June 22, 2021

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Conventional Loan Interest Rates Make History, FHA Loan Rates Still Incredibly Low

More FHA Mobile Home Loan Advice

Did you know that you do not have to own the lot your new mobile home will be placed on in order to be approved for an FHA home loan? FHA mortgage loans for mobile and manufactured homes permit you to purchase a mobile home, modular home, or manufactured home that will act as your primary residence and that will be attached permanently to an approved foundation. There is more than one type of mobile home loan you can get from a participating FHA lender who offers them. You can apply for an FHA mortgage to buy the mobile home alone, or you can apply to purchase land in conjunction with the mobile home purchase. Your lender may even allow you to apply for a home loan to purchase the | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Mortgage Advice: Are You A First-Time Homebuyer?

Are you a first-time homebuyer? There are some issues you should know about when you start your journey toward owning a home. It is a very good idea to make a checklist before you start and add to it along the way. Start your process as organized as you possibly can-there are some important things to do before you ever fill out home loan paperwork and there are a lot of little details. Organizing, checklists, and goal-setting are all important skills you’ll develop or continue to develop during this process. Real Estate Agents: To Use Or Not To Use? A real estate agent can be a big help for a first-time home buyer but you do NOT have to use one if you don’t want to. This is a choice | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Income Rules

What To Do If You Need Down Payment Assistance

Some borrowers worry that they can’t save up enough money for their home loan down payment. Fortunately, many states feature programs that can help these borrowers who may otherwise qualify for an affordable home loan but struggle with their down payment requirement. If you are considering an FHA mortgage but need down payment help, there are programs offered by state and local agencies that may be able to help you soften the economic blow of that 3.5% down payment requirement imposed by the FHA. Not all down payment assistance meets FHA loan guidelines–you’ll need to make sure that whatever the source of your down payment assistance, you meet the sourcing requirements for the money.  That means having a clear paper trail from the person providing your down payment assistance. Your | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

FHA/HUD Near Current Deadlines For Ending COVID “Flexibilities”

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not long after, the FHA and HUD published details of altered FHA loan procedures designed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These altered procedures included modified employment verification, appraisal processes, and appraisal protocols such as exterior-only options. The HUD guidelines for these modified policies were intended to address the specific needs and risks associated with in-person requirements during COVID. Some of the temporary policies were allowed to expire but then got reinstated. Others simply had their deadlines extended. In January of 2021, President Joseph R. Biden announced a plan called the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, and in response, temporary FHA and HUD policies were | more...

 
FHA and HUD

FHA Home Loan Down Payment Assistance

Do you worry about making a down payment on a home loan? There are home loans that require higher down payments than others but the FHA loan program requires only 3.5% down for borrowers with qualifying FICO scores. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say: Borrowers with FICO scores at 580 or higher qualify for the lowest down payment. Borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 are required to put 10% down. These are FHA guidelines, not individual lender standards. FHA home loans don’t have a zero down payment option, but FHA construction mortgages allow the borrower to use land equity as part of the down payment where applicable. But borrowers don’t always have to make the downpayment themselves thanks to down payment assistance programs that can help. Here | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Choosing The Right Home Loan

Are you considering the purchase of a home? Among the options, you need to consider? The right kind of home loan for the right type of borrower. There are many loan programs out there with a variety of government-backed mortgages to choose from including USDA, FHA, and VA. There are also Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans. When exploring those home loan options, some borrowers want the lowest upfront costs possible, which makes sense when a borrower has other goals for that money, and making a down payment would hurt those plans. Some borrowers may need that money at another point, and seek out down payment assistance in the form of grants, loans, etc. One type of home loan that features a low down payment of 3% and allows down | more...

 
Reasons To Refinance

Which Refi Is Right For You?

Do you need to refinance your home loan? There are plenty of choices, but two FHA loan products stand out for those who need lower payments or who want to get cash back on their refinance transaction. There are several FHA loan options available when it is time to refinance a home loan. Two of those are FHA cash-out refinancing and FHA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance loans, also known as an FHA IRRRL. Which loan should you apply for? This choice should be informed by your specific needs or goals. Do you want to refinance to get a lower monthly payment? Or do you want to take equity out of the to pay for home improvements, pay off credit cards or student loans? One type of refinancing is definitely better | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Construction Loan Options: Comparing One-Time Close Loans

Do you dream of building a home? There are affordable options for those who want to build on their own lot or buy land in conjunction with a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan. One-Time Close mortgages feature a single loan application and a single closing date. Compare that to construction loans that make you apply and get approved twice–once for the construction costs and once for the purchase of the property. Your construction loan options include VA, FHA, and USDA mortgages. One type of loan might be more suitable to certain borrowers than others, but fortunately, there are multiple choices you can make to get the right loan for you. FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans The FHA One-Time Close mortgage is a good choice for those who want more flexible | more...

 
Cash out refinancing

FICO Score Basics First-Time Home Buyers Should Know

What does a first-time home buyer need to understand about FICO scores? If you are interested in a home loan, you need to know what FICO scores are acceptable to the lender. You also need to know how FICO score ranges are viewed by lenders in terms of general creditworthiness. What makes a good credit score or credit score range, and what makes a “bad” credit score range? Investopedia says credit scores have a range between 300 and 850. What do lenders think makes a good credit score? The specific answer will depend on the lender, but as a rule of thumb consumers can count on FICO scores between 670 and 739 as being “good”. Scores above this range in the 740s to a maximum of 850 are “excellent”. What | more...

 
Home loan approval and debt

Mortgage Insurance And Homeowner’s Insurance

No matter what kind of home loan you apply for, you will have issues related to mortgage insurance to brush up on. Are you a first-time homebuyer? Do you have experience buying a home? In either case, there are things to remember. Some new to buying a home assume (mistakenly) that some kinds of insurance are universal. Then there are those who confuse mortgage insurance with homeowner’s insurance. This is not an unusual mistake to make, but it can cost you. What do you need to know about insurance issues? The first thing involves who is protected under the insurance plan. Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) If you want to avoid paying for mortgage insurance on a conventional loan, you are generally required to put a whopping 20% down. When it | more...