January 24, 2022

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Using Military Pay To Qualify For An FHA Mortgage

Some house hunters have questions about the ability to be approved for an FHA mortgage using military benefits as qualifying income. What will a participating FHA lender consider and what will they reject? Much depends on the nature of the benefit and whether it is likely to continue. Why would currently serving military members or military veterans consider an FHA loan instead of using their zero-down VA home loan benefit? There are several reasons why the FHA loan might be a choice these buyers make–some might want to save their VA loan for a bigger home, or they may have already used their VA loan entitlement in an earlier purchase. To qualify for any home loan you need verifiable income. Military income is not a lump sum payment for services | more...

 
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Is A Second FHA Loan Possible?

Is it possible for borrowers to apply for second FHA loans, resulting in paying on two mortgages at once? Here is a variation on a common reader question about this issue: “I relocated to another state over 400 miles away. Will I be able to get an FHA loan even though I still own my first home?” There’s no one single answer to a question like this. Aside from FHA loan rules, a borrower’s credit rating, loan repayment history, and debt-to-income ratio may all play a part in whether a lender is able to approve or deny an FHA loan. In cases like these, one of the most important factors would be (all other considerations aside) focused on the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. With an existing mortgage payment, will the borrower | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Home Loan Myths: 20 Percent Down Payments

Why do people still believe you MUST make a 20% downpayment on a home loan? Like other persistent home loan myths (including the one that holds that FHA mortgages are ONLY for first-time homebuyers), the 20% issue has been passed along to unsuspecting first-time home buyers for decades. What is the reality? FHA mortgages require 3.5% down at a minimum. That’s for borrowers who financially qualify with FHA and lender credit score requirements.  FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Lender’s Handbook, says that 580 or better is the FHA standard.  You will need to ask the lender you choose whether there are higher FICO score requirements with that financial institution. (There often are.) With conventional mortgages, 20% down is typically required for borrowers who want to avoid | more...

 
Bad Credit Home Loans

Buying A Home: Credit Questions And More

There are plenty of questions first-time buyers ask about home loans and the credit requirements you need to get the best deal on your FHA mortgage. Here are some common questions you should know the answers to: I Have Multiple Credit Scores. Which One Gets Used? One of the more potentially confusing things to a new borrower? FICO scores. Most consumers will have three FICO scores, they may not match, and the lender may choose your middle score as “the one”. In cases where you only have two FICO scores, the lower one may be used. If you worry about FICO scores, be sure to take early steps to raise the score before applying for the loan. Start as early as possible and work on raising your scores by paying | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

Buying Your Very First Home With An FHA Mortgage

If you are buying your first home, published reports say you aren’t alone. In December of 2021, a Marketwatch article noted that in 2021, the number of first-time homebuyers increased from 31% to 34%. That information comes via the National Association of Realtors, which also notes that historically, some 40% of buyers have traditionally been first-timers. Do you need a first home or starter home? Those who buy with FHA mortgages are in a good position to buy thanks to lower down payment requirements–only 3.5% for those who financially qualify. Lower down payments can help in ways some don’t expect–such as having more money to pay closing costs and other expenses related to buying a home. Down payment assistance programs in your local area may be able to offset the | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan In 2022

Do you want to buy a home in 2022? FHA home loan limits are higher in the new year and there are many different options to choose from with the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program. FHA loans are a popular option for borrowers–especially those who may be newcomers to the job market, those with thin credit or non-traditional credit, etc. When researching your home loan options you will learn that some lenders in your housing market may be participating FHA lenders who may also offer other loan options. This is an advantage as you can compare that lender’s options carefully to make the most informed decision about your mortgage. FHA Loan Downpayments FHA loans feature lower downpayments than you might expect, especially if you have heard the myth that you | more...

 
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FHA Loan Terms Defined

If you are new to the home loan process in 2022, there are some vocabulary terms you’ll want to know as you start to plan and save for your FHA home loan. As you start to research your mortgage options and talk to industry professionals, you’ll likely hear or read some technical terms that may be confusing..at first. The farther along you get in the home loan process, the more these new terms will start to become clear and make sense. Here are some of the terms you are likely to learn more about in the coming months. Comparables You may not experience this phrase in the earlier part of the home loan process but you may once you have found a property you want to buy.  A “comparable” is, | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

Things To Consider: FHA Loans In 2022

What do you need to know about home loans in 2022? There are a few things to keep in mind that may affect your planning and choices about a new mortgage or refi loan. Here are some issues to think about going into the new year: FHA Loan Limits Are Higher In 2022 FHA loan limits go up in most markets, but there are some areas where the limits may not necessarily change. Keep in mind that there are high-cost markets AND low-cost housing markets. \Depending on where you are house hunting the limits may be different than what you are used to–it’s a great idea to check the limits ahead of time to get an idea of what to expect. Interest Rates May Rise In 2022 With the Fed | more...

 
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HUD Announces Settlement In California Fair Housing Case

The FHA and HUD have announced a voluntary settlement agreement in a Fair Housing Act complaint in California. A press release on the HUD official site announces a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with National Community Renaissance, National Community Renaissance of California, Desert Meadows Housing Partners, Victorville Housing Partners, and Cathedral Family Housing Partners, management agents, and owners of four HUD-subsidized apartment complexes in Southern California. The agreement is meant to close the book on complaints that the property managers “refused to rent to or provide adequate language services for applicants with limited English proficiency (LEP)” according to the HUD official site. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal for housing providers to discriminate because of national origin at any stage in the housing process. Furthermore, the Civil Rights Act contains additional | more...

 
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Don’t Get Scammed When Refinancing Your FHA Mortgage

Are you considering an FHA Cash-Out Refinance loan in 2022? What about your options under the FHA Streamline Refinance program or the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage option for qualifying borrowers aged 62 or older? Each of the refinance loan options above could be used as a tool by scammers to try to fool you into paying money to someone other than your lender. All it takes is a “spoofed” e-mail that looks like it came from a legitimate source or a text message from a number you don’t recognize and some people are on the hook. Others know to look for the signs of a scam and avoid trouble by spotting the signs. How many unsolicited e-mails, junk mail, and robocalls do you get each month associated with some kind | more...