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HUD Extends Modified Exterior-Only Appraisals During COVID-19

HUD Extends Modified Exterior-Only Appraisals During COVID-19

The World Heath Organization says “the worst is yet to come” with regard to the global coronavirus pandemic; the Department of Housing And Urban Development responded to COVID-19 quarantine measures in March 2020, eliminating a requirement temporarily to suspend in-person or indoor appraisal activity. Those changes temporarily meant FHA appraisals would not be subject to a requirement for in-person appraisals that might run in violation of community social distancing policies. The appraisal policy (as well as modified employment verification requiremets for certain loans). But that was all set to expire (more than once, as we’ll read below) until HUD acted to extend these measures anew. Now, with COVID-19 hot spots in the forefront of American news headlines, HUD has extended the modified appraisal guidelines (as well as employment verification rules)–they | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Rules You Should Know Today

FHA Appraisal Rules You Should Know Today

The FHA appraisal is a requirement of the home loan process; it is designed to help establish current market value of a property based on the latest property values, the overall condition of the home and property, etc. An appraisal is NOT the same as the separate, borrower-funded home inspection. Appraisals are nowhere near as in-depth as inspections and the results of the appraisal should not be mistaken for a home inspection. Appraisals are required for all forward mortgages. Recent changes to appraisal rules in 2020 in response to social distancing required by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic make the process operate differently than before temporarily. In March of 2020, the FHA and HUD issued a Mortgagee Letter announcing situational changes to the appraisal requirements that included the ability to | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

Buying A House In The Era Of COVID-19

Who buys a house during a global pandemic? The answer to that question may surprise you at first, but a quick look at the official site for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and it’s clear that there’s a demand, and with good reason. Some Americans not only consider buying or renting a new home during COVID-19, but some actually have no choice but to seek new housing. This could be due to any number of factors including illegal evictions, loss of income, job changes that require relocation, natural disasters, changes in family size, changes in marital status, many reasons. And those people create a demand that must be met, even during a national emergency. Granted, not all home loans during this time are out of necessity, but the | more...

 
HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Atlanta Landlords

FHA Announces Modified Appraisal Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak

The FHA and HUD have modified certain FHA appraisal requirements in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing. Since the outbreak of coronavirus and the worldwide pandemic that followed, government agencies began issuing policies to accommodate the need to prevent gatherings of people which potentially spreads the virus farther and wider. In the home loan industry, many are at risk including appraisers who must (under normal conditions) enter the homes of strangers and potentially expose themselves to infection. At the end of March, the FHA and HUD issued a press release announcing changes in FHA appraisal policy to address the needs to get appraisals done without exposing people to additional risks. That announcement including a set of temporary modifications to FHA appraisal requirements for single-family home | more...

 
FHA home loans, interest rate cuts, and your mortgage

FHA Loan Rules For Appraisals: Appliances, Mechanical Systems In The Home

HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Loan Handbook, has a detailed section about FHA loan appraisal requirements. First-time home buyers may not realize that certain details of the home must meet FHA requirements such as the condition of appliances and the efficiency of the mechanical systems in the home such as central air conditioning or hot water heaters. HUD 4000.1 lists FHA requirements for appliances in the appraisal, stating that the FHA appraiser is required to review the home’s stove, fridge, washing machine, etc. if those appliances are being left in the home for the new owner. “Appliances that are to remain and that contribute to the market value opinion must be operational. ” This section is discussing appraisals for existing construction homes, but the intent is clear; the condition of | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loans: Are You Ready?

Real Estate, Millennials, And Down Payments

What do millennials and Gen Z’ers say about buying real estate and making down payments? A home ownership-centric website called Porch.com did a survey of roughly 1300 people and the results are quite interesting–and useful to anyone in the planning stages of buying a home. The attitudes of the age groups such as Generation Z and Millennials were of particular interest for this study. “According to our findings” the Porch.com survey page for the Generational Outlook Survey says, “over 75 percent of Gen Zers said it was ‘very important’ or ‘important’ to own a home in their lifetime”, but “only 41 percent” believe it is necessary to do that in the next decade or so. But regardless of when the home is to by purchased, more than 40% of those | more...

 
Refinance loans: is it time to commit?

Refinance Loans: Is It Time To Commit?

Is now the right time to commit to a refinancing loan? Opinions may vary, but consumer trends seem to indicate that many of today’s home owners believe the answer is yes. The monthly Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report provides lenders and consumers with mortgage loan data and insights; the September 2019 report includes data suggesting that nearly half (49%) of the loans originated in the time range covered in the report were refinance loans. Interest rates have been at historic lows, home values have also been on the rise, and many want to consider their options while rate trends are still in a borrower-friendly mode. If you are ready to refinance, the first step for many is determining what kind of refinance loan you need. If you just want a | more...

 
HUD Announces Agreement In California Fair Housing Act Case

HUD Brings Charges Against Housing Design And Construction Companies

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges against companies in New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. We report about Fair Housing cases in this space to remind house hunters of their Fair Housing Act rights, but it’s not as common to report on a case that spans multiple companies and states the way this case does. HUD’s charge involves accusations of housing discrimination associated with the design and construction “of a 40-unit North 8 Condominium development in Brooklyn, New York, in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act”. Those named in the HUD Fair Housing Act charges include Toll Brothers, Inc.; Toll Land XIII Limited Partner; Lendlease (US) Construction LMB, Inc; Greenberg Farrow Architecture, Inc.; and 51 | more...

 
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FHA Loan Appraisals: Different Rules For Different Homes

FHA loan appraisals have different standards depending on the type of property you wish to buy. That doesn’t mean that some homes get favorable treatment in the appraisal process than others. What it does mean is that some properties have unique issues. For example, an appraisal for an FHA condo won’t be the same as for a manufactured home. One reason? Manufactured homes do not start off with permanent foundations, and having one is a requirement. A condo unit does not face such problems, so there is a specific appraisal requirement for manufactured housing that such homes be affixed to a permanent foundation that meets FHA and federal standards. A condo unit is already on a foundation, so the requirements there have more to do with the state of the | more...

 
FHA Loan Interest Rates: How Low Can They Go?

FHA Home Loans: A Q&A

Q: What Kind Of Home Can I Buy With An FHA Mortgage? A: You can purchase a single-family home with as many as four living units. FHA home loans can be used to buy condos, mobile homes, town houses, mixed-use properties that are primarily residential (the borrower must live in the property), and manufactured homes. Q: Is Private Mortgage Insurance Required For FHA Mortgages? A: Private mortgage insurance is not required, but FHA borrowers will be required to pay a Mortgage Insurance Premium and an Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) as a part of the mortgage. The UFMIP is paid up front or financed in its’ entirety into the loan amount. The mortgage insurance premium each month is part of the borrower’s monthly payment. Q: Can I Buy A Home | more...