June 26, 2022

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday in the United States. Today, we commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans–an event formalized in Texas on the day General Order 3 was issued by Union Army General Gordon Granger. That order announced freedom for enslaved people in the State of Texas on June 19, 1865. The actual day, June 19th, is celebrated along with a formal holiday observation of Juneteenth held on Monday, June 20, 2022 with banks, financial markets, post officers, and schools closing in honor of the day. We too pause our usual discussions of all things related to FHA loans to observe Juneteenth. Thank you for reading and our regular posting schedule returns tomorrow.

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Five Reasons To Buy Your First Real Estate With An FHA Home Loan

FHA home loans are a great way to make your first real estate purchase. Are you looking at homes for sale and trying to decide which is the best mortgage loan for you? If you are a first-time home buyer and feel a bit confused by what your real estate agent finds in MLS listing data while searching for “houses near me”, remember that the FHA mortgage loan option is available to anyone who financially qualifies. If you are talking to a real estate agent, do not forget that FHA loans are not restricted to first-time homebuyers or those who have never owned property before. You can own other property and still buy a home to live in as your primary residence using an FHA loan whether you’ve purchased another | more...

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FHA Home Loan Options For New Borrowers

FHA home loan options for new borrowers and first-time homebuyers vary. There’s a misconception that FHA mortgages are only for first-time borrowers, and another misconception is that FHA loans somehow favor first-time borrowers with better rates, terms, or other factors. But the truth is that FHA mortgages are NOT just for first-time homebuyers. You can be approved for an FHA mortgage without being subject to income caps or restrictions. Need-based requirements do not apply for FHA loan approval. And there’s another truth-the FHA loan program itself does not offer more favorable terms for first-time applicants than for anyone else. All applicants who are financially qualified can apply for an FHA loan or refinance loan. That leads to some confusion among borrowers who see lenders offering first-time buyer incentives. The fact | more...


HUD Announces More Funding For Areas Hit By Natural Disasters

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been very busy in 2021 and 2022 responding to natural disasters and announcing the latest federal disaster assistance in areas hardest hit by storms, fires, flooding, and more.  Homeowners in federally-declared disaster areas soon learn about the FHA’s foreclosure moratoriums and options for recovering damaged or destroyed homes using FHA 203(h) and FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loans (amongst multiple options). Now, HUD has announced further assistance for current and future disaster areas in the form of “Allocations for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery” plus the start of something called CDBG-DR Consolidated Waivers and Alternative Requirements Notice.” That notice is described by the HUD press release as being “ a critical step taken by the department to open access to more than $2 | more...

Should I Buy A Condo With An FHA Home Loan?

Advantages Of An FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan

Do you know the advantages of an FHA cash-out refinance loan? There are several, especially if you are considering an FHA loan to get money to renovate your existing home. FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loans: Good For FHA and Non-FHA Mortgages FHA cash-out loans are for all mortgages, FHA, or not. You can refinance a USDA, VA, conventional, existing FHA loan, etc. The rules to qualify are the same no matter what kind of home loan you wish to refinance, and the longer you have been making mortgage payments, the better. FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Funds Are Not Restricted The uses you put your cash-out refinance money towards is not restricted; you can use your cash-out funds any way you see fit. That includes debt consolidation, vacations, and home repair. FHA Cash-Out | more...


HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Kentucky Home Owners In Federal Disaster Areas

The FHA and HUD have announced disaster relief for FHA borrowers who live in the federally declared disaster areas in the State of Kentucky. The declaration was made effective as of December 10, 2021, in the wake of flooding, tornadoes, and other natural disaster-related issues. The President announced major disaster declarations for the following counties in Kentucky: Caldwell Fulton Graves Hopkins Marshall Muhlenberg Taylor Warren An FHA/HUD press release published at HUD.gov adds that there is also relief on a “cost-sharing basis”  in Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor, and Warren counties. What does the FHA/HUD disaster relief announcement mean for FHA borrowers and homeowners?  HUD offers “immediate foreclosure relief” for FHA mortgages in the form of a 90-day moratorium “on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages | more...

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Do FHA Home Loans Have An Income Cap?

Some borrowers learn that FHA mortgage loans are government-backed and guaranteed by the FHA and HUD, which can lead to certain assumptions about the nature of a government-backed mortgage. One of the misconceptions about FHA home loans is that due to their government association have either an income limit, or are otherwise need-based. Some borrowers might be confusing the government-backed USDA loan program with the FAH loan rules. USDA loans ARE need based. However, FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 do not specify a maximum income and do not require a specific financial need to qualify. FHA loans do not have a low-income requirement, a household income cap, or a requirement that you be a first-time buyer. These loans are instead designed for those who want to purchase a home | more...


The Final Month Of The COVID-19 FHA Foreclosure Eviction Moratorium

September 1, 2021 marks the start of a countdown–the final days of the FHA foreclosure eviction moratorium issued to help FHA borrowers avoid loan default and foreclosure during the economic hardship of the global COVID-19 pandemic. There were two FHA-wide orders during the pandemic. One was a prohibition on foreclosures on homes securing an FHA mortgage, and the other was a moratorium on foreclosure-related eviction for those with FHA mortgages who were in the foreclosure process when the pandemic hit. The moratorium on FHA foreclosures ended in July 2021, but the foreclosure eviction ban was extended until the end of September 2021. On July 30, 2021, the FHA and HUD issued an announcement stating as such, which included the following: “Foreclosure-related evictions of persons from properties that were secured by | more...

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FHA Loan Guidelines For Verifying Your Credit History

FHA loan rules have a lot to say about what the lender needs to look for to verify a potential FHA borrower’s creditworthiness. No matter if you are looking for a condo loan, a mobile home loan, or you want to build a house on your own land with an FHA construction loan, the requirements in the FHA Lender’s Handbook are identical. There are minimum FICO score requirements, instructions to the lender for reviewing the borrower’s record on-time payments (12 months of reliable payments on all financial obligations is strongly recommended), and much more. One area that is also covered in HUD 4000.1 is what the lender should do if collections are included in the borrower’s credit history. The presence of a collection action on a loan applicant’s record may | more...

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What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks

What do first-time home buyers need to understand about the credit check process for getting an FHA mortgage? There are many variables but one thing you can do to get a better understanding of what it takes to be approved for a loan is to start trying to think like a loan officer–their job depends on making sure that you are a good credit risk. How can you help the lender help you? What you don’t know can hurt you in the journey toward buying that first piece of real estate. Before you begin working with a realtor, you should know several things about the credit check process. Credit is a major part of home loan approval and you want to be able to convince your lender you are ready | more...