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How To Get A Lower Home Loan Interest Rate

How To Get A Lower Home Loan Interest Rate

Home loan interest rates are a tricky issue, and if you are working with a real estate agent to find your first home, knowing as much as you can about rates going into the home loan application process is a very good idea. How can you get a lower rate when shopping for a home? There are some strategies to consider but many of them involve starting as early as possible in the planning stages. Getting A Lower FHA Home Loan Interest Rate By Shopping Around As you would never buy a used car from the first person you meet selling one, it’s important to shop around for a home loan lender offering the most competitive interest rates and terms. If you are a first-time home buyer, shop around for | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Qualifying Income: Disability Benefits

FHA Loan Qualifying Credit Scores

FICO scores are a big part of getting your home loan approved as a first time home buyer or repeat borrower alike. One of the first questions someone purchasing their first home with an FHA loan will ask is what FICO scores qualify for the mortgage. And that’s not surprising; FHA loan credit qualifications do specify a minimum FICO score for all borrowers. And believe it or not, it’s the same credit score ranges for both first-time borrowers and those who have purchased real estate before. The FICO score minimums for the lowest down payment are set by the FHA and HUD, with these minimums often being increased by participating lenders based on that financial institution’s standard. So what you read below about qualifying FICO scores is the baseline score | more...

 
What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

What You Should Know About FHA Home Loan Credit Checks As A First-Time Home Buyer

Before you get FHA home loan approval on that piece of real estate you have your eyes on, your mortgage loan application process will include a credit check. Your lender will need to determine your creditworthiness, and also verify your employment and income. Most borrowers expect this process and thanks to having other kinds of credit applications including credit cards, auto loans, and student loans, have a basic idea of what will happen. But not everyone expects that their initial credit check for the home loan they are applying for will NOT be the last one the lender does before the loan closes. You might not get the down-low on this from your real estate agent or your lender, but this is one of the “secret” things about the home | more...

 
FHA Loan Approval: Credit Check Facts

FHA Loan Approval: Credit Check Facts

First-time borrowers and experienced house hunters alike often wonder if their credit is good enough to be approved for a new mortgage loan. Do you know the facts about credit and FHA home loan approval? FHA Credit Score Standards May Vary From Your Lender’s Requirements The FHA home loan program’s FICO score standards are the minimum requirement. FHA loan rules say that any borrower with a FICO score of 500 or higher is eligible to apply for an FHA loan. Lender standards may be higher than this, which is one reason why it’s best to start working on your credit early-long before you apply for a home loan. FHA Credit Requirements Can Be More Forgiving FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say that it is not impossible to get a | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

FHA Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

If you are in the market for a first home or a starter home for a new family, there are many options to keep in mind that an FHA home loan can help you with. Which one of these FHA mortgage loan options is right for you? FHA 203(b) New Purchase Home Loans For First-Time Buyers And Return Borrowers If you are interested in a typical suburban home for your first house hunting adventure, the FHA 203(b) Mortgage is the right one for your needs. These home loans are for existing construction properties that don’t need extensive repairs and are intended for those who plan to own and occupy the home as their primary residence. FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loans For Fixer-Upper Homes The FHA 203(k) rehab loan is the one | more...

 
Buying A Starter Home With An FHA Mortgage

Buying A Starter Home With An FHA Mortgage

FHA home loans can help any financially qualified borrower get into a new home with a low down payment and more forgiving credit requirements. The FHA home loan program is for first-time home buyers and experienced home owners alike. How FHA Mortgage Loans Differ From Other Home Loans For First Time Home Buyers How do FHA mortgage loans differ from conventional mortgage loans, USDA loans or VA mortgages? There are many factors. One important difference between FHA mortgages and conventional loans is that unlike some mortgage loans, an FHA loan for a starter home or other principal residence has no penalty for early payoff of the mortgage loan. FHA loan rules specifically deny the lender the ability to penalize a borrower for paying more than the monthly mortgage payment and/or | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Approval For First-Time Borrowers

Government First-Time Home Buyer Programs

Many first-time home buyers want to know if there are government programs for those who have never purchased a home before. FHA home loans often get included into this category and it’s true; FHA mortgages are good for those buying a first home. FHA loan limits have increased for two years in a row at the time of this writing, there are lower FHA FICO score requirements and lower down payment requirements for FHA loans that make them a good option to explore when shopping for your first home and your first real estate loan. But FHA mortgages are not specifically intended for first-time buyers. You do not have to be a new house hunter to apply. That said, FHA mortgages for a starter home, first home, or for a | more...

 
How to Qualify For An FHA Home Loan With Low Credit

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan After A Short Sale

A short sale is essentially the sale of a home that is still being paid for, where the property sells for less than the amount owed. The lienholder(s) agree to write off the remainder and forgive the deficiency. Borrowers who sell short are often taking measures to avoid foreclosure on the mortgage, but not all of the short sale transactions that happen are on mortgages that have fallen into delinquency. Short sales happen in many circumstances but one common scenario involves a homeowner who is suffering from an underwater mortgage and is trying to cut their losses. Getting An FHA Loan After A Short Sale Is it possible to buy a home with an FHA mortgage loan after a short sale? The short answer is yes. Buying a home with | more...

 
Is Now The Right Time To Buy Your First Home With An FHA Mortgage?

FHA Loans Are Available In 2019

Why do we announce that FHA loans are available in 2019? At the time of this writing, the government shutdown is still in effect, and many government websites including FHA.gov and HUD.gov (FHA.gov redirects to HUD.gov) have an announcement stating that the sites themselves are not open for business. Consider the quote from HUD.gov: “Due to the lapse in Congressional Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is closed. HUD websites will not be updated until further notice. For more information, see HUD Contingency Plan for Possible Lapse in Appropriations. “ But that DOES NOT MEAN that FHA home loans are unavailable. FHA Forward Mortgage Purchase Loans Are Available In Spite Of The Government Shutdown FHA mortgages are generally processed and serviced by | more...

 
Getting A Mortgage With A Low Credit Score

Getting A Mortgage With A Low Credit Score

Lots of potential home owners want to know if it is possible to get a mortgage with a low credit score. The answer to this kind of question may surprise you, but much depends on both FHA loan rules AND participating lender standards. What do you need to know to get started looking for a home loan with a low credit score? Start Working On Credit Improvement Now What some borrowers don’t understand is that there are things you can do in the planning stages of your home loan journey to improve credit scores and they are steps you do not have to pay someone else to do for you. One of the first of these is to pull your credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies Equifax, | more...