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FHA Refinance Loan Tips

FHA Refinance Loan Tips

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many borrowers took advantage of foreclosure moratoriums and other financial relief measures to save their homes from going into mortgage default. Other borrowers may choose to explore their refinancing options to get a lower interest rate or other advantages that can help them financially over the long term. If you are thinking about a refinance loan, there are some tips you should know that can help you make the most informed choice about refinancing. Remember that there are many different options if you want to refinance a home loan. Cash-out refinancing is one option, borrowers can also select no cash-out versions and a borrower with an existing FHA mortgage may find a benefit using something called the FHA Streamline Refinance, which has no FHA-required appraisal or | more...

 
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FHA Appraisal Rules: What You Should Know

The FHA appraisal process is a requirement. You can’t purchase a home with an FHA mortgage unless there has been an appraisal on the property to determine the fair market value of the home and to ensure the property meets FHA minimum standards. Today’s appraisal standards for FHA home loans do NOT include stepping out onto the roof or physically entering difficult-to-access spaces, which is why you should never purchase a home without arranging a home inspection. The appraisal requirements for your home purchase can be found in HUD 4000.1. These requirements apply to proposed construction, new construction, and existing construction properties. According to HUD 4000.1, “The Mortgagee must evaluate the appraisal and any supporting documentation to determine if the Property complies with HUDs Property Acceptability Criteria. Existing and New | 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...

 
HUD Extends COVID-19 Foreclosure Moratorium For A Third Time

HUD Extends COVID-19 Foreclosure Moratorium For A Third Time

The FHA and HUD have announced a third extension of the coronavirus foreclosure and eviction moratorium announced earlier this year to help homeowners affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. This extension is extended until the end of 2020 and is intended to help those with FHA mortgages “focus on financial recovery”. The original measures were passed as part of the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. According to a press release issued by the FHA and HUD, “This extension provides an additional four months of housing security to homeowners, as they will not fear losing their homes as they work to recover financially from the adverse impacts of the pandemic. “ HUD officials went on the record about this extension stating that, “…homeownership | more...

 
What Kind Of House Can I Buy With An FHA Mortgage?

What Kind Of House Can I Buy With An FHA Mortgage?

What kinds of homes can be purchased with an FHA mortgage loan? You can build a home from scratch using an FHA Construction mortgage, but may people want to buy existing property and what kinds. Eligible Property Types For FHA Mortgages FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state clearly that certain kinds of property are permitted and certain kinds are not. These rules on eligible property types that can be purchased with an FHA mortgage loan are found in HUD 4000.1, and include the following guidance you should know: “FHAs programs differ from one another primarily in terms of what types of Properties and financing are eligible. Except as otherwise stated in this SF Handbook, FHAs Single Family programs are limited to one- to four-family Properties that are owner-occupied Principal | more...

 
FHA Policy for Disaster Victims

FHA Home Loan Advice For Disaster Victims

At the time of this writing, multiple natural disasters are affecting homeowners from California to the Gulf Coast. This, in addition to COVID-19 concerns makes for a lot of hardship for those who have had to evacuate, and for those who have experienced damaged homes and lost property. The FHA and HUD have specific disaster-relief policies on the books that are intended to help those affected by natural disasters recover from them. FHA loan rules include limited foreclosure moratorium procedures for borrowers, and there is help in the form of FHA rehabilitation loans specifically for disaster victims. However, this relief is provided to those who reside in areas that have been declared as federal disaster areas. The President must make such a declaration (such as the one made in California | more...

 
Changes To The Home Loan Industry

Changes To The Home Loan Industry

Coronavirus has and COVID-19 containment measures have forced those in many career fields to change how business gets done–and the mortgage industry is no exception. It is clear that the economic fallout from the current crisis will be felt for years to come, and there are many who look to the amount of time it took for the nation to economically recover from the housing crisis of 2008, thinking that better long-term planning this time around might be the best approach. Mortgage Industry Changes Consumers have already experienced how Coronavirus has forced changes in proceedures related to buying and selling a home. The in-person walkthrough, the open house, and the in-person appraisal are all much more rare at the time of this writing in many communities. Not all require the | 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...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Why Did My Home Loan Get Denied?

The question, “Why did the lender deny my home loan?” is a good one to contemplate. Thinking like a lender helps a great deal when you are planning and saving for a construction loan application, condo loan application, or when you want to buy a multi-unit home. Do you know why a lender might deny your application? There are several factors to ponder, no matter what kind of borrower you might be. Are you looking for a condo loan? Mobile home loan? Multi-unit house? Some of the reasons lenders deny home loan applications are fairly obvious, others are not. Review the following circumstances to see if any apply to you. This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s a great place to begin and some borrowers find at least one | more...

 
Time is running out for FHA mortgage loan relief

Time Is Running Out For FHA Mortgage Loan Relief

Under the CARES Act passed in 2020 to help financially stricken Americans, all government-backed mortgages had foreclosure-avoidance measures instituted to protect homeowners from losing their homes during COVID-19. Those with VA, USDA, and FHA mortgages had all foreclosure actions suspended until the end of August 2020; the CARES Act forbids lenders and loan servicers “from beginning a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure against you, or from finalizing a foreclosure judgment or sale”. That foreclosure protection started March 18, 2020 but under the current version time is running out to act–these protections expire August 31, 2020. Those who have a financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, may request an FHA loan forbearance for up to 180 days and an extention for an additional 180 days is also offered. This is NOT | more...