October 16, 2019

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Build on your own land FHA One Time Close Construction Loan

Build On Your Own Land: The FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan

The FHA One-Time Close construction loan allows a borrower to build a home from the ground up, including loan applicants who want to build on their own land with an FHA construction loan. What do borrowers need to know about the FHA One-Time Close loan? To begin, this type of FHA home loan is available to all qualified borrowers who want to build approved properties; the first-time home buyer is just as welcome to apply for an FHA construction loan as an experienced borrower. For this type of loan, the time you would spend house hunting will be spent contracting with a builder (who must be a licensed general contractor), working with floor plans, and planning the construction of the home rather than going out to search for an existing | more...

 
How to Get A Loan Estimate

You Are Not Ready For An FHA Home Loan If…

How do you know you are truly ready for a home loan? There are many things to consider, including your finances, credit, and employment history. But there are other factors, too. You Are Not Ready For An FHA Mortgage If You Don’t Know How Much You Can Afford To Pay Each Month Do you know how much you can afford in a monthly mortgage payment? Don’t forget that calculating your payment isn’t as simple as doing the math on the sale price of the home compared to the length of the mortgage plus interest. You will also have to figure in property taxes, any applicable homeowners or condo owners association fees, mortgage insurance premiums, and other factors. Do not overlook these expenses when doing the mortgage math! You Are Not | more...

 
Can I Buy Investment Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage?

Can I Buy Investment Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage?

This is a question on the minds of many and the issue definitely has some nuances. The FHA lender’s handbook HUD 4000.1 states “Investment Properties are not eligible for FHA insurance.” But what is the FHA definition of an investment property and how flexible are these guidelines? To understand what constitutes an investment property, we have to examine what the FHA considers as an acceptable purchase and what is considered an investment property. FHA mortgages are intended for owner-occupiers. At least one borrower obligated on the mortgage must live in the home as the principal residence. FHA loan rules require this to happen “within a reasonable time” after the loan closes and that time is often considered 60 days unless other arrangements are made. FHA loan rules do permit, if | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Flood Hazard Areas

Protect Yourself When Shopping For A New Home

A recently published report about home loans and credit checks advises, “Do not allow a credit pull by a lender you don’t know, especially if the offer is unsolicited”. This advice leads to a few other questions about the home loan process; how do you protect yourself against identity theft, fraud, scams, and unscrupulous vendors when you are trying to buy a home with an FHA mortgage? Consider Your Recent Activities When Shopping For A Home Loan What does this mean? When you want to buy a home with an FHA mortgage or any other kind of loan, consider that you may be signing up for accounts on real estate sites or other online resources and that you don’t always know what might become of your personal data with third | more...

 
Will FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Drop Even More?

Why Do People Choose FHA Mortgages Instead Of USDA Home Loans?

Why do some borrowers choose FHA home loans instead of the no-money-down USDA home loan? There are several reasons why an FHA mortgage might be the better choice depending on circumstances. USDA Mortgages Versus FHA Home Loans: Down Payment Requirements USDA loans do offer an advantage to eligible borrowers with a zero down payment requirement. USDA loan rules state that in some cases, borrowers who have assets higher than the USDA limit “…may be required to use a portion of those assets”. FHA home loans require a minimum down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. The down payment requirement may be higher if there are other factors to consider including a non-occupying co-borrower (depending on circumstances), FICO scores that are lower than the limit for maximum | more...

 
Top Tips For FHA One-Time Close Mortgages

Are You Ready To Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage?

Are you ready to buy a home with an FHA mortgage? There are ways to tell how close you are to being ready to start house hunting and move out of the planning stages of your new home loan. Do You Know Your FHA Loan Limit? The FHA home loan limit varies depending on the housing market; some areas are more expensive than others and have a higher loan limit, others are “average” and conform to the median FHA loan limit nationwide. Some housing markets may be less expensive than others and feature a lower FHA loan limit, but the only way to tell is to either ask a lender what FHA mortgage loan limits are like or look the limits up for your area. Remember that FHA loan limits | more...

 
What You Should Know About Mortgage Loan Interest Rates And The Fed Rate Cut

How To Prepare For An FHA Mortgage: Check Your Spending

Do you know how to prepare for an FHA mortgage? If you aren’t currently doing a check on your spending as part of your mortgage loan preparation stage, you may need to run some numbers on your personal finances before you commit to house hunting and an FHA mortgage application. How To Take A Realistic Look At Your Monthly Spending Habits To Prepare For An FHA Home Loan Consider pulling your bank statements for the last year to review your spending habits, and pay close attention to the habits you notice over the most recent three to six months. Your financial institution may have a spending tracker for personal accounts that may help, or you may wish to invest in a personal finance app or tracking software to help you | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisals: Different Rules For Different Homes

FHA Home Loan Mistakes To Avoid

Many people have checklists to help them shop for a home, apply for a mortgage loan, and close the deal. But is your house hunting checklist really complete without adding a list of mistakes to avoid? Steer clear of these common errors some home buyers make and you will save yourself time and money. FHA Loan Mistakes: Not Getting Pre-Approved For A Home Loan If you get pre-approved for a home loan, the seller of the property you decide to buy (or the real estate agent, or both) will know you are a serious buyer. Those who are in the window shopping phase of their home loan process aren’t take as seriously by a seller or RE agent, and in some cases not having pre-approval may exclude you from looking | more...

 
Handbook 4000.1 Effective Date: 09/14/2015 | Last Revised: 12/30/2016 *Refer to the online version of SF Handbook 4000.1 for specific sections’ effective dates the mortgage file contains information or documentation that cannot be entered into or evaluated by TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard; additional information, not considered in the AUS recommendation affects the overall insurability of the Mortgage; the Borrower has $1,000 or more collectively in Disputed Derogatory Credit Accounts; the date of the Borrower’s bankruptcy discharge as reflected on bankruptcy documents is within two years from the date of case number assignment; the case number assignment date is within three years of the date of the transfer of title through a Pre-Foreclosure Sale (Short Sale); the case number assignment date is within three years of the date of the transfer of title through a foreclosure sale; the case number assignment date is within three years of the date of the transfer of title through a Deed-in-Lieu (DIL) of foreclosure; the Mortgage Payment history, for any mortgage trade line reported on the credit report used to score the application, requires a downgrade as defined in Housing Obligations/Mortgage Payment History; the Borrower has undisclosed mortgage debt that requires a downgrade; or business income shows a greater than 20 percent decline over the analysis period.

Things To Ask About Buying Condos And Other Homes

If you are in the market for a condo that you want to buy with an FHA home loan, there are some important questions to ask before you commit. Some of these questions apply to any property type, but some more specifically apply for condo loans or FHA home loans for properties that come with a requirement to join a Homeowners Association (HOA) or agree to its’ rules. What should an FHA borrower ask a seller about a condo unit or a home governed by a condo association agreement or homeowner association agreement? First, ask if any applicable agreements include a Right of First Refusal, which requires the borrower to submit any sale or transfer of the home to the association for approval. FHA loans cannot be approved for properties | more...

 
Home Values Dropping: FHA Loan Rules You Should Know

What You Need To Know About FHA Loan Applications And Loan Approval

What should you know about FHA home loan applications and FHA loan approval? Before your home loan gets final approval from the underwriter, it will go through a series of processes including the credit check, appraisal, employment verification, and much more. But FHA home loan approval depends on more than one set of standards, which makes these check and approval processes more complex. To approve your loan, the lender must answer a variety of questions about the borrower’s ability to afford the loan. FHA Loan Approval Questions Your Lender Must Answer There are several areas the lender must have answers in to give you final loan approval: What is the borrower’s current or expected income? What kind of assets does the FHA loan applicant have? What is the FHA borrower’s | more...