June 22, 2021

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Changes To FHA Home Loan Policy: Student Loan Debt

The Department of Housing and Urban Development official site has published a press release announcing an important revision to FHA Single-Family home loan guidelines in HUD 4000.1 concerning how a participating FHA lender should consider student loan debt as part of the loan approval process. Before the publication of HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Loan program handbook, FHA loan rules “did not address how Mortgagees should calculate future payments of deferred student loan debt which, once due, could negatively impact a Borrower’s long-term ability to repay their Mortgage and other monthly obligations” according to the HUD press release. What’s more, FHA loan rules did not consider deferred and non-deferred student loan debt separately.  When HUD 4000.1 was published to replace HUD 4155, FHA loan rules were modified to require a | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Mortgage Advice: Are You A First-Time Homebuyer?

Are you a first-time homebuyer? There are some issues you should know about when you start your journey toward owning a home. It is a very good idea to make a checklist before you start and add to it along the way. Start your process as organized as you possibly can-there are some important things to do before you ever fill out home loan paperwork and there are a lot of little details. Organizing, checklists, and goal-setting are all important skills you’ll develop or continue to develop during this process. Real Estate Agents: To Use Or Not To Use? A real estate agent can be a big help for a first-time home buyer but you do NOT have to use one if you don’t want to. This is a choice | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

FHA/HUD Near Current Deadlines For Ending COVID “Flexibilities”

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not long after, the FHA and HUD published details of altered FHA loan procedures designed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These altered procedures included modified employment verification, appraisal processes, and appraisal protocols such as exterior-only options. The HUD guidelines for these modified policies were intended to address the specific needs and risks associated with in-person requirements during COVID. Some of the temporary policies were allowed to expire but then got reinstated. Others simply had their deadlines extended. In January of 2021, President Joseph R. Biden announced a plan called the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, and in response, temporary FHA and HUD policies were | more...

 
FHA Refi loans

Home Loan Down Payment Assistance Programs

If you need a home loan but are not sure about being able to make your down payment, you may have help waiting for you in the form of a local home loan down payment assistance program. These are offered by a variety of entities including state housing agencies and can help first-time borrowers and those who have not owned homes before in the last three years. They may also be offered to those who don’t meet either of the criteria listed here, depending on circumstances. What do you need to know about down payment help? The first thing to know is that the terms and conditions will vary from state to state and even from agency to agency. There are no standardized offerings for down payment assistance. Some borrowers | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

What You Need To Know About FHA Jumbo Loans

How much home loan can you apply for successfully? The answer, depending on the housing market and other variables, might surprise you. It’s one thing to apply for a home loan that meets or is lower than the annual county limit established by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Those loans are easier to qualify for because they can be purchased or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie mac. They are known as conforming loans. But what about those who seek loans that are priced higher than that per-county limit? The answer itself is simple–borrowers can apply for a loan that exceeds county limits. These higher loans are called jumbo mortgages. Borrowers who qualify for them can get a home loan that’s higher than the county limit. But before you | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Resources

Home Loan Application Documents: What You Need To Know

There is documentation required to process your home loan application. Do you know what your home loan or refinance loan transaction requires of you? The lender requires tax documents, information about the sources of your down payment, access to your credit reports, and more. But there are rules about who provides these documents, and you’ll need to be aware of them when gathering your paperwork. FHA Loan Rules On Documentation Some of the information your lender needs comes from you personally. What does this include? Your photo identification, and proof of legal residence in the USA (which may be required where applicable). FHA loan rules say you do not have to be a citizen to be approved for an FHA mortgage, but you must have documentation that shows your status | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Refunds?

The FHA Home Loan Myth

There is a prevailing myth about FHA home loans that persists to this very day–the idea that FHA mortgages are ONLY for first-time home buyers and/or the economically disadvantaged. FHA home loans are thought to be exclusively for these borrowers, but that is definitely NOT TRUE. FHA home loans are for any financially qualified borrower with FICO scores over 500 (the FHA minimum, not your lender’s minimum standard). Some confuse the FHA loan program with the USDA Single-Family home loan program, which DOES have income limits and is aimed at borrowers who are in financial need. USDA mortgages have a no money down option for qualifying borrowers but the homes purchased with these mortgages must be in USDA-approved areas and feature household income caps. FHA mortgages, on the other hand, | more...

 
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HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Texas Landlord

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate against those seeking housing, whether that is purchase or rental. It is also against the law to discriminate at any stage in the housing process including at the lending stage. We report on Fair Housing Act cases because they affect all who seek housing. Whether you want to rent or buy, read to purchase or still looking, discrimination hurts everyone at all stages of the house-hunting process. Among the latest Fair Housing cases in 2021, a new development as the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges in a housing discrimination case in Texas. A press release issued this week on the HUD official site announces that HUD is charging an owner of a six-bedroom rental home in Frisco, | more...

 
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FHA Appraisal Rules: What You Should Know

The FHA appraisal process is a requirement. You can’t purchase a home with an FHA mortgage unless there has been an appraisal on the property to determine the fair market value of the home and to ensure the property meets FHA minimum standards. Today’s appraisal standards for FHA home loans do NOT include stepping out onto the roof or physically entering difficult-to-access spaces, which is why you should never purchase a home without arranging a home inspection. The appraisal requirements for your home purchase can be found in HUD 4000.1. These requirements apply to proposed construction, new construction, and existing construction properties. According to HUD 4000.1, “The Mortgagee must evaluate the appraisal and any supporting documentation to determine if the Property complies with HUDs Property Acceptability Criteria. Existing and New | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans In 2021

FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan Standards

FHA 203(k) rehab loan standards include a list of things that can be done with a 203(k) rehab loan and a list of ineligible projects. Borrowers should know ahead of time what is allowed and what is not with these FHA rehab loans. FHA Loan Rules For Renovation, Improvements, Add-Ons In general, FHA home loan programs such as the Energy Efficient Mortgage (which can be used in conjunction with an FHA 203(k) loan) and the FHA 203(k) and FHA 203(h) rehab loan feature a list of approved uses for loan proceeds. There’s a prohibition against cash back to the borrower on these transactions except where it is needed to pay for materials and labor; even then a borrower cannot “profit” from the loan. FHA loan rules require escrow accounts to | more...