August 20, 2017

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How To Apply For An FHA Loan

Do you know how to apply for an FHA loan? Getting an FHA mortgage is much like any other type of home loan when it comes to taking the same amount of time to prepare, examine and improve your credit rating, reduce your debt-to-income ratio, and other issues that can help with loan approval. Good preparation is the key to any home loan, even those that have more forgiving credit requirements such as FHA mortgages. Your lender will need to see proof that you are a good credit risk, have a stable and reliable form of income, and have an acceptable amount of debt compared to the amount of income you get each month. So how do you apply for an FHA loan? It is strongly advise that borrowers give | more...

 
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Are You Ready For An FHA Mortgage Application?

If you are thinking about filling out an FHA mortgage application, there are a few questions to ask yourself before you do-if you’re ready to apply for an FHA loan, you’ll have the answers ready. How Much Down Payment Money Do You Have? In the planning stages of buying a new home, one of the most important things you can do early is determine how much home you can realistically afford. Using a mortgage calculator can help you estimate how much you need. Since FHA home loans typically require a minimum 3.5% down based on the adjusted price of the home, you can get an estimate of how much will need to be saved up to make that down payment. Know how much you’ll need-at least a rough estimate-early in | more...

 

Credit Score Questions

Credit score issues are some of the most popular topics in our comments section-many want to know if their FICO scores are high enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage. One reader asked recently, “(Can) i can buy a (home using) FHA or HUD at a credit score from 500 to 579? With 10% down? How much is 10%?” This reader is referring to a recent blog post about FHA FICO score requirements which included the following: “FHA loan rules state that borrowers with credit scores at 580 or higher are eligible for maximum financing for FHA home loans, which requires a 3.5% down payment from the borrower. For those with credit scores between 579 and 500, 10% down is required.” The short answer to the reader question is that | more...

 

FHA Loan Terms

Understanding Your Loan Term from FHA.com on Vimeo. How long is an FHA mortgage? The answer to that question depends on a variety of factors including the initial choice of fixed or adjustable rate mortgage, whether you plan to pay off the loan early or not, whether you plan to refinance, etc. The typical length of a fixed rate, new purchase FHA mortgage can be 15 or 30 years. If you are refinancing, other variables may apply. Choosing a loan term depends on the individual borrower’s specific needs and goals. You may wish to apply for a 15-year mortgage if you are interested in saving money over the lifetime of the loan; borrowers who choose 15-year mortgages will make higher monthly payments than those who choose 30-year loans, but the | more...

 

FHA Loans: Calculating The Monthly Mortgage Payment

One of the most important questions a home loan applicant can ask is, “How much will my monthly mortgage payment be?” While this may seem to be a simple calculation of how much the loan is, divided by how many months the mortgage loan payments are required, the truth is that it’s more complex than that. Mortgage loan applicants have a variety of online mortgage calculators to help them arrive at estimates, but what actually goes into the calculation of your monthly mortgage payment? If it’s not a simple matter of taking the loan amount and dividing it by the number of months the loan term is set for, what DOES go into those calculations? There are a variety of things. The basic calculation we mention is part of it, | more...

 

For Consumers In Need Of Help Preparing For An FHA Mortgage

Many borrowers feel intimidated by the home buying process. Are you unsure about credit score issues, pre-purchase budget issues, down payment requirements, or appraisal rules? It’s easy to understand why; buying a home is a major investment and it’s definitely a step worth taking the time to research and save up for properly. Why does it take a year or better to get prepared for the home loan application? What are the basic credit score requirements for an FHA mortgage? Can I refinance my home at some point with a cash-out loan? These are all important questions. There are other commonly asked questions, too. Many involve dollar amounts for down payments, appraisal fees, or other loan expenses. We get asked these questions frequently in the comments section, but unfortunately there’s | more...

 

More FHA Mortgage Loan Questions and Answers

Do you have questions about FHA home loans? We get many requests for information in the comments section of this blog, and a good number of those questions are frequently asked, indicating the need to have more discussions on such topics. Buying a home may seem intimidating at first, but there is a process involved that follows certain basic steps towards completion. Let’s examine some of them: How do I start planning for an FHA home loan? The key to getting ready for an FHA loan application is to give yourself time. It’s recommended that potential home loan applicants start getting ready at least 12 months before actually filling out an application, and there are several good reasons for that. One is that it takes time to check and verify | more...

 

Preparing For Your FHA Loan: Important Questions To Ask

Are you in the planning stages for an FHA loan? Considering your refinance loan options? Regardless of which choice you’re making (new purchase or refinance) there are some important questions to ask yourself when preparing to apply. The first of those is one of the most important. “Am I giving myself enough time to prepare?” Some borrowers need more preparation time than others. If you don’t have 12 months of on-time payments on all financial obligations, for example, you should definitely take the time to make sure you bring that to the bargaining table. Lenders will be looking for that 12 months-or-better reliability to establish your creditworthiness. Some borrowers need more time to save up for certain closing costs and, in the case of new purchase FHA loans, the required | more...

 

FHA Loan Tools

If you are in the planning stages of a new home loan, there are plenty of FHA loan tools you can use to help you prepare. The planning stage of your new home loan is just as important as the house hunting, home inspection, and negotiation stages. Do you have the right tools to get started? FHA Loan Limits Knowing how much loan the FHA guarantees in your area is an important part of the process. FHA loan limits are not the absolute maximum you can borrow, but getting a bigger home loan above and beyond those limits may require you to work with a loan officer to determine what you need to do to apply for a “Jumbo Loan”. Learn what the FHA loan guaranty limit for your area | more...

 
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FHA Loan Advice: Preparing For Your Loan Application

If you are considering the purchase of a home with an FHA mortgage loan, there are some important steps to take long before you fill out an application. Some borrowers don’t realize that there is a planning stage for a home loan that involves all the preparation you need to get to the place where filling out the application is the next logical step. Borrowers should not consider applying for a home loan until they know three basic things-their FICO scores, how much down payment might be required on the home, and how much loan the borrower can afford. The FICO score issue is the first one to tackle. Your lender won’t be able to work with you without knowing what kind of credit risk you might be, and if | more...