September 18, 2019

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HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

HUD Announces Changes To Down Payment Assistance Rules

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the FHA have issued a Mortgagee Letter announcing changes to the rules for down payment assistance. FHA loan program rules permit the borrower to get assistance with the minimum required down payment-this assistance can come in the form of gift funds from family or friends, money from employers, or even down payment assistance programs. Government entities are permitted to provide such down payment help, too. In all cases, the down payment assistance must meet FHA loan requirements. Gifts cannot be loans in disguise; there must be no expectation of repayment of a gift of down payment funds. And now, thanks to revisions to the rules governing these issues in HUD 4000.1, government entities must meet certain requirements when providing down payment funds. | more...

 
FHA Loan Down Payment Rules: When More Is Required

Why You Could Buy A First Home With An FHA Mortgage

First-time home buyers may not realize the full value of some FHA home loan features, but once you’ve had a bit of experience with real estate and related issues, the FHA loan features that look good to you will do so for important reasons. FHA home loans have several strengths for those looking for a first home. Do you know what they are? FHA mortgages allow down payment gifts from approved sources. Your family, friends, co-workers, or agencies with no financial stake in the outcome of the transaction may provide genuine gifts of down payment money. The seller of the real estate you want to buy can not contribute toward your down payment. But you CAN negotiate with the seller to get up to six percent of the home’s sale | more...

 
Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: Should You Skip The Home Appraisal?

Can I Make My FHA Home Loan Down Payment In Cash?

Some borrowers want to know if they can make their FHA home loan down payment in cash. The FHA loan down payment rules that govern single family home loan down payment sources are found in HUD 4000.1. They have specific requirements for the source of all down payment funds for an FHA mortgage. It does not matter whether you are applying for an FHA rehab loan, an FHA new purchase mortgage for existing construction, or whether you want an FHA mortgage to construct a home to suit your needs; a minimum down payment is required above and beyond all other closing costs and expenses related to the mortgage. FHA loan rules state that the lender must verify all down payment funds and make sure they come from approved sources. FHA | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Down Payment Rules: Cash To Close Sources

Get The Loan! FHA Home Loan Approval Tips

Need some tips on how to get and keep FHA home loan approval for a new purchase loan or a cash-out refinance loan? There are some important credit-related things you can do to avoid making your loan more complicated or have it disapproved entirely. Do Not Stop Paying Your Credit Card Bills And Rent On Time Even if your lender has already run your initial credit check, a late or missed payment on your monthly financial commitments can hurt you. It is never safe to assume your lender will look at your credit reports one time only, and any discrepancies that show up in the meantime will have to be dealt with. Your lender would, at a minimum, require documentation for the late/missed payment, but the ability for such incidents | more...

 
Is U.S. Citizenship Required For An FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan?

Is U.S. Citizenship Required For An FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan?

Is United States citizenship required for an FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan? This issue does not affect all potential FHA borrowers, but it’s a very important one to address, especially given controversy in the news over a variety of societal concerns. Before we get to the specifics of whether or not citizenship is required for an FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close mortgage or ANY type of FHA home loan, refinance loan, or FHA reverse mortgage, it must be noted that FHA home loans are approved on the basis of a borrower’s ability to financially qualify and afford the mortgage. The borrower must be able to legally commit to binding agreements including the loan contract itself, and be of sufficient legal age in the state the transaction is to | more...

 
FHA Loan Down Payment Rules: When More Is Required

Does Being A Co-Signer Affect My FHA Loan Application?

Does being a cosigner on another loan or line of credit affect your chances at FHA home loan approval? It’s a good question to ask before you commit yourself to being named on another person’s loan. HUD 4000.1 has the FHA loan rules for “contingent liabilities” created when you cosign another person’s loan, starting with the basic definition of the term: “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.” This section of the FHA home loan rules adds that contingent liabilities can include, “Cosigner liabilities and liabilities resulting from | more...

 
Buy And Fix A Home With An FHA Rehab Loan

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...

 
FHA Loans And Charge-Off Accounts

FHA Loans And Charge-Off Accounts

Do you ever wonder about applying for an FHA Loan while having charge-off accounts in your credit history? Is it possible to get approved for an FHA home loan even though you have some negative credit information in your background? This is a question many ask, and the answer can be complicated depending on how old that negative credit data is, and whether or not it indicates an overall pattern of credit behavior. When you fill out an FHA loan application, your loan officer will need to examine your credit history, FICO scores, and other areas to determine your credit worthiness. Some borrowers come to the loan process with outstanding credit, others may have old issues or even currently disputed items on their credit reports that make them worry about | more...

 
Five Things You Should Do Before Applying For Your First Home Loan

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 Home Loans: A Q&A

FHA Home Loan Rules For Salary, Hourly, Part-Time Income

Not every home loan applicant has the same type of employment, compensation, or schedule of compensation. That’s why FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1, the FHA single family home loan handbook, include different instructions to the lender for a diverse range of income sources. FHA Loan Rules For “Primary Income” HUD 4000.1 has sections for hourly income, salary, and part-time income. The section that includes these guidelines states that the lender is responsible for examining earnings from the home loan applicant’s “primary employment” and defines it as follows: “Primary Employment is the Borrowers principal employment, unless the income falls within a specific category identified below. Primary employment is generally full-time employment and may be either salaried or hourly.” “Current Pay” Versus “Projected Pay” According to HUD 4000.1, FHA loan | more...