October 16, 2019

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FHA Home Loans For Self-Employed People

What does it take for a self-employed borrower to be approved for an FHA mortgage loan? The same basic rules apply, FHA mortgage loans require a minimum 500 or higher FICO score to be eligible (lender standards will be higher) and FICO scores of 580 or higher for maximum financing and the lowest down payment. But self-employed borrowers do have some additional issues to think about when coming to the FHA home loan process. How long you have been self-employed in an important factor, how the business has fared since you started it, and what the future of your income might be. FHA Loan Rules For Self-Employment Income Verification The rules that instruct the participating FHA lender are found in HUD 4000.1, and those rules include a requirement for the | more...

 
Who can apply for FHA Reverse Mortgages?

Who Can Apply For FHA Reverse Mortgages?

Who can apply for an FHA reverse mortgage? Borrowing money to take advantage of the value in the home is not a new concept, but the reverse mortgage is a type of loan that’s quite different than a standard FHA refi loan. What Is The FHA Reverse Mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a loan that obligates the borrower without requiring monthly mortgage payments. FHA reverse mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages or HECMs for short, offer the borrower cash or a line of credit in an amount agreed upon between the borrower and lender. That amount is determined in part by the value of the home, so FHA HECM loans will require a new appraisal to see what the current fair market value of the property might be. | more...

 
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FHA Loan Questions: Credit, Bank Statements, and Overdrafts

Here is a variation on a common question about FHA home loan requirements: “How many months of bank statements are required to show the underwriters in relevance to the month we are closing on the house? Also if there are NSF/overdrafts on our account three to six months prior to our closing month, will that hurt our chances of getting the loan?” To answer these questions properly we need to do some detective work in the FHA loan rule book. Let’s start with the age of the documents needed for a home loan. The rules that govern FHA home loans says all documents must be, in general, no older than 120 days. The lender’s standards may apply in such cases-will the lender require more bank statements in order to review | more...

 

FHA Home Loan Advice: “Shop Before You Buy”

The FHA official site, www.FHA.gov, has links to helpful videos that can instruct those new to the FHA mortgage loan program. One of those videos produced by the FHA/HUD is titled, “Shopping For Your Home” and offers some expert insights into how to make the best choices in the FHA loan process. One bit of advice the FHA offers is that borrowers can benefit by taking advantage of the option to get a referral to an FHA/HUD approved housing counselor. Borrowers who do this early in the loan planning process can save themselves time and even money thanks to the advice of the housing counselor. Borrowers will learn through the video what it takes to determine how much home you can afford by using a mortgage loan calculator. The video | more...

 

FHA Loan Reader Questions: Death of a Co-Borrower

A reader asks, “What happens if your parent co-borrows the loan with you, and they pass away at some point before the loan is paid off?” This is a fairly open-ended question and the answer is just as subject to interpretation because there’s no single law or regulation that applies in such cases. The first place a borrower should look for answers in such cases is the language of the FHA loan contract–what does the contract specify if such a contingency is mentioned? FHA loan rule policies are not the first place to start looking in this case for one simple reason–state law will definitely have something to say about some part of the process. Does the borrower have inheritance issues to deal with in addition to the FHA loan | more...

 

FHA Loan Reader Questions: Employment Requirements

A reader asks, “Can a borrower get a FHA loan with less than two years of employment? She has a full time and part time job. However she has only been employed for 6 months on each job.” Let’s examine what FHA loan rules say about this subject. FHA requirements for employment verification are found in HUD 4155.1. In Chapter One, Section B we learn: “The lender is required to verify the applicant’s employment history for the previous two years. For the most recent two years the lender must obtain • copies of W-2s • written VOEs, or • electronic verification acceptable to FHA.” But what about in cases where employment can’t be verified for two years? And do the rules require the applicant to be on the job with | more...

 

FHA and HUD Issue New Foreclosure Avoidance Brochure

The FHA and HUD have issued a new mortgagee letter explaining the replacement of a “saving your home” brochure issued in 2002. According to FHA Mortgagee Letter 14-01, the “How to Avoid Foreclosure” brochure, HUD-PA-426, has been replaced. “The new brochure is the “Save Your Home: Tips to Avoid Foreclosure” brochure, HUD-2008-5-FHA, which is to be sent with a cover letter to delinquent mortgagors pursuant to 24 CFR 203.602.” The FHA and HUD have replaced the old document and have included the following instructions to lenders when sending the new brochure, which is designed to help inform borrowers in trouble on their FHA mortgages about the options available to them. When sending the new brochure, lenders are required to send a cover letter which includes the following “informed borrower” information: | more...

 

FHA Loans And Energy Efficient Mortgages

Borrowers who choose the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) option as part of their FHA loan can get up to $8,000 in additional funds added to the loan amount for the express purpose of adding approved energy-efficient upgrades. According to the FHA loan rules in HUD 4155.1 , Chapter Six, “Once the borrower and the property are determined eligible for FHA-insured financing, the lender, using the energy rating report and the EEM worksheet, determines the dollar amount of the cost-effective energy package that may be added to the mortgage amount. The cost of any improvement to the property that will increase the property’s energy efficiency, and that is determined to be cost effective, is eligible for financing into the mortgage.The cost that may be added to the mortgage amount is | more...

 

FHA Loan Program FICO Score Minimums: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I noticed that to be eligible for an FHA loan your score must be at least at a 580. Is this true? I was told this is just something you show here on your site but once you really go through the process its a whole different story. I’m looking to buy my 1st home and I want to be told what’s right as to what’s wrong.” FHA loan FICO score requirements, as listen in HUD 4155.1, are as follows: That is an exact duplicate of the table found in HUD 4155.1. The basic answer to the reader question is that according to FHA loan rules, any borrower with a credit score above 500 is technically eligible for some kind of FHA guaranteed home loan. However, these | more...

 

FHA Loan Rules For Section 8 Income & Government Assistance: Reader Questions

We’ve gotten several questions lately from readers about FHA loans, government assistance and Section 8 income. What does the FHA loan rulebook say about government assistance and Section 8 income used to qualify for an FHA guaranteed home loan? When it comes to government assistance, FHA loan rules found in HUD 4155.1, Chapter Four say, “Income received from government assistance programs is acceptable for qualifying, as long as the paying agency provides documentation indicating that the income is expected to continue for at least three years.” The continuation of the income is key, so borrowers using government assistance income to qualify should be prepared to submit documentation of the income according to the lender’s requirements. Borrowers should know that FHA loan rules also address government assistance that isn’t expected to | more...