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FHA Home Loans For Manufactured Housing

Why Get Pre-Approved For An FHA Home Loan?

Why get pre-approved for an FHA mortgage? This is a question some first-time home buyers ask, and the answers can make a big difference in how you approach your home loan. FHA Home Loan Pre-Approval Does Not Commit You To A Mortgage When you fill out the forms to be pre-approved for a home loan, you are not committing to the transaction in the sense that you would be financially obligated to buy. The borrower is not legally committed to a purchase when getting pre-approved. Home loan pre-approval actually works to help you be taken seriously as a buyer when you do find a home you’re ready to commit to. The buyer takes a pre-approved borrower more seriously and you may find that a pre-approval letter (depending on the housing | more...

 
FHA loans

Documents You’ll Need To Apply For A Home Loan

Do you know the paperwork and documentation you’ll need to complete a home loan application? There are plenty of things you’ll need to gather–what follows is a list of items that are easy to overlook when you’re thinking about filling out an online loan application. This list is not exhaustive–you should ask your loan officer for a complete list of that financial institution’s requirements–they aren’t always the same. Authorization The first thing to know about some home loan documentation requirements? Some of them are fairly non-negotiable. For example, your lender must get copies of your credit report to complete your mortgage application. This requires all borrowers named on the mortgage application to give permission to the lender to do so and you cannot supply your own credit data to the | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Reasons You Might Be Denied A Mortgage

There are many reasons why a mortgage underwriter might deny your home loan application. There are some very obvious, Mortgage 101 reasons that you’ll read about in most finance blogs or mortgage loan blogs.  Among the most obvious answers? Low credit scores, a borrower with a history of late or missed payments for housing obligations, and homes that do not pass the appraisal process. But what about the not-so-obvious ones? Red Flags For The Lender: Recent Career Changes Could you be denied a home loan if you have recently changed jobs and the switch resulted in you earning less money or moving downward (career-wise) rather than upward?  It’s possible, depending on a variety of factors. It’s also possible to be turned down for a mortgage loan if you have recently | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Build A House On Your Own Land With An FHA Mortgage

Some house hunters decide to stop looking at existing construction homes and start thinking about building a house for themselves from the ground up. Other people know from the start of their homeownership journey that they want to build and not buy an existing home. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 include guidelines for lenders who want to help these borrowers. The section of the rulebook titled “Building on Own Land” tells lenders how to proceed with a construction loan including maximum loan amounts, who can act as the general contractor on the project, and more. Are you interested in having a house built for you on your own lot? Not interested in having to choose from existing construction housing? Building on your own land may be the right | more...

 
Construction Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Home Loan Approval: Documents You Need To Get There

What’s the most important thing you can do in the planning stages of a new home loan? It really does not matter whether you might be contemplating buying a home with an FHA mortgage or building one on your own lot using an FHA Construction Loan known as the One-Time Close mortgage; there are some documents you will need to gather in the planning stages to help you get closer to loan approval. Some of these documents are no surprise–your most recent pay information is a good example. Your lender will want to see verification of your current income. What is not so obvious? The reality that your loan officer might ask you to provide details about a salary or other income information from your previous employer, especially if you | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

FHA Home Loan Approval And Your Finances

Do you need to buy a home with an FHA mortgage? Or refinance your existing loan? There are some financial issues to be mindful of going into a new loan application–don’t let a lack of information derail your mortgage loan process. Mortgages and refinance loans don’t have one-size-fits-all solutions; in the same way you have many housing choices there are also many different kinds of mortgage loan circumstances. When your loan application comes in, the lender has to make sure the loan will be a good credit risk. To be approved, your application requires your tax returns, bank statements, and other financial data. The lender reviews these ahead of loan approval. And some issues can create more problems for the lender than others at first. For example, what happens if | more...

 
Refinance loans: is it time to commit?

On Buying Real Estate Sight Unseen With An FHA Mortgage

Would you buy a house without having personally walked through it? In the era of COVID-19, there are increased numbers of transactions where the buyer and seller negotiate the sale of a home and close the deal without the buyer ever having physically set foot on the property.  This practice is known as buying a house, “sight unseen” and the housing market website Redfin.com reports that for the year 2020, almost two thirds of those who bought real estate in 2020 had not seen the property in person. What does Redfin make of “the highest share since at least 2015″, according to a Redfin-commissioned survey in November and December”. That survey consisted of more than 1,900 homebuyers across 32 major markets, “up from 32% a year earlier, and 45% in | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans In 2021

Why You Should Consider A Limited 203(k) Rehab Loan

Do you want to buy or refinance a fixer-upper home? The FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loan and the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Refinance loan can help if you would rather buy a fixer-upper or renovate an existing home you’re living in as your primary residence. You don’t have to buy a property to use the FHA 203(k) rehab loan; you can use it to refinance your current home and get money to accomplish FHA and lender-approved improvements or other projects associated with remodeling or renovation. That said, not every borrower needs to fully refinance a home to repair or improve it. Are you thinking of smaller projects that don’t require a huge sum of money? The Limited 203(k) Rehab loan lets you accomplish smaller projects without committing to a full refinance or | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Important Questions To Ask About Your Home Loan

If you are considering a home loan, the Federal Trade Commission has some advice for you. The FTC, a government agency charged with providing consumer protection, advice, and free credit reports (among many other things), advises house hunters that there are some important questions you should be asking when it’s time to commit to a mortgage loan. Some issues the FTC warns about are not problems for those who apply for FHA home loans to buy or refinance a home. For example, the FTC advises borrowers to ask about any applicable penalties for early payoff of the mortgage loan. And don’t forget, the early payoff of your mortgage doesn’t just happen when you pay off the note before the loan term ends. It can also happen when you refinance your | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

FHA And HUD Explain Higher FHA Loan Limits In 2021

On December 2, 2020, the FHA and HUD issued a press release announcing higher FHA mortgage loan limits for 2021. Those applying for FHA mortgages with FHA case numbers assigned on or after 1 January 2021 will have higher loan guaranty limits to work with than in 2020. The same thing happened last year, but higher loan limits in the new year are NOT guaranteed to happen year-to-year. But this year, it DID happen and the FHA has explained the hows and whys. Why did limits go higher for the new year? FHA is required by a federal law known as the National Housing Act, (which itself was amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008) to “…set Single Family forward loan limits at 115 percent of area | more...