October 20, 2018

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

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 Mortgage Loan Closing Day Tips

FHA Loan Appraisal Rules For Central Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

What are the FHA loan appraisal rules for central heating and air conditioning systems? Does a house need to have central air/heating to be FHA approved? There are two answers to this question. One of those answers is found in the FHA loan appraisal guidelines and is a general rule for all FHA appraisals. In HUD 4000.1, we learn the following about the appraisal requirements for heating systems and central air conditioning units: “The Appraiser must examine the heating system to determine if it is adequate for healthful and comfortable living conditions, regardless of design, fuel or heat source. The Appraiser must notify the Mortgagee of the deficiency of MPR or MPS if the permanently installed heating system does not: –automatically heat the living areas of the house to a | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA loan rules for loan approval include instructions to the lender about unpaid federal debts and tax liens. Your chosen participating FHA lender is responsible for verifying your income, employment record, and your monthly financial obligations-which may include tax obligations such as a lien, or a federal debt. Unresolved taxes and federal debt can be a serious issue that will affect a home loan application. The status of such debt is one of the most important factors. According to HUD 4000.1, “Mortgagees are prohibited from processing an application for an FHA-insured Mortgage for Borrowers with delinquent federal non-tax debt, including deficiency Judgments and other debt associated with past FHA-insured Mortgages.” The FHA loan rules in this section also add that the lender is required to determine “whether the Borrower(s) have | more...

 
FHA One Time Close Construction Loans: Location Matters

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Requirements

FHA One Time Close / Single Close construction loan requirements include different FICO score, escrow, and closing requirements than standard new purchase mortgages. Do you know how FHA One Time Close construction loans work? A Single Loan For The Entire Process Construction loans typically require two loans-one to purchase, and one to pay for the construction. Under the FHA One Time Close construction loan program, also known as an FHA construction-to-permanent mortgage, there is a single loan. This prevents the need for a borrower to be credit-qualified twice during the lending process. The procedure for an FHA One Time Close loan has the loan closing first, in order to pay for the land, followed by the construction phase. That means an escrow account is required in order to disburse funds | more...

 
FHA Home Loans With Less Than Two Years Of Employment

How Long Do You Have To Be At A Job To Get An FHA Loan?

How long do you have to be at a job to get an FHA loan? The employment issue is an important one, but some borrowers misunderstand the rules, thinking them to be more strict than they actually are. What is the reality of the FHA loan employment rules? FHA Loan Rules For Minimum Employment Standards The rules governing FHA loan employment standards are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, which includes the following requirement on how the lender must verify the borrower’s employment history: “Mortgagees must not accept or use documents relating to the employment, income, assets, or credit of Borrowers that have been handled by, or transmitted from or through the equipment of unknown parties, or Interested Parties.” Furthermore, the lender “may not accept or use any | more...

 
Protect Yourself When Shopping For A New Home

How Do FHA Loan Requirements Work?

How do FHA loan requirements work? Do you know what you need in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan or FHA refinance loan? There are important details you should know about FHA mortgage loans that can help you make an informed decision about applying for one. FHA Loans Feature Lower Down Payment Requirements FHA loan down payment requirements include a minimum 3.5% down based on the adjusted value of the home. You won’t be able to get a zero-down payment FHA mortgage unless you are a qualified borrower applying for an FHA 203(h) mortgage for disaster victims in a federally-declared disaster area. 3.5% down is the minimum cash investment required. Some borrowers with low FICO scores may be required to put down 10% depending on their scores, lender | more...

 
When Is An Appraisal Required For An FHA Home Loan?

Can I Get a Single Family FHA Loan For A Multi-Unit Home?

Can I get an FHA single family loan for a multi-unit home? Some borrowers get confused by the wording in the name of the FHA Single Family Home Loan program. It’s easy to assume that FHA single family mortgages are for one-bedroom houses, but that is definitely not the case. FHA loans are approved for homes that feature as many as four living units-a four unit property can definitely be financed with an FHA loan assuming the borrower is qualified to be approved for the mortgage. One-to-four unit properties purchased with FHA mortgages must be the primary residence of the borrower-you must agree to occupy the home purchased with an FHA mortgage loan usually within approximately two months after loan closing (unless the borrower makes other arrangements with the lender | more...

 
Can I Add Energy-Efficient Upgrades To An FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan?

Can I Get An FHA 203(h) Rehab Loan With Bad Credit?

Can I get an FHA 203(h) rehab loan with bad credit? That question is a serious one in the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Borrowers who are in the process of fixing bad credit, catching up on their payments, or trying to improve their overall credit situation have enough to manage without the added complication of trying to repair or salvage a home damaged in a natural disaster. What are the FHA loan rules for credit qualifications when applying for FHA 203(h) rehab loans in federally-declared disaster areas? FHA Loan Credit Requirements For 203(h) Rehab Mortgages The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, instructs lenders processing 203(h) rehab loans and refinance loans to be as flexible as possible with credit requirements. That flexibility is governed | more...

 
FHA appraisal rules for switching lenders

Can I Use Disaster Relief For My FHA Loan Down Payment?

Can I use disaster relief for my FHA loan down payment? That question is on the minds of many in the wake of hurricanes, forest fires, and other natural disasters. FHA home loans have a minimum required investment or down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. Depending on circumstances including marginal credit scores, some transactions may require a higher down payment. But the down payment is required no matter what, and FHA loan rules state the down payment must come from approved sources. That means a borrower will be required to furnish the lender with information about the source of the FHA loan down payment. Borrowers can use cash saved at home, money from investments or savings clubs, even gift funds from approved sources. Those approved | more...

 
Appraising the Foundation and Basement: FHA Loan Standards

Can I Use A Power Of Attorney At FHA Loan Closing Time?

Can I use a power of attorney when it comes time to close my FHA loan? That may not be a common question per se, but for those this issue affects, the answer can affect how the entire closing process is handled. There are many reasons why a power of attorney might be needed to close a legally binding financial transaction such as an FHA mortgage. A borrower may be called away for an urgent work or family need, military duty could prevent the borrower from being physically present, injury or illness, etc. FHA loan rules address the power of attorney issue in HUD 4000.1, which begins on page 345 by stating: “A Borrower may designate an attorney-in-fact to use a Power of Attorney (POA) to sign documents on their | more...