December 16, 2019

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Can I Buy Investment Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage?

Can I Buy Investment Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage?

This is a question on the minds of many and the issue definitely has some nuances. The FHA lender’s handbook HUD 4000.1 states “Investment Properties are not eligible for FHA insurance.” But what is the FHA definition of an investment property and how flexible are these guidelines? To understand what constitutes an investment property, we have to examine what the FHA considers as an acceptable purchase and what is considered an investment property. FHA mortgages are intended for owner-occupiers. At least one borrower obligated on the mortgage must live in the home as the principal residence. FHA loan rules require this to happen “within a reasonable time” after the loan closes and that time is often considered 60 days unless other arrangements are made. FHA loan rules do permit, if | more...

 
Will FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Drop Even More?

Winter Vacation Homes And FHA Loans: What You Need To Know

Investing in a winter vacation home is tempting for many, especially in snow-bound states. Do borrowers have the option of purchasing a vacation home with an FHA mortgage? A look at FHA loan rules quickly reveals that one of the requirements for FHA loan approval is that the home be used as the primary residence; occupancy is a condition of loan approval for an FHA single family forward mortgage loan. But does this mean that borrowers can never use an FHA mortgage to buy a property that will become a winter vacation home? Not exactly. Borrowers who purchase a home with an FHA mortgage, use it as their primary residence, and refinance it with a conventional mortgage would be technically free (unless the conventional loan agreement states otherwise) to use | more...

 
Plan Ahead For Your First Home FHA Loan

FHA Home Loans And Occupancy: What You Can And Cannot Do

If you are buying an existing construction home with an FHA mortgage, or having one built for you using an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, you will notice some common requirements for these mortgages; one such requirement involves the borrower’s use of the property once the loan has closed. FHA new purchase mortgages, also known as forward mortgages, are intended for those who wish to occupy the home as their main address, or “primary residence”. Some borrowers may be confused by this requirement because they assume you can buy and rent out a home using an FHA mortgage without intending to occupy it. But the reality is that FHA mortgages actually require occupancy by at least one person obligated on the home loan, so how is it possible to purchase | more...

 
Can I Buy A Rental Property With An FHA Mortgage?

Can I Buy A Rental Property With An FHA Mortgage?

Can I buy a rental property with an FHA mortgage? This is a question borrowers ask when they are considering trying to use the property they buy with their new mortgage to earn income or even help pay the mortgage itself. Is this possible under FHA home loan rules? FHA Mortgage Loan Rules: You Must Occupy The Property You Purchase With An FHA Mortgage Most FHA single family home loans include an occupancy requirement, which means if you intend to rent a property you purchase with an FHA loan, it must be a single-unit or multi-unit home that you intend to occupy. FHA loans technically permit mortgages for properties with up to four living units. Your participating FHA lender may or may not offer home loans for multi-unit properties, so | more...

 
FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

FHA Home Loans And Occupancy Requirements

What are the occupancy requirements for FHA home loans? Like many government backed loans, there are general occupancy requirements a borrower must follow as a condition of loan approval. Whether you are buying an existing construction home or having one built for you using an FHA One Time Close construction loan, some guidelines for occupancy will apply. FHA Definition Of Occupancy, Principal Residences FHA loan occupancy rules basically require that the borrower live in the home full time, using it as the primary residence or principal residence instead of a vacation home, time share, or other intermittent occupancy arrangement. How does the FHA specifically define “principal residence”? According to HUD 4000.1: “A Principal Residence refers to a dwelling where the Borrower maintains or will maintain their permanent place of abode, | more...

 
Homes You Can And Cannot Buy With An FHA Mortgage

Things You Should Know About FHA Home Loans

There are many things you should know about FHA loans before you start the application process; myths and half-understood features of this home loan program still confuse some applicants going into the process. What follows should help you better understand the basics of the FHA home loan program. FHA Loans Are Not Just For First-Time Home Buyers There is no restriction on FHA loans for those who have purchased a home before. There are no separate terms, qualifications, or other rules for those who have purchased before. All FHA loan applicants who are financially qualified are welcome to apply. FHA Loans Are Available For Condos, Mobile Homes, and Mixed-Use Properties Suburban homes are just one of the types of property you can buy with an FHA mortgage. You can purchase | more...

 
Real Estate, Millennials, And Down Payments

What Are The FHA Loan Rules For Occupancy?

What are the FHA loan rules for occupancy? This is a question many borrowers are curious about, especially those who are interested in becoming landlords and earning rental income from their property. Does the FHA single family home loan program allow a borrower to rent out the property purchased with an FHA mortgage? FHA Loans Are Specifically For Owner/Occupiers HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, states clearly that at least one person obligated on the FHA mortgage is required to use the property as their primary residence: “At least one Borrower must occupy the Property within 60 Days of signing the security instrument and intend to continue occupancy for at least one year.” Furthermore, the FHA clearly defines what it considers to be a “principal residence”. On page 140 of | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules For Refinance Loans

What Are The FHA Loan Rules For Investment Properties?

FHA home loans have “approved property” rules found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook for Single Family Mortgage loan transactions. These rules include a list of approved uses for FHA mortgages, approved property types, and the kinds of property which can never be purchased with an FHA single family mortgage. First and foremost, FHA loans are intended for owner-occupiers, which means that FHA mortgages for vacation homes and other intermittent-occupancy purposes are not possible. Borrowers cannot use an FHA loan to open a bed and breakfast establishment, or to purchase a timeshare, condohotel or similar property. FHA mortgage loan rules in HUD 4000.1 also state the following, intended to prevent the use of single family home loans for business purposes: “FHA will not insure more than one Property as | more...

 

FHA Mortgage Occupancy Rules

A reader asked us a question this weekend about FHA mortgage loan occupancy rules. “I purchased a home with an FHA loan and intended to live in it for 4 years until my fiancee got orders to relocate with the Air Force. Wellhe got orders to move from Colorado to Florida but I just purchased my house 3 months ago. Can I not leave Colorado and move with my fiancee?” HUD 4000.1, the FHA single-family home loan rule book, addresses situations like these, stating: “Borrowers who are military personnel, who cannot physically reside in a Property because they are on Active Duty, are still considered owner occupants and are eligible for maximum financing if a Family Member of the Borrower will occupy the subject Property as their Principal Residence, or | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Your FHA Home Loan

FHA Loan Rules On Occupancy And Second Homes

Occupancy is a key issue for FHA single family home loans. When you purchase a residence with an FHA mortgage, one of the requirements loan approval is conditional upon is that the borrower is expected to occupy the home as the primary residence, usually within 60 days of the loan closing. Occupancy is required for both new purchase and FHA cash-out refinancing loans. That’s one reason why FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 specify that FHA mortgages can’t be used for vacation properties, timeshares, etc. HUD 4000.1 states clearly, on page 135, the “standard for owner occupancy” which includes the following: “At least one Borrower must occupy the Property within 60 Days of signing the security instrument and intend to continue occupancy for at least one year. 203(k) Rehabilitation products | more...