October 21, 2018

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FHA Home Loans For Self-Employed People

FHA Home Loans For Self-Employed People

What does it take for a self-employed borrower to be approved for an FHA mortgage loan? The same basic rules apply, FHA mortgage loans require a minimum 500 or higher FICO score to be eligible (lender standards will be higher) and FICO scores of 580 or higher for maximum financing and the lowest down payment. But self-employed borrowers do have some additional issues to think about when coming to the FHA home loan process. How long you have been self-employed in an important factor, how the business has fared since you started it, and what the future of your income might be. FHA Loan Rules For Self-Employment Income Verification The rules that instruct the participating FHA lender are found in HUD 4000.1, and those rules include a requirement for the | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules: Can The Seller Provide Appliances As Part Of The Sale?

Do You Need An FHA Home Loan?

Do you need an FHA home loan? There are many mortgage loan options on the market, do you know what makes an FHA mortgage a potential advantage as a home buyer? FHA Home Loans Have More Forgiving Credit Requirements FHA mortgages have minimum FICO scores and credit history requirements that can be more forgiving than their conventional loan counterparts. Lender standards will also apply, but the FHA-proscribed minimums allow the lender greater flexibility to consider loan approval. FHA Loans Have Lower Down Payment Requirements 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property for new purchase loans on existing construction homes is quite appealing for many borrowers who can’t afford 20% down for some conventional loans. FHA One Time Close construction loans also require a 3.5% down payment for properties built | more...

 
One Time Close Construction Loan Options: The VA OTC Loan

VA One-Time Close Construction Loan Options for Military Veterans Expanded

Some house hunters get fed up with looking for just the right home, while others start out their home loan journey knowing in advance they want a house built for them. What options to these borrowers have? There is an FHA home loan known as the FHA One-Time Close / Single-Close construction loan that lets borrowers apply for a single loan that covers both construction costs and the mortgage itself. The FHA version of this type of construction loan requires the borrower and lender to work together to establish a plan for the project including estimated completion times, interest rates, budgets, and more. Some borrowers aren’t interested in FHA home loans since they have other options; do qualifying military veterans have a VA loan version of the FHA One Time | more...

 
FHA Foreclosure Relief For 2017 Disaster Victims

FHA Foreclosure Relief For 2017 Disaster Victims

In late February 2018, the FHA announced additional foreclosure relief measures for victims in federally declared disaster areas in 2017. According to the FHA official site, the new measures are intended to be an expanded version of “mortgage relief to FHA-insured homeowners who live or work in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as California wildfires and subsequent flooding and mudslides.” The FHA has ordered participating FHA lenders to offer “additional options to eligible disaster victims in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, allowing them to remain in their homes while reducing losses that would otherwise negatively impact FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund” according to the press release. At the heart of these new measures is something called | more...

 
Can I Assume An FHA Mortgage?

Can I Assume An FHA Mortgage?

Can I assume an FHA mortgage? That is a question on the minds of those looking to take over an FHA home loan from the original borrower. Loan assumptions are a bit different than a new purchase home loan application, though the borrower must be able to afford the loan in both cases. The short answer is that yes, in most cases with lender participation you may be able to assume an existing FHA home loan from the original borrower. A credit check may or may not be required (see below) depending on circumstances, and lender standards. It’s the lender’s job to determine whether or not the loan assumption will happen-FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 permit the assumption of an FHA mortgage, but the process requires the lender’s participation. | more...

 
HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Hurricane Michael Victims In Florida

FHA Revises Policy On PACE Assesments

The FHA has revised its’ policy on home loans for properties encumbered by Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligations. According to the FHA official site, in 2016 the agency “established requirements regarding the eligibility for FHA-insured mortgages of properties encumbered with PACE obligations that permitted, under some circumstances, a continuing obligation for repayment of the PACE obligation even after foreclosure and acquisition by FHA.” But that policy has since come under review due to concerns “for increased losses to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund due to the priority lien status given to such assessments in the case of default.” According to the official site, the agency “is also concerned with the lack of consumer protections associated with the origination of the PACE assessment, which are far less comprehensive than that | more...

 
FHA Home Loan House Hunting Checklist

What Do I Need To Qualify For An FHA 203(h) Rehab Loan For Disaster Victims?

What do I need to qualify for an FHA 203(h) rehab loan for disaster victims? Those in the hardest-hit areas may require complete replacement of a home damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, or California fires. But what are the basic requirements of the FHA 203(h) rehab loan? FHA 203(h) Rehab Loans Are For Those In Federally Declared Disaster Areas The basic requirement for an FHA 203(h) rehab loan is that the applicant’s property is located in a federally declared disaster area. According to HUD 40001., “The previous residence (owned or rented) must have been located in a (federally declared disaster area) and destroyed or damaged to such an extent that reconstruction or replacement is necessary. A list of the specified affected counties and cities and | more...

 
FHA Announces Foreclosure Avoidance Help For Federal Disaster Areas

HUD To Provide $5 Billion For Hurricane Harvey Recovery In Texas

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a multi-billion dollar pledge to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. According to a press release on the HUD official site, the funds will “support the repair of damaged homes, businesses and critical infrastructure in the State.” According to the press release, the funds are possible via the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017. This “appropriated $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funding for major disasters declared in calendar year 2017. To distribute these funds, the Act requires HUD to direct the funds to the areas most impacted by qualifying disasters.” The press release adds that HUD will announce additional grants “to other jurisdictions as more data become available on the unmet needs | more...

 
HUD Announces Settlement In Nevada Fair Housing Act Harassment Case

HUD Charges Kansas Property Owners With Fair Housing Violations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is charging a Kansas landlord with Fair Housing Act violations after allegations of sexual harassment. According to a press release on the HUD official site, the agency “announced today it is charging the owner and landlord of several rental properties in Wichita, Kansas, and his wife, who co-owned one of the properties, with housing discrimination after the landlord allegedly sexually harassed two female tenants at his properties. HUD’s charge further alleges that he also made discriminatory statements based on one of the women’s race”. The Fair Housing Act prohibits a wide range of discriminatory practices in housing including sexual harassment. According to the HUD official site, it is a violation of Fair Housing laws to “discriminate against individuals on the basis of | more...

 
What Is Good Credit? FHA Mortgage Loan Credit Score Ranges

Can I Get An FHA Loan Without A Down Payment?

Can I get an FHA loan without a down payment? That’s a question some ask after learning that some conventional mortgages require a minimum of 10% down, sometimes as high as 20% down. Is there such a thing as a no-money-down FHA mortgage loan? Down Payment Rules For FHA New Purchase Loans and Construction Loans All FHA forward mortgages (what you apply for to purchase a home) require a minimum down payment of 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property. There is one exception, and that is for FHA 203(h) rehab loans for disaster victims in federally declared disaster areas. The FHA 203(h) rehab loan requires NO down payment UNLESS it is used in conjunction with an FHA 203(k) rehab loan (which is for general use and not limited | more...