October 24, 2021

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HUD Disaster Resources

Your FHA Mortgage And Natural Disasters In 2021

In the early days of the month of September, the FHA and HUD have made a number of announcements regarding disaster relief for portions of the country that have experienced fires, floods, and hurricanes. The agencies have, from the start of September to September 10, 2021, issued no fewer than seven announcements related to disaster relief. The first of those, dated September 1, 2021, includes the following related to disaster relief measures for those who are in presidentially declared federal disaster areas: Foreclosure relief – There is an automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages beginning on  the date of the major disaster declaration; Call the FHA Resource Center at 1-800-304-9320 for assistance FHA Rehab Loans — FHA Section 203(h) Rehabilitation Loans for disaster victims | more...

 
Low Mortgage Rates and Refinance Options

FHA Home Loan Pre-Approval: Issues To Consider

Getting mortgage pre-approval is an important step in the home buyer journey. It indicates to the seller and to a lender that you are serious about your home loan and that you are ready to commit to the right property and the right price. So what should you know about mortgage pre-approval before you apply? There are some basic questions to ask yourself before you start filling out the forms to get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved for an FHA home loan means asking yourself how good your credit score is and how high your credit card balances are. It’s best to start asking these questions far in advance of your home loan so that you have ample time to work on your credit issues where they might exist, and also so | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

Home Loan Advice From TransUnion

Credit issues are among the biggest worries for many FHA loan applicants. Are you concerned that you aren’t fully prepared for a home loan application? If you tackle home loan issues early enough, you can get much closer to home loan approval. We regularly encourage readers to check their credit scores, read and monitor their credit reports, and be extra-vigilant about checking those credit reports all the way until the loan closes. One of the reasons why we do that?  Your lender will not check your credit ONCE during the home loan process–your credit may be reviewed multiple times. And that is one very good reason to keep checking your credit reports, too. And while we’re talking about credit reports, why not take some advice from the very agencies responsible | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

Home Loan Rules New Buyers Should Know

Your participating lender will have a set of guidelines to follow for your loan including certain restrictions on the source of your down payment funds. Did you know that FHA loan rules forbid the seller of the home from contributing toward the borrower’s down payment? That is a very important rule a first-time homebuyer should know when thinking about applying for home loans. But it doesn’t end there. Your seller IS permitted to offer assistance with closing costs, and those funds will be applied to approved expenses related to your home loan. The seller is allowed to contribute up to six percent of the sale price of the home (for some mortgages like VA loans, this amount may be less) toward your costs to close. But the seller is NOT | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Rent Or Buy?

Are you tired of paying rent, answering to landlords, and trying to maintain your living space while trying to be mindful of thin walls, sensitive neighbors, or other concerns associated with living in an apartment complex or other rental situations? One way to get closer to a decision is to use a rent vs. buy calculator or to run your own numbers using similar data.  You’ll need a typical home price for the local area to calculate a mortgage payment (using principal, interest, property taxes and any applicable homeowners association fees) and compare it to how much you pay in rent, renter’s insurance, etc. You can use a rent vs. buy calculator to give yourself a good idea of how the basic numbers compare. But there are a few variables | more...

 
Buying a House In The Era of Corona

Questions To Ask About Your Credit Report

Do you dread the idea of looking at your credit report? Some people delay looking at theirs because they are afraid of what they might see, or afraid they won’t be able to understand what they are reading in their own report. Fortunately, there are some questions you should ask about your credit report that can give you a good start in the right direction–these questions will help you better understand what’s in your report and what a lender looks for when they review yours. When you get your copy of your credit report from Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax, be sure to review the report once “cold”, and then review it again with the following questions: Credit Report Accuracy: Open Accounts? Are the accounts listed in your credit report open? | more...

 
VA One Time Close Construction Loan

VA One-Time Close Construction Loan Options for Military Veterans Expanded

Some house hunters get fed up with looking for just the right home, while others start out their home loan journey knowing in advance they want a house built for them. What options to these borrowers have? There is an FHA home loan known as the FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan that lets borrowers apply for a single loan that covers both construction costs and the mortgage itself. The FHA version of this type of construction loan requires the borrower and lender to work together to establish a plan for the project including estimated completion times, interest rates, budgets, and more. Some borrowers aren’t interested in FHA home loans since they have other options; do qualifying military veterans have a VA loan version of the FHA One Time | more...

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

How Much Do I Put Down On An FHA Home Loan?

There are persistent myths and misunderstandings about home loans. One persistent myth is that FHA mortgages are only approved for first-time home buyers. Another is that FHA loans are only for low to moderate-income borrowers. And a third–and the focus of our article–is that you have to make a 20% down payment on a home loan. What’s the reality? FHA home loans do NOT require a 20% down payment, even if you are at the lower end of the qualifying credit score range. According to FHA loan rules, the most you are required to put down on an FHA mortgage (on paper, according to the FHA) is 10%. That is for borrowers who do not have FICO scores that qualify them for 3.5% down. So why do people think you | more...

 
HUD

FHA And HUD Announce Streamlined Foreclosure Relief

The FHA and HUD have announced mortgage relief streamlined for those who need assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with FHA mortgages have a new “FHA COVID-19 Recovery waterfall” which “streamlines and revises FHA’s previous options for struggling homeowners, reduces required documentation, and allows mortgage servicers to provide greater payment reduction for eligible homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family Title II forward mortgages” according to the HUD official site. “This next step in the evolution of FHA’s COVID-19 response is a significant and meaningful way to help those homeowners who will be at a critical point in their recovery in the coming months and transitioning out of forbearance to permanent sustainable payments,” which are the words of FHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lopa Kolluri, who was quoted in | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

FHA Loan Limits: Things To Know

What does a new borrower need to know about FHA loan limits? For a start, unless you are applying for a VA mortgage loan with 100% of your VA home loan entitlement, you are likely subject to loan limits of some kind whether staying below those limits for a conforming loan or exceeding those limits for a Jumbo mortgage. If you want to know some important things about FHA loan limits, keep reading but one thing that is good to know up front?  Conforming loans or loans that are at or below the loan limit for FHA, USDA, conventional mortgages and VA loans for those without 100% of their home loan entitlement will typically feature more competitive interest rates than jumbo loans which may have higher rates due to the | more...