April 19, 2021

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Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

Buy Your First Home With An FHA Mortgage

Do you want to purchase your first home? Borrowers looking for a starter home often turn to the FHA loan program because of its low 3.5% down payment requirement for borrowers with qualifying FICO scores. And thanks to protections for the borrower such as no penalty for early payoff of the loan and the ability to refinance the FHA mortgage into a new FHA loan that can result in a lower mortgage rate or monthly payment when using an FHA Streamline Refinance loan. Qualify For An FHA Mortgage What do you need to qualify for an FHA loan? For best results, at least two years in the job market and FICO scores that are in the 600s or better. FHA loan rules say you can technically qualify for an FHA | more...

 

FHA One-Time Close Mortgages Compared To VA One-Time Close Construction Loans

Lots of people are interested in building a home using a One-Time Close construction mortgage (OTC). This is a great option for military officers, career enlisted members, military retirees, and veterans who want to construct a new home rather than buying somebody else’s house. These construction loans are offered by both the VA and FHA loan programs. But which is better for those who have the option of applyinf for a VA mortgage? Who VA Loans Are For VA loans and the VA One-Time Close construction loan program are intended for veterans and currently serving military members with qualifying minimum time on duty. Surviving spouses (of military members who have died as a result of military service) may also qualify to apply for the VA loan program. FHA loans, including | more...

 
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FHA Refinance Loan Advice in 2021

Are you considering applying to refinance your home loan? Which refi option is the right choice? Some people seriously consider a refinance loan without knowing all the options–some kinds of refinancing are more appropriate for some needs than for others. How to select the right loan for your needs? It’s one of the first hurdles you’ll clear when learning about refinancing. Borrower choices include cash-out refinancing, FHA Streamline refi loans, and FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation refinance loans for those who want to refinance and remodel the home at the same time. Refinancing Non-FHA Mortgages Generally speaking, FHA refinance loan rules permit an FHA-to-FHA refinance loan, but also options for non-FHA-to-FHA refinance loas. The FHA refinance loan program allows you to get out of a higher interest rate conventional mortgage into a | more...

 
One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

One-Time Close Construction Loans: Loan Limits

Are you a house hunter who has gotten tired of looking at other people’s dream homes? Do you want to build your home instead of buying someone else’s? The One-Time Close construction loan is a good option for this; the One-Time Close loan eliminates the need for a second loan application and approval process compared to some other types of construction loans.  There is more than one type of One Time Close mortgage to choose from–you could be eligible for a One-Time Close construction mortgage in multiple programs. Do you know which one is best for you? USDA One-Time Close Construction Loans We start with the need-based construction loan program offered by the USDA. The USDA One-Time Close construction loan program was created for borrowers on restricted incomes. This construction | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

What Can Kill An FHA Home Loan?

Those who want a home loan have to prepare for the new loan application in several ways–financially, through saving up for the down payment and closing costs, and with credit prep. That can mean working on your record of on-time payments, lowering your overall debt amounts, and avoiding new credit in the meantime. When applying for any large line of credit, there are some things that can stop your loan dead in its tracks. If you want a home loan and are worried about being approved for a home loan, add these issues to your mental not-to-do checklist and make sure you know how to avoid them. Avoid New Debt Your lender pulls your credit when you apply for your home loan–most people know that. But not as many know | more...

 
FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

VA One-Time Close Construction Loans For Veterans

Military members and veterans alike do well to explore their One-Time Close options to build a home instead of buying an existing house. There is an FHA One-Time Close loan veterans can use, but there is also a VA One-Time Close construction loan that is more idea for military members and veterans due to the zero-down option for the VA construction loan. Veterans and currently serving military members who are on the fence as to whether they should build or buy should explore their One-Time Close options in addition to looking for existing construction. The VA One-Time Close construction loan, sometimes referred to as a single close construction loan, can provide a distinct financial advantage for military families, retirees, and those who are about to retire or separate from military | more...

 
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HUD Announces Settlement In California Housing Discrimination Case Involving G Davi Properties

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced an agreement in a Fair Housing Act discrimination case. A conciliation agreement between a California resident and rental property owners/managers G Davi Properties and Guido A. Davi II. This agreement addresses housing discrimination claims made by the resident that the housing providers denied the resident’s request for reasonable accommodate related to the use of an assistance animal. Assistance Animals Are Permitted Under The Fair Housing Act It is a violation of the Fair Housing Act for housing providers to deny such accommodations when deemed neccesary to “use or enjoy” housing. A press release issued by HUD elaborates on this, stating: “The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from discriminating against people with disabilities, including refusing to make reasonable accommodations in policies | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Preparing Your Finances For An FHA Mortgage: Debt

The debt-to-income ratio is a calculation that your lender will use to determine the amount of your monthly financial obligations compared to the amount of income you have. The debt-to-income ratio is an important tool for the lender. The more income you have compared to outgoing payments every month the better, your lender needs to justify you as a good credit risk. So how do borrowers with a lot of debt deal with this problem? This is an important factor because if the ratio is too high yor lender can’t justify the loan. Borrowers should learn what the FHA considers to be “debt” and what things are not automatically counted as part of your debt ratio in order to view their finances the way the lender will. FHA Home Loans | more...

 
Buying a House In The Era of Corona

FHA Loan Approval: Credit Scores Are Just One Factor

Some house hunters worry that they don’t have credit scores good enough to qualify for the mortgage. But it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that FICO scores are not the single determining factor in home loan approval. There Are THREE Important Factors Some FHA loan applicants come to the process knowing that both FICO scores and your record of on-time payments are crucial for loan approval. But even this is an incomplete picture of what your lender is after when trying to approve your home loan application. By this point in our article, you are likely getting the hint that there is indeed a third factor that counts when applying for a mortgage loan, and that factor is your debt-to-income ratio. The participating FHA lender’s job is to | more...

 
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HUD Announces Settlement In Wells Fargo Housing Discrimination Case

The Department of Housing And Urban Development has announced a settlement in a housing discrimination case involving Wells Fargo. According to a press release on the HUD official site, Wells Fargo allegedly denied a mortgage loan intended to be used on a group home for persons with disabilities. While this specific case doesn’t seem relevant in the context of an individual applying for a home loan, any form of discrimination in the housing process weakens that process for all borrowers. The HUD official site reports that HUD has approved what is called a Conciliation Agreement between Wells Fargo Bank and a customer named in the complaint. The agreement resolves that customer’s claim that Wells Fargo denied a loan application after learning the loan was intended for the group home for | more...