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One Time Close Mortgage Loans: The Base Home Sales Price

Why Choose An FHA Construction Loan?

If you want to build a home on your own lot or on land you buy in conjunction with the project, you have two basic options to choose from. There is a type of construction loan that features two applications and two closing dates.  One is a loan to pay for the labor and materials in the construction of the property itself. Once the construction phase is over, the borrower applies for a second loan that pays off the construction loan and serves as the mortgage.   It is important to remember that the loan for building your house is not a 30-year mortgage. If you want to build a custom home this way, the first loan is sometimes called an interim loan with the second being referred to in the | more...

 
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Factors That Affect Your FHA Mortgage Interest Rate

When the Fed meets to set monetary policy, it has the option to raise or lower the nation’s interest rates. That is a move that can directly affect some areas of the finance sector such as credit cards, but it indirectly affects mortgage loan interest rates. The Fed’s actions don’t actually change mortgage rates.  Investor behavior in reaction to the Fed’s announcements, on the other hand, do have the potential to affect mortgage rates. The rate you are offered by the lender tomorrow may be affected by news and developments in the markets today. But that’s not the only factor that can affect the interest rate you are offered. At this stage for many mortgage-focused blogs, a conversation about FICO scores goes right here. It’s true that your credit scores | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Things To Look For When Buying A House With An FHA Mortgage

Finding the right home to buy with an FHA home loan can be challenging. If you are a first-time home buyer, do you feel intimidated about making a decision on the size and configuration of the house you want to buy? You are not alone.  Fortunately, you can help yourself in this process by making a checklist of features and priorities you can refer to when reviewing each property. This can be a better approach than trying to do it all from memory; you won’t forget to ask the seller or real estate agent about something important if you have it written down in front of you when you take the tour. What To Look For When Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage: Overall Size That sounds fairly obvious | more...

 
FHA ARM Loans

FHA ARM Loan Options To Consider

An ARM loan, also known as an adjustable-rate mortgage, allows you to apply for a loan with an initial rate that will increase after the introductory period is over.  The lower initial rate is a benefit for some borrowers, but it pays to have a plan on how to handle this type of loan in advance–do you really plan to pay on an ARM for the full term of the mortgage? Or do you want to sell or refinance instead? FHA loan options include ARM loans which may have a one-year intro rate, but you could apply for a three-year, five-year, seven-year, or even 10-year ARM loan. That means that the introductory rate won’t change for that initial period (three years up to 10 years) and then the loan is | more...

 
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FHA Loans And Home Equity

How soon do you need to start thinking about home equity? Believe it or not, you start making decisions about equity right away in the planning and saving process of your loan.  How? The amount of money you save for a down payment is a decision that directly affects the amount of the loan you want. The bigger your down payment, the more potential equity you could start out with. Essentially your home’s equity is the difference between the current market value of the home and how much you owe on the mortgage. That’s one reason why a bigger down payment affects your equity–you’ll start out owning the mortgage amount minus that money down. Since the equity in your home is subject to change, it’s important to pay attention to | more...

 
FHA And HUD

The End Of April Is The End Of Fair Housing Month 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022, is the last day of Fair Housing Month. But the advent of May doesn’t mean that the fight against housing discrimination comes to an end.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development encourages all who may have experienced some form of discrimination in the housing process to come forward and report the incidents to the HUD Office of Housing and Equal Opportunity or FHEO. FHEO is responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act, but also the following laws that contribute to fair housing for all: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 The | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Comparing Home Loan Offers

Are you planning to buy a new home? You can find the right home loan by applying a similar process you use to find the right house.  In fact, shopping around for the right mortgage loan is just as important as shopping around for the right house. If you are considering an FHA mortgage to buy, renovate, or build a home, you’ll want to make the same kind of informed decisions about the lender and the loan.  Comparing lenders and loans is the way to do that. But there are some tips you can follow to make that process more streamlined. Research Multiple FHA Lenders While on paper, FHA loan terms and conditions such as FICO score requirements seem to be standardized, the FHA minimum FICO score requirements are just | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Before You Fill Out An FHA Home Loan Application

How can a new borrower prepare for a home loan application? There are some important steps to take and not all of them are as obvious as others. For example, do you know where your down payment money will come from? If you are still trying to figure out how to budget and save for it, you might consider investigating local down payment assistance programs in your area. But there are other things to do before you turn in a home loan application. Check Your Credit Use That’s a no-brainer, right? But there are issues you should consider when examining your credit that may not be so obvious. For example, some first-time homebuyers don’t realize that it’s not just your credit scores, but also your credit utilization that gets scrutinized | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Employment And Income Verification For FHA Loans

Here is a common variation on an FHA loan question we get frequently. “I have been employed for about two years, do I qualify for an FHA mortgage?” FHA loans require a variety of financial qualifications including FICO scores, your history of payments on financial obligations, your debt-to-income ratio, and other factors. Lender standards and FHA loan rules both apply, as do some state laws and other regulations. There’s no individual factor that determines a borrower’s ability to qualify for an FHA mortgage, a number of variables come into play as mentioned above. Sometimes one or more factors can disqualify a borrower, it’s true-a low FICO score, debt ratios that are too high, missed payments in the last 12 months leading up to the loan application, or major changes in | more...

 
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Buying Your First Home: What To Remember

There is a little checklist of things not to do when buying a home. The top of the list? Not shopping around for a lender.  FHA home loans have multiple options including the type of loan (fixed-rate, adjustable-rate mortgage) and the loan term (15 years or 30 years). But there are also multiple options based on the property you want to buy; a suburban home, a townhouse, condo unit, or even a multi-unit home.  That variety of options brings with it a need to know more specifics about the type of loan you seek, and there are definitely things NOT to do when you are considering these options. And not all the considerations are directly related to applying for and getting approved for an FHA mortgage. Some have a lot | more...