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FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans In 2019

FHA Loans and Home Inspections

We get many questions about the FHA appraisal process. One variation on a common theme? The questions we get involving readers who opted not to get a home inspection, relied on the FHA appraisal process alone in determining whether the house was defect-free or not, and had complaints about the home later on. This is a situation common enough that it makes sense to emphasize the importance of NOT relying on the FHA appraisal process as a means to detect flaws or defects with a home that could be purchased with an FHA mortgage. Why is relying on the appraisal alone a bad idea? For starters, the FHA and HUD official site makes it very clear that the FHA appraisal is NOT an inspection. “Passing” the FHA appraisal process only | more...

 
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Article Update: FHA Appraisal Refunds

Back in 2012, we wrote an article discussing the FHA appraisal process, and whether it’s possible to get a refund from an appraiser if a property is not approved for an FHA mortgage or when the home’s appraised value comes back different than expected. When we addressed this question, which we are asked from time to time, the going advice was that in cases where a buyer disagrees with the outcome of the appraisal, the fee must still be paid. What’s the reality in 2022? When you find a house you want to buy with an FHA home loan, there must be an appraisal. This process is non-negotiable; the appraisal helps to determine the FHA loan amount which is based on the fair market value of the home, not necessarily | more...

 
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Before You Fill Out FHA Home Loan Forms

Are you ready to apply for an FHA mortgage? You’ll want to make sure you have done a few important preliminary steps before you submit an application. The most basic thing to start with is knowing what type of home loan you need. If you plan to buy a condo unit your FHA loan will be a different variety than if you need to buy a manufactured home, for example.  That may sound like some of the most basic home loan advice out there, but what is not so basic is knowing that there are nuances for some of these loans you need to know.  A condo unit must typically be part of a project that is on or added to the approved list for FHA loans. But did you | more...

 
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Article Update: FHA Loan Appraisal Rules For Central Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

In 2017, we asked an important appraisal question. We asked, “What are the FHA loan appraisal rules for central heating and air conditioning systems? Does a house need to have central air/heating to be FHA approved?” There were two answers to this question back then and the same issues apply today. In HUD 4000.1, we learn the following about the appraisal requirements for heating systems and central air conditioning units, including the following requirement: “The Appraiser must examine the heating system to determine if it is adequate for healthful and comfortable living conditions, regardless of design, fuel or heat source. FHA loan rules say the Appraiser must notify the Mortgagee of a deficiency if the permanently installed heating system does not: “Automatically heat the living areas of the house to | more...

 
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Refinancing a Conventional Loan To An FHA Mortgage

Some borrowers want to know: is it possible to refinance out of a conventional mortgage using an FHA refinance loan? It’s a smart question to ask, especially if you are interested in moving out of an adjustable-rate mortgage and into the predictability of a fixed-rate loan. FHA Refinance Loan Options FHA loan rules do permit you to refinance a conventional mortgage using an FHA cash-out refinance loan. But that’s not your only option. The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, says your options for FHA refinancing include non-FHA to FHA transactions. What kinds of refinance loan options are available? In general: Cash-out refinances to help you pull equity out of your home; No cash-out refinances for both FHA and non-FHA-insured Mortgages. These loan options include Rate and Term refinance, and FHA | more...

 
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Appraisal Rules For FHA Loans: Basements & Crawlspaces

When reviewing your closing checklist or simply trying to plan for all the expenses of your FHA home loan, the appraisal and the optional (but vital) home inspection are two of the expenses you’ll need to save for. The appraisal is required as a condition of loan approval, the inspection is optional but borrowers cannot make a truly informed decision about a home without the inspection. When it comes to FHA appraisal requirements, the rules are designed only to insure the property meets MINIMUM FHA standards. The appraisal is never to be taken as a message from the FHA that the home is free of defects or problems-only an home inspection can tell you what the true condition of the property might be. FHA minimum standards for appraisals include requirements | more...

 
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Article Update: FHA Appraisal Rules On Peeling Paint

In 2019 we wrote an article discussing a common reader question about FHA home loans. Can the presence of peeling paint be enough to cause a problem in the FHA appraisal process? In our original article, we noted that this can be a major issue for homes built before the lead paint ban which took effect in the 1970s. In some situations, borrowers want to know why the appraiser reviewed the home and required a correction of a peeling paint issue as a condition of loan approval. The age of the home plays a big part in that decision to require a correction. If the house was built before 1978, that peeling paint is NOT just a cosmetic issue. FHA home loan rules since our original article in 2019 still | more...

 
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HUD Announces Results Of New York Fair Housing Case

Any form of discrimination in the housing process whether buying or renting has a chilling effect on the entire housing industry. We write about Fair Housing Act cases frequently to remind house hunters of their rights under the law. One of the latest developments in this area involves the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s involvement in a Fair Housing Act case in Long Island, New York. HUD announced in July 2022 that an Administrative Law Judge delivered a decision finding Long Island landlord Alex Raimos guilty of violating the Fair Housing Act, ordering Raimos to pay some $70 thousand in penalties and damages. This Fair Housing case began because the landlord refused to rent “to a mother and her daughter because of the daughter’s cerebral palsy” according to a | more...

 
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HUD Announces Appraisal Update

The Department of Housing and Urban Development official site contains an FHA Mortgagee Letter published on July 12, 2022, which announces an important update to FHA appraisal policy. FHA loan rules as published in HUD 4000.1, include a maximum age for an appraisal. If an appraisal is about to expire, FHA rules permit an extension of the appraisal validity period for 30 additional days. In some cases, an appraisal update may be permitted but that update must typically be accomplished before the original appraisal expires. Now, FHA appraisal guidelines have been revised to expand the appraisal validity period, which the FHA and HUD say will reduce “financial burdens” of getting appraisal updates. The changes are also meant to help the agency “more closely align” the FHA loan program’s initial appraisal | more...

 
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Appraisals, Home Inspection, And The Systems Of Your House

We write a great deal about not using the FHA appraisal to determine the condition of the home you want to buy with an FHA mortgage.  But why do we say this? Why can’t you trust the appraisal alone? Why pay for the home inspection? There are important reasons for homebuyers to pay for a home inspection as well as the appraisal. Here are some things you should think about before you decide to skip a home inspection. The Foundation of Your Potential New Home Your FHA appraiser is not required to be an expert in areas such as the foundation of the home. Some foundation problems may not be apparent in the appraisal process. They may only be revealed during a home inspection depending on the problem.  The appraiser | more...