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Apply For An FHA Loan In 2016

If you are considering any type of home loan in 2016, be sure to explore your options with FHA mortgages, refinancing, or reverse mortgages. FHA loans offer a variety of advantages over conventional mortgages including lower interest rates (based on your financial qualifications), built-in protections for the buyer, and more. FHA New Purchase Loans There are many options with an FHA mortgage for single-family homes. New purchase loans include the option to add extra funds to the loan for energy-efficient upgrades or improvements. You can also consider purchasing a fixer-upper using an FHA rehab loan where funds are made available to repair/upgrade the property to FHA minimum standards. The loans mentioned above are intended for owner-occupied residences and would be not be available for investment properties. An FHA new purchase | more...

HUD Housing Discrimination Policy During COVID-19

HUD Announces New Partnership To Enforce FHA Guidelines

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and the Department of Justice designed to provide guidance on pursuing disciplinary actions in cases brought against participating FHA lenders who may be in violation under the False Claims Act (FCA). “This agreement clearly outlines our FHA mortgage program requirements, so they do not impede or discourage lenders from offering affordable FHA-insured loans to credit-worthy borrowers,” according to one HUD official quoted in the agency’s press release. The United States Attorney General is also quoted in the press release adding, “”This MOU sets forth a robust and collaborative process for deciding when to pursue False Claims Act cases to remedy material and knowing FHA violations,” The agreement means HUD and | more...

Do You Need Down Payment Help?

FHA Home Loans, Down Payments, And More: What You Need To Know Today

First-time borrowers have many questions about the FHA home loan process including the subjects of down payments, seller contributions, and down payment assistance. Borrowers need to know that there are certain federal laws that require FHA home loans to limit the contribution of any third party with a financial stake in the outcome of the mortgage, and it’s good to know how these rules work. Seller Contributions Versus Seller Downpayment Assistance FHA loan rules state clearly that the seller of the home may not contribute funds toward the borrower’s down payment. This is expressly forbidden in the FHA loan rulebook, HUD 4000.1. However, sellers are permitted to contribute toward the borrower’s closing costs, capped at a maximum of six percent of the adjusted price of the property. Contributions in excess | more...

HUD Announces New Mortgage Relief Options For FHA Borrowers Affected By COVID-19

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Alaska Earthquake Victims

Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster assistance for the State of Alaska and those affected by the earthquake there. On January 31st, the President declared a major disaster area in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. A federal disaster declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to those living in the affected areas. According to the press release, HUD offers immediate foreclosure relief to those with FHA mortgages in the disaster area. Borrowers should not delay in contact their FHA loan officers. Home loan disaster relief is not automatic and you will need to discuss your options with the lender as soon as possible once you know you will experience a delay in making payments. Borrowers are eligible for 100 percent financing, | more...


Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Banks and markets are closed today to observe the holiday and we too feel it’s very important to remember this important day. America owes a great deal to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and we are proud to observe this day dedicated to him. We pause are regular coverage of FHA news and FHA loan topics to observe the holiday. We resume our usual schedule of posts tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

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FHA Loan Rules: Appraisal Standards And Building Code

Do you know the FHA loan rules for appraisal standards and compliance with building code? As a borrower, you may not need to know every single aspect of the FHA loan rules for appraisals, but understanding the basic concepts can help you make a more informed decision when it’s time to choose a home and a home loan. FHA Appraisal Rules: Some Basics The FHA appraisal is a tool for your lender to establish the fair market value of the property and to establish the adjusted value of the home for purposes of setting the loan amount. The appraisal is not a complete, in-depth, top-to-bottom inspection of the property and should never be used by the borrower as such. Only the optional, borrower-arranged and borrower-paid home inspection can do this. | more...

Closing Day On Your FHA Home Loan

FHA Loan Rules For Income Verification: Part-Time Employment Income

Is it possible to be approved for an FHA home loan using part-time employment income? There are indeed FHA loan rules for this type of income and instructions to the lender for how it is to be reviewed. HUD 4000.1, the FHA home loan handbook, states that all verifiable income must meet certain FHA minimum requirements including the ability to verify two years of employment (not necessarily with the same employer). One area some borrowers may be concerned with in this area is part-time income. Does the FHA allow a lender to verify and count as income the earnings from a part-time job? The rules for this are found on page 200 of HUD 4000.1, which begins by defining what the FHA considers part-time income: “Part-Time Employment refers to employment | 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...

Will I Need To Fill Out IRS Form 4506-T To Buy A Home With An FHA Loan?

Appraising the Foundation and Basement: FHA Loan Standards

What are the FHA loan standards for appraising the foundation and basement of a home to be purchased with an FHA mortgage? The FHA appraisal process is designed to insure that specific standards in this area are met. When problems are detected in an appraisal, they are noted for correction or other appropriate action. The appraisal process covers everything from the electrical system to the roof-the home and its various systems must be within a certain range of good repair and sustainability. For example, there can’t be exposed wiring in the home that would pose a hazard to the future occupants. The roof must not leak or otherwise allow moisture to enter the house. When it comes to the standards for foundations and basements, the FHA has a clear set | more...

FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA loan rules for loan approval include instructions to the lender about unpaid federal debts and tax liens. Your chosen participating FHA lender is responsible for verifying your income, employment record, and your monthly financial obligations-which may include tax obligations such as a lien, or a federal debt. Unresolved taxes and federal debt can be a serious issue that will affect a home loan application. The status of such debt is one of the most important factors. According to HUD 4000.1, “Mortgagees are prohibited from processing an application for an FHA-insured Mortgage for Borrowers with delinquent federal non-tax debt, including deficiency Judgments and other debt associated with past FHA-insured Mortgages.” The FHA loan rules in this section also add that the lender is required to determine “whether the Borrower(s) have | more...