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FHA and HUD Announce More Enhancements To COVID-19 Mortgage Relief

FHA and HUD Announce More Enhancements To COVID-19 Mortgage Relief

The COVID-19 situation in America means dealing with an ever-changing environment created by coronavirus and its’ containment measures. Economic impact of the virus outbreak has forced millions of home owners to seek economic relief including mortgage loan forbearance. The First Round Of HUD Relief The FHA and HUD created an initial round of FHA mortgage loan forbearance for those experiencing a loss of income and/or having trouble making mortgage payments as a result of the pandemic. But the first announcement was followed by updates and refinements. And now there are further updates that can help borrowers keep their homes after an initial round of COVID-19 loan forbearance. FHA Mortgagee Letter 2020-22 announces improvements and the establishment of foreclosure avoidance possibilities the FHA is calling “Home Retention And Disposition options” including: | more...

 
How FHA Home Loan Limits Are Set

How FHA Home Loan Limits Are Set

How does your lender know how much home loan to approve you for when you want to buy a home? Part of that process is learning the official FHA home loan limit in the housing market where you want to buy or build your home. The Federal Housing Administration sets FHA loan limits each year. There is a maximum FHA loan amount that is established in accordance with the National Housing Act. Five Things You Need To Know About FHA Loan Limits Five things you’ll need to remember about FHA purchase loan limits for suburban homes, condo units, having a house built for you on your own lot, etc. are: FHA mortgage loan limits vary by county; Loan limits may be exceeded if you are applying for an FHA Jumbo | more...

 
FHA and HUD Announce More Enhancements To COVID-19 Mortgage Relief

HUD Announces Fair Housing Grant Awards

A person or family looking for a home to buy with an FHA mortgage doesn’t go into the process expecting to be treated to a violation of federal law through discriminatory practices that violate the Fair Housing Act. But many people do encounter such discrimination; the official site of the National Low Income Housing Coalition notes that in 2017 alone 2,249 Fair Housing cases were settled, with more than 400 cases involving a guilty plea from the defendant. Fair Housing Act violations prevent those in need of housing from finding reasonable, affordable homes–discrimination in the housing process is a violation of federal law but unfortunately, there are many who still experience such discrimination whether as a future renter or homeowner. Did you know that Fair Housing laws protect you at | more...

 
HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Atlanta Landlords

HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Atlanta Landlords

Have you experienced housing discrimination at any stage in the housing process? Violations of the Fair Housing Act can occur at any stage of your journey to find a new rental home or purchase including home loans, refinance loans, home buying, etc. If you have experienced ANY kind of discrimination while looking for a house or apartment, file a complaint of discrimination with the HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777. You can also file a Fair Housing Act complaint online by visiting How to File a Complaint at the HUD official site. Why? Because Fair Housing violations continue to be an issue in the United States of America, and often the only thing that prevents those who discriminated against YOU to keep violating the law | more...

 
HUD Announces New Mortgage Relief Options For FHA Borrowers Affected By COVID-19

FHA And HUD Announce Extended Foreclosure Relief

Are you a homeowner with an FHA loan worried about your mortgage during the coronavirus pandemic? If so, you aren’t alone. Coronavirus outbreak containment policies–lockdowns, quarantines, and other necessary measures, have brought with them economic hardship from many Americans; loss of income creates and questions about future earnings can result in late and missed mortgage payments, increasing the risk of foreclosure. But during the pandemic, federal relief measures were drafted to help–and the FHA/HUD is no exception, requiring participating lenders to delay initiating or continuing foreclosures during the crisis. Now, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration have issued an extension (actually the second extension since the crisis began) of the foreclosure moratorium announced in March. The Old Deadline Wasn’t Sufficient The HUD official site | more...

 
Five tips about FHA loan interest rates

Five Tips About FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

FHA mortgages feature lower interest rates than conventional mortgages thanks to being backed by the U.S. government. Those who qualify for the lowest down payment save money over the lifetime of their mortgages thanks to the lower rates, but how do you qualify for the lowest rate possible for your specific purchase? Here are some important tips about mortgage loan interest rates you should know in the planning stages of your new home loan. Credit Scores And Interest Rates Are Connected That statement does not pertain to the overall interest rate offered to all borrowers. Your lender will offer you a mortgage loan rate based on that current going rate, but affected by your credit scores and other financial information. The best advice for borrowers who are worried that their | more...

 
HUD Updates Coronavirus Home Loan Guidelines For Loan Closing

HUD Updates Coronavirus Home Loan Guidelines For Loan Closing

The FHA and HUD have issued guidelines for mortgage loan closing procedures that may be affected by coronavirus lockdown measures, quarantine, and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many home buyers were caught by surprise by coronavirus issues and there are many home loans that are affected. The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued initial policies in March, 2020, but updated them in mid-April to include provisions in several areas designed to help facilitate FHA home loans during the outbreak. FHA Loan Rules On Title insurance The FHA and HUD issued guidance on loan servicing issues designed to address situations in counties where recording offices are not operational during the national emergency. The FHA/HUD official site answers the following question related to such scenarios: “Will FHA accept title | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Mortgage Scams During COVID-19: Borrower Beware!

The Federal Trade Commission warns mortgage borrowers to beware of scams that prey upon homeowners in trouble during the coronavirus outbreak. The FTC Chairman, Joe Simons, was quoted in an FTC press release advising borrowers about the FTC’s role in prosecuting scam artists taking advantage of Americans who have been affected by COVID-19. “The FTC is ready to assist businesses that may seek guidance about compliance obligations on consumer protection issues during this unprecedented time,” Simons said in the press release. If you have been contacted by a third party about coronavirus financial relief and suspect a scam artist at work, report coronavirus-related scams at ftc.gov/complaint. What should consumers do to protect themselves from coronavirus mortgage scams? The first step is simply to recognize that if you have not initiated | more...

 
Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

How To Protect Your Credit

Do you know how to protect your credit score during the COVID-19 outbreak? Millions of Americans have suffered economic setbacks as a result of containment measures designed to stop the spread of the virus, and many of them were already struggling with credit issues prior to the outbreak. How can you protect your credit going forward? The first step is to know what your credit report says and to actively monitor your credit. In some cases, credit problems wind up being the result of factors beyond the consumer including: Inaccurate credit report data Outdated credit information that needs to be removed Evidence of identity theft Credit report information that is accurate, but for someone else with the same name Any of these issues can hurt your credit, and they take | more...

 
Reverse Mortgage And Foreclosure Relief Scams: What You Need To Know

HUD Issues More Guidance For COVID-19 Mortgage Relief

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued guidance clarifying certain aspects of the coronavirus mortgage relief options; there are instructions for multi-family loans as well as for single-family FHA mortgages. Why are the multi-family rules good for the single-family borrower to understand? Borrowers with multi-family FHA loans who need of COVID-19 mortgage relief have similar requirements to those for single-family borrowers. If you know the approach your lender takes for FHA loans, you can make more fully informed choices about your loan including when to apply for economic relief and what options to choose. Borrowers have the option to request six months of loan forbearance or as much as a full year, depending on circumstances. Should you take the full year? Cut off the relief as soon as | more...