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Information You Need To Pre-Qualify Or Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

Is A Second FHA Loan Possible?

Is it possible for borrowers to apply for second FHA loans, resulting in paying on two mortgages at once? Here is a variation on a common reader question about this issue: “I relocated to another state over 400 miles away. Will I be able to get an FHA loan even though I still own my first home?” There’s no one single answer to a question like this. Aside from FHA loan rules, a borrower’s credit rating, loan repayment history, and debt-to-income ratio may all play a part in whether a lender is able to approve or deny an FHA loan. In cases like these, one of the most important factors would be (all other considerations aside) focused on the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. With an existing mortgage payment, will the borrower | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Home Loan Myths: 20 Percent Down Payments

Why do people still believe you MUST make a 20% downpayment on a home loan? Like other persistent home loan myths (including the one that holds that FHA mortgages are ONLY for first-time homebuyers), the 20% issue has been passed along to unsuspecting first-time home buyers for decades. What is the reality? FHA mortgages require 3.5% down at a minimum. That’s for borrowers who financially qualify with FHA and lender credit score requirements.  FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Lender’s Handbook, says that 580 or better is the FHA standard.  You will need to ask the lender you choose whether there are higher FICO score requirements with that financial institution. (There often are.) With conventional mortgages, 20% down is typically required for borrowers who want to avoid | more...

 
Should I Buy A Condo With An FHA Home Loan?

Advantages Of An FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan

Do you know the advantages of an FHA cash-out refinance loan? There are several, especially if you are considering an FHA loan to get money to renovate your existing home. FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loans: Good For FHA and Non-FHA Mortgages FHA cash-out loans are for all mortgages, FHA, or not. You can refinance a USDA, VA, conventional, existing FHA loan, etc. The rules to qualify are the same no matter what kind of home loan you wish to refinance, and the longer you have been making mortgage payments, the better. FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Funds Are Not Restricted The uses you put your cash-out refinance money towards is not restricted; you can use your cash-out funds any way you see fit. That includes debt consolidation, vacations, and home repair. FHA Cash-Out | more...

 
Bad Credit Home Loans

Buying A Home: Credit Questions And More

There are plenty of questions first-time buyers ask about home loans and the credit requirements you need to get the best deal on your FHA mortgage. Here are some common questions you should know the answers to: I Have Multiple Credit Scores. Which One Gets Used? One of the more potentially confusing things to a new borrower? FICO scores. Most consumers will have three FICO scores, they may not match, and the lender may choose your middle score as “the one”. In cases where you only have two FICO scores, the lower one may be used. If you worry about FICO scores, be sure to take early steps to raise the score before applying for the loan. Start as early as possible and work on raising your scores by paying | more...

 
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HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Counties In Washington State

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster relief for certain counties in Washington State affected by natural disasters late in 2021. The following counties have been declared federal disaster areas: Clallam Skagit Whatcom That is in addition to federal disaster areas for the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, and Quileute Tribe in Washington. The relief is intended to “supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding and mudslides” from November 13 to November 15 in 2021. If you live in any of the affected counties or tribal areas mentioned above, contact your loan officer immediately and ask your lender about the following relief and foreclosure prevention remedies for those with FHA mortgages: Immediate Foreclosure Relief In federal disaster areas, there | more...

 
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FHA And HUD Announce Disaster Relief For Arkansas and Colorado

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster relief for portions of Arkansas and Colorado affected by natural disasters. In the case of the Arkansas declaration, the following counties are eligible for relief thanks to a Presidential major disaster area declaration: Craighead Jackson Mississippi Poinsett Woodruff These counties were hit by severe storms and tornadoes in December 2021. For the Colorado declaration, Boulder County has been declared a major disaster area due to wildfires that began in late December 2021 and into 2022. The declaration also means that FEMA funding is provided to the affected areas “on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures”. If you live in any of the affected counties mentioned here, the following disaster relief options are available to you: Immediate Foreclosure | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan In 2022

Do you want to buy a home in 2022? FHA home loan limits are higher in the new year and there are many different options to choose from with the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program. FHA loans are a popular option for borrowers–especially those who may be newcomers to the job market, those with thin credit or non-traditional credit, etc. When researching your home loan options you will learn that some lenders in your housing market may be participating FHA lenders who may also offer other loan options. This is an advantage as you can compare that lender’s options carefully to make the most informed decision about your mortgage. FHA Loan Downpayments FHA loans feature lower downpayments than you might expect, especially if you have heard the myth that you | more...

 
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FHA Loan Terms Defined

If you are new to the home loan process in 2022, there are some vocabulary terms you’ll want to know as you start to plan and save for your FHA home loan. As you start to research your mortgage options and talk to industry professionals, you’ll likely hear or read some technical terms that may be confusing..at first. The farther along you get in the home loan process, the more these new terms will start to become clear and make sense. Here are some of the terms you are likely to learn more about in the coming months. Comparables You may not experience this phrase in the earlier part of the home loan process but you may once you have found a property you want to buy.  A “comparable” is, | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

Things To Consider: FHA Loans In 2022

What do you need to know about home loans in 2022? There are a few things to keep in mind that may affect your planning and choices about a new mortgage or refi loan. Here are some issues to think about going into the new year: FHA Loan Limits Are Higher In 2022 FHA loan limits go up in most markets, but there are some areas where the limits may not necessarily change. Keep in mind that there are high-cost markets AND low-cost housing markets. \Depending on where you are house hunting the limits may be different than what you are used to–it’s a great idea to check the limits ahead of time to get an idea of what to expect. Interest Rates May Rise In 2022 With the Fed | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Income Rules

Qualifying For An FHA Loan Or Refinance Loan

FHA home loans and refinance loans feature similar requirements in terms of FICO scores, credit history, and responsible credit use. When you want to refinance a home loan, it’s smart to treat the process exactly the same as you did when you applied for your first mortgage where applicable. But not all borrowers have the luxury of taking a year or more to plan and save for the loan. Some must act quickly because their homes have been damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster, or they have a job-related relocation or some other issue that requires a faster approach to the loan. Some borrowers need a new purchase loan; a job relocation or an increase in family size may warrant buying a larger home.  Knowing the FHA loan policy | more...