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FHA Appraisal Guidelines You Should Know

The FHA and HUD have reformed parts of the FHA single-family home loan appraisal guidelines found in HUD 4000.1. These changes are meant to improve the process for reconsidering an FHA appraisal in cases where there may be defects or violations of FHA policy. Can I Get A Revised FHA Appraisal? Was your FHA appraisal is flawed? In such cases the borrower or lender may be allowed to request a Recosideration of Value (ROV). An ROV is essentially a review of the appraisal to correct report deficiencies or problems with HUD regulatory compliance. You should not expect to be allowed a second appraisal only because the value comes in lower than anticipated. What HUD Says About ROVs The HUD official site says, “A Reconsideration of Value (ROV) refers to a | more...

 
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FHA Loans and Home Inspections

The difference between an FHA appraisal and a home inspection is a serious issue. Borrowers applying for an FHA mortgage to buy a home must have an FHA appraisal to ensure that the property meets minimum standards. But when a home passes the appraisal process or allows the loan to go through as long as required corrections are made, does that mean the property has been inspected and approved by the FHA? Not according to the FHA official site, which says an appraisal is never a guarantee or endorsement of any kind. Borrowers should know that the purpose of the appraisal is to establish the home’s fair market value and ensure that the home meets the minimum standards. However, the appraisal is not intended to discover any/all issues with a | more...

 
Buying A Home with an FHA Loan

FHA Home Loan Costs And How They Vary

An FHA loan has several expenses including an appraisal, home inspection, and title search expenses. These costs are not standardized and may vary depending on where you buy the home. Aside from more obvious issues like FICO scores and how the lender uses them to determine your mortgage interest rate, what are some considerations to make in this area? We examine some key factors below. Location Counts One big factor in your costs for a mortgage? Where you conduct the transaction. As mentioned earlier location may play a role in the costs. And some borrowers assume that a service will cost more in a high-profile housing market. For example, a title search in California. Is this likely to cost more than one in Idaho? In some cases, the assumption isn’t | more...

 
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First Time Home Buyers Should Know These FHA Loan Rules

There are some FHA loan issues that are crucial to understand before you commit to a lender or a mortgage.  For example, do you know what to do if the appraisal is lower than the asking price? Or how long you will pay for mortgage insurance? These are important things to know when planning and saving for your mortgage. FHA Loan Appraisal Issues If the house is not worth as much as the price tag, your participating FHA lender cannot lend more than the actual value of the property. This rule does not prevent add-ons to the loan, but the base loan amount is for the appraised value. If you want to buy a house that appraises lower than the asking price, you can’t finance the difference. You must pay | more...

 
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Fees and Services For Your Home Loan

What do first-time home buyers need to remember about buying a home with an FHA mortgage?  Many home loan services you need to get to closing day are not centralized and you may have to deal with multiple service providers. It’s good to anticipate the help you’ll need on your home loan journey. We explore some of those services below. Brokers And Agents A real estate agent can help new house hunters find a suitable home. It’s a third-party service you don’t have to use, but many choose to do so to make the process easier on them. A mortgage broker provides a service to those who need a lender. A broker can match you with a participating FHA lender willing to work with you but you are not required | more...

 
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Buying Your First Home With An FHA Mortgage

What can a new borrower expect from the home loan process? There is a learning curve to think about, especially for borrowers unfamiliar with loan terms and industry jargon.  Some of these loan terms and issues may not be immediately apparent (see below), but as you learn about the home loan process, they become more easy to understand and more important to know. Here are some of the issues you need to keep in mind as you start your home buying journey. Appraisal Versus Inspection First-time home buyers soon learn, one way or the other, that lenders and other industry professionals sometimes use “appraisal” and “inspection” interchangeably. Borrowers should expect to pay for each of these. Don’t skip the inspection no matter how insistent the seller is that the appraisal | more...

 
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FHA Announces Manufactured Housing Appraisal Updates

If you need an FHA manufactured home loan, you may benefit from updated FHA and HUD appraisal policies announced in November 2023.  The FHA published its revised manufactured housing guidelines, specifically for the appraisal of manufactured homes certified under Fannie Mae’s MH Advantage and Freddie Mac’s CHOICEHome programs. These homes and other manufactured housing now get added consideration in the appraisal process when there are less than the required amount of “certified manufactured homes available.” FHA Loan Appraisal Changes Explained When the FHA changed its policies, the new rules ordered FHA appraisers to use “the most appropriate” comparables “when there are less than two comparable sales of these certified manufactured homes available.” A “comparable” is a similar property type the FHA appraiser can review side-by-side with the property being appraised | more...

 
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Optional And Mandatory FHA Home Loan Fees

If you are new to house hunting or new to the FHA loan process and feel intimidated shopping around for a lender, realtor, or contractor, you may wonder whether certain third-party home loan services are worth the effort and expense.  Borrowers need certain services like inspections and home appraisals, but for others, you may want to think a bit before committing. Realtors and Real Estate Agents Some mistakenly believe you MUST use an agent to buy a home. But what’s the reality? Hiring a realtor is 100% optional. That said, do you feel more comfortable with one instead of without? Using a realtor is not a waste of money if you are unfamiliar with the neighborhood, the city, or the state. It’s also a good move if you aren’t quite | more...

 
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Who Gets Involved In Your FHA Home Loan?

Buying a home with an FHA loan involves more than just three people; the buyer, the seller, and the participating lender’s loan officer. Third parties are typically involved in your transaction as you make your way to closing day and home ownership. Who are these third parties and why do you need to know them? They can include title companies, home inspectors, pest control, and real estate agents. Knowing the service providers are in your area is key since you will need to compare services and prices before you commit. Title Search For The House You Want To Buy A title search is a crucial step in the home buying process. Don’t buy a home without a title search as you need that process to tell you if there are unresolved | more...

 
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How Much Will My FHA Appraisal Cost?

How much does an FHA appraisal cost? This is a common question, most often asked in conjunction with whether or not the FHA regulates this expense as part of the FHA home loan process. The Cost Of FHA Appraisals And Home Inspections The first thing to remember when budgeting for an FHA appraisal is that you must also set aside money for a home inspection. You should never rely on the appraisal alone to determine whether the home, condo unit, or mobile home or modular home is suitable to purchase. The FHA appraisal costs money, and the home inspection costs money too. Borrowers who balk at paying “twice” for a service that is mistakenly viewed as nearly identical (appraisals are NOT identical to inspections) should know that paying hundreds for | more...