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What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

What is an FHA loan limit? The answer to this question can be found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Lender’s handbook, which begins by explaining: “A Mortgage that is to be insured by FHA cannot exceed the Nationwide Mortgage Limits, the nationwide area mortgage limit, or the maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. The maximum LTV ratios vary depending upon the type of Borrower, type of transaction (purchase or refinance), program type, and stage of construction.” Furthermore, the handbook says that for most FHA loan programs the maximum mortgage is either the Nationwide Mortgage Limit for that area or “a percentage of the Adjusted Value”. The handbook breaks down how a home’s adjusted value is calculated, according to transaction. For new purchases or “forward mortgages”, the FHA Lender’s Handbook states: “For | more...

 
Do You Need Down Payment Help?

FHA Home Loans and Help With Down Payments

First-time home buyers looking for real estate to buy with an FHA loan may be intimidated by the notion of saving up for and making any kind of down payment, let alone a percentage of the appraised value of the home. But it’s important to remember that borrowers have options with FHA mortgage loans that can help offset the down payment. Did you know that just over a quarter of all FHA loans at one time featured parental contributions toward the down payment? That information is according to the Wall Street Journal, which reports some 26% of the FHA loan transactions included financial help from parents–WSJ calls it “The Bank Of Mom And Dad” and it can be a powerful factor in buying a first home. But some first-time home | more...

 
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Will My FHA Home Loan Application Be Approved?

Will my FHA home loan be approved? That is a common question for some borrowers who worry that their credit isn’t good enough for a home loan, and for borrowers who may have adverse credit information in their credit history. There is no single answer to this question since much depends on the borrower’s credit history, their patterns of credit use, debt ratios, and other factors. But in general there are some areas you can review to determine whether or not an FHA home loan is in your future. Will My Home Loan Be Approved? Occupancy Matters If you seek an FHA mortgage for a house that you (or at least one borrower obligated on the mortgage) do not intend to occupy as your primary residence, you will not be | more...

 
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Who Sets FHA Loan Interest Rates?

Who sets FHA loan interest rates? The answer to that question involves several factors-many potential FHA borrowers asking this question really want to know more than who the regulatory body is for FHA loan interest rates-they also want to know how rates are affected by other factors such as FICO scores and credit history. So who DOES set FHA mortgage loan interest rates? The Fed sets monetary policy for the United States including the current interest rate. But when the Fed sets this rate, it is NOT directly changing mortgage rates. Investor reaction to the Fed’s rate adjustments DOES affect home loan interest rates. Fed action doesn’t directly change interest rates and consumers should know that the Department of Housing and Urban Development doesn’t try to control these rates, either. | more...

 
What is my FHA home loan down payment?

What Is An FHA Loan Rate?

What Is An FHA Loan Rate? The interest rate that is charged on your 15 or 30-year FHA mortgage. There are some facts you should know about FHA loan rates, discount points, and how the rates may vary. FHA Loan Rates Are Set By The Lender Technically speaking, the mortgage loan interest rate on your loan is something you negotiate with your loan officer. Your access to the most competitive FHA loan rates will be determined by your FICO scores and other financial qualifications. The better your FICO scores are, the more competitive the interest rate offered might be. If you are worried about your FICO scores ahead of your home loan application, begin credit monitoring and work to maintain or establish a record of on-time payments for all your | more...

 
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What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Interest Rates

What should you know about home loan interest rates? As the home loan market begins to see higher rates than in the last few years, you’ll want to understand some of the aspects of interest rates and how they affect the cost of your mortgage long-term. There are many home loan blogs that discuss the fluctuations of mortgage rates and talk about mortgage rates as they move higher and lower. Some lenders and bloggers discuss mortgage rates as though the ones mentioned apply to anyone who wants a home loan. But is this true? The rates you see advertised on the internet are usually posted as “best execution” interest rates which means that “ideal conditions” are assumed, or that the rates are applied assuming certain conditions including certain FICO score | more...

 
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What Do FHA Loan Closing Costs Include?

What do FHA loan closing costs include? There are certain fees and expenses you will need to save up for during the planning stages of your FHA home loan. They include an up-front mortgage insurance premium, home inspection, appraisal fees, and other costs that add up and you may encounter unexpected costs like a compliance inspection that would come on the heels of the appraisal where repairs or corrections are required. They are not required in all home loan cases (only when deemed necessary as a result of the appraisal), so it’s not an expense you will definitely have to pay. Remember that the less you have included in the loan amount (certain permitted closing costs may be added to the loan) the lower your mortgage payments potentially are. Closing | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

FHA Home Loan Issues For Veterans

Veterans interested in buying a home have many choices including a VA home loan, but also FHA loans that function in much the same way as their VA counterparts. While it is true that VA loans require no down payment in most cases but FHA home loans always require one in most cases, some veterans explore their FHA loan options just the same. Some want existing construction loans, others want a One Time Close mortgage to build a suitable home from the ground up. One Time Close mortgages are available in both VA and FHA versions, so military and veteran borrowers have options with either type of mortgage. But some military members and veterans may enter the service after already having purchased a home, or after having assumed an FHA | more...

 
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FHA Home Loan Rules And Airbnb

Is it possible to buy a home with an FHA loan to use as an Airbnb-type venture? Borrowers are eligible to apply for FHA home loans for up to four-unit residences; what do FHA loan rules say about using the home as a rental space? FHA loan rules governing these situations are found in HUD 4000.1. Borrowers may feel encouraged by the notion that owner-occupied properties with up to four units can by purchased with an FHA mortgage, and even more encouraged that the rules actually do address (and permit) borrowers to rent out the unused living potions. However, renting these units out is also subject to FHA loan rules (in addition to lender requirements and state law). What does HUD 4000.1 say about using spaces in your home purchased | more...

 
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Is My Credit Good Enough For A Mortgage?

One of the most commonly asked questions about any home loan program including FHA mortgages? “Is my credit good enough?” It’s a great question, but for some applicants, it’s not asked soon enough in the process to make much of a difference.  The truth is if you start working on your credit the moment you decide to commit to purchasing a home in the future, the better. And that’s because there isn’t just a single FICO score to aspire to or a single set of tasks to perform so you can be “ready”. What does it take to qualify for any home loan? A combination of factors including your FICO scores, loan repayment history, credit utilization, and employment stability. That’s what it takes to qualify for ANY mortgage. What does | more...