July 5, 2020

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Mortgage Relief Scams To Avoid

Mortgage Relief Scams To Avoid

In an age where millions of Americans have applied for coronavirus-related mortgage relief, there are also con artists at work trying to steal money they haven’t earned from people who cannot afford to lose what money they have. What should you be aware of to avoid being conned while seeking home loan relief or foreclosure avoidance? Beware Mortgage Relief Scammers Some scammers just make random phone calls, hoping to strike gold. Others are far more careful and methodical. In those cases, mortgage relief scams often rely on a con artist viewing public records of homes that may be in the pre-foreclosure process, targeting these owners and hoping to take advantage.  One of the hallmarks of a mortgage relief scam? The scammer comes in with promises to save the home outright, | more...

 
Construction Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Building A Home As A New Borrower

At press time, many portions of the United States are considering some kind of return to business as usual in the wake of lockdowns and coronavirus containment measures.  For better or worse, some portions of the country are opening more than others and this will likely include real estate markets and house hunting as progress is made. And that means some first-time home buyers will be exploring their options soon. Did you know that even as a first time borrower, you may be eligible for a One-Time Close construction loan that allows the borrower to build a home on their own lot rather than buying someone else’s property? One-Time close loans are available for VA borrowers, FHA loan applicants, even USDA borrowers. These loans do require some additional legwork and | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Is Your Credit Ready For A Mortgage?

Do you worry about your ability to obtain or use credit because of coronavirus issues? You can take steps to protect your credit and work on your credit rating; you don’t have to sit idly by and wonder what’s happening with your FICO scores and credit report. One of the first steps for many is to use credit monitoring. This is a type of service offered by third parties that allows you to see changes in your credit report including activities and scores (over a period time, not necessarily in real time) that may affect your ability to get credit in the future. Credit monitoring is a good way to start because using such a service makes the consumer more aware of how credit works, the day-to-day factors that could | more...

 
FHA and HUD Change Loan Approval Requirements For Coronavirus

FHA and HUD Change Loan Approval Requirements For Coronavirus

The FHA and HUD have announced short-term alterations to appraisal and approval policies for single-family forward mortgages during the coronavirus outbreak. The changes, originally set to expire on May 17, 2020, address issues involving how appraisers review their properties, and how lenders must reverify borrower financial data before closing time. The changes to appraisal requirements (exterior-only inspections allowing the appraiser to work without being at risk of infection) were a big part of that, but not the whole substance of the policy changes. Reducing the risk to appraisers is one thing, but some of the measures are intended to streamline loan approval in a time of crisis. The FHA/HUD official site press release explains that certain measures were needed to, “maintain the stability” of the FHA Single-Family Home Loan program, | more...

 
FHA Extends Coronavirus Policies

HUD Announces Settlement In California Fair Housing Sexual Harassment Case

Some renters and house hunters are not aware that sexual harassment from someone at any stage of the housing process can be considered a violation of federal law. Did you know that the Fair Housing Act forbids landlords and others involved in the housing industry from sexually harassing those in search of housing (bought or rented)? A recent settlement announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development highlights this issue. According to HUD, the agency recently approved a conciliation agreement, “requiring Ronoel Romero, Blanca Romero, and Mario Prudencio, the owners and manager of a Bakersfield, California, apartment complex, to pay $14,500 to several female residents”. The required payment is part of the settlement. Fair Housing Act laws forbid housing providers from sexually harassing tenants. The prohibition includes “creating a | more...

 
Closing Day On Your FHA Home Loan

Closing Day On Your FHA Home Loan

What do you need to know about closing day for your FHA home loan? There is plenty of advice out there including the idea that you should not schedule loan closing AND moving trucks on the same day. But why? Because there are some variables that could delay your closing day, and you don’t want to get stuck juggling TWO rescheduling needs instead of just one (to say the least). Closing Day Delays Your closing day could be rescheduled for any number of reasons–there could be an issue with the title, your appraisal could come in too low, you may pay for the home inspection only to find that there are problems with the home not covered by the appraisal. Some issues are merely delays. Others could develop into a | more...

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

FHA Construction Loans Versus USDA Construction Loans

Why would borrowers choose to build a home on their own land using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan (which requires a down payment of 3.5%, minimum) instead of a no-money-down USDA home loan? There are several reasons why an FHA mortgage might be the better choice depending on circumstances, even with a required minimum down payment. That down payment is far less than some conventional loans require. USDA Mortgage or FHA Home Loan? USDA construction loans offer an advantage to eligible borrowers thanks to their zero down payment requirement. But a USDA mortgage is need-based, and these loans (even construction loans) have a household income cap. USDA loan rules state that in some cases, borrowers who have assets higher than the USDA limit “…may be required to use a | more...

 
Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

How Much Is My Down Payment With An FHA Mortgage?

Many buyers want to know how much their FHA loan down payment requirement is. The answer is not as easy as quoting a percentage since there are variables that can affect the amount of the down payment you will be required to make. FHA Loan Down Payment Basics There is no fixed dollar amount for the down payment-each transaction will have its’ own required down payment amount based on the calculation below. The lowest down payment you can make with an FHA mortgage is 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. There are circumstances where a higher down payment is required because a borrower’s FICO scores don’t qualify them for maximum financing. In those cases, FHA loan rules dictate that where a borrower’s FICO scores are between 500 and | more...

 
Mortgage Relief Scams To Avoid

Myths About FHA Refinance Loans

There are plenty of misconceptions about refinancing real estate. If you have a house you want to refinance, it’s good to learn what you can and cannot do with an FHA refinance loan before you start shopping around for a lender. And you WILL want to shop around. FHA Refinance Loan Myths: You Have To Keep Your Original Lender You are free to refinance you home with another lender offering more competitive terms, rates, or perks for borrowing with that financial institution. FHA Refi Loan Myths: You Have To Refinance Into A Fixed-Rate Mortgage Borrowers can choose an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) at refinance time if the lender offers such a loan. Not all participating lenders will, which is another reason to shop around for the right lender for | more...

 
FHA down payment rules

Preparing For A Home Loan As A New Borrower

Preparing for a new home loan requires time. Before you start looking at real estate listings, talking to sellers, or begin filling out loan paperwork, you will need to take several steps ideally started at least a year before you begin house hunting. Begin Saving For Your Down Payment And Other Expenses Now There are appraisal fees, home inspection expenses, possible flood zone determination costs depending on location, closing costs, and the down payment to think about. Start saving as early as possible for these expenses. Start Checking Your Credit Reports Now If you find any items on your credit report that need to be disputed, the process can take many months. Don’t wait until later to take this step, the time you save will be critical later. You do | more...