June 20, 2018

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FHA Home Loan Mistakes To Avoid Before You Close The Deal

FHA Home Loan Mistakes To Avoid Before You Close The Deal

If you’ve found the home you want to buy with an FHA mortgage and it looks like you are going to definitely close the deal, don’t be fooled; there are still mistakes to avoid before you sign the papers and accept the keys. One important blunder that should be avoided at all costs? Changing your financial status before loan closing-as in applying for new lines of credit, missing payments, or other issues that can have your loan officer thinking twice about approving the loan and allowing it to close. If your debt-to-income ratio isn’t ideal to start with, the addition of new credit will definitely affect your potential to close. FHA loan rules, lender standards, and other requirements all may factor into the decision on how to handles such contingencies. | more...

 
FHA Loan-To-Value Limits: More Rules You Should Know

FHA Loan-To-Value Limits: More Rules You Should Know

In a previous blog post, we discussed some of the basic loan-to-value ratio rules (LTV) for FHA loans. Your loan-to-value ratio is calculated based on the amount of the required down payment a borrower has to make as part of the FHA mortgage loan transaction. When you buy a home using an FHA mortgage, the loan-to-value ratio can be affected by your FICO scores. A higher down payment requirement means a different LTV than for those who make the lowest possible downpayment on an FHA mortgage loan of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property. But credit score issues aren’t the only things that can affect a borrower’s LTV on an FHA mortgage to buy a new home. Some FHA loan transactions, under FHA loan policy, require as much | more...

 
FHA Loans With Non-Occupying Co-Borrowers

Reasons FHA Will Approve The Purchase Of A Second Home With An FHA Mortgage

FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 require occupancy of the home as a condition of loan approval. This means that if you are buying, building, or refinancing a mortgage using a new FHA loan, at least one borrower obligated on the mortgage must live in the home as the main residence or home address. But there are some exceptions allowed in certain circumstances where a borrower can apply to buy another home with an FHA mortgage without selling the property originally purchased with an FHA guaranteed loan. What are these exceptions? Relocation To Another Area If a borrower’s job demands include a change of address, another FHA mortgage (without selling or paying off the first FHA loan) may be possible. This is permitted when the borrower is “relocating or has | more...

 
FHA loans for self-employed borrowers

FHA Loans For Self-Employed Borrowers

Are there FHA home loans for self-employed borrowers? There’s a persistent myth about FHA loans and self-employment; that working for yourself is a serious disadvantage when it comes to home loan approval. What’s the reality? FHA Home Loans Are Available For Financially Qualified Self-Employed Borrowers FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state that being self-employed is an acceptable form of primary income as long as that income meets certain criteria. Borrowers will be required to furnish tax returns, business plans, profit-and-loss statements and other documentation as required by the lender to verify income. It may take some extra time to gather all the required information your lender needs, but you should come to the application or preapproval process knowing how your income has changed over time. Self Employment Minimum Requirements | more...

 
FHA home loan occupancy requirements

FHA Home Loans And Occupancy Requirements

What are the occupancy requirements for FHA home loans? Like many government backed loans, there are general occupancy requirements a borrower must follow as a condition of loan approval. Whether you are buying an existing construction home or having one built for you using an FHA One Time Close construction loan, some guidelines for occupancy will apply. FHA Definition Of Occupancy, Principal Residences FHA loan occupancy rules basically require that the borrower live in the home full time, using it as the primary residence or principal residence instead of a vacation home, time share, or other intermittent occupancy arrangement. How does the FHA specifically define “principal residence”? According to HUD 4000.1: “A Principal Residence refers to a dwelling where the Borrower maintains or will maintain their permanent place of abode, | more...

 
Am I Eligible For An FHA Home Loan If I Am In A Credit Counseling Program?

Am I Eligible For An FHA Home Loan If I Am In A Credit Counseling Program?

Are potential FHA borrowers eligible for an FHA home loan if they are participating in a credit counseling program? This is a question on the minds of some borrowers trying to fix credit issues and repair past mistakes or problems associated with their credit. Borrowers should always work on their credit, counseling program or not, before applying for any major line of credit such as a mortgage or auto loan. The FHA and HUD even offer referrals to local, HUD-approved housing counselors for borrowers looking for pre-purchase advice including credit tips. (You can call the FHA directly at their toll-free number, 1-800 CALL FHA for these referrals). Some borrowers choose a formal credit counseling program in order to work on credit repair issues, and there is an understandable concern that | more...

 
Can I Use My GI Bill Housing Allowance For An FHA Home Loan?

VA One-Time Close Loans Compared To FHA One-Time Close

How do VA One-Time Close construction loans compare to their FHA One-Time Close (OTC) counterparts? If you don’t know which program you qualify for, now is a good time to learn the differences and similarities. FHA And VA One-Time Close Construction Loans Requirements Some things will apply to both FHA and VA One-Time Close construction loans. For both types of loan, all borrowers must financially qualify, they must have minimum FICO scores as determined by both the VA/FHA and the lender, and the property must be constructed in the United States or its’ protectorates. VA One-Time Close and FHA One-Time Close loan rules both require occupancy; you may only have a home built from scratch using a VA construction loan if you intend to be an owner/occupier. VA and FHA | more...

 
Construction loans for first time home buyers

Construction Loans For First Time Home Buyers

Are construction loans available for first-time home buyers? Some may feel daunted at the idea of having a house built for them from the ground up, but the reality is that some house hunters would rather have a home built just for them rather than buying one with a previous owner. What options are available to first time home buyers who want a construction loan? The first thing to remember is that being a first time buyer does not count against you when looking into your construction loan options. What you should be more concerned with is the nature of the loan itself. Some construction loans feature two applications and two closing dates, but One Time Close construction loans offered by the VA, USDA, and FHA allow a single application | more...

 
The One Time Close Loan: VA, FHA, And USDA Options

The One-Time Close Loan: VA, FHA, And USDA Options

There are two general types of construction loan. One construction loan has two applications and two closing dates, requiring a new credit check for each phase of the loan-the construction itself and the mortgage. Another type, the One-Time Close construction loan, has only one application and closing date, protecting the borrower from potential complications associated with a second loan application. There is an FHA One-Time Close loan, but also a VA OTC version of the program and a USDA OTC option available for those in qualifying rural areas. What do these loans have in common with each other? FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans Versus VA One-Time Close Loans The FHA and VA One-Time Close loan programs are quite similar. Both require builders on a “registration” list, both require the borrower | more...

 
FHA loans for self-employed borrowers

FHA Loan Approval Rules: Work History

Whether you seek an FHA One Time Close construction loan or want to buy an existing-construction home, the FHA guidelines for loan approval require your lender to verify your employment and income history. How much time will the lender require you to be on the job in order to get your mortgage loan approved? That standard will vary from lender to lender, so you will need to discuss work history requirements with your loan officer. However, at a minimum, FHA loan rules require the lender to verify two years of work history. That work history does not have to be with the same company. FHA Loan Rules For Income Verification Along with your recent work history, the lender is also required to verify the income you report to the lender | more...