January 17, 2019

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Buying a First or Second Home With An FHA Mortgage

Buying A First Home Or Second Home With An FHA Mortgage

What should borrowers, especially first-time home buyers, know about buying a home with an FHA mortgage? First time home buyers and second-time home buyers alike have options for an FHA mortgage. The program is not restricted to those who have never owned a home before. FHA loans are also more forgiving in the credit department-FICO score requirements set by the FHA are lower than you may expect. But lower FICO scores may still feel like a big liability for the first time home buyer. You should know that your repayment history is an important factor. If you make 12 months of on-time payments on all financial obligations, you may find the lender more willing to work with a lower FICO score. That’s because it’s easy to get a lower credit | more...

 
FHA Loans And The 2019 Government Shutdown

FHA Loans And The 2019 Government Shutdown

At the time of this writing, the partial government shutdown continues and we are seeing more headlines about the services affected, including certain kinds of home loans. Specifically, home loan applicants seeking USDA mortgages are locked out of the process for the duration of the shutdown according to a variety of sources. Some potential USDA borrowers were caught in the middle of their transactions when the government shut down, and the media reports stories of those left more or less in limbo until the current situation is resolved. So what does this mean for FHA mortgage loans? FHA Mortgage Loans Are Still Available During The Government Shutdown Forward mortgages will continue to be serviced during the shutdown as previously reported here and elsewhere. But there are some important things you | more...

 
Home Renovation With An FHA Loan

Making An Offer To The Seller To Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage

When you have found the home you want to buy with an FHA mortgage, there comes a point where you will have to do the (uncomfortable for some) ritual of negotiating with the seller to arrive at the final price of the home. You may decide to offer the same amount as the seller is asking for the purchase of the home or you may wish to negotiate a lower price. When do you stand the best chance of getting a lower price than what your seller is asking? There are several different aspects to this-much depends on the nature of the housing market, how eager or stubborn the seller might be, whether the seller is willing to make other concessions if the price is firm, etc. What does all | more...

 
Can I Refinance With An FHA Loan?

Can I Refinance With An FHA Loan?

Need to refinance your loan with an FHA mortgage? Depending on what type of property you are refinancing, you may be eligible for an FHA refinance loan for cash out, a rehab loan refi, or even an FHA-to-FHA Streamline refinance loan with no FHA-required credit check. One of the most important factors in determining if you can refinance with an FHA loan is the reason why you wish to refinance. Those who want to get a lower interest rate on an investment property, for example, would be ineligible to apply for an FHA Single Family Refinance Loan as these loans are restricted to owner/occupiers only. Those who want to switch from a conventional home loan to an FHA mortgage loan would be permitted to apply if they are using the | more...

 
Should I Consider An FHA Reverse Mortgage?

Should I Consider An FHA Reverse Mortgage?

Should I consider an FHA reverse mortgage? Many qualified borrowers are asking that question now in light of recent housing market stats indicating rising property values well into 2019. A Zillow.com report (through May 2018) indicates that housing is on an upward trend at the time of this writing. Home values have increased more than eight percent according to the Zillow report, and the same report says values could go up another 6.5% in the next year. Rising home values in U.S. housing markets means that borrowers applying for appraisal-required refinancing or FHA Reverse Mortgages (also known as FHA HECM loans) may discover their home is worth more than they realized. Naturally, this won’t apply in every single housing market, trends vary nationwide and your experience may vary based on | more...

 
HUD Announces Settlement In New Jersey Housing Discrimination Case

HUD Settles Housing Discrimination Complaint Against San Francisco Real Estate Companies

There are many types of housing discrimination; some occurs when a house hunter is searching for a home, trying to rent in the local area and encountering violations of the Fair Housing Act while trying to do so. Other types of housing discrimination can occur in the house hunting process itself. Housing discrimination may come from a variety of sources; including, in the case of a recent HUD Fair Housing settlement, real estate firms. The HUD official site announced a settlement in June in the case of two San Francisco-based real estate companies accused of Fair Housing Act violations. HUD approved “a Voluntary Compliance/Conciliation Agreement settling a complaint filed by a family whose infant has a disability against San Francisco, California-based John Stewart Company and Hunters Point East West, LP.” | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Occupancy: What You Can And Cannot Do

FHA Home Loans For Manufactured Housing Classified As Condo Projects

Are there really FHA home loans for manufactured housing classified as condo projects? Believe it or not, the FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state that such loans are indeed available under the FHA mortgage program in addition to FHA One-Time Close construction loans, FHA Rehab loans, and other options. How does the FHA Loan Handbook describe these mortgages? “Manufactured Housing is a Structure that is transportable in one or more sections. It may be part of a Condominium Project, provided the project meets applicable FHA requirements.” FHA loans for manufactured housing, regardless of whether it is part of a condo project or not, must meet certain requirements including size, purpose, and how the home is delivered to the borrower. Specifically, manufactured housing eligible for FHA mortgage loans must be | more...

 
Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: Should You Skip The Home Appraisal?

FHA Loans, Wells, And One-Time Close Construction Loans

Borrowers who apply for FHA loans may not be clear on whether or not a property served by a well instead of being connected to the local utility is eligible for an FHA mortgage. Is the presence of a well a problem for FHA loan approval? And what about FHA loan standards for FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loans? HUD 4000.1 contains guidelines for these issues including the acceptability of a property served by a well instead of a water utility. Borrowers will be relieved to know that FHA mortgage rules do not automatically rule out a property just because a well is present, but that well must meet both FHA minimum requirements and any applicable health code or other local ordinances. For One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loans, | more...

 
Home Renovation With An FHA Loan

Maximum Loan Amounts For FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans

What is the maximum loan amount you can borrow with an FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan? The actual dollar amount is not fixed, it depends on variables including the FHA loan limits in a given housing market and whether or not the borrower is buying land in conjunction with the project. Calculating the Maximum Loan Amount For An FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close Construction Loan The FHA loan rules for One-Time Close / Single-Close loans, also known as construction-to-permanent mortgages, are found in HUD 4000.1 and include a breakdown for lenders on how to calculate the maximum mortgage loan. The loan limit takes into account the borrower’s down payment and the Loan-To-Value ratio (LTV). HUD 4000.1, page 445 instructs the lender: “The maximum mortgage amount is calculated using | more...

 
Protect Yourself When Shopping For A New Home

FHA Home Loan Approval And Your Credit Report

What do potential home loan borrowers need to know about FHA loans and credit reports? There are some very simple things that some don’t realize going into the home loan process that can definitely affect your participating FHA lender’s ability to approve your mortgage. FHA Loan Credit Checks The lender is required by FHA home loan rules to pull a loan applicant’s credit reports to review credit scores, credit history, and look for overall patterns of reliable use of credit. However, some borrowers mistakenly assume that the lender will look at a credit report once, make the notes, and never go back to the credit report again. This is not necessarily the case. Your FHA lender is charged with making sure that a borrower’s credit position is stable and that | more...