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FHA and HUD Change Loan Approval Requirements For Coronavirus

FHA and HUD Change Loan Approval Requirements For Coronavirus

The FHA and HUD have announced short-term alterations to appraisal and approval policies for single-family forward mortgages during the coronavirus outbreak. The changes, originally set to expire on May 17, 2020, address issues involving how appraisers review their properties, and how lenders must reverify borrower financial data before closing time. The changes to appraisal requirements (exterior-only inspections allowing the appraiser to work without being at risk of infection) were a big part of that, but not the whole substance of the policy changes. Reducing the risk to appraisers is one thing, but some of the measures are intended to streamline loan approval in a time of crisis. The FHA/HUD official site press release explains that certain measures were needed to, “maintain the stability” of the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program, | more...

 
FHA Announces Modified Appraisal Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak

FHA Announces Modified Appraisal Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak

The FHA and HUD have modified certain FHA appraisal requirements in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing. Since the outbreak of coronavirus and the worldwide pandemic that followed, government agencies began issuing policies to accommodate the need to prevent gatherings of people which potentially spreads the virus farther and wider. In the home loan industry, many are at risk including appraisers who must (under normal conditions) enter the homes of strangers and potentially expose themselves to infection. At the end of March, the FHA and HUD issued a press release announcing changes in FHA appraisal policy to address the needs to get appraisals done without exposing people to additional risks. That announcement including a set of temporary modifications to FHA appraisal requirements for single-family home | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

Mortgage Loan Approval During The Coronavirus

Buying a home is more complicated in the era of the coronavirus. Borrowers face social lockdowns, restricted movement, and fears of infection. And the economy is feeling the effects of this, making markets more volatile, interest rates fluctuating daily (far more than usual), and other issues. There is a lot of speculation about the future of the mortgage industry, not so much a question of how it will survive (it will), but more about how the industry will look going forward. How hard will it be to qualify for a home loan or any major line of credit. Will FHA borrowers of the future need to bring higher credit scores and more dependable-looking credit history to the loan application process? To quote the old Magic 8-Ball toy, “Signs point to | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: The Three Percent Range

Mortgage loan rates have been on a wild ride since the advent of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak; for a time FHA mortgage loan rates dipped below the three percent threshold. How wild has the ride been? FHA mortgage rates hit a 52-week range of rates between the lowest at 2.75% at the low point during the outbreak and just over 4% at its highest moment in the 52-week range. What does that mean going forward? For the average consumer, not much. It is pure speculation to say we may or may not see rates dip below the three percent range but borrowers should likely assume that those rock-bottom rates are gone and proceed without the temptation to float rather than lock in a mortgage rate commitment with the lender in | more...

 
One-Time Close Construction Loan Options For Veterans

Your Construction Loan Options

Build a home instead of buying an existing one? This is a reality and there are plenty of choices to go around; FHA One-Time Close construction loans, the VA construction loan equivalent, USDA construction loans, and even conventional mortgages to build on your own land instead of buying an existing home. These loans all have features that are different than existing construction loans. They include how long it takes for you to move in, when your mortgage payments begin, and the kinds of features your home may have. Construction loans can be a bit more complex than a new purchase loan for a house in a typical neighborhood, and some read articles like this and want to be ready to commit, but an equal number of people read this but | more...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

Is It Safe To Apply For A One-Time Close Mortgage During The Coronavirus?

Is it safe to apply for a One-Time Close construction loan during the coronavirus outbreak? Construction loans are offered for those who wish to apply for a home loan but don’t want to purchase existing construction. These loans are available for FHA borrowers, VA borrowers, even USDA applicants who meet program requirements may be approved. But what do you need to know about Construction loans during a time of national crisis such as the coronavirus? You May Need To Allow For Additional Processing Time Permitting and other official paperwork may be slow to be processed or approved depending on the government agency, demand, and local rules that may be in effect during a quarantine period, “stop movement”, or related restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of contagion. Don’t assume you | more...

 
Repair Your Credit Before Your Home Loan

Repair Your Credit Before Your Home Loan

Interested in applying for an FHA mortgage or a refinance loan? It’s not as easy as finding a lender and applying; you will need plenty of time to save for the expenses of the loan including the down payment and closing costs. But you also need more time in another way; taking a preliminary step as early as possible in your loan process can make the difference between loan approval and rejection. What is that preliminary step? Reviewing your credit report for errors and identity theft evidence. It’s also about working on raising your FICO scores based on the results of your credit report review. All Americans are entitled to a free copy of their credit report once per year, so there is no cost to obtain one. You can | more...

 
Is It Safe To Go House Hunting During The Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is It Safe To Go House Hunting During The Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is the housing market is in “disarray” in the wake of the coronavirus? Some think so, sharing stories of lenders refusing new loans, mortgage rates moving contrary to their traditional patterns in the presence of influences that normally tend to put upward or downward pressure on those rates, etc. And then there’s the coronavirus itself, bringing cancellations, disrupted travel plans, and slow sales due to reduced demand. But even with all this, house hunting and real estate sales continue. But what can a home loan applicant do when they are afraid of catching coronavirus (however justified those fears may or may not be) or even just the garden-variety flu? Technology provides the answer for some in the form of the virtual real estate tour. Virtual tours can take the form | more...

 
How To Avoid Foreclosure During The Coronavirus

5 Home Loan Myths You Should Know About

There are many myths about FHA home loans; that you must be a first-time buyer to qualify, that you can only buy a certain kind of home with an FHA mortgage, and that FHA loans are only for economically disadvantage home buyers. None of those things are true. There are other pervasive myths about FHA mortgages you should know. #5: FHA Loans Are Only For Existing Construction Property Not True! The FHA One-Time Close Construction loan allows even first-time homebuyers the chance to apply for a loan to build a house from the ground up. Construction loans require more time and you won’t be able to move into the home until the construction phase is complete, but for those not in a hurry to move in favor getting just the | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loans: Are You Ready?

FHA Refinance Loans: Are You Ready?

Mortgage rates have fallen incredibly low in the earliest weeks of 2020, and many are calling their lenders asking about options to refinance. There are many choices when it’s time to refinance; getting the right FHA refinance loan for you depends on needs and goals for the home. How Long Do You Plan To Own The Home? The basic decision to refinance can often be informed by your goals for the house securing the mortgage. Are you planning to stay in the home long-term? That will affect the type of refinance loan you might investigate as well as the basic nature of the loan as a fixed-rate mortgage or an adjustable-rate loan. Adjustable rate loans are good for borrowers who have a strategy for how to deal with the loan | more...