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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...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

What Affects My FHA Loan Approval? Debt Ratio Issues

Every mortgage or finance blog includes a lot of writing and advice about the need to monitor your credit reports. And make no mistake, this is important advice that is good to follow, but if you are in the market for a new home in 2021 the amount of monthly debt you have compared to your monthly income will be just as important for loan approval. Why Your Debt Matters Some applications crunch the numbers and believe they can afford the loan on paper. But what happens when that does not match what the lender gets when she runs your debt ratio numbers? People who technically qualify on paper but not in reality are bad risks for the lender and their jobs depend on screening out those bad risks. And | more...

 
Don't Make These Mistakes With Your One-Time Close Construction Loan

Monitoring Your Credit Ahead Of Your Rehab Loan Or One-Time Close Loan

Credit monitoring is important for any consumer but borrowers interested in building a home on their own lot using a One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan or even an FHA 203(k) Rehab loan should give serious thought about investing in credit monitoring as early as possible in the planning stages. This can be a big advantage for those seeking rehab or construction loans; participating FHA lenders may require higher FICO scores for construction loans and you’ll want every advantage in that department including knowing the contents of your credit report and the changes to it as they happen. FHA Rehab Loans allow borrowers to buy fixer-upper loans and have work done to bring them up to code and FHA standards; FHA One-Time Close (OTC) mortgage loans allow borrowers to build a | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

How Escrow Works

When you buy a home with an FHA loan your lender may require you to use an escrow account. This is especially relevant for those who seek One-Time Close construction mortgages, FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loans, and any other home loan that may require an account to pay for contractors, materials, etc. FHA Reverse Mortgages also require escrow for the payment of property taxes–all Reverse Mortgage borrowers are required to stay current on property taxes as a condition of loan approval. But what is escrow and how does it work? An escrow account is basically a bank account used to hold the money you need to make a good faith deposit, property tax money, etc. The cash is deposited and held on account until the time comes to make the payments. | more...

 

One-Time Close Construction Loan Availability In 2021

Here is a commonly asked question about One-Time Close construction loans; “I want to build my home instead of buying it but my lender says they won’t do a construction loan”. Or conversely, “I want to use a VA mortgage to build a home but the lender says they don’t offer VA construction loans. Can they do that?” If you are interested in building a home from the ground up instead of buying an existing property, you can use the One-Time Close construction mortgage to do so and there are a variety of options including both VA loans and FHA construction loans. People gravitate toward these mortgages because of more forgiving FICO score rules and lower down payment requirements. But not all lenders offer FHA mortgages or VA home loans; | 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...

 
What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What Are FHA Home Loan Discount Points?

If you don’t know what discount points are, you should definitely get an education while you are still in the planning and saving stages of your FHA mortgage. For new purchase loans including FHA One-Time Close construction mortgages, FHA Condo loans, or FHA Mobile Home loans, discount points may help you save money upfront on your mortgage over the lifetime of the loan. Discount points aren’t for everyone–some borrowers have a priority of reducing their up front costs and these FHA loan applicants won’t be interested in points as they represent a larger up front and out-of-pocket expense. But for those who want to pay more up front so they can save money down the line should consider points. What are these home loan discount points? The financial website Investopedia.com | more...

 

Five Facts You Need To Know About FHA Loans In 2021

Are you interested in buying or building a home in the new year? Be informed about several issues that may apply to you when building or buying a new home. With a little information you can become better prepared to explore your FHA home loan options in 2021 5. FHA Loan Limits Are Higher in 2021 FHA loan limits go up again for the majority of housing markets in the USA again in 2021; higher loan limits may make the difference for some trying to decide where to purchase or build as well as for what kind of property to buy. Don’t forget that FHA loan limits are higher for multi-unit properties. Those interested in building a home using an FHA One-Time Close construction mortgage should ask their lenders how | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules For Construction Loan Escrow Accounts

FHA Home Loan Options: Build Or Buy A Home In 2021

Do you want to own your own home in 2021? The FHA Single-Family home loan program is an excellent option for future homeowners who want to build or buy a home in the new year. What are your options for buying a house with an FHA mortgage? Those who have good credit (620 or better) and are not in a hurry to move in as soon as possible should consider applying for an FHA One-Time Close (OTC) construction loan to build a home from the ground up on your own land or on a lot you buy in conjunction with the construction loan. Another option for those who aren’t in a hurry to move in is the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation mortgage, which is intended to help you buy a fixer-upper | more...

 
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Changes To FHA Home Loan Paperwork In 2021

Are you looking for a house to buy in the new year? If you are new to house hunting and the home loan process in general, you won’t notice the changes coming to FHA loan paperwork in 2021, but you’ll definitely be affected by the changes. The FHA and HUD issued a press release in late 2020 announcing the publication of a revised Form HUD-92900-A, (92900-A) HUD Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA). The revisions change certain consent forms, remove a requirement for new construction, and modify other aspects of the home loan process for FHA mortgages. The modifications are applied to documents considered typical for the FHA home loan process. Why are they changing? The move is part of a process dictated by something the FHA and HUD | more...