October 26, 2021

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How Much Will My FHA Home Loan Be?

How much will my FHA home loan be? That is a question many borrowers want to know, and the answer can be more complicated than just taking the sale price of the home and doing the math. FHA home loan maximum amounts are determined by factors including the maximum FHA loan guaranty for the housing market you are buying the home in, your credit history, the amount of your down payment, and more. The final amount of your FHA mortgage loan is affected by your down payment, the FHA loan limit in your area, and other factors. FHA Home Loan Limits FHA home loan limits are not the same in all housing markets. Some parts of the country are considered low-cost areas and have a lower FHA loan guaranty limit | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

Learn More About Home Loans: Appraisals & Inspections

It’s important to learn as much as you can about the home loan process when planning and saving for your new mortgage. If you are a newcomer to the home loan process, there are some good resources that can help you be more informed borrower. The less informed you are, the more likely you are to have some kind of regret at the end of the home loan process. The more you know, the more confident you will feel about your choices along the way. One important issue for many borrowers is the FHA appraisal process. Are you in-the-know about what happens during the appraisal, what it is intended to do and why you should never trust the appraisal to provide you the information that only a complete home inspection | more...

 
Do You Need Down Payment Help?

FHA Home Loan Down Payments

Most home buyers will make some form of down payment, with exceptions for those using VA mortgages with no money down for qualifying servicemembers, veterans, and surviving spouses. There are also no money down USDA loans but these are need-based and have income caps. By comparison, FHA mortgages with their low 3.5% down payment requirements are attractive to many house hunters who want to save more money up front on the mortgage. Do You Really Have To Put 20% Down? Some borrowers may hear stories of borrowers being required to pay 20% down. This would be true in cases where the home buyer wants to avoid mortgage insurance on a conventional mortgage. And while that is not the only down payment option offered in such cases the mere idea of | more...

 
Buy or Build a House On Your Own Lot in 2020

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan Advice: Hiring A Builder

If you want to build a dream home on your own lot instead of buying somebody else’s house, the One-Time Close construction mortgage is an option you should explore. These loans require you to hire a builder (more on that below) and this is a part of the process that can be a bit intimidating for some borrowers until they learn there are some basic steps to follow that will make your hiring process a lot more hassle-free. Why Hire A Builder? Why go thru the trouble to find a qualified and reputable contractor to do the construction work for you? Why doesn’t the borrower act as their own builder or hire friends and family to pitch in? The answer is simple. For a start, most borrowers likely don’t have | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

How Escrow Works

When you buy a home with an FHA loan your lender may require you to use an escrow account. This is especially relevant for those who seek One-Time Close construction mortgages, FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation loans, and any other home loan that may require an account to pay for contractors, materials, etc. FHA Reverse Mortgages also require escrow for the payment of property taxes–all Reverse Mortgage borrowers are required to stay current on property taxes as a condition of loan approval. But what is escrow and how does it work? An escrow account is basically a bank account used to hold the money you need to make a good faith deposit, property tax money, etc. The cash is deposited and held on account until the time comes to make the payments. | more...

 
The FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan: An Option In 2020

FHA Implements New Construction Loan Rule Changes

The FHA has announced rule modifications for its new construction loans. On October 22nd, 2020, the FHA and HUD issued a Mortgagee Letter detailing modifications made in 2018 and 2019 which have resulted in a need for further alterations of the rules for New Construction loans. Some of the changes end requirements for “Early Start Letters” and other requirements, others make provisions for “alternative inspections” as we’ll discover below. The FHA/HUD official site states there are also changes to the maximum financing policy for FHA New Construction loans. Effective immediately–lenders can choose to wait on implementing these modified rules until January 4, 2020, but have the option to start using the new rules now if they so choose) the following modifications are being added to HUD 4000.1: Eliminating Early Start | more...

 
Rent Or Buy? Arguments For Purchasing A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Does FHA Offer Adjustable Rate Mortgages?

Does FHA offer adjustable rate mortgages? When you shop around for a participating FHA lender, be sure to ask about this type of FHA loan, sometimes known as an FHA ARM. Not all participating lenders may offer an FHA adjustable rate mortgage, but for those working with a lender that does, it is important to know some basics about the mortgage and how FHA loan rules govern the adjustments in the interest rates. Borrowers who apply for an FHA ARM loan must sign a disclosure statement that outlines the terms and conditions of the mortgage. The rules that govern FHA ARM loans are found in HUD 4000.1, and those rules begin with a definition of what the FHA considers to be an ARM loan. “An Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) refers | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

What Kind Of House Can I Buy With An FHA Mortgage?

What kinds of homes can be purchased with an FHA mortgage loan? You can build a home from scratch using an FHA Construction mortgage, but may people want to buy existing property and what kinds. Eligible Property Types For FHA Mortgages FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 state clearly that certain kinds of property are permitted and certain kinds are not. These rules on eligible property types that can be purchased with an FHA mortgage loan are found in HUD 4000.1, and include the following guidance you should know: “FHAs programs differ from one another primarily in terms of what types of Properties and financing are eligible. Except as otherwise stated in this SF Handbook, FHAs Single Family programs are limited to one- to four-family Properties that are owner-occupied Principal | 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...

 
Build on your own lot. Construction loan basics

FHA Construction Loan Facts: What You Need To Know

There are many options available when you are searching for a house to buy. The first set of choices often involves the type of home loan you want to apply for–believe it or not there is no one-size-fits-all mortgage. If you want to purchase a condo with an FHA mortgage, for example, there is a specific loan and procedures for that. But what if you want to have a house built for you from the ground up? This is also an option, even for first-time home buyers. You can apply for a conventional one-time close construction loan, but you’ll be applying for conventional loan interest rates and terms; an FHA One-Time Close construction loan has a 3.5% down payment requirement, which is lower than you may be offered on a | more...