or Forever GI Bill benefits might want to have their housing stipend included in the income they submit | more...

 
How Do Student Loans Affect My FHA Home Loan Application?

How Do Student Loans Affect My FHA Home Loan Application?

How do student loans affect my FHA home loan application? Some applicants worry about the amount of student loan debt they carry; after all the lender is required to determine the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio as a means to judge whether the loan is affordable or not. The debt ratio must be calculated using existing monthly debt, including student loans that are in forbearance. The fact that the loans are not being paid on at application time isn’t as critical as the idea that the loans may become a monthly obligation in the future, affecting the borrower’s ability to pay the mortgage loan. What do FHA loan rules say about student loans, and those student loans that are in deferment or forbearance? We use those two terms interchangably here, defined as | more...

 
FHA Loan Approval: Credit Check Facts

FHA Home Loan Approval And Debt Ratios

How is FHA home loan approval affected by your debt ratio? Your credit qualifications including FICO scores and credit history are very important factors in home loan approval, but the amount of debt you carry is also a factor. Your participating FHA lender must evaluate your monthly debt versus your monthly income to determine if you can realistically afford the mortgage. How does the lender do this? The rules governing this process are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1. It begins by stating that the lender is required to “determine the Borrower’s monthly liabilities by reviewing all debts listed on the credit report, Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), and required documentation”. The lender must review all monthly financial obligations but some things may not necessarily be included in | more...

 
Five Things You Should Know About FHA Refinance Loans

FHA Loan Rules For Debt-To-Income Ratios: Business Debt

FHA loan rules for debt-to-income ratios (DTI) include guidelines for the lender when the loan applicant has debts listed in his or her name, but those debts are actually those of the borrower’s business. What do you need to know about this type of debt? Before addressing that issue, it’s important to point out that debt ratios are a very important part of the FHA loan approval process. The higher the amount of your monthly debt compared to your monthly income, the harder your loan officer has to work to justify approving the loan. A borrower with too much monthly debt may be required to have compensating factors as a condition of loan approval. Those factors can be a larger down payment, substantial savings in cash, or other things as | more...

 
On Buying A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

FHA Loan Debt-To-Income Ratios Part Two

What is the debt-to- income ratio (DTI) for an FHA loan? We answered that question in a previous blog post, discussing the FHA loan rules for loan approval where loan affordability is concerned. In general, FICO scores and debt ratios are reviewed together. You may have a debt ratio that comes close to or exceeds the general standard for these limits, but compensating factors may apply to help the lender justify approving your home loan. What are these factors? FHA Loan Compensating Factors For Higher Debt-To-Income Ratios FICO scores play an important part in determining who must have compensating factors for a high DTI. As the FHA loan handbook states, borrowers who meet the FHA loan FICO score requirement for maximum financing (580 or above) can have a debt to | more...

 
FHA 203(k) rehab loans: who does the work?

What Is The Debt-To-Income Ratio For An FHA Loan?

What is the debt-to- income ratio for an FHA loan? Simply put, it’s the amount of income you have compared to the amount of money you must pay each month on your financial obligations. The debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is an important part of the lender’s calculations that determine whether or not you will be approved for the mortgage loan. Debt-To-Income Ratio Calculations For FHA Loans There are two kinds of debt-to-income ratio calculations. One is made with the borrower’s current income and debts, the other is made with those factors plus the amount of the projected monthly mortgage payment. If you aren’t sure whether you can afford a mortgage loan or not, the second ration will tell you what percentage of your pay will be taken up by your monthly | more...