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Does The Age Of The Property Affect An FHA Home Loan?

Does The Age Of The Property Affect An FHA Home Loan?

Does the age of the property affect an FHA mortgage loan transaction? Not all properties are brand new, and in cases where existing construction homes or other property types are being considered for an FHA home loan, age can and often is a factor. Why is this? It depends on the type of home you wish to buy. FHA Home Loans For Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes FHA home loan rules for mobile homes and manufactured homes carry a requirement that the property be of a certain maximum age. According to HUD 4000.1, the lender is tasked with insuring that the mobile home was built on or after June 15, 1976, “as evidenced by an affixed HUD Certification Label in accordance with 24 CFR § 3280.11”. The rules in this section | more...

 
How Much Can I Borrow With An FHA Mortgage In 2018?

How Much Can I Borrow With An FHA Mortgage In 2018?

How much can I borrow with an FHA mortgage in 2018? There’s no single answer to this question for a variety of reasons, but in general there are things you should know about an FHA mortgage that can help you understand how much you are able to borrow to buy a home. FHA Loan Limits Are Set By County FHA loan limits are broken down by county in each state. You can see a good example of this and learn what the FHA limit for your area is for the current year, but it is important to note that the dollar amounts you see are calculated before add-ons to the loan such as mortgage insurance premius, FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages, etc. In other words, your loan limit is calculated with the | more...

 
What Can I Buy With An FHA Home Loan?

What Can I Buy With An FHA Home Loan?

What can I buy with an FHA home loan? There are many options available including town homes, condos, mobile homes, manufactured homes, and more. But there is also a list of things you cannot use an FHA mortgage loan to purchase, and that’s good to know going into your search for the right home for you. For example, FHA mortgages cannot be used to purchase any property you don’t intend to live in as your primary residence. FHA home loans are only for properties you will live in as your home address. FHA home loans can be used to purchase homes with a single living unit, but can be used to buy property with as many as four living units. That means that a borrower could potentially buy a four | more...

 
Do townhomes qualify for FHA home loans?

Do Townhomes Qualify For FHA Loans?

Do townhomes qualify for FHA home loans? It’s a variation of the question on the minds of those looking for several different types of properties to consider buying with an FHA mortgage. What do the FHA home loan rules say about purchasing town homes with an FHA mortgage? FHA Loan Rules For Property Eligibility Page 149 of the FHA Single Family Home Loan rule book, HUD 4000.1, states that the following property types may be purchased with an FHA mortgage: -detached or semi-detached dwellings -Manufactured Housing -townhouses or row houses -individual units within FHA-approved Condominium Projects As you can see from the above, FHA loans are possible for town homes. In some cases, special rules are in place regarding town homes. For example, FHA 203(k) rehab loans have specific requirements | more...

 
Happy New Year 2018

Welcome To 2018!

Happy New Year! We look forward to another year of writing about FHA home loan topics, answering questions about the mortgage process, and passing along crucial news and updates about the FHA home loan program. We pause today from our usual schedule to celebrate the new year, but our regularly scheduled posts return on January 2nd. Thank you for reading and welcome to 20181

 
FHA Rehab Loans and Appraisal Requirements

FHA Rehab Loans and Appraisal Requirements

FHA rehab loans have different appraisal requirements than FHA “forward” mortgages used to simply purchase an existing-construction property. Because the borrower is applying for a home loan to buy property that (likely) does not meet FHA minimum standards or state/local building code, the lender is required to determine both the existing condition of the home and the “after completion” version of it. What do FHA loan rules say about the appraisal process for this type of home loan transaction? Today we’re examining the rules for the FHA 203(k) rehab loan. We’ll cover rehab loan rules for properties in federally declared disaster areas in a separate blog post. FHA Appraisal Rules For 203(k) Rehab Loans As mentioned above, FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) requires the lender to determine the value the | more...

 
Getting Ready For An FHA Home Loan In 2018

Getting Ready For An FHA Home Loan In 2018

Are you getting ready for an FHA home loan in 2018? There are some checklist items you should be thinking about in the planning stages of your FHA loan. Credit Monitoring 2017 was a very bad year for many companies because of hacker activity. Many high-profile brands, corporations, even credit reporting agencies themselves were the victims of security breaches. Do you know if your accounts have been affected? If you don’t, you may not be as ready for a home loan as you think you are. For some, it may be best to have regular credit monitoring in the months leading up to your credit application to avoid surprises. Know the contents of your credit report, dispute inaccurate data, and keep an eye on new activity. You’ll be glad you | more...

 
How FHA Maximum Mortgage Amounts Are Calculated

How FHA Maximum Mortgage Amounts Are Calculated

Have you ever wondered how FHA maximum mortgage amounts are calculated? FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 explain how it works, starting with a borrower’s required minimum down payment and including what happens when certain add-ons to the loan are included. How much can you really borrow with an FHA mortgage? According to HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, “Mortgage limits are calculated based on the median house prices in accordance with the statute. FHA’s Single Family mortgage limits are set by Metropolitan Statistical Area and county and will be published periodically.” Those limits are published just before the start of the new year and take effect the first day of the new year. But the amount of your FHA home loan may include more than just the calculation mentioned | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Basics In 2018

FHA Refinance Loan Options

Are you considering your FHA refinance loan options in 2018? There are several different options to choose from depending on your financial needs and goals. What do you want to do with an FHA refinance loan? Lower Your Monthly Mortgage Payments There are FHA refinance loan options that can help lower your interest rate or monthly payments, depending on circumstances. Some borrowers with non-FHA loans want to refinance into an FHA mortgage because of potentially lower interest rates. This is often done with an FHA no-cash out refinance loan option. Whether you will get lower monthly payments on an FHA no-cash out loan depends on several factors including your credit scores, the current amount you are paying on a home loan, and whether you choose to finance certain expenses associated | more...

 
FHA Construction To Permanent Loan 2018

FHA Construction To Permanent Loan 2018

FHA construction To Permanent loans in 2018 are a great option for those who want to buy a home but aren’t interested in purchasing existing construction properties. If having a home built for you sounds better than buying one that already exists, the FHA Construction-To-Permanent loan, also known as an FHA One-Time-Close loan, might be right for you. FHA Construction To Permanent Loan Requirements The basic credit qualifying guidelines for FHA One-Time Close mortgages may vary more among participating FHA lenders. You may find a minimum FICO score requirement of 620 or higher depending on the lender, and in some cases you may learn that a lender has a minimum FICO score benchmark of 660 or better and that two FICO scores may be required. Credit requirements can be higher | more...