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Credit Advice For First Time Home Buyers

Credit Advice For First Time Home Buyers

First time home buyers worried about their credit scores and the ability to get approved for a first-time mortgage should take plenty of steps to address those concerns before loan paperwork is filed. It is a very good idea to consider preparing for your mortgage loan a full year ahead of time so you can work on credit issues such as on-time payments, credit card balances, etc. First-Time Home Buyer Credit Advice: Lower Your Credit Card Balances Your credit cards can be an effective tool for establishing credit, but you have to know what the lender looks for in that credit to justify approving the home loan. The older your credit is, the better, but it’s also best to pay down the balances so you are not carrying too much | more...

 
Buying A Home With An FHA Loan After A Short Sale

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan After A Short Sale

A short sale is essentially the sale of a home that is still being paid for, where the property sells for less than the amount owed. The lienholder(s) agree to write off the remainder and forgive the deficiency. Borrowers who sell short are often taking measures to avoid foreclosure on the mortgage, but not all of the short sale transactions that happen are on mortgages that have fallen into delinquency. Short sales happen in many circumstances but one common scenario involves a homeowner who is suffering from an underwater mortgage and is trying to cut their losses. Getting An FHA Loan After A Short Sale Is it possible to buy a home with an FHA mortgage loan after a short sale? The short answer is yes. Buying a home with | more...

 
FHA Loans Are Available During The Government Shutdown

FHA Loans Are Available During The Government Shutdown

Are FHA home loans available during the government shutdown? The answer is yes in many cases, with the exception of Reverse Mortgages and Title I loans. FHA Condo loans may be affected by the government shutdown depending on whether or not the condo project was on the FHA approved list prior to the shutdown or not. The FHA and HUD official sites have notices stating that the websites will not be updated until the government reopens, and many functions of the FHA and HUD will be limited or unavailable. According to HUD.gov, there are a list of guidelines you should know during this time that will affect how FHA loans are handled. The official site states that HECM loans and Title I loans cannot be endorsed during the shutdown: “The | more...

 
Types Of FHA Mortgages: Refinance Loans

Choosing The Right Options For Your FHA Mortgage

Which options should you choose for your FHA mortgage? There are some things that are not required to be done in connection with your home loan which SHOULD be done, and there are choices to make that have more to do with the borrower’s financial needs and goals. Making the right choices means making informed decisions about whether to commit to things like a home inspection, financing your Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium, or entering into a mortgage rate lock commitment with your lender. FHA Loan Options That Shouldn’t Be Considered Optional By The Borrower There are two very important aspects of home loans that are technically optional but have the power to affect your home loan experience in very crucial ways. One is the home inspection-a procedure arranged and | more...

 
Credit Advice For First Time Home Buyers

Why Do People Refinance Home Loans?

Why do people refinance home loans? The answers are diverse since there is more than one reason to refinance AND more than one application for an FHA refi loan. Refinancing To Get Lower Monthly Payments One powerful motivation to refinance is to get a lower mortgage payment each month. Existing FHA mortgages can be refinanced into FHA Streamline Refinancing mortgages, which feature no FHA-required new credit check or appraisal. Your lender may require a credit check and/or appraisal if lender requirements or circumstances warrant. Some Streamline Refinance loans have to include a new credit check if the borrower chooses add-ons to the loan that increase monthly payments over a certain threshold. FHA Streamline Refinance loans must generally result in a tangible benefit to the borrower including a lower payment. Non-FHA | more...

 
5 Things To Remember About FHA Loans In 2019

FHA Home Loan Options: Build, Buy, Or Rehab

Build, buy, or rehab? Those are among the options open to FHA home loan applicants. Do you know what is possible with an FHA mortgage loan? The options range from purchasing an existing 1-4 unit home to having a single-family house built from scratch using an FHA One Time Close construction loan. FHA Home Loans: The “Forward Mortgage” “Forward mortgage” is a fancy way of describing the new purchase loan-an FHA mortgage that will help you buy a home. “Forward mortgages” are described as such to distinguish them from Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) or as they often called, Reverse Mortgages. A forward mortgage can include purchase of land and funds for a construction phase when an FHA One Time Close loan is being used to build to suit. FHA | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Closing Day Tips

More FHA Home Loan Options For New And Returning Borrowers

In our last blog post we discussed some basic FHA home loan options for those who want to buy or refinance a home. More FHA loan options for new and returning borrowers alike include FHA fixed-rate and adjustable rate financing, FHA condo loans, and more. FHA Home Loan Interest Rate Options FHA home loan interest rate options are not the same at all participating lenders. Depending on both your own personal financial qualifications and lender requirements, it may be possible to apply for a fixed rate 15-year or 30-year mortgage, or for an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) in the same terms. All FHA loans are generally required to amortize within the terms of the loan agreement and FHA loan rules. At the time of this writing, HUD 4000.1 states, | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Credit Questions And Answers

Reasons To Refinance With An FHA Mortgage

Reasons to refinance your home loan with an FHA mortgage vary as much as the types of homes you can purchase with an FHA loan. Is now the right time to examine your refi loan options and start planning for your new loan? You might be ready for an FHA refinance option if one or more of the following applies to you. Refinance Loans For Those Who Want A Lower Interest Rate Depending on the nature of your original home loan, FHA refi loans could help you save money over the lifetime of your mortgage loan with lower interest rates. One thing that’s easy to overlook about the interest rate options available with FHA loans; what you are offered will depend at least in part on FICO scores and other | more...

 
How To Prepare For A New FHA Mortgage In 2019

FHA Loans And Electronic Signatures: Rules You Need To Know

What do you need to know about FHA loans and electronic signatures? In the 21st century, it’s easy to assume that certain aspects of digital and mobile culture are applicable to most (if not all) transactions. But in the case of FHA home loans, it’s not quite that easy. Electronic Signatures Are Not Universal The use of electronic signatures for home loan paperwork is not available from all participating FHA lenders, and FHA loan rules do not permit the use of electronic signatures in certain loan transactions. In fact, on certain types of loan paperwork, electronic signatures are never permitted, at least at the time of this writing. FHA Loan Rules Define Electronic Signatures HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender, “An electronic signature conducted in accordance with the Electronic Signature Performance | more...

 
FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loan Occupancy Requirements

What Can I Add To My FHA Mortgage Loan?

What can I add to my FHA mortgage loan? There are several options for things you can add to the loan, but it’s important to remember that cash back to the borrower for new purchase home loans is not permitted except as a refund. But you are permitted to add funds to the mortgage loan to cover certain expenses you wish to finance into the home loan. What follows is information on FHA loan program rules only. Your chosen participating FHA lender may have additional requirements above and beyond what is mentioned here. FHA Loan Funds For Energy Efficient Mortgages If you are buying or refinancing a home loan with an FHA mortgage, you have the option to apply for additional loan funds that will be used for approved energy-efficient | more...