October 17, 2021

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Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Applying For An FHA Mortgage: Timing Counts

If you are shopping for a new home, you want to be as informed as possible about your home loan options, rights, and responsibilities. Some begin their loan application process without being fully prepared, and this can wind up slowing down or even stopping a home loan application in its’ tracks.  But how? One big mistake you should avoid making before applying for an FHA mortgage? Applying too soon. If you have financial trouble in your credit report from past issues, the date of your last late or missed payment is an important one–lenders generally want to see at least 12 months of on-time payments on your financial obligations.  If you don’t have that record, it’s a good idea to wait to apply for a home loan until you do. | more...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

Planning Your FHA Home Loan

FHA home loans appeal to some differently than others–some buyers like the low 3.5% down payment (the lowest possible for an FHA mortgage for those who qualify) and for other buyers, the more flexible qualifications for loan approval are the main draw. One thing that’s crucial to remember about FHA loans? You do NOT need to meet a first-time homebuyer requirement to apply and be approved. Some consumers still, after all this time, mistakenly believe that FHA loans are only for those who have never owned a home before. That is NOT TRUE. When planning an FHA mortgage, it’s important to start considering your financial needs and goals as early as you can. Your decisions in this area may make your FHA loan options more obvious or attainable depending on | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules For Construction Loan Escrow Accounts

Five Things You Should Know About FHA Mortgages

Many people still have misconceptions about the FHA home loan program. They might think they “earn too much money” to be a successful applicant (not true, FHA home loans are not need-based loans) or think that they would not qualify because they want to build a home instead of buying an existing construction house. (Also not true, FHA loans include those for building a home instead of buying one). What are the facts about FHA home loans you need to know in order to make a better-informed decision about your loan choices? FHA Loan Fact: FHA Mortgages Are For Any Financially Qualified Borrower Unlike the USDA home loan program, which DOES feature need-based mortgages to those who fall under the income guidelines for that loan program, FHA mortgages do NOT | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

How To Avoid A Mortgage Closing Scam

The government’s consumer watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has a page dedicated to warning house hunters about home loan closing scams.  According to CFPB documents,FBI warnings about home scams include attempts to “phish” your personal information with the purpose of tricking a potential borrower into diverting the payment of closing costs and down payment to a destination that is NOT your lender.  In a single year alone, these mortgage closing scams cost almost one billion dollars. Want to know how you can keep this from happening to you? Scammers trying to pull these types of phishing attacks target people in the mortgage industry–they find legitimate email addresses and “spoof” them, making the email appear to be from a real address. But the email is full of hacking | more...

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

Home Loan And Home Ownership Tools From HUD

Are you a first-time home buyer trying to get good advice on how to prepare for a home loan? Are you interested in an FHA Reverse Mortgage, but not sure about where to find approved housing counseling for an FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)? Or perhaps you are a current homeowner with an FHA mortgage trying to avoid foreclosure? In every case, the FHA and HUD have housing counseling resources you can use to make more informed decisions about purchasing, refinancing, or saving your home. Did you know that the HUD official site has a page dedicated to housing counseling resources? You can find it at their official site: The HUD Office of Housing Counseling As the official site reminds, “HUD sponsor housing counseling agencies throughout the country that | more...

 
Low Mortgage Rates and Refinance Options

FHA Home Loan Pre-Approval: Issues To Consider

Getting mortgage pre-approval is an important step in the home buyer journey. It indicates to the seller and to a lender that you are serious about your home loan and that you are ready to commit to the right property and the right price. So what should you know about mortgage pre-approval before you apply? There are some basic questions to ask yourself before you start filling out the forms to get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved for an FHA home loan means asking yourself how good your credit score is and how high your credit card balances are. It’s best to start asking these questions far in advance of your home loan so that you have ample time to work on your credit issues where they might exist, and also so | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

FHA Loan Interest Rates And FICO Scores

Buying a home means paying attention to your financials–credit scores, debt repayment habits, and credit utilization rates. Paying attention to them as early as possible is an important choice when you are planning your home loan. Don’t put off working on your credit–time is not on your side if you are planning to apply for a home loan in the next 12 months if you haven’t looked at your credit scores, reports, etc. If you want to buy a home with an FHA mortgage, you generally have more forgiving credit qualification guidelines from the FHA, and that’s a great reason to use an FHA mortgage. FICO score issues can be a major worry for some borrowers, but by working on your own credit far ahead of your home loan you | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Resources

FHA Loan Down Payment Facts

Some borrowers get nervous about having to come up with a down payment. It is more than some have spent on one thing in their adult lives all at once, who can blame them for worrying? FHA home loans permit down payment gifts and grants and that can be a huge help for the first-time homebuyer. The rules for these programs must clearly explain the conditions of the grant or gift, under what conditions it might be required to be paid back–those payback terms of often triggered by violating the terms of the agreement. It can also happen when the home is sold, paid off, or no longer used as the primary residence.  Such gifts may come from state or local housing development agencies or other local entities–remember that the | more...

 
FHA Loan Options

Pro Tips For FHA Home Loans

There is still time to take advantage of the higher mortgage loan limits for FHA home loans in 2021, and if you don’t know what it takes to be approved for an FHA single family loan this year, there are some pro tips you can use to get much closer to home loan approval. Pro Tip: Are you worried about your FICO scores? Remember that FHA standards include a requirement of a 580 FICO score or better for the lowest down payment. But the FHA standards are not the only minimum credit score requirements at work–the lender’s own standards also play a part. That is why you should start getting your credit ready early–at least a year ahead of your application for a single-family home loan. That’s not something many | more...

 
HUD Advice For Saving Your Home During The Coronavirus

Start Getting Ready For Your FHA Home Loan

FHA home loan resources abound–you should know about using online mortgage calculators, pre-qualification for a home loan, and the availability of free credit reports to help you in the research and planning stages of your new home loan or refinance loan. Let’s start with those free credit reports–the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), reminds home loan applicants that they are entitled to “a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion)” according to the CFPB official site. Getting your credit report from all three agencies is an excellent way to begin your planning stage of the loan. Get your credit reports a year in advance of your loan application and remember to keep monitoring your credit afterward. This gives | more...