October 16, 2019

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Qualifying For An FHA Home Loan With Disability Benefits

FHA home loan rules permit the use of disability benefits to financially qualify for the loan. All income used in the lender’s debt ratio calculations must be verifiable, which means it must be a stable source of income and is likely to continue. Some borrowers worry that their disability income won’t be counted for the purposes of loan approval, but if that income meets FHA standards, there shouldn’t be any problem. Those standards are found in HUD 4000.1 and start with a basic definition: “Disability Benefits are benefits received from the Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), other public agencies, or a private disability insurance provider. “ These benefits must continue for at least three years into the mortgage to be counted as verifiable income. The lender | more...

 
Preparing For An FHA Mortgage? What You Need To Know About "Contingent Liabilities"

Preparing For An FHA Mortgage? What You Need To Know About “Contingent Liabilities”

If you are preparing for a home loan and want to buy a primary residence with an FHA mortgage, you should know what the FHA loan rules are for “contingent liabilities” which involve the borrower. A contingent liability is a financial obligation that the FHA loan applicant has co-signed for in the past or is otherwise potentially responsible for should the main borrower default on the financial obligation. The FHA loan handbook defines contingent liabilities specifically as follows: “A Contingent Liability refers to a liability that may result in the obligation to repay only when a specific event occurs. For example, a contingent liability exists when an individual can be held responsible for the repayment of a debt if another legally obligated party defaults on the payment. Contingent liabilities may | more...

 
Do FHA loans have an income cap?

FHA Home Loan Income Limits Do Not Exist

Some borrowers confuse the features of the FHA home loan program with other government-backed loans, but when it comes to the question of income limits, FHA borrowers do not need to worry-there are NO income limits for FHA home loans. Those who misunderstand the FHA loan program as a need-based home loan option are likely confusing FHA mortgages with USDA loans, which are need-based and DO have income limits. Real estate purchases with FHA loans are not the same as their USDA counterparts. FHA Mortgages Are Not Just For First-Time Home Buyers We repeat: FHA mortgages are not only for first-time home buyers, and they are not restricted to those who may fall into a lower income category. Any financially qualified borrower can be approved for an FHA mortgage as | more...

 
Refinancing a Second Home With An FHA Mortgage Loan

FHA Home Loan Questions And Answers For First-Time Borrowers

FHA home loans offer first-time home buyers an advantage with low down payment requirements, more flexible lending standards, and the ability to apply for local down payment assistance help where offered (as long as that assistance meets FHA requirements). Do you have questions about the FHA home loan process as a first-time buyer? Some of these answers below may help. What Is An FHA Forward Mortgage? The term “forward mortgage” refers to any home loan used to buy a property. It’s also sometimes known as a purchase loan. Why Are Closing Costs Due At Closing Time And Why Can’t I Finance Them Into My Home Loan? Not all closing costs must be paid in cash at closing time-the FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium is an example of an FHA home | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: A Q&A

What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Income Verification

What do borrowers need to know about FHA home loans and income verification requirements? The short answer is that it depends on several factors including the nature of the borrower’s job. Why is this true? Why isn’t there a standard answer? Because there are a variety of different employment types and FHA loan rules must address them. Self-employed borrowers are held to a different set of requirements because verifying that income requires a different set of procedures than for “traditional” employment. Those who work in the gig economy as contractors, 1099 workers, etc. are also in a different set of circumstances than a typical 9-5 worker, so those employees need their own procedures, too. FHA Loan Income Verification Rules For more traditional employment, the lender may require pay stubs, tax | more...

 
Five reasons to buy your first real estate with an FHA home loan.

Why Are FHA Loan Rules Different For Family-Owned Business Employees?

Why are FHA loan rules different for family-owned business employees? Some borrowers fit this category-that where you work for the family business but have no ownership in it-and the rules are important to understand. The FHA definition of income derived from a family owned business is specifically, “Family-Owned Business Income refers to Employment Income earned from a business owned by the Borrower’s family, but in which the Borrower is not an owner.” The major difference in the FHA loan rules for small business owners versus those they employ (but who do not own a stake in the business) basically recognizes the difference between being an employee and an owner. The rules for self-employed FHA home loan applicants differ from employees. Self-employed borrowers are required to show that their employment is | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For Homes Built Before 1978

Do FHA Loan Requirements Change Each Year?

Do FHA loan requirements change each year? This area can be a bit confusing because some aspects of the FHA loan program have changed in recent years, and some things are updated on a yearly basis. But the basic structure of the FHA loan program including FICO score minimums, appraisal rules, and occupancy requirements? These do not change from year to year. Do FHA Loan Rules Are In HUD 4000.1 Change Annually? HUD 4000.1 is the FHA Single Family Home Loan Handbook. It contains all the basic rules and requirements for FHA home loans. It lists the FICO score requirements, loan repayment history rules, debt-to-income ratio guidelines and other issues that affect FHA loan approval. These requirements do not change from year to year, but are subject to revision based | more...

 
Three Questions To Ask About FHA Refinance Loans

What Should I Know About FHA Loan Employment And Income Verification?

What should I know about FHA loan employment and income verification? For starters, it is easy to believe that the income and employment verification processes are the same thing-they aren’t. Borrowers should know that the lender will examine both employment history and income history. Depending on circumstances, that data could help a borrower get closer to loan approval. FHA Loan Rules Require Verification Of Both Income And Employment The lender must verify the basic facts of your employment including how long you have worked with the company, the nature of your pay, whether you have had any promotions or raises, etc. The basic rule for employment verification is that the lender must document two years of your most recent job history, or have documentation of your equivalent time spent in | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisal Issues: Environmental Concerns

Are There Any Income Documentation Rules For FHA Loans? Part Two

Are there any income documentation rules for FHA loans? We have been examining this question, referring to the FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) to see what the lender must do when reviewing a borrower’s income. The lender must calculate the applicant’s debt-to-income ratio using only verifiable income, and there are specific procedures your loan officer must use to do this. Those procedures can vary depending on the nature of your income. Are you salaried, hourly, commission, or contract? Depending on your payment arrangements, the lender must calculate the income accordingly. FHA Loan Applicants With Hourly Income HUD 40001. tells the lender that for hourly income, the loan officer must determine whether the hours of employment vary or not. If they do not vary, the lender can use the current rate | more...

 
Rent Or Buy? Arguments For Purchasing A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Income Requirements For An FHA Loan Part Two

In a recent blog post we discussed income requirements for an FHA loan including basic debt-to-income (DTI) ratio issues, the fact that your income must be stable and reliable, and that you can’t earn “too much” to qualify for an FHA mortgage. One question some FHA loan applicants have at this point involves how the lender arrives at things like the debt to income calculation, how job reliability is determined, etc. How Does The Lender Calculate My Debt To Income Ratio For An FHA Home Loan? Simply put, the loan application will ask. You will have places in your application which ask about your monthly obligations, and the lender will also check your credit reports to see what active accounts you have. Some borrowers may be tempted to omit certain | more...