June 27, 2022

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First-Time Home Buyer Advice: Get A Home Inspection

FHA Home Loans And Seller Inspections: What You Need To Know

What is a seller inspection and why should you know what it is before you start looking for a home to buy with an FHA mortgage?  The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors official site says that a seller inspection, sometimes referred to as a pre-listing inspection, is popular in some areas, “…because they virtually eliminate all the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the home inspection until a buyer is found.” A seller inspection can tell you (as a buyer) a lot about a home before you decide to make an offer. But why would a seller have an inspection if there’s a risk that a defect or problem might be uncovered that can hurt the seller’s chances to sell the property? Generally speaking, it’s common sense | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

FHA Loans And Rising Rates

If you need to buy a home with an FHA mortgage but you are concerned about rising interest rates, there are some things you can do to help yourself make a more informed choice about your FHA loan options.  There are options to haggle with the seller, and there are loan options to consider like an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage. In the meantime, you can work to improve your FICO scores which helps the lender offer you a lower interest rate.  When it comes to negotiating with the seller, you may find the asking price is too high in general, or you may be looking for a price offset because of rising mortgage loan rates.  But it may be tough to sell the idea of a lower price. Instead, you | more...

 
FHA mortgages and refinance loans

Seller’s Markets, Buyer’s Markets, And FHA Loans

What does it mean to get an FHA loan when you are in a buyer’s market? What does it mean to use an FHA mortgage in a seller’s market? If you are new to house hunting chances are you’ve heard these terms before, but what do they mean in the context of a house hunt? FHA Home Loans In Buyer’s Markets What does it mean to be shopping for a house in a buyer’s market? The simplest answer is that you have an advantage as a buyer because there may be plenty of homes to choose from with little serious competition from other buyers.  That lack of competition may be because of the supply of available houses for sale. In a buyer’s market, you would still want to get pre-qualified | more...

 
FHA loans

FHA ARM Loans: Good Or Bad Idea?

Why do people choose FHA adjustable-rate mortgages or choose to refinance with one? There are several reasons including the need to get into a lower rate upfront, as part of an overall strategy for buying and selling the home, or to take advantage of changing interest rates. ARM Loan Basics FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgages feature an introductory rate, and that rate expires after a set amount of time, typically one year. The introductory rate can also be set between three and 10 years. After that time period, the rate adjustments begin. Borrowers do better with ARM loans when they have a strategy for dealing with the rate adjustment periods. Do you plan to sell or refinance before the introductory or initial ARM loan rate expires?  That plan works better for | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Things To Look For When Buying A House With An FHA Mortgage

Finding the right home to buy with an FHA home loan can be challenging. If you are a first-time home buyer, do you feel intimidated about making a decision on the size and configuration of the house you want to buy? You are not alone.  Fortunately, you can help yourself in this process by making a checklist of features and priorities you can refer to when reviewing each property. This can be a better approach than trying to do it all from memory; you won’t forget to ask the seller or real estate agent about something important if you have it written down in front of you when you take the tour. What To Look For When Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage: Overall Size That sounds fairly obvious | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans

What To Know About Renovating Your Home With An FHA Loan

FHA home loans for renovation include the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loan and refinance loan options. There are also FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages or FHA EEMs that allow energy-saving upgrades and improvements to the property.  EEMS are add-ons allowed for most FHA home loans, not a separate loan program, and adding an EEM potentially raises your monthly mortgage payment. If you need to apply for an FHA home loan to renovate, the first thing you need to know is that on paper, FHA loan rules say you may be allowed to be your own builder or contractor.  However, lender standards will apply and you may find that your FHA lender does not permit this. You’ll need to ask directly as early in the process as possible. FHA loan rules say that | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

FHA Loans: Calculating The Monthly Mortgage Payment

One of the most important questions a home loan applicant can ask is, “How much will my monthly mortgage payment be?” While this may seem to be a simple calculation of how much the loan is, divided by how many months the mortgage loan payments are required, the truth is that it’s more complex than that. Mortgage loan applicants have a variety of online mortgage calculators to help them arrive at estimates, but what actually goes into the calculation of your monthly mortgage payment? If it’s not a simple matter of taking the loan amount and dividing it by the number of months the loan term is set for, what DOES go into those calculations? There are a variety of things. The basic calculation we mention is part of it, | more...

 
FHA Loan Options

Applying For Your FHA Mortgage

After you have gotten all the planning done, and after you have saved for your downpayment and gone house hunting, you’ll come to the place where you are finally ready to apply for a home loan.  What do you need to know about this process and how it works? One of the most important things to decide is how much personal help you might need to apply. There are three basic options that may be open to you depending on the lender. Whether you need to pre-qualify, get pre-approved, or actually begin the application process itself, your lender may take a specific approach to how your loan documentation and application data is submitted. Some lenders take a very hands-off approach, allowing you to apply and submit online without requiring any | more...

 
HUD

June 2022 Is National Homeownership Month

On the last day of May 2022, President Biden issued a proclamation that June 2022 is National Homeownership Month. It’s the 20th anniversary of the observance and the Department of Housing And Urban Development issued a statement about it, reminding us that homeownership has benefits and that equal opportunity and access for all should be the norm in the 21st century. During National Homeownership Month 2022, the FHA and HUD plan a series of events designed to raise awareness of fair housing issues, increase the amount of affordable housing, and make the homeownership process sustainable. “Each June, we mark National Homeownership Month, a time for HUD and FHA to renew our commitment to supporting individuals and families in achieving and sustaining homeownership,” says HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, who was | more...

 
FHA mortgage loans

What You Should Know About Using An Escrow Account For Your FHA Loan

Are you planning to buy a home? Whether you seek an FHA mortgage or not, you may be required to use an escrow account for the loan transaction. You will need a safe place to deposit earnest money in the buying phase and you may also need escrow to pay your property taxes each year. FHA Loans Require Escrow Your participating FHA lender may require the use of an escrow account. Are you applying for an FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan or an FHA One-Time Close Construction loan? Both types of mortgages require payments to contractors who are renovating or constructing your home. FHA loan funds must be stored in escrow until it’s time to use them. There is no unrestricted cash back to the borrower with these loans, so escrow | more...