October 16, 2019

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What Is Ahead For Home Loan Interest Rates?

What Is Ahead For Home Loan Interest Rates?

Last week, mortgage loan interest rates moved higher, reported as a significant increase after hitting lows not seen in some time. At one point in the earliest of October rate changes, mortgage rates went to multi-year lows, taking FHA mortgage loan interest rates below 3.50% for the most well-qualified borrowers. So what is ahead for FHA home loan interest rates? At the time of this writing, FHA rates for a 30-year fixed rate forward mortgage loan (for the most well-qualified applicants) are somewhere at or near 3.375%. Will this low-rate trend last? Is now the right time to buy or refinance a home? The answer depends on plenty of variables including your financial goals for the home–do you plan to stay in it long term or do you know you | more...

 
Home Loan Credit Advice From Credit Bureaus

Home Loan Credit Advice From Credit Bureaus

We discuss FHA home loan credit issues here frequently, but our advice is only one source. What do the three major credit reporting agencies have to say about credit issues related to mortgage loans? Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion all have official sites with advice for consumers who want a fair and honest mortgage loan. Let’s examine some of the advice for potential home loan applicants. Mortgage Loan Credit Advice From Equifax The credit reporting agency Equifax has some advice for borrowers, including a very useful tip about how to do damage control on your credit report if a situation beyond your control resulted in late or missed payments. According to the Equifax official site, in such cases, “Consider adding a consumer statement to your credit reports.” Did you know you | more...

 
Home Buying And Your Credit

Home Buying And Your Credit: Three Simple Tricks

Worried about your credit score? Thinking about buying a home but you don’t know if your credit is good enough to qualify? There is a LOT of home buyer advice out there, especially where improving your credit score is concerned. Work On Your Credit As Early As Possible Do you know how long it takes to dispute wrong information on your credit report? How many people share your first and last name? Do you know how possible or likely it is that someone else’s credit data might end up in your credit report? Or how likely it is that outdated information is still plaguing your credit information? If you don’t you, you are not ready to apply for a home loan yet. No borrower should apply for a mortgage loan | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Interest Rates: What You Need To Know About Trends

Can I Do An FHA Cash-Out Refinance On A Rental Property?

When you buy a home with a mortgage loan, you generally have the option later down the line to apply for cash-out refinancing on that home. It doesn’t matter if you have a conventional mortgage, VA loan, or an FHA home loan, cash-out refinance options are available once you have made a minimum amount of mortgage loan payments (not ideal) and the cash-out options only get better the longer you pay on the original mortgage. Why is cash-out refinancing not such a great deal in the earliest days of your mortgage? Partially because you haven’t paid down the loan enough and/or waited for your property values to increase long enough in the right circumstances to get much value out of the property. Generally speaking, the longer you pay on the | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Flood Hazard Areas

Should Homeowners Turn Into Real Estate Investors?

If you are thinking about buying real estate with an FHA mortgage loan you may have run across some trends in recent times addressing the topic of ordinary home owners becoming real estate investors. Is this something that is possible with an FHA single-family mortgage loan? The first thing you need to know about buying real estate with an FHA mortgage is that FHA single-family home loans are for owner-occupiers only. The occupancy requirement is non-negotiable for a new purchase home loan guaranteed by the FHA. There is no FHA loan rule against buying a multi-unit property and renting out the unused living units. Borrowers are free to do so since you can buy a home with as many as four units with an FHA mortgage. But what you cannot | more...

 
Mortgage Loans, Interest Rates, and Refinance Loans

FHA Home Loans: Solar And Wind Technology

Did you know that you can ask for an add-on to your FHA home loan or refinance loan to get funds for solar or wind-powered energy efficient upgrades to the home? Whether you want to add such features to your home at purchase time or refinance time is up to you but it is possible to apply for extra funds to install wind or solar power features. Some reading at this stage might assume we are talking about the FHA Energy-Efficient Mortgage add-on, but this is actually a different program. Under a section in the FHA loan rulebook, HUD 4000.1, labeled “Solar And Wind Technologies” we find the following information: “The solar and wind technologies policy allows the Mortgagee to increase the Base Loan Amount to cover the cost and | more...

 
How FHA Loans Differ From Other Government-Backed Mortgages

Do You Qualify For An FHA Mortgage As A First-Time Home Buyer?

Do you qualify for an FHA home loan as a first-time home buyer? There are several things you can check to see whether your credit and employment situations will allow a lender to justify approving your mortgage loan application. Buying real estate means making a major investment; potential borrowers who are not financially ready for this investment should take their time and prepare for it and commit when they are fully prepared. What does it take to get an FHA home loan approved? Stable Employment If you are considering applying for an FHA home loan without at least two years of work history, it may be a wise idea to consider delaying your application until you do have at least 24 months of work on your record. Anything less than | more...

 
Lower Home Prices And FHA Mortgages

Lower Home Prices And FHA Mortgages

House prices in 2019 seem to be “at risk” to go lower according to some industry reports. If you are researching home prices (especially for those in housing markets on the West Coast) you may read about these issues being higher than usual for a variety of reasons. How Do Declining Home prices Affect FHA Home Loans? If the value or asking price of a neighborhood is in decline, it may affect certain options you have to negotiate with the seller. Your seller may or may not be willing to negotiate on items like the allowable six-percent-of-the-sale-price contributions toward closing costs the seller can make. Sellers may agree to pay this six percent as an incentive for the borrower to purchase the real estate. But if prices are going down | more...

 
What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Amounts

House Hunting Advice For First-Time Home Buyers

When you start making plans to work with a realtor, there are some very good things to consider ahead of time. Checklists, online mortgage calculators, and other home buying tools are only some of the things you’ll want in your house hunting toolkit when you are ready to become a home owner. Decide What Your Priorities Are For Your New Home Before you ever fill out FHA home loan paperwork, and long before you decide which real estate agent to work with, you should have an idea of what your main priorities are for your new home. Do you need a home located near a certain school or type of school? Are you looking for some place quiet and residential and nowhere near a shopping mall, gas station, or movie | more...

 
FHA Loan Credit Advice

Home Loan Rules You Should Know

What home loan rules should you know ahead of your mortgage loan application? There are several that you should keep in mind when planning and applying for your new home loan. FHA Loans Are Issued By Participating Lenders A lender must meet FHA standards, conform to the FHA loan program rules, and generally be recognized by the FHA as being permitted to issue FHA-guaranteed mortgage loans. But not all lenders choose to participate in the FHA home loan program so you may need to shop around for a lender. Shopping around is a good thing, but some feel that one lender is as good as another. When it’s time to compare interest rates and mortgage loan terms, you may find that to be untrue. But not all lenders choose to | more...