October 17, 2017

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FHA Mortgage Rules For Homes In A Flood Zone

FHA Mortgage Rules For Homes In A Flood Zone

In a previous blog post we discussed some of the FHA loan rules for purchasing homes that may be located in flood zones. According to the FHA loan handbook, homes in certain types of flood zones or Special Flood Hazard Areas are not eligible for FHA mortgages (including but not limited to SFHA Zone A, a Special Flood Zone Area, or Zone V). But other properties may be eligible. FHA loan rules for homes that are in a flood zone but are still eligible for an FHA mortgage vary depending on the type of property. Let’s examine the rules for each: Proposed or New Construction Homes HUD 4000.1 says of these properties: “If any portion of the dwelling, related Structures or equipment essential to the value of the Property and | more...

 
Can I get an FHA single family loan for a multi-unit home?

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...

 
What are the FHA loan rules for investment properties?

What Are The FHA Loan Rules For Investment Properties?

FHA home loans have “approved property” rules found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook for Single Family Mortgage loan transactions. These rules include a list of approved uses for FHA mortgages, approved property types, and the kinds of property which can never be purchased with an FHA single family mortgage. First and foremost, FHA loans are intended for owner-occupiers, which means that FHA mortgages for vacation homes and other intermittent-occupancy purposes are not possible. Borrowers cannot use an FHA loan to open a bed and breakfast establishment, or to purchase a timeshare, condohotel or similar property. FHA mortgage loan rules in HUD 4000.1 also state the following, intended to prevent the use of single family home loans for business purposes: “FHA will not insure more than one Property as | more...

 
Can I Get An FHA Loan For A Mixed-Use Property?

Can I Get An FHA Home Loan For A Mixed-Use Property?

Can I get an FHA loan for a mixed use property? Many borrowers want to know if the building they want to buy is still eligible for an FHA loan in spite of zoning issues, design, or other factors that render the home a combination of a residence and non-residential purposes. What do FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say about such transactions? To begin, the FHA defines what it deems to be “mixed use property”: “Mixed Use refers to a Property suitable for a combination of uses including any of the following: commercial, residential, retail, office or parking space. Mixed Use one- to four-unit Single Family Properties are eligible for FHA insurance” with certain restrictions in place. It’s important to note that FHA loan rules in this area | more...

 
What Is A New Construction FHA Home Loan Compared To Existing Construction Loans?

What Is A New One-Time Close Construction FHA Home Loan Compared To Existing Construction Loans?

What is an FHA new construction loan compared to existing construction loans? Essentially the difference involves whether the home has been occupied or not since the time it was completed. FHA loan rules governing how such properties are classified can be found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Loan Handbook. Existing Construction Existing construction loans are for structures that have been occupied at least once since the time they were completed. Such properties may be very new, others may be very old. “Existing Construction” loan procedures are less complex than for New Construction loans because the permits, escrows, inspections and other aspects of building a home have already been satisfied before the borrower comes along to buy the property. New Construction This type of property has never been occupied by an | more...

 
Can I buy a manufactured home with an FHA loan?

What Does “Legal Restrictions On Conveyance” Mean?

What does “legal restrictions on conveyance” mean? It’s a question some borrowers won’t need to ask, but it is one that can and often does affect some transactions-especially where condo loans are concerned. FHA loan rules require the property that is purchased with an FHA loan to be “freely assumable”. That basically means there can be no limits imposed on the owner of the property on selling or otherwise disposing of the property. The lender is required to make sure there are no legal restrictions on the borrower in this way. What kind of restrictions do we mean here? One type is the “right of first refusal” found in some condo owner association agreements. Depending on the wording of such agreements, the owner may be required to allow the condo | more...

 
Do Section 8 Housing Vouchers Count For FHA Loans?

Do Section 8 Housing Vouchers Count For FHA Loans?

There are many different types of income that can be used to qualify for an FHA home loan. While there is no minimum or maximum income requirement to qualify for an FHA mortgage, the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio, stability and duration of income, and other factors will be scrutinized as part of the loan application process. Some income is simple to verify. Other types of income have have additional requirements. That is true of certain public assistance including Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers and income received from government-run public assistance programs. In these cases the duration of the payments will be an important factor. Using Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers As Income The FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, states on page 210 that a lender is responsible for verifying the nature | more...

 
Is There An FHA Loan For Homes On Tribal Land?

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...

 
Can I use disaster relief for my FHA loan down payment?

What Is A One-Time Close FHA Construction Loan?

The FHA single family loan handbook tells us that FHA home loans are for a variety of different types of purchases including existing construction, “new construction” which means a home recently built but never occupied by an owner, and “proposed construction” loans which allows the buyer to apply for a loan to fund both the construction phase and the “permanent” phase of the mortgage. How do FHA construction loans differ from new purchase loans? Aside from the obvious (new purchase loans for existing construction move faster than construction loans do thanks to the lack of a construction phase for the existing construction loan) there are some important considerations to think about when contemplating your construction loan options. Is An FHA Construction Loan Right For Me? If you need to get into | more...

 
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HUD: June Is National Healthy Homes Month

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the second-annual National Healthy Homes Month. According to a press release at the FHA/HUD official site, “Launched by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH), National Healthy Homes Month 2017 will focus national attention on ways to keep people of all ages safe and healthy in their homes.” That focus includes an emphasis on lead paint. According to the HUD official site, National Healthy Homes Month is themed, “Just What the Doctor Ordered,” and put the spotlight on “the vital role that pediatricians and the health community play in healthy homes education” The HUD press release observes that due to lead poisoning and other home-connected health risks, creating a healthier home environment should be a top priority. “National | more...