August 17, 2017

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What is an FHA loan modification?

What Is An FHA Loan Modification?

What Is An FHA Loan Modification? According to the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, such modifications are part of a loss-mitigation program from the FHA and HUD designed to help FHA borrowers avoid foreclosure and keep their homes. HUD 4000.1 states that FHA loan modification is available through a program called FHA-HAMP, or the FHA Home Affordable Modification Program. “The use of an FHA-HAMP Option is to both alleviate the Borrower’s burden of immediate repayment of arrears and to adjust monthly payments to a level sustainable by the household’s current income. The FHA-HAMP Option may or may not include a Partial Claim.” A “partial claim” is defined in the FHA loan rules as follows: “The total amount available is the lesser of: (1) the unpaid principal balance as of the | more...

 
How soon can I sell my home? FHA loan rules.

Is There An FHA Construction Loan?

Is there an FHA construction loan? Let’s look at what the FHA single family home loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) says about these transactions: “FHA offers various mortgage insurance programs which insure approved Mortgagees against losses on Mortgages. FHA-insured Mortgages may be used to purchase housing, improve housing, or refinance existing Mortgages. Purchase/Construction to Permanent The Borrower may finance the purchase of an existing one- to four-unit residence, and may also finance construction of a one- to four-unit residence through a Construction to Permanent Mortgage. Properties to be acquired through an unrecorded land contract must be treated as a purchase.” That information is found on page 130 of HUD 4000.1. But some borrowers may be confused by this, having approached a lender only to be told “we don’t do FHA construction | more...

 
What Is An FHA Loan Appraisal

What Is An FHA Loan Appraisal?

What is an FHA appraisal? Simply put, it’s a tool used by the lender to make sure the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage meets minimum standards. It’s also used by the lender to establish the fair market value of the property for the purpose of setting the proper FHA loan amount. FHA appraisals require a trained, impartial professional who is approved by the FHA. The lender and the appraiser do not “work together” in such a way that puts the appraiser in a compromising position by the lender. Instead, the appraiser is selected, she does her work and submits reports that detail the results of the appraisal. How do FHA loan appraisals work? The appraiser must visually inspect the property, noting any defective conditions, building code issues | more...

 
What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

FHA Loan Application Data: What You Should Know

The FHA single family loan program rule book, HUD 4000.1, has a variety of rules and instructions to the lender on how FHA loan application information is to be handled and processed. You might not think those rules affect you as an applicant, but some of the rules do pertain to how the lender must collect the borrower’s information and the approved sources of that information. Your credit scores and other data must be given to the lender from approved sources. Did you know that HUD 4000.1 does not permit the borrower to handle or transmit certain kinds of information to the lender? Your loan officer is responsible for making sure she gets the information from the proper sourcing. According to HUD 4000.1: “Mortgagees must not accept or use documents | more...

 

FHA Loans For Additional Homes: A Reader Question

Are FHA loans for multiple properties possible? That’s what’s on one reader’s mind recently. “So is there a maximum number of properties one can theoretically have under FHA guidelines?” “Say for example a person owns a home in one city with an FHA mortgage and then has to relocate to another city for job reasons. While in this city there family size increases by several individuals via marriage and or kids. Would that person be able to get a 3rd FHA? mortgage.” This reader question about FHA loans is in response to a blog post we did recently about the issue of applying for another FHA mortgage while currently paying on an existing FHA home loan. The gist of that post is that while FHA loan rules do not generally | more...

 

FHA Loans and Co-Signers: A Reader Question

A reader asked us a question about FHA loans and co-signers recently. “If I cosigned for a friend and he refinanced to get everything put in his name and me taken off, am I eligible for an FHA loan for my own home?” FHA mortgage loan requirements refer to co-signer arrangements and “contingent liabilities”. HUD 4000.1 says: “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 include Cosigner liabilities and liabilities resulting from a mortgage assumption without release of liability.” If the reader’s circumstances meet that definition | more...

 

FHA Loans For Mixed-Use Property

A reader got in touch with us in the comments section recently about purchasing mixed-use property with an FHA loan. “I’m looking to buy a 4-unit building that also has a store front. I reside in Indiana…I will be living in one of the units in said property. Is there any type of loan that I can secure to make this purchase?” FHA loan rules permit the purchase of properties between one and four units. For mixed-use property, commercially zoned residential property or other non-traditional purchases, HUD 4000.1 states: “The non-residential portion of the total floor area may not exceed 49 percent. Any non-residential use of the Property must be subordinate to its residential use, character and appearance.” “Non-residential use may not impair the residential character or marketability of the | more...

 

FHA Condo Loans: A Reader Question

A reader asks a question in our comments section this week about FHA condo loans. “My husbands ex-wife failed to pay their condo dues and they foreclosed on the property (Not the bank.. the Condo Association). The property was deeded to a 3rd party by the court. The FHA Loan is still in my husbands name with no rights to the title.” “The property is being used as a rental and the bank will not ‘make’ them refinance the loan. They currently have been 2 months behind and continue to mark up his credit. No one seems to care Thoughts? Anything in the FHA Guidelines that addresses this?” Borrowers who find themselves in legal entanglements associated with FHA home loans or FHA condo loans should seek legal counsel. The advice | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Higher

Mortgage loan interest rates went higher on Friday, undoing some of the gains made earlier in the week but keeping things within the range we’ve been looking at since the start of 2017. The move higher wasn’t enough to push many lenders away from their earlier offerings; affected borrowers likely saw the results of Friday’s move reflected in closing costs in some markets, where actual changes to the rate may have occurred with some lenders. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages were reported in a range between 4.125% and 4.25% on Friday (best execution). FHA mortgage rates remain in their 3.75% comfort zone. The ups and downs, give-and-take activity of recent weeks isn’t really enough to push FHA mortgage rates out of that zone without either a day’s worth of dramatic | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Two-Week Lows

Mortgage rates took a move lower on Monday to levels many have been hoping to see more of in the last two weeks. Though the move does not dramatically change mortgage loan interest rate numbers, could we be on the start of a short-term trend due to global economic uncertainty? Some of our sources seem to think that at the very least, today’s downward movement was inspired by investors seeking safer havens, with mortgage rates reaping the benefit of their investment activity. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are now reported in a best-execution range between 4.125% and 4.25%. Affected borrowers may notice the changes reflected in closing costs rather than an actual rate adjustment. FHA mortgage rates continue in their best execution comfort zone at 3.75%. FHA rates often take | more...