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What To Know About FHA Loan Application Documents

There is documentation required to process your home loan application and knowing what you need to submit in advance will speed up your home loan application journey. 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. This includes 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 | more...

 
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FHA Home Loan Facts To Know Before You Buy

Many articles discuss what you can and cannot do with an FHA mortgage, such as the types of homes you can buy or whether or not you can earn money from a house you purchase with an FHA loan. But there are other issues you should know in the don’t department. For example, did you know you can finance certain closing costs, including the FHA upfront mortgage insurance premium? However, rules govern that portion of the transaction. The big takeaway from those rules is that you can’t finance a portion of that up-front mortgage insurance premium. FHA loan rules (not the lender’s requirements) state that a borrower pays the loan in full or finances it in full at closing time. There are other similar issues to know when you are | more...

 
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Before Your Home Loan Gets Approved

New house hunters looking for a home to buy with an FHA mortgage soon learn about the phases in the process of finding, making an offer, and moving into a new home. There is an initial phase for planning and saving and a house-hunting phase, where you start looking for a house to make an offer on. We examine some key parts of the process below. Pre-Approval / Pre-Qualifying For An FHA Home Loan When you look at houses with an eye on making an offer, it helps to get prequalified for a loan to learn how much you might be approved for when you make the offer.  Prequalification is a process resulting in a rough estimate of how much you could qualify to borrow. It is not the same | more...

 
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What You Need To Know About FHA Loan Closing Costs

What must you know about FHA home loans, cash to close, and your obligations at closing time? If you are a first-time homebuyer, it’s easy to get confused (initially) about the difference between your down payment money, closing cost funds, and other expenses like the home inspection.  Some of the early confusion comes from the fact that some do not understand the FHA philosophy about the down payment and the other expenses associated with closing day.  That money is not lumped into your downpayment requirement when you pay closing costs. In other words, if you pay X amount of money at closing time for things like the FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium and other expenses, that money is NOT considered part of your FHA loan downpayment. HUD 4000.1, the FHA | more...

 
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Mortgage Borrowers At Risk In 2024?

Are FHA mortgages and other types of mortgages riskier in 2024? The answer may be YES thanks to a currently elevated potential for mortgage fraud initiated by scam artists. Fraud prevention company Funding Shield reports high fraud vulnerability in roughly half of all “portfolio loans,” including residential mortgages, in the first three months of 2024.  According to HousingWire.com, such problems seem to arise due to a “lack of appropriate controls” related to closing procedures. In some cases, these problems are not related to a residential real estate borrower or seller, but for one specific aspect of the mortgage process, FHA mortgage loan applicants may be at an elevated risk. Wire Fraud Scams And Your Mortgage The Funding Shield report includes data about closing cost-related wire fraud vulnerabilities. Those potential problems | more...

 
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What Some Get Wrong About Home Loans

There is plenty of bad information about home loans out there. Many persistent myths color a house hunter’s opinion of certain mortgage options including FHA loans. What kind of misinformation is there in this area? It includes the wrong notion that FHA loans have need-based guidelines, such as an income cap, or that they are only for first-time home buyers. Both of those are untrue. Did Fox Business News Get It Wrong About Mortgages? In April 2024, the Fox Business News article, Today’s 15- and 30-year mortgage rates rise ran some information about the home loan process including a section discussing rate locks. The article includes the following, quoted verbatim: “A mortgage rate lock lets you lock in the current mortgage rate for a certain amount of time — often | more...

 
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FHA Loans and Home Inspections

The difference between an FHA appraisal and a home inspection is a serious issue. Borrowers applying for an FHA mortgage to buy a home must have an FHA appraisal to ensure that the property meets minimum standards. But when a home passes the appraisal process or allows the loan to go through as long as required corrections are made, does that mean the property has been inspected and approved by the FHA? Not according to the FHA official site, which says an appraisal is never a guarantee or endorsement of any kind. Borrowers should know that the purpose of the appraisal is to establish the home’s fair market value and ensure that the home meets the minimum standards. However, the appraisal is not intended to discover any/all issues with a | more...

 
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Check Your Credit Before You Apply For An FHA Mortgage

FHA home loans have forgiving credit qualifying requirements compared to some conventional mortgages. But even with more lenient qualification standards, FHA borrowers must still financially qualify for a mortgage. This is done (in part) using the borrower’s FICO scores and credit history information. What can a borrower do to raise FICO scores and improve credit reports before applying for a new home loan? Research Your Options If you haven’t worked on your credit for a while, research the industry before you begin. Credit agencies, including Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, offer updated consumer credit tools, credit scores, and credit report monitoring services. Did you know you can sign up for electronic credit alerts, credit report monitoring, and other online services through credit reporting agencies? That’s not all. Experian is one credit | more...

 
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Will FHA Loan Policies Change After The NAR Settlement?

It was a legal move that stunned the mortgage industry. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) agreed “to pay $418 million over roughly four years to resolve all claims against the group by home sellers related to broker commissions,” according to a CBS News report. The settlement also affects how much in real estate commissions may be paid by the seller. The old 6% requirement has been eliminated. Federal agencies, including the FHA and HUD, are now working to assure customers and clients that the news won’t upend certain aspects of the FHA loan process. The Settlement Thanks to the proposed settlement, sellers may potentially pocket the savings they get by not having to pay the old traditional 6% MLS listing fee. Could those savings encourage some home sellers to | more...

 
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Home Loan Interest Rates To Fall In Spring?

In the end-of-year predictions leading up to 2024, there was talk about a housing market recovery. And there was further talk that such a recovery might happen in Spring 2024. Now, some have revised their predictions. Those revisions are based in part on the housing market recovery’s progress to date. But there is also discussion about what the Fed might do about interest rates in the Spring and Summer of 2024. Will Mortgage Rates Change In Spring 2024? Many anticipate the Fed cutting interest rates in late spring or early summer. But those cuts are not directly applied to mortgage rates. So, what is the Fed talking about doing here? The act of adjusting the rate for lenders who loan money to the public. Lower rates for the lender can | more...