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FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: “Identity Of Interest”

What does it mean to have an “identity of interest” when applying for an FHA home loan? This can be an issue if the borrower has been renting the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage from the seller prior to the home loan application. That is not the only issue addressed under the rules for identity of interest–those with family ties buying or selling to one another may also need to have an understanding of the rules in this area. What is the meaning of “identity of interest?” The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, describes identity of interest transactions as a real estate sale between two parties “with an existing Business Relationship” or between family members. The word “interest” in this case refers to the interest the seller | more...

 
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The FHA Refinance Loan

Mortgage loan interest rates have, at the time of this writing in October 2020, been hovering at or near historic lows, though in recent days FHA mortgage loan interest rates have moved out of the two percent range and into the three percent zone. Many watched mortgage rates dip below that three percent zone and there were plenty of home owners interested in taking advantage of those low rates to refinance their mortgages. There are many reasons to consider refinancing including saving money over the lifetime of the loan by paying a lower interest rate and/or getting into a lower monthly mortgage payment. If you are ready to commit to a refinance loan, you have multiple options to refinance out of a conventional loan or other non-FHA mortgage. You can | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Your FHA Home Loan

Don’t Buy A House Without A Home Inspection

Here’s a sadly common example of a home buyer question that is asked after the purchase of a house with an FHA home loan has closed, the new owners have moved in, and suddenly discover there are serious issues with the property: “I did not get a home inspection when I purchased my house and now there are problems. Do I have any recourse?” If what is meant by “recourse” involves some form of intervention or relief from the lender or the FHA, the general answer is no–you don’t have any avenues of recourse when buying a home if you choose not to pay for the optional but very important home inspection and choose to rely only on the FHA appraisal instead. An FHA appraisal is NOT a home inspection | more...

 
HUD Announces Disaster Relief In The Wake Of Hurricane Laura

HUD Announces Disaster Relief In The Wake Of Hurricane Laura

On August 28, 2020, there was a federal major disaster declaration announced for the state of Louisiana; those living in the affected areas are eligible for federal disaster relief and other measures as announced (see below). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development now offers federal disaster assistance there “to provide support to homeowners and low-income renters displaced from their homes in areas affected by Hurricane Laura.” The major disaster declaration is for the following parishes in Louisiana; Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis. The result of having these areas declared as federal disaster areas allows FHA foreclosure relief and other assistance to impacted families living in these counties to include immediate foreclosure relief in the form of a 90-day moratorium on foreclosing upon any FHA mortgage. For | more...

 
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Understanding Your FHA Home Loan Options

Understanding your FHA home loan options means knowing the different choices available to you for a mortgage. Did you know that FHA home loans are available for mobile homes, condos, and manufactured housing? What Kind Of Home Do You Need? Choices matter when reviewing your home loan options. Choices that include how many units you want in your home (one to four-unit homes can be purchased with FHA mortgages) and the type of property you want; condo units, townhouses, mobile homes, manufactured housing, and even the ability to build instead of buy can be part of your decision-making process. You don’t have to buy a typical suburban home to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan. You don’t even have to purchase a home that’s ready to live in; a fixer-upper | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: What Kind Of House Can I Buy or Build

FHA Home Loans: How Much Income Do You Need To Qualify?

Many future home owners want to know about the income requirements for an FHA loan–are you worried that you won’t qualify for an FHA mortgage because you don’t earn enough each month? And then there’s the opposite problem–a misconception that you can earn “too much” to qualify for an FHA mortgage as though this program had income limits. FHA loans do NOT feature income limits and this program does not require you to qualify based on financial need. FHA Loans Are For All Financially Qualified Applicants There is no minimum income requirement for an FHA mortgage, and there is no upper limit or income “ceiling”. FHA loans are not targeted for any one income bracket. FHA loans are designed with more lenient FICO score minimums in mind, but that has | more...

 
HUD Extends COVID-19 Foreclosure Moratorium For A Third Time

FHA Announces Changes To 203(k) Rehab Loan Rules During COVID-19

The FHA and HUD have announced changes to the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage program to help borrowers affected by coronavirus issues. Some who started rehab loan construction work may have had income issues related to COVID-19; such borrowers are offered additional consideration to keep their projects moving forward to completion. The Rules As They Were Originally Written An FHA Mortgagee Letter announces the availability of an extension for borrowers who could not get their rehab loan construction projects completed on time. The original guidance in HUD 4000.1 makes provisions for this; it states that when the work is not finished in the agreed-upon time, “the Borrower may request an extension of time and must submit adequate documentation to justify the extension.” HUD 4000.1 also states that the lender normally grants | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

FHA Home Loans For First-Time Buyers: Choices To Consider

Are you a first-time home buyer looking for the most affordable mortgage options? FHA home loans feature flexible guidelines, and those options come with lower downpayment requirements other advantages over conventional mortgages. FHA Loan Options Are Diverse There are many types of housing you can buy with an FHA mortgage–a condo unit, a house in the suburbs, even properties with up to four units the borrower can occupy while renting out the unused units. You have to occupy the property you buy, but being a landlord may be an option for some to consider. There are also FHA home loans you can use to buy a fixer-upper (the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation mortgage) and there’s also the FHA loan program to help you build a house on your own lot with | more...

 
Who should apply for a construction loan?

Who Should Apply For A Construction Loan?

Who should apply for a construction loan? There are two basic types of borrowers who should consider doing so–the house hunter who wants to build a house instead of buying someone else’s, and those who want to purchase fixer-upper homes and renovate them. The home loan for borrowers who would rather build their home on their own lot is called a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan. It features a single loan application for both the construction of the house and the purchase of it once completed. Non-OTC construction loans may required two separate loans–one for the construction phase and one for the purchase of the completed house. This makes the process more complicated and having a single loan is definitely an advantage for the OTC version of these mortgages. OTC | more...

 
First time home buyer FHA loan

First-Time Home Buyer? FHA Loan Basics You Should Know

2020 has brought incredible low mortgage rates, surging refinance loan applications, and sustained buying and selling homes; all this in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Historically low mortgage loan interest rates mean greater interest in loans and the savings current rates could provide. If you are just getting started on the road to homeownership, there are some FHA home loan basics to know as you research your mortgage options. Different Homes, Different Loans One myth of the home loan market is that there is a generic loan for any type of property you want to buy. That’s not true–there are different loans for different purposes. For example, if you want a low-down-payment loan to help you build a house on your own land, the FHA One-Time Close construction loan | more...