January 24, 2021

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Mortgage Rate Trends

FHA Loan Interest Rates: January 2021

The previous year was historic in many ways and the performance of home loan mortgage rates was no exception. They moved decisively below the three percent range and stayed there, moving higher occasionally but stubbornly resisting certain norms however temporarily. In 2021, people who write about mortgage loan interest rates note that while not directly tied to the performance of U.S.Treasuries, mortgage rates do trend together with Treasuries (typically speaking). In the opening month of the new year mortgage rates have not moved directly in tandem with the ups and downs of Treasuries, but that a correction of sorts has been predicted even before New Year’s Eve. That correction is coming–it’s safe to assume higher rates are in the future. What we don’t know is how long it will take | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

FHA Home Loan Rules For Second Homes, Vacation Homes

Investing in a vacation home is tempting for many. Some borrowers don’t want a vacation home but need a second home because of changes in job requirements, family size, or other factors. Do borrowers have the option of purchasing a vacation home or a second home with an FHA mortgage? FHA loan requirements for loan approval include a rule stating that the home be used as the primary residence; occupancy is a condition of loan approval for an FHA single family forward mortgage loan. You must be plan to use the house you buy with the FHA mortgage as your main address, and in cases where there’s an increase in family size or a change in job location. But a vacation property? Not permitted under the rules in HUD 4000.1 | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

What Is A Home Construction Loan?

Construction loans have different names–you may read them referred to as home construction mortgages, and depending on the terms and conditions of the loan you may find them referred to as One-Time Close mortgages or Construction-To-Permanent mortgages. If you want to build a home on your own land or on land you buy in conjunction with your construction loan, you should ask your loan officer about the FHA and/or VA One-Time Close construction loan programs. These loans feature a single mortgage for the construction phase and the mortgage portion of the transaction–unlike other construction loans that require two loans, two applications, two closing dates, etc. Myths about the construction loan process include who can buy–even a first-time home buyer can be approved for a One-Time close mortgage if they qualify | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Resources

Applying For Your Home Loan With Other Credit Applications Recent or Pending

Here is a variation on a common question asked about applying for an FHA home loan. “I recently applied for financing for a vehicle. Do I still qualify for an FHA mortgage?” In general, borrowers should avoid opening new lines of credit ahead of a mortgage loan application. FHA mortgages, like other home loans, require the lender to justify the loan as a good credit risk. If a borrower is opening new lines of credit at or near the time the home loan application is turned in, it may make the lender think twice about approving the mortgage. One reason for this is that entering into other types of debt while applying for a home loan may give the impression (right or wrong) that the borrower isn’t disciplined with credit | more...

 
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FHA Refinance Loans For Home Improvements

FHA refinance loan options include the ability to apply for a refi loan to do home improvements–a very important option for those with existing FHA mortgages or non-FHA loans alike. How can FHA refinance loans help a borrower make upgrades or improvements? There’s more than one way to approach the refinance loan question if you want a refi AND funds to perform approved upgrades or remodeling to your house. Participating FHA lenders may offer a range of FHA loan products that can help in this area including the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM), and FHA Rehab loans. Most of these options will require the borrower to work more closely with the lender to determine what may be funded using FHA refinance loans, but many projects are possible. For FHA | more...

 
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FHA Loan Credit Questions: Co-Signing

Here is a variation on a common question about FHA home loans: “I think my credit is fairly good but I have two cars in my name–one of which I thought I was only the co-signer. I’ve recently found a property that is fairly reasonable and my question is will my co-signing affect the loan approval decision? I do not make the payments on the second vehicle.” HUD 4000.1 has a great deal to say about credit, financial liabilities, and related issues. What does it say about this reader’s question? The general philosophy of the FHA is toward applicant credit information includes the notion that your credit history is the “most useful guide” determining things like: The loan applicant’s attitude toward credit obligations; The ability to predict a borrower’s future | more...

 
FHA Loan Down Payment Rules

FHA Loan Down Payment Rules

One of the biggest worries for some borrowers interested in buying or building a home? The down payment. At the time of this writing, there are only two zero-down payment mortgages offered nationally by participating lenders offering government-backed mortgages; the VA mortgage and certain USDA single-family home loans. USDA home loans are need-based mortgages with income caps and purchase price limits; VA mortgages are only for those with qualifying military service and certain surviving spouses of those who have died as a result of military service. For FHA mortgages, there is no need-based requirement and you do not have to be a veteran OR a first-time home buyer to apply for an FHA mortgage. FHA loans are offered to all who financially qualify with no income limits. FHA down payment | more...

 
FHA Condo Loan Basics You Should Know

Home Loan Forbearance Options

Are you one of the many Americans in need of mortgage loan forbearance during COVID-19? There are many different types of mortgages; FHA, VA, USDA, conventional…the options available to you may vary depending on the type of mortgage you have, whether you are current on your home loan payments at the time you request the help, and other factors. If you need to apply for mortgage forbearance, it is important to know the range of choices open to you not just for the forbearance period itself, but also for repaying the money you don’t pay now if you are approved. Some loan forbearance options may allow you to choose to stop making payments for up to a full year and choose a method to repay the year’s worth of delayed | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

FHA Purchase and Refinance Loan Interest Rate Trends And Your New Home

FHA home loans have a low minimum required down payment of 3.5%, which makes them perfect for both experienced homeowners and first-time homebuyers alike. With an FHA mortgage it’s possible to purchase or refinance a fixer-upper (with an FHA 203(k) rehab loan), buy or refinance a condo, mobile home, existing construction houses, and you can even apply to have a home built for you on your own lot with an FHA One-Time Close construction loan. As we head into the second month of 2020, we are reminded that 2019 was the best year for mortgage loan interest rates in almost a decade and the trends that kept rates low last year continue to exert some influence as new issues also conspire to push mortgage rates lower. At least in the | more...

 
Home Loans For Building On Your Own Land

One-Time Close Home Loan Hints

One-Time Close (OTC) loans allow borrowers to build a house on their own lot instead of having to choose from existing properties. You can be a first-time home buyer and still be approved for a One-Time Close construction loan, also known as Single-Close loans or Single-Close construction mortgages. If you have never examined your options on the real estate market, it’s easy to assume you aren’t financially qualified for a construction loan. After all, that sounds like a very big undertaking, doesn’t it? Having a house built for you? That may sound like something that other people might qualify for, but the fact is that FHA and VA OTC loans have the same requirements as any other FHA or VA mortgage. These loans are designed to be more affordable, and that | more...