November 14, 2018

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Rent Or Buy? FHA Loans Can Help You Own Your Home

Rent Or Buy? FHA Loans Can Help You Own Your Home

Is it wiser to rent or to buy your home? According to a  November 2018 National Apartment List Rent Report, rents are on their way up in a large number of cities nationwide. In areas where it makes just as much sense to make a mortgage payment as it does a monthly rental payment, borrowers should definitely explore their FHA home loan options. FHA Loans Can Help You To Stop Paying Rent Buying your home with an FHA mortgage means no more waiting for the landlord to repair crucial areas of the home. Home owners are free to schedule or make their own repairs or upgrades without having to wait for someone else to get around to scheduling those necessary appointments. Buying a home with an FHA mortgage means no | more...

 
FHA Loan Approval And Your Credit Scores

FHA Loan Approval And Your Credit Scores

What do you need to know about FHA loan approval and your credit scores? There are some important factors that can help you in the planning stages for your new mortgage loan. Don’t go into the mortgage application process without being armed with this information-you’ll be glad you know before you sign. FHA Minimum FICO Scores And Your FHA Lender FHA minimum FICO score requirements are not necessarily the same as your lender’s requirements. FHA Loan rules establish a minimum for credit scores (580 or higher for maximum financing) but your lender may require higher scores. An average is between 640 and 700, with scores between 640 and 680 being common requirements for the lowest down payment. FICO Score Requirements May Vary Depending On The Type Of FHA Loan Your | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Basics: Who Qualifies?

Don’t Apply For An FHA Home Loan And An Auto Loan At The Same Time

Plenty of websites, books, and financial podcasts warn about managing your credit properly during the home loan application process. One bit of advice from many of these sites? Don’t apply for a car loan at the same time or just before a home loan. Why? There are several reasons, one of the most important being that your debt-to-income ratio is negatively affected by any new line of credit and a home loan lender will be required to consider that when deciding whether or not to approve your mortgage loan. The minimum payment required each month on the car loan will be factored in with the rest of your debt, and if you significantly change your debt ratio during the home loan process-even if the loan is initially approved-it could affect | more...

 
Five Credit Areas That Affect FHA Loan Approval

Five Credit Areas That Affect FHA Loan Approval

There are many areas that can affect the lender’s decision to approve or deny an FHA home loan application. Do you know what these important issues mean and how they can affect millennial home buyers or anyone else examining their affordable housing needs? #5 FHA Home Loan Approval And Your FICO Scores Your FICO score may be well within the FHA minimums for loan approval or even maximum financing, but do you know what the participating FHA lender’s FICO score requirements might be above the FHA minimum? You may find that the FHA loan program’s minimum 580 FICO score for the lowest possible down payment is lower than the FHA lender’s requirements. Check with the lender to see what is required in this area for a better idea of what | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Basics: Who Qualifies?

Are You Ready To Fill Out FHA Home Loan Paperwork?

Are you ready to fill out FHA home loan paperwork and start the loan application process? Here are some important things you should think about before getting the forms and starting the loan. Get Ready For An FHA Mortgage Loan By Reducing Your Debt Ratios FHA home loans, like other mortgages, require the borrower to be able to realistically afford the mortgage. If you don’t know how much debt you have going out compared to how much income you have-hypothetical mortgage payments included-you aren’t ready to fill out home loan paperwork. You will need to know what the lender will see when examining your debts and income, and know how much of your income is taken up by your monthly financial obligations. Knowing Your FICO Scores Ahead Of Your FHA | more...

 
Five Reasons Lenders May Deny Your Home Loan Application

FHA Loan Applications And Your Credit Report

When you apply for an FHA mortgage, your lender is required to check your FICO scores and credit history. But do you know what the lender must gather to determine whether or not to approve your mortgage loan? This process is a mystery to some home buyers and knowing what’s involved can help you plan for your mortgage loan long before you ever contact a lender. FHA Loan Requirements For Checking Credit Scores And Credit History The rules that govern this process are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Loan handbook. It instructs the lender to use a traditional credit report whenever possible-some borrowers may have little to no credit history and a non-traditional credit report may be needed. But in cases where the lender is able to obtain | more...

 
FHA Loans And Your Credit Report: Check Ahead Of Time

FHA Loans And Your Credit Report: Check Ahead Of Time

It’s generally advised for borrowers to check their credit reports a year ahead of time before applying for a home loan. One of the reasons for the early start has to do with the amount of time it could take to dispute items on your report; outdated information, errors, evidence of stolen identity, etc. But when you are pulling your credit report, what should you be looking for? There are plenty of items you should compile a credit report checklist and include in that list. Check The Basics Before Applying For Your FHA Mortgage Or Refinance Loan The first thing to do when pulling your credit report is to make sure all of your vital information is accurate. Your name should be correctly spelled, your Social Security Number should be | more...

 
What Is A Home Loan Seasoning Period And Does This Affect My FHA Mortgage Application?

Five Steps To An FHA Home Loan

Buying a new home is a process. Do you need an FHA mortgage to purchase the home you’ve been looking for? There are five things you can start doing now without financially obligating yourself to purchase; these steps will definitely help you get ready for your new home. #5: Determine How Much Loan You Can Afford Before You Apply For Your FHA Mortgage Figuring out how much home loan you can afford isn’t just about how much you can afford NOW, but also down the road in light of future pay raises, upward mobility at work, changes in salary or bonuses, etc. The debt to income ratio you have at the moment may be lower six months into the future-it’s a very good idea to look ahead when planning for | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Credit Questions And Answers

FHA Home Loan Credit Questions And Answers

There are lots of questions about how the FHA home loan process works, but among the most common are on the subject of credit, and how you qualify for a home loan with your credit scores and credit history. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about home loans and credit. What FICO Scores Are Able To Qualify For An FHA Home Loan? There are two standards; FHA loan minimum requirements and the lender’s individual FICO score rules. FHA minimums are NOT the same as your lender’s standards; the FHA FICO scores are the minimum required to be approved. FHA loan rules say borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 technically qualify for an FHA mortgage, but at a higher down payment than those who qualify for | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Refinance Checklist

FHA Mortgage Refinance Checklist

If you are exploring your refinance loan options, FHA refi loans can help with cash out refinancing, rate-and-term refi, or even a refinance loan that lets you rehab or remodel your property. If you want a refinance loan, it’s a very good idea to assemble a checklist in the planning stages so you know where you need to focus to prepare for the new loan. There is more than one area to make checklists for including areas like your credit, your home ownership goals, and the plans you have for your refi loan. FHA Refinance Loan Checklists: Goals And Financial Plans A good checklist includes the reasons for your checklist items in the first place. Ask yourself why you want to refinance your mortgage-make a list of pros and cons | more...