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Five tips about FHA loan interest rates

Five Tips About FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

FHA mortgages feature lower interest rates than conventional mortgages thanks to being backed by the U.S. government. Those who qualify for the lowest down payment save money over the lifetime of their mortgages thanks to the lower rates, but how do you qualify for the lowest rate possible for your specific purchase? Here are some important tips about mortgage loan interest rates you should know in the planning stages of your new home loan. Credit Scores And Interest Rates Are Connected That statement does not pertain to the overall interest rate offered to all borrowers. Your lender will offer you a mortgage loan rate based on that current going rate, but affected by your credit scores and other financial information. The best advice for borrowers who are worried that their | more...

 
The FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan: An Option In 2020

The One-Time Close Construction Loan: An Option In 2020

FHA home loan options in 2020 don’t have to be limited to getting a home loan to purchase existing construction property; there is a way to apply for an FHA mortgage that lets you have a home built to suit from the ground up on your own land. These construction home loans, known as One-Time Close construction loans, are offered by the FHA, the VA, and even the USDA and can help even a first-time homebuyer get a house built to their specifications with a low down payment. Yes. you read that correctly. First-time home buyers are permitted to apply for the One Time Close construction loan. So are experienced homeowners. One-Time Close construction loans are good for borrowers who want a home that meets their standards, but the loan | more...

 
HUD Announces New Mortgage Relief Options For FHA Borrowers Affected By COVID-19

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...

 
Do You Need Down Payment Help?

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...

 
Protect Your Credit During The COVID-19 Emergency

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...

 
FHA Rehab Loans In 2020

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...

 
How to get ready for an FHA home loan

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...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

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...