May 21, 2019

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FHA Loan Appraisal Questions: Why Is Peeling Paint A Problem?

FHA Loan Appraisal Questions: Why Is Peeling Paint A Problem?

One common question about FHA appraisals involves the issue of peeling paint. This can be a problem for some homes, especially those built on or before the year 1978. Borrowers want to know why the appraiser reviewed the home (the appraisal is not a property inspection) and required a correction of a peeling paint issue as a condition of loan approval. The borrower’s question in these cases is normally a variation on, “It’s just a cosmetic issue, why is the appraiser making a big deal out of peeling paint?” Unfortunately, for homes (including condo units) built on or before 1978, peeling paint is not just a cosmetic problem due to the use of lead paint in those construction projects before it was recognized as a safety hazard. FHA home loan | more...

 
Can I Use An FHA Loan To Buy A Single Family Rental Home?

Can I Use An FHA Loan To Buy A Single Family Rental Home?

Some FHA borrowers want to purchase a first home, while others are looking for real estate they can purchase in addition to an existing property. But still others are wondering if they can use an FHA mortgage loan to become a landlord by purchasing real estate they intend to rent out to others. Does the FHA home loan program allow a borrower to apply for a mortgage loan to buy a home intended as a rental? The short answer is that it depends greatly on two factors-the size of the home and whether the borrower intends to live in that property full-time. Borrowers applying for FHA mortgages are allowed to purchase real estate with one to four units. The borrower is free to rent out the unused units in the | more...

 
Lower Home Prices And FHA Mortgages

FHA Home Loans: Why You Want To Haggle With The Seller

Many first-time home buyers hate the idea of negotiating, haggling, or otherwise trying to adjust the price of the home with a seller. But haggling has some benefits that can directly affect how much money you pay for the home and NOT just where the general price of the property is concerned. Why Should A First-Time Home Buyer Be Willing To Negotiate With The Seller? The most obvious reason to haggle with the seller of the real estate you want to buy is to get a lower price. And this also becomes more crucial if the appraisal comes back lower than the asking price of the property. The buyer cannot be forced to close the deal in cases where the appraised value of the home is lower than the asking | more...

 
Buying Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage

Buying Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage

Buying real estate with an FHA mortgage is easier when you know what is allowed and what is not. The mortgage loan process can be complex at times due to federal law, state and local requirements, lender standards, and the nature of the mortgage you seek. But there are some simple answers to real estate buying questions that can help you use an FHA loan to your best advantage. Can I Buy A Multi-Unit Property With An FHA Mortgage Loan? Yes. FHA home loans are for one-to-four unit properties and you can purchase a townhouse, duplex, mixed-zoning property that meets FHA guidelines, and many other types of homes. Do I HAVE To Be A First-Time Borrower Or First Time Home Buyer To Qualify For An FHA Mortgage? No. Can I | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Basics For First-Time Home Buyers

What You Need To Know About Home Loan Appraisals As A First-Time Home Buyer

What do first-time home buyers need to know about real estate appraisals when it’s time to make an offer on a home? Your real estate agent and lender know the power of the appraisal-do you? FHA Home Loans Require An Appraisal For Most Transactions There is only one kind of FHA mortgage loan that has no FHA-required appraisal, called the FHA Streamline Refinance loan. All others will need an appraisal to determine the fair market value of the home. The Appraisal Is A Tool For The Lender Borrowers should not use the appraisal to determine whether the home has defects or hidden problems. No matter what you may be told by others, the appraisal process is not intended to help the borrower decide whether or not the home is ok | more...

 
Can I Use An FHA Loan To Buy A Single Family Rental Home?

What You Should Know About FHA Loan Rules And Down Payment Gifts

One of the appealing aspects of an FHA mortgage, especially for first-time borrowers who may have tight budgets, is the low 3.5% down payment. Some real estate studies show that the age group commonly known as Millennials paid roughly 8% down in the previous year. But does a typical FHA borrower, even a first-time home buyer who may not have a long credit history, have to pay that much down for a home? No. 3.5% is available for all financially qualified FHA borrowers. But even this down payment could be a financial burden depending on circumstances, which is why FHA loan rules allow for gifts of down payment funds from employers, relatives, or friends. You can also find a down payment assistance program in your local area to help, if | more...

 
What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

Before you get FHA home loan approval on that piece of real estate you have your eyes on, your mortgage loan application process will include a credit check. Your lender will need to determine your creditworthiness, and also verify your employment and income. Most borrowers expect this process and thanks to having other kinds of credit applications including credit cards, auto loans, and student loans, have a basic idea of what will happen. But not everyone expects that their initial credit check for the home loan they are applying for will NOT be the last one the lender does before the loan closes. You might not get the down-low on this from your real estate agent or your lender, but this is one of the “secret” things about the home | more...

 
First-Time Refinance Advice

Buying A First Home Or Second Home With An FHA Mortgage

What should borrowers, especially first-time home buyers, know about buying a home with an FHA mortgage? First time home buyers and second-time home buyers alike have options for an FHA mortgage. The program is not restricted to those who have never owned a home before. FHA loans are also more forgiving in the credit department-FICO score requirements set by the FHA are lower than you may expect. But lower FICO scores may still feel like a big liability for the first time home buyer. You should know that your repayment history is an important factor. If you make 12 months of on-time payments on all financial obligations, you may find the lender more willing to work with a lower FICO score. That’s because it’s easy to get a lower credit | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance Rules You Need To Know Now

FHA Home Loans In 2019: Are Home Price Increases Slowing Down?

A CoreLogic Home Price Insights report indicates that home prices increased by more than five percent between November 2017 to November 2018, but the same agency indicates that home prices may slow down in 2019. Could that be beneficial to a house hunter looking to purchase a new home with a mortgage loan? FHA home loan limits have increased in 2019 for the second year in a row, making for an interesting borrowing environment for the first-time home buyer or any other financially qualified loan applicant who seeks an FHA mortgage. The higher home loan limits combined with slowing home prices, with predictions of more houses available in 2019 could offer house hunters more to work with in the new year. FHA home loans are not just available for typical | more...

 
Is Now The Right Time To Buy Your First Home With An FHA Mortgage?

FHA Loans Are Available In 2019

Why do we announce that FHA loans are available in 2019? At the time of this writing, the government shutdown is still in effect, and many government websites including FHA.gov and HUD.gov (FHA.gov redirects to HUD.gov) have an announcement stating that the sites themselves are not open for business. Consider the quote from HUD.gov: “Due to the lapse in Congressional Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is closed. HUD websites will not be updated until further notice. For more information, see HUD Contingency Plan for Possible Lapse in Appropriations. “ But that DOES NOT MEAN that FHA home loans are unavailable. FHA Forward Mortgage Purchase Loans Are Available In Spite Of The Government Shutdown FHA mortgages are generally processed and serviced by | more...