January 24, 2021

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Mortgage Rate Trends

FHA Loan Interest Rates: January 2021

The previous year was historic in many ways and the performance of home loan mortgage rates was no exception. They moved decisively below the three percent range and stayed there, moving higher occasionally but stubbornly resisting certain norms however temporarily. In 2021, people who write about mortgage loan interest rates note that while not directly tied to the performance of U.S.Treasuries, mortgage rates do trend together with Treasuries (typically speaking). In the opening month of the new year mortgage rates have not moved directly in tandem with the ups and downs of Treasuries, but that a correction of sorts has been predicted even before New Year’s Eve. That correction is coming–it’s safe to assume higher rates are in the future. What we don’t know is how long it will take | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

Home Loans And Your Credit Score: The Cost Of Your Mortgage

Did you know that credit scores affect more than the simple approval or denial of your mortgage? Your overall costs for the mortgage over the long term will depend in part on your FICO scores, as we’ll explore below. FICO Scores And Your Down Payment  You have not one, but TWO FICO score standards to meet when you want to apply for a large loan such as a mortgage. The first standard is from the FHA itself (these are the FHA minimum requirements for the Single Family home loan program) and the second is your lender’s standards. Naturally these will vary from lender to lender. And your lender’s standards may or may not be higher than the FHA minimum. FHA FICO score minimums begin at 580 or better for maximum | more...

 
FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

FHA And HUD Update Construction Loan Rules

If you are in the market for a home but would prefer to have a house built to your specifications instead of buying another person’s dream home, the One-Time Close mortgage can help you build instead of buy. This type of loan has an FHA equivalent with low down payment requirements (3.5% in typical cases) and there’s also a VA home loan option for those with qualifying military service. The FHA and HUD recently updated its rulebook for FHA Construction loans; there are revised definitions of properties that qualify for construction loans as well as new inspection rules. Back in 2020, the FHA and HUD announced some pending changes to the FHA Single-Family Home Loan Lender’s Handbook, HUD 4000.1 due to policy alterations in 2018 and 2019. Those alterations required | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

FHA And HUD Announce Streamlined Loan Paperwork

The FHA and HUD have in the last year made efforts to streamline and revise aspects of the Single Family Home Loan program to increase the security of the program and make certain certification issues easier for participating lenders. HUD.gov announced it had finalized a revised loan-level certification form which is required as part of the FHA Single Family home loan process. Lenders must submit this form to the FHA for each home loan. What is the revised form? HUD Form 92900-A, Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application, this form is an FHA requirement and must contain signatures from the underwriter or “other lender representatives”, along with the signature of the loan applicant. The revised HUD Form 92900-A may be used by lenders immediately. It is required for all transactions | more...

 
Buying a House In The Era of Corona

FHA Home Loan Resources For New Borrowers

Are you thinking about your first home loan for 2021? Are you considering your options for your very first refinance loan? There are some important resources you should know about that can help you in the planning stages. Know Your FHA Loan Limits If you don’t know what the FHA loan limits are for your county for 2021, you can look at the FHA.gov official site, but you can also look at home loan websites to view both the rundown of 2021 home loan guaranty limits but also get information in getting pre-qualified, etc. When exploring your area FHA loan limits, don’t forget that the limits increase if you purchase a multi-unit property. The single-unit FHA loan limit is lower than the four-unit FHA loan limit and borrowers are permitted | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

What Is A Home Construction Loan?

Construction loans have different names–you may read them referred to as home construction mortgages, and depending on the terms and conditions of the loan you may find them referred to as One-Time Close mortgages or Construction-To-Permanent mortgages. If you want to build a home on your own land or on land you buy in conjunction with your construction loan, you should ask your loan officer about the FHA and/or VA One-Time Close construction loan programs. These loans feature a single mortgage for the construction phase and the mortgage portion of the transaction–unlike other construction loans that require two loans, two applications, two closing dates, etc. Myths about the construction loan process include who can buy–even a first-time home buyer can be approved for a One-Time close mortgage if they qualify | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

How To Prepare For A Home Loan In 2021

How do you prepare for a home loan in the new year? There are a number of steps you can take to get ready. The first step for some is to contact the FHA and HUD at their toll-free number 1-800 CALL FHA to request a free referral to a HUD-approved, local housing counselor. This can help you to better understand the credit requirements of the home loan process, learn what areas to focus on to get your credit ready, etc. The first step for others isn’t to call for a referral, but rather to contact the three major credit reporting agencies to request copies of the borrower’s credit report. You’ll want to get very familiar with the contents of your credit report as early as possible. Look for a | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Questions

Common Questions About FHA Mobile Home Loans

FHA home loan options include FHA mortgages for mobile homes. You can buy a mobile home, manufactured home, or modular home using an FHA mortgage and there are many common questions about this type of FHA mortgage option. What Does the FHA Define As A Manufactured Home? The FHA official site describes a mobile home (also known as a manufactured home) as a property built “to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) and displays a red certification label on the exterior of each transportable section”. The FHA official site also states that manufactured homes are built “in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant” and are transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis. FHA loan rules state that any mobile home must be affixed | more...

 
FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgages Versus Adjustable Rate Mortgages

FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgages Versus Adjustable Rate Mortgages

What’s the difference between a fixed-rate mortgage and an adjustable-rate home loan? FHA single-family home loans come in a variety of types including both fixed-rate loans and those with adjustable rates. The rules for these loans, commonly referred to as FHA ARM loans, are spelled out in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Lender’s Handbook. Fixed rate home loans backed by the FHA are essentially what their name implies; a mortgage with a rate negotiated between the borrower and lender that does not change for the entire loan term. Borrowers who later want to apply for a lower rate can apply for FHA refinancing including options such as the FHA Streamline Refinance loan program for FHA-to-FHA refinances or the FHA cash-out or no-cash-out refi loan for non-FHA mortgages. Yes, you read that | more...

 
Build On Your Own Lot

FHA One-Time Close Loan Rules: Buying Land To Build On

You can build a home on your own lot, even as a first-time home buyer. Thanks to the FHA single-family loan program, which includes a construction loan option, you can build a home instead of buying an existing construction house AND take advantage of low FHA loan down payment requirements. FHA loan rules require only a 3.5% down payment even for construction loans, making the option to build instead of buy within reach of many who are just now exploring their options for becoming a home owner. But when considering a construction loan it’s good to remember that you don’t have to own land already–not all construction loan borrowers own their own property and need to purchase the lot as part of the loan. Building Your Home With A Construction | more...