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Down Payment Issues In Today’s Housing Market

In the days before January 1, 2024, finance pundits and mortgage blogs (at least in some circles) were expecting a housing recovery to be underway by now. But as of May 2024, those commentators are revising their opinions about when and how a market recovery could happen. Consider what Yahoo!Finance published on May 19, 2024. “At the beginning of the year, housing experts and homebuyers looked forward to better buying conditions — interest rates were poised to drop, a shift expected to free up inventory and cool surging home prices.” That, according to Yahoo!Finance, has “mostly changed.”  The housing market is headed into summer 2024 without the hoped-for mortgage rate cuts. There are also problems with housing inventory in some markets. Even the National Association of Realtors has complained in | more...

 
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When You Are Ready To Apply For Your FHA Mortgage

When a borrower has the down payment funds and feels ready to commit to the house-hunting journey, applying to be pre-approved or pre-qualified for an FHA mortgage is the next logical step. But there are a few things to review before you begin. Gather Your Documents And Know Your Financials Applying for a loan includes bringing financial data to the bargaining table. You must gather two years of tax returns, you should know specifics about annual gross and net income, and be ready to give the lender information about outgoing debt, your current credit scores, and any other non-employment sources of income you want counted for loan approval purposes. Your lender requires this information to begin. Some situations require more information than others. For example, small business owners may be | more...

 
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FHA Loan Down Payment Advice

Are you looking for a home loan with a lower downpayment requirement? In 2024, FHA home loans are a smart option to consider in such cases as the housing market slowly tries to recover. These down payments are often lower than their conventional mortgage equivalents, and borrowers who struggle to come up with the 20% down needed to avoid conventional private mortgage insurance, which is required on a conventional mortgage, may find a better option in the FHA loan program. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, those who don’t pay 20% down on a conventional loan may encounter down payment requirements of up to 15%.  “Most lenders offer conventional loans with PMI for down payments ranging from 5 percent to 15 percent.” The Bureau adds that “some lenders may | more...

 
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Low Down Payment Home Loans

Many potential homeowners are intimidated by saving up for a down payment. But resources are available that make getting your down payment money together easier, including down payment grants and low down payment mortgages like the FHA home loan program. What do you need to know about low down payment loans? FHA Home Loan Down Payment Rules FHA loans only require a 3.5% down payment for borrowers who qualify with FICO scores of 580 or better (FHA standards; lender standards will also apply). Where Does Your Down Payment Money Come From? FHA loans allow you to pay your own down payment or receive help with a down payment grant or gift funds. FHA loan rules require the source of your down payment funds, including gift funds, to have proper sourcing, | more...

 
Do You Need Down Payment Help?

FHA Home Loan Down Payments

Most home buyers will make some form of down payment, with exceptions for those using VA mortgages with no money down for qualifying servicemembers, veterans, and surviving spouses. There is also no-money-down USDA loans, but these are need-based and have income caps. By comparison, FHA mortgages, with their low 3.5% down payment requirements, are attractive to many house hunters who want to save more money upfront on the mortgage. Do You Really Have To Put 20% Down? Some borrowers may hear stories of borrowers being required to pay 20% down. This would be true in cases where the home buyer wants to avoid mortgage insurance on a conventional mortgage. And while that is not the only down payment option offered in such cases the mere idea of paying 20% down | more...

 
Do You Need Down Payment Help?

Do You Need Down Payment Help?

Saving for your down payment early is a great idea, and doing so can be easier when you have a clear goal in mind. But how much IS that down payment, and when should I start doing the math? Some people are intimidated by saving up for and making the down payment. Even the most disciplined house hunter used to cutting corners for a bigger goal might need some outside help regarding the down payment needed to buy a home. FHA Loans Require Less Money Down FHA mortgages have lower down payment requirements than conventional loans, especially if you want to avoid Private Mortgage Insurance on a conventional mortgage (20% is usually required in such cases). State agencies and other entities operating at the local level often offer down payment | more...

 
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Tips You Should Know About FHA Loan Down Payments

Down payment issues may vary depending on the home loan you select, whether it is an FHA loan, a VA mortgage, or a USDA construction loan, but some things are common for all mortgages where down payment money goes. Do You Need A Down Payment Gift? Get It In Writing A participating FHA lender can accept down payment gift funds from a variety of sources. The money can come from family, friends, and employers. But these gift-givers must also provide a letter detailing where the cash comes from and that it does not come from unapproved sources, which we will explore below. The down payment gift letter must explain where the money is from, such as cash saved at home, investments that have been cashed in for the gift, or | more...

 
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FHA Loan Downpayments: What To Know

What do you need to know about the down payment requirements for an FHA home loan? Some of the requirements are simple, but some need a bit of explanation. When you begin saving a downpayment for your home loan, you’ll want to remember the tips provided below. Your Down Payment Is A Separate Expense The amount of your 3.5% FHA loan payment is not affected by what you pay for closing costs and mortgage insurance. None of those expenses count toward your down payment. FHA loan down payments are considered separate. Paying cash upfront for FHA mortgage insurance never results in a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the down payment requirement. Some Are Required To Make A Bigger Down Payment Some FHA borrowers make only the minimum required FHA loan down payment | more...

 

FHA Minimum Standards Vs. Lender Standards

A frequently asked question about FHA home loan credit score requirements goes like this: “I recently applied for a mortgage loan, and my FICO scores are above 580, which FHA loan rules say is the score you need for the lowest down payment. But my lender wants a higher score for the lowest down payment. What’s going on? Who is right?” The most important thing to remember about the FICO score issue is that FHA minimum standards don’t always match the lender’s requirements. The lender is permitted a higher requirement as long as those requirements are deemed “reasonable and customary” for similar mortgages. FHA minimum standards are just that–minimums. A lender is free to require a higher credit score or look for better debt-to-income ratios, etc., as required by the | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And First Time Home Buyers

FHA Lender Requirements and Bank Policies

Here is a variation on a typical question we are frequently asked. “I applied for a loan and was told I must submit proof of filing a tax extension for a previous tax year. I was told by my loan officer that I need to show proof of an extension to be approved to close. Is this correct?” There are two critical issues in a situation like this to remember. One is how FHA loan rules work and how lender policies work. The FHA loan program is a voluntary one for financial institutions. Not all lenders participate, but those who do have to meet FHA loan standards and observe FHA guidelines for the loan program. Most financial institutions have their own guidelines above and beyond FHA loan program regulations. If | more...