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Articles Tagged With: FHA Home Loans

Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

What Affects My FHA Loan Approval? Debt Ratio Issues

Every mortgage or finance blog includes a lot of writing and advice about the need to monitor your credit reports. And make no mistake, this is important advice that is good to follow, but if you are in the market for a new home in 2021 the amount of monthly debt you have compared to your monthly income will be just as important for loan approval. Why Your Debt Matters Some applications crunch the numbers and believe they can afford the loan on paper. But what happens when that does not match what the lender gets when she runs your debt ratio numbers? People who technically qualify on paper but not in reality are bad risks for the lender and their jobs depend on screening out those bad risks. And | more...

 
What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What Are FHA Home Loan Discount Points?

If you don’t know what discount points are, you should definitely get an education while you are still in the planning and saving stages of your FHA mortgage. For new purchase loans including FHA One-Time Close construction mortgages, FHA Condo loans, or FHA Mobile Home loans, discount points may help you save money upfront on your mortgage over the lifetime of the loan. Discount points aren’t for everyone–some borrowers have a priority of reducing their up front costs and these FHA loan applicants won’t be interested in points as they represent a larger up front and out-of-pocket expense. But for those who want to pay more up front so they can save money down the line should consider points. What are these home loan discount points? The financial website Investopedia.com | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Build Your Dream Home From The Ground Up With A One-Time Close Construction Loan

You don’t have to buy someone else’s property if you are interested in owning your own home. You can–even as a first time home buyer–build a home from the ground up instead. The FHA One-Time Close mortgage, also available to qualifying military members as a VA construction loan, is a great choice for the right borrowers. But who should consider this type of home loan? Timing Counts FHA Construction Loans and VA One-Time Close mortgages are not good choices for those in a hurry. If you need housing quickly it is best to explore your FHA or VA mortgage loan options for existing construction. If the timing of your loan cannot be changed, you need a house NOW, and you cannot wait, there are good reasons to wait on building | more...

 
Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

The FHA and HUD have announced higher FHA forward loan limits for 2021. Most borrowers will experience a higher FHA loan limit depending on their location and other variables. Federal law requires FHA to establish forward mortgage / purchase loan floor and ceiling loan limits each year. These limits are based on the loan limit set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency for conventional mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The national conforming loan limit for 2021 is $548,250. While these limits DO NOT apply until 1 January 2021, you can locate the entire list of FHA loan limits. That list includes areas at the FHA ceiling, areas between the floor and the ceiling at the FHA official site. The National Housing Act and its amendments | more...

 
Who is eligible for an FHA Home Loan?

Steps To Buying A House

Do you know the ten steps to buying a house? Each one can be considered its own phase of your home loan journey and if you want to buy a house with an FHA mortgage, these are the steps you should anticipate: Check your credit score Calculate how much FHA mortgage you can afford Choose a real estate agent (where applicable) Get pre-approved with a participating FHA lender Start house hunting Make an offer on the house you want Schedule a home inspection Secure your financing Purchase a homeowners insurance policy Close your loan and move into your new home Note that the first steps are squarely in the planning stages of your mortgage; you should know the contents of your credit report and your FICO scores long before you | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Can I Get An FHA Loan More Than Once?

One common question about FHA home loans goes something like this: “I bought a home with an FHA mortgage–can I get an FHA loan more than once?” The question is one of many that indicate a series of persistent myths about FHA mortgages. Those myths include the mistaken belief that FHA loans are only for economically disadvantaged people, or that there are restrictions on FHA mortgages that include income caps or that there must be a demonstration of need to be approved for an FHA mortgage. This might be due to confusion about government-backed loans in general. For example, certain USDA mortgage loans DO require a demonstration of need, income caps per household, and other features that clearly indicate that those USDA loans ARE for those who qualify as low | more...

 
Why did my mortgage payment increase

Why Did My Mortgage Payment Increase?

Some borrowers discover their monthly mortgage payment has gone up and wonder why. Regardless of whether your home loan is an FHA mortgage, a VA home loan, or a conventional mortgage, there are reasons why you might have experienced an increase in your monthly mortgage payment amount. If you see changes in your mortgage payment that you don’t recognize or understand, the first thing you should do is to reach out to your loan servicer to get more information. Don’t simply accept the change if you don’t understand why it happened; consumer advocacy groups such as the government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remind home owners that sometimes a change in your mortgage payment could be a simple mistake by the lender and one that could be immediately addressed with a | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Income Rules

FHA Home Loans: What Kind Of House Can I Buy or Build?

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 include guidelines for lenders explaining what types of property are eligible, and what types are ineligible, for an FHA mortgage. You might not realize at first that an FHA mortgage can be used for properties other than typical suburban homes; FHA mortgages can be used to buy or build a typical family house, but also to purchase condo units, manufactured housing, and much more. The list of property types you can choose from includes the previously mentioned types but also: detached or semi-detached dwellings Manufactured Housing townhouses or row houses individual units within FHA-approved Condominium Projects You can buy existing construction, new construction that has never been occupied, or have a home built from scratch using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan. What some | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

What Is An FHA Loan Down Payment?

What is an FHA loan down payment? Most people in the house-hunting process are familiar or will become familiar with down payments-the money required from the borrower upfront which is paid against the principal of the loan. There’s a long-standing notion about the nature of down payments; if a borrower invests a large amount of money upfront, they have a bigger stake in making on-time payments and remaining in good standing on the mortgage loan. But that idea isn’t addressed in the FHA loan rulebook. What is discussed is the nature of the minimum required cash investment or the down payment on an FHA mortgage. All FHA loans for new purchases will require a minimum FHA loan down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. Naturally, the | more...

 

One-Time Close Construction Loan Mortgage Payments: What You Need To Know

When do mortgage payments begin on a construction loan? If you are building on your own lot with a VA One-Time Close loan or an FHA OTC construction loan, you’ll want to know what you are liable for and when–and you’ll also want to know how delaying your mortgage payments until the home is complete will affect your monthly payments down the road. VA and FHA mortgage loan options include the ability to build a home on your own land using a VA One-Time Close construction loan or the FHA equivalent. One-Time Close loans allow you to build a house on your own land or purchase land in conjunction with building a home.  There is a single application and approval process–these loans are potentially more streamlined and easier to manage | more...