August 18, 2019

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HUD Announces Charges In Idaho Fair Housing Case

HUD Announces Charges In Idaho Fair Housing Case

April was Fair Housing Month, and while HUD’s annual push to raise awareness of housing laws in the United States has come and gone, the agency prosecutes Fair Housing cases year round. One the most recent; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced charges of Fair Housing Act violations against the owners and manager of a rental home in Nampa, Idaho. HUD’s case alleges that a married couple was refused a rental property there because they have children. The Fair Housing Act makes it a crime to “deny or limit housing because a family has children under the age of 18, make statements that discriminate against families with children, and impose different rules, restriction and policies on them” according to the HUD announcement at HUD.gov. “Denying a | more...

 
FHA Home Loans and Help With Down Payments

FHA Home Loans and Help With Down Payments

First-time home buyers looking for real estate to buy with an FHA loan may be intimidated by the notion of saving up for and making any kind of down payment, let alone a percentage of the appraised value of the home. But it’s important to remember that borrowers have options with FHA mortgage loans that can help offset the down payment. A Wall Street Journal report from January 2019 discusses “the bank of Mom and Dad” as one of the most influential factors in home buying. Did you know that according to the Wall Street Journal, approximately 26% of the FHA loan transactions included financial help from parents? The Bank Of Mom And Dad can be a powerful factor in buying a first home. But some first-time home buyers aren’t | more...

 
The Difference Between Homeowner's Insurance And Mortgage Insurance

Are FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans The Only Option For Older Home Owners?

There are many kinds of homeowner; there’s the young couple just starting out looking for their first home, there are mid-career professionals who need to relocate or upsize their living conditions, and there are older home owners looking to cash in on equity they have worked hard to build up in the home. What kind of FHA loan options are open to the older home owner who wants to keep their home but cash in on the increased value of their property? FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans For Older Home Owners Before we start discussing the FHA cash-out refinance loan option for seniors, it’s important to point out that FHA cash-out refinance loans are for any financially qualified borrower; these loans are NOT restricted to older home owners. FHA cash-out refi | more...

 
Buy And Fix A Home With An FHA Rehab Loan

Refinance Loans, Millennials, and Remodeling

Published reports about home loan trends include stats indicate that more than 85% of home buyers or home owners in the Millennial age range will be undertaking renovation, fixer-upper, or remodeling projects in the next three years. These borrowers scour social media such as Pinterest to find decor, design, and layout ideas; these borrowers don’t seem to mind spending a bit extra to add just the right features to a home. Is there an FHA mortgage loan for these people? The FHA Rehabilitation Loan If you need to buy and remodel a home, the standard FHA mortgage is not the right type of loan to ask for. Instead, ask your loan officer about an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation mortgage, which is available to help buy and repair or remodel a home | more...

 
Rates for home loans were mixed, but stayed near recent lows, even as bond market moves suggest another big step down lies ahead.

FHA Home Loans With Less Than Two Years Of Employment

Are you looking for a home but don’t have an extensive employment history? The general rule for home loan approval is that the lender wants to see two years of work history. Depending on the nature of the loan and other factors, the two-year rule may have certain additional requirements that apply, and the lender may not be required to personally verify previous employment if tax records or pay stubs can reflect a two year employment record. In general, conventional loans require two years of work or education related to income, VA mortgage loans have a similar two year requirement. USDA loans also require the borrower to prove two years of work history. What are the specific requirements for FHA mortgages? According to HUD 4000.1, “For all Employment related Income, | more...

 
Will FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Drop Even More?

Why Do People Choose FHA Mortgages Instead Of USDA Home Loans?

Why do some borrowers choose FHA home loans instead of the no-money-down USDA home loan? There are several reasons why an FHA mortgage might be the better choice depending on circumstances. USDA Mortgages Versus FHA Home Loans: Down Payment Requirements USDA loans do offer an advantage to eligible borrowers with a zero down payment requirement. USDA loan rules state that in some cases, borrowers who have assets higher than the USDA limit “…may be required to use a portion of those assets”. FHA home loans require a minimum down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. The down payment requirement may be higher if there are other factors to consider including a non-occupying co-borrower (depending on circumstances), FICO scores that are lower than the limit for maximum | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And First Time Home Buyers

FHA Home Loans And First Time Home Buyers

FHA home loans are perfect for many first time home buyers who are looking for low down payment requirements, forgiving credit score guidelines, and a home that features refinance options later down the line for cash-out, rehab and repair, etc. But does a house hunter have to be a first-time home buyer to qualify for an FHA mortgage? The short answer is no. FHA mortgage loans are for any financially qualified borrower, first time buyer or not. That said, first-time home buyers may find an advantage when it comes to local or state down payment assistance programs. FHA mortgages require the down payment to come from approved sources; those sources may include down payment assistance from agencies that provide such funds in accordance with FHA requirements. Down payment assistance must | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Approval By The Numbers

Can I Use Gift Money For My FHA Home Loan Down Payment?

FHA home loans feature low down payment requirements; only 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home is required in many cases unless a borrower’s credit scores don’t meet FHA lender requirements and FHA single family home loan guidelines. But even these low down payments can be challenging for some FHA loan applicants, and many borrowers wonder what the allowable sources for FHA mortgage down payment funds might be. FHA mortgage loan rules state that a borrower’s minimum required investment (MRI) is completely separate from all other payments or fees for an FHA mortgage. And the source funds for the MRI must come from approved sources, which can and sometimes do include gift money. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, states clearly that gift funds can only come from approved | more...

 
Five Things To Know About FHA Mobile Home Loans

Remodel Your Home With An FHA Rehab Loan

Are you thinking of selling your home? Need to think about increasing the value of your house before you put it on the market? Or maybe you want to remodel the home you’re planning on staying in long-term and are looking for the best return on investment or ROI for a remodeling project? FHA 203(k) Rehab loans can help you invest good money for a sound ROI on upgrades, improvements, and repairs. You can remodel your home with an FHA 203(k) rehab loan as a new purchase loan or as a refinance loan for your current mortgage. What types of remodeling projects have a good ROI and are allowed under the parameters of the FHA rehab loan program? The answer may depend on whether you apply for a standard or | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance

Can I Use My GI Bill Housing Allowance For An FHA Home Loan?

Military borrowers who are considering an FHA home loan may wonder if they are permitted to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill housing stipend as part of their qualifying income for an FHA mortgage. FHA loan rules found in HUD 4000.1 require the lender to verify all sources of income for the borrower; verifiable income that qualifies may be counted in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. This process is important because if a borrower’s debts exceed a certain ratio compared to the amount of income, it may be harder for the lender to justify approving the FHA mortgage. So it makes sense that a borrower who qualifies for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or Forever GI Bill benefits might want to have their housing stipend included in the income they submit | more...