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FHA disaster relief changes

FHA Disaster Relief Changes

In August of 2019, the FHA and HUD issued press releases and Mortgagee Letters describing changes to the FHA loss mitigation guidelines for those recovering from natural disasters in federally-declared natural disaster areas. The FHA states that the new rules affect homeowners who live or work in a “Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDAs) of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria or certain California Wildfires, Flooding, Mudflows, and Debris Flows” according to the HUD official site. Certain temporary measures the FHA and HUD passed in recent times to help improve disaster recovery in these areas are now made permanent. There are some features that have been added that streamline the application process for FHA loan relief, forbearance, and other measures. According to the HUD official site, lenders can use a recent bank | more...

 
Home Values Dropping: FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

Can I Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage After Foreclosure?

After a major negative credit event like a foreclosure, some home owners assume they may never be able to get a lender to take them seriously for a home loan ever again. Is this true? At first glance, FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 might lead a potential borrower to think that it is. “A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a DIL of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of case number assignment.” The abberviation DIL stands for deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. Note that the above does NOT say the borrower can NEVER get a home loan again. There is a three-year waiting period required but it IS possible. And later in HUD 4000.1, we | more...

 
HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against New York Landlord

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Hurricane Michael Victims In Florida

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida. According to a HUD press release, the government will “speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Florida and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Michael” following a presidential declaration of a major disaster area in several Florida counties including Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Taylor, and Wakulla. The declaration means those living in the affected areas are eligible for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosure on FHA mortgages. To get the benefit of this moratorium borrowers should call their loan officers and contact the FHA Resource Center at 1-800-304-9320. Never assume it is safe to simply stop making payments on an FHA mortgage after a natural | more...

 
HUD Disaster Resources

FHA Loan Rules For Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas

In September of 2018, the FHA and HUD issued a reminder to lenders and FHA loan servicers regarding official policy for dealing with loans in presidentially-declared major disaster areas. A document labelled FHA INFO #18-40 states that for both forward loans and FHA reverse mortgage loans, certain guidance applies once the federal disaster area declaration has been made. The guidance begins with a definition of the disaster area declaration, explaining that it is made when “natural or other events are of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond”. When this is invoked by the president, FHA loan guidance to participating lenders includes the following: FHA Loan Foreclosure Moratorium FHA loan rules include a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures following the declaration of | more...

 
Reasons You May Be Denied A Loan

FHA Home Loans: Five Reasons To Buy A Home Instead Of Renting

In our last blog post we discussed some reasons to purchase a home with an FHA mortgage instead of renting a property. Most of the reasons discussed in the previous post had to do with financial matters including the fact that renters gain no equity in their rental homes, and they have no ability to apply for a cash-out refinance loan based on the current value of the home. Reverse mortgages are unavailable to renters, too. But there are other reasons to buy a home and not rent. Are you thinking of an FHA mortgage to buy a home based on some of the reasons listed below? There are compelling arguments for each of the five reasons. #5: Buying A Home Means More Privacy Borrowers who own their own homes | more...

 
Why You Can't Buy An Airbnb With An FHA Mortgage

Am I Eligible For An FHA Mortgage After Foreclosure?

“Am I eligible for an FHA loan after a foreclosure?” That is a more common question than some realize, and FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address this question directly. The answer depends greatly on circumstances, how much time has passed since the foreclosure action, and how the borrower has worked to re-establish good credit. FHA Home Loan Rules On Foreclosures HUD 4000.1 contains the FHA loan rules that govern loan approval when the borrower has a foreclosure on their credit history. Much depends on how much time has elapsed since the foreclosure; HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender: “A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a Deed-in-Lieu (DIL) of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of | more...

 
Build Your Dream Home: FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgages

FHA Foreclosure Relief For 2017 Disaster Victims

In late February 2018, the FHA announced additional foreclosure relief measures for victims in federally declared disaster areas in 2017. According to the FHA official site, the new measures are intended to be an expanded version of “mortgage relief to FHA-insured homeowners who live or work in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as California wildfires and subsequent flooding and mudslides.” The FHA has ordered participating FHA lenders to offer “additional options to eligible disaster victims in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, allowing them to remain in their homes while reducing losses that would otherwise negatively impact FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund” according to the press release. At the heart of these new measures is something called | more...

 
HUD Announces Important Change To FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Program

HUD Announces New Foreclosure Prevention Guide

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a new publication aimed at helping home owners avoid foreclosure and fraud. According to a press release on the HUD official site, the Homeowners Guide to Success is part of a “public-private partnership between federal agencies and industry partners. The guide provides homeowners with information on the critical first steps to take if they are at risk of missing a mortgage payment or facing foreclosure.” Foreclosure avoidance is an important issue, and with 2017’s natural disasters in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and elsewhere, there is an emphasis not just on borrowers taking steps to keep their homes, but also to become more aware about the potential for fraud and scams aimed at those who struggle to keep up with mortgage payments. | more...

 
Happy Columbus Day 2019

Can I Get An FHA Home Loan After Foreclosure?

Can I get an FHA loan after foreclosure? This is a question that comes up quite often. The answer depends on a variety of factors including the date that the foreclosed property was transferred out of the borrower’s name. The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, states that the FHA minimum requirements for getting a new loan following a foreclosure include a waiting period. This period, often called a “seasoning period” or “seasoning requirement” is normally three years. From HUD 4000.1: “A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a Deed-In-Lieu of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of case number assignment.” The next line in that section is a crucial one: “This three-year period begins on the | more...

 
How FHA Loan Modification Works

How FHA Loan Modification Works

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the basics of FHA foreclosure avoidance and loan modification. But how does FHA loan modification work? FHA HAMP, also known as the FHA Home Affordable Modification program is a way for home owners to avoid foreclosure through a permanent loan modification. But in order to become eligible for FHA HAMP, borrowers have to meet certain criteria as described on the FHA/HUD official site. Who is eligible to apply for FHA HAMP? “Mortgagors with FHA-insured mortgages that do not qualify for other loss mitigation programs and with adequate debt-to-income ratios. Homeowners must successfully complete a trial payment plan before becoming a full participant in the program.” The trial payment plan is the key to the success of the borrower’s involvement with HAMP. | more...