November 17, 2017

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Articles Tagged With: FHA Loan Regulations

Do I need the consent of my non-borrowing spouse to get an FHA loan?

Who Decides FHA Loan Interest Rates?

Who sets FHA loan interest rates? The answer to that question involves several factors-many potential FHA borrowers asking this question really want to know more than who the regulatory body is for FHA loan interest rates-they also want to know how rates are affected by other factors such as FICO scores and credit history. So who DOES set FHA mortgage loan interest rates? According to the FHA/HUD official site, in general interest rates are set by the Federal Reserve Board. Furthermore, “HUD does not regulate the interest rate or the discount points that may be paid by you or the seller or other third party.” The official site adds, “You should shop around to be sure you are satisfied with the loan terms offered and with the service reputation of | more...

 
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How Do FHA Loan Appraisals Work?

How do FHA loan appraisals work? This question is a vital one because some get the appraisal process confused with a home inspection and the two are not the same. The importance of an FHA appraisal in your loan process has to do with the lender getting information that helps calculate the fair market value of the home, while the home inspection gives the borrower information needed to make an informed purchase. FHA appraisals are governed by the rules in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, which says the lender is required to, “order an appraisal from an Appraiser who is listed on the FHA Appraiser Roster and is qualified and knowledgeable in the specific market area in which the Property is located. The Mortgagee must evaluate the Appraiser’s education, | more...

 
How FHA Loan Modification Works

How FHA Loan Modification Works

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the basics of FHA foreclosure avoidance and loan modification. But how does FHA loan modification work? FHA HAMP, also known as the FHA Home Affordable Modification program is a way for home owners to avoid foreclosure through a permanent loan modification. But in order to become eligible for FHA HAMP, borrowers have to meet certain criteria as described on the FHA/HUD official site. Who is eligible to apply for FHA HAMP? “Mortgagors with FHA-insured mortgages that do not qualify for other loss mitigation programs and with adequate debt-to-income ratios. Homeowners must successfully complete a trial payment plan before becoming a full participant in the program.” The trial payment plan is the key to the success of the borrower’s involvement with HAMP. | more...

 
Can I get an FHA loan after foreclosure?

2017 FHA Loan Home Requirements

What are FHA loan home requirements? How can you tell if a property meets FHA loan minimum standards? These are important questions to ask when planning for your new home loan. FHA loan home requirements are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA single-family home loan handbook. HUD 4000.1 states that while all homes to be purchased with an FHA mortgage must pass the FHA appraisal process, doing so in no way acts as a guarantee that the home is free of defects. A borrower should understand that the FHA appraisal is for the lender, while a home inspection (optional but extremely important) is for the borrower. In general, FHA loan home requirements include rules which state that the roof must be in good repair, that the electrical and plumbing system | more...

 

FHA Appraisal Standards In 2017

If you are house hunting at the tail end of 2016 but don’t have a house selected yet, chances are good you’ll be very interested in learning about loan requirements and FHA appraisal standards for 2017. What does the FHA do on a yearly basis that can affect the appraisal process? After all, FHA loan limits for 2017 will be published soon, and the agency does do a review of market conditions in order to set and/or maintain those limits. What about appraisal rules? The truth is, FHA appraisals are a set of standards that basically get changed when they are required to because of new laws, changes in housing standards, or other factors. There is no need to revise FHA appraisal rules on a yearly basis; changes come when | more...

 
Who can apply for an FHA mortgage?

FHA Loan Employment Rules: Fact and Fiction

FHA home loan employment rules can be easily misunderstood. There is some confusion over the basics of FHA loan policy regarding employment and how that employment must be verified by the lender. One of the most common fictions about FHA mortgage loans is that the rules supposedly require a borrower to be with their current employer for two years or more. This is not true. But there IS a two-year benchmark the FHA uses with respect to employment, as we learn in HUD 4000.1: “For all Employment related Income, the Mortgagee must verify the Borrowers most recent two years of employment and income…” Note that there is no specification for that two years to be with the same company or boss. HUD 4000.1 adds, “Direct verification of the Borrowers employment | more...

 
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FHA Loan Reader Questions: “Identity of Interest” And Below-Market Rents

A reader asks, “My wife and I have resided in a three family home for 29 years. We have paid significantly below market rate rent for all these years because 1) initial elderly landlords just wanted good tenants and they liked us, 2) we looked after the elderly landlord after her husband died for many years and 3) the current owner was always appreciative for what we did for her mother (landlord has since passed and property is in Family Trust, their daughter is the trustee).” “She put the property up for sale and we submitted the winning bid. Now, two weeks before closing, the underwriter has said that because we paid less than market value for all those years that now we have an Identity of Interest and required | more...

 

FHA Loans and 401K Income

A reader got in touch with us recently in the comments section to ask a question about 401K retirement income as it relates to FHA loan approval. “Does the fact that you have a 401k count as income or does it benefit your chances in any way of getting a home loan?” FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 cover a variety of income sources including 401k income. Individual retirement account income from a 401K may be used to qualify a borrower for an FHA mortgage provided the income meets FHA and lender standards. HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender on how to review 401K income, beginning with a definition of it: “Individual Retirement Account (IRA)/401(k) Income refers to income received from an IRA.” With the definition spelled out, the FHA loan | more...

 
Is There An FHA Loan For Homes On Tribal Land?

FHA Loans and Social Security Income

A reader asks, “I don’t understand if I have a 1099 and I have a benefits letter, and the letter that states at the end of the year what I am getting for the following year, why I am being asked or can be asked for something that states I will get social security for 3 years? There is nothing that says social security will give this to me or a name for it.” FHA loan rules governing Social Security income are found in HUD 4000.1, page 195 under “Other Sources Of Effective Income”. The rules require the lender to make a distinction between “effective income” which would continue for at least three years of the new loan, and “compensating factors” in the case where the lender cannot establish that | more...

 

FHA Loans and Home Inspections

Recently we answered a reader question about FHA appraisals. The question implied that the reader chose not to get a home inspection and relied on the FHA appraisal process alone in determining whether the house was defect-free or not. This is a situation we encounter often enough in reader questions that it makes sense to emphasize the importance of NOT relying on the FHA appraisal process as a means to detect flaws or defects with a home that could be purchased with an FHA mortgage. Why is doing so a bad idea? For starters, the FHA and HUD official site makes it very clear that the FHA appraisal is NOT an inspection. “Passing” the FHA appraisal process only means that the home meets MINIMUM standards. FHA appraisers are not required | more...