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FHA Loan Options: What To Ask The Lender

If you have never purchased a home and aren’t sure where to begin, you’ll find plenty of advice about what to do, but some steps are more important in the early stages of the process than others. One common loan planning step is to compare multiple financial institutions to see who offers the most competitive rates and terms. Some borrowers are tempted to skip this step or truncate it. But that’s not a good idea. The home loan process should always include comparing multiple lenders, but if you’ve never tried that before, here are some things you should know that may help you save valuable time in the planning process. Choose The Right Loan For You Decide early what type of home loan is best for your situatiuon. Remember that | more...

 
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Buying A Home: How To Inspect A House

Borrowers should always pay a licensed pro to inspect a home as a condition of buying a house. But before paying for that important service, the borrower has to look at multiple homes to find the right one to make an offer on. That process can be daunting for some first-time home buyers. What do you need to look for in a home’s physical condition to decide whether to buy? Inspecting The House In some cases you can learn by looking and researching later. When reviewing the basement, do you see cracked walls? A bit of research reveals that may be a symptom of a foundation problem, which is a serious issue. Another red flag is evidence of “excessive moisture” in the crawl space where applicable. Pooling water in the | more...

 
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What To Ask When Buying A Home With An FHA Loan

If you want an FHA loan to buy a home, it is always a good idea to compare lenders, real estate agents, and other service providers who serve the housing industry.  When comparing, there are important questions to ask each provider to learn more about whether they are right for you. How Long Have You Worked In This Field? The answer will vary depending on the inspector, real estate agent, or lender and when doing so but there are trade-offs to consider for newcomers to the business. A more experienced lender or real estate agent likely understands more complex issues related to your home loan and can deal with them more efficiently than a “noob.” That said, newcomers aren’t always the liability you might assume they are, especially if they | more...

 
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Home Loan Choices

Every part of the home loan process has a set of choices to make. For most house hunters this process begins with the decision to own your own home and quit renting. What other choices await you on the road to homeownership? Interest Rate Options: Conventional, FHA, Fixed, Adjustable No matter which type of home loan you choose, VA, FHA, USDA, or conventional, you’ll need to decide whether to apply for a fixed or adjustable mortgage.  The fixed-rate loan is good for those who need a predictable house payment for the full duration of the mortgage. Unless you refinance, the rate will not change. An adjustable-rate mortgage has an introductory period (typically at a lower rate) followed by periods of rate adjustments.  FHA adjustable-rate mortgages may, for some borrowers, be | more...

 
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What To Consider As You Plan Your FHA Mortgage

Are you a new borrower with questions about how the FHA loan process works? There are important details to learn and remember to get along the way to get the most out of your FHA mortgage. Borrowing Limits For FHA Mortgages  For FHA loans, HUD 4000.1 says 31% is the highest number for typical FHA mortgages without an Energy Efficient Mortgage add-on. Those loans can technically go higher. FHA loan amounts are typically guided by the appraised value of the home and the FHA loan limit for your area, among other factors. It’s possible to be approved for an FHA loan for up to 96.5% of the home’s sale price. That means your downpayment is 3.5%, which is comparatively low. But should you pay only the minimum? Borrowers interested in | more...

 
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Before Your First FHA Mortgage Payment

Do you know what to expect after your FHA mortgage closes? Borrowers should know a few common things about what to expect after closing day, such what to expect from payments and mortgage statements. What To Know About FHA Loan Mortgage Statements Not all home loans have the same terms and conditions, so be sure to review your contract carefully to learn how your statement will be delivered each month or if the loan stipulates you have a payment book to rely on instead.  Assuming your mortgage payment notification automatically comes to you electronically or by U.S. Mail is not safe–make a point to learn what your contract says. Do you need an alternative option? Ask early. Your mortgage statement should have information about what you owe. This includes any | more...

 
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When You Are Ready To Apply For Your FHA Mortgage

When a borrower has the down payment funds and feels ready to commit to the house-hunting journey, applying to be pre-approved or pre-qualified for an FHA mortgage is the next logical step. But there are a few things to review before you begin. Gather Your Documents And Know Your Financials Applying for a loan includes bringing financial data to the bargaining table. You must gather two years of tax returns, you should know specifics about annual gross and net income, and be ready to give the lender information about outgoing debt, your current credit scores, and any other non-employment sources of income you want counted for loan approval purposes. Your lender requires this information to begin. Some situations require more information than others. For example, small business owners may be | more...

 
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FHA Appraisal Rules Change To Help Borrowers

The FHA and HUD have revised appraisal rules for FHA single-family loans. Among the changes, FHA lenders must now provide home buyers with “clarified guidelines to contest an appraisal or request a reconsideration of value (ROV.) “root out racial, ethnic, or national origin bias in residential property valuations” on homes purchased with FHA mortgages.” HUD Publishes Its New Appraisal Guidelines A HUD mortgagee letter published in May 2024 says there are important changes in HUD’s Nondiscrimination Policy, Appraiser Conduct, and other Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Roster Appraiser requirements.  The goal is to create more equity in the appraisal process and “ensure appraisals for insured Mortgages are performed in a competent, independent, impartial, and objective manner” and that appraisers conform to what HUD calls the “Competency Rule.” Changes To FHA Appraisal | more...

 
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Is My Credit Good Enough For A Mortgage?

One of the most commonly asked questions about any home loan program including FHA mortgages? “Is my credit good enough?” It’s a great question, but for some applicants, it’s not asked soon enough in the process to make much of a difference.  The truth is if you start working on your credit the moment you decide to commit to purchasing a home in the future, the better. And that’s because there isn’t just a single FICO score to aspire to or a single set of tasks to perform so you can be “ready”. What does it take to qualify for any home loan? A combination of factors including your FICO scores, loan repayment history, credit utilization, and employment stability. That’s what it takes to qualify for ANY mortgage. What does | more...

 
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Can You Lose Earnest Money With An FHA Mortgage?

There are many different types of home loans, but most of them have one thing in common: the need to use home loan earnest money as a serious buyer. You don’t have to save or plan for earnest money when you are preparing for a home loan, but it is a bad idea not to, as we examine below. Earnest Money Defined Fannie Mae has an article on its official site discussing the nature of earnest money. That discussion includes the following: “Buyers demonstrate their commitment to purchasing a home by submitting an earnest money deposit. This money is held temporarily in an escrow account along with their offer.” NerdWallet.com also rings in, saying “Earnest money is a good-faith deposit you make on a home to show the seller you’re | more...