January 18, 2019

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Buying A Home With An FHA Loan After A Short Sale

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan After A Short Sale

A short sale is essentially the sale of a home that is still being paid for, where the property sells for less than the amount owed. The lienholder(s) agree to write off the remainder and forgive the deficiency. Borrowers who sell short are often taking measures to avoid foreclosure on the mortgage, but not all of the short sale transactions that happen are on mortgages that have fallen into delinquency. Short sales happen in many circumstances but one common scenario involves a homeowner who is suffering from an underwater mortgage and is trying to cut their losses. Getting An FHA Loan After A Short Sale Is it possible to buy a home with an FHA mortgage loan after a short sale? The short answer is yes. Buying a home with | more...

 
Can I Get A Second FHA Appraisal If I Don't Agree With The First One?

Can I Get An FHA Loan After A Short Sale?

Can I get an FHA loan after a short sale? This is a question we handle frequently, and the answer depends on circumstances as well as guidelines found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook. HUD 4000.1 starts off by defining what it considers to be a “short sale”, also known as pre-foreclosure sales. According to the handbook, these terms refer to “the sales of real estate that generate proceeds that are less than the amount owed on the Property and the lien holders agree to release their liens and forgive the deficiency balance on the real estate.” So we see that a short sale is something that can affect your credit, and as we’ll see, the ability to purchase a home in the near future after the sale. FHA | more...

 
FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loan Occupancy Requirements

When Can I Refinance An FHA Loan? FHA Short Refinance

In our last blog post, we discussed when a borrower is permitted to refinance a home loan using an FHA mortgage. But there’s one area not covered by the rules on refinancing with cash out or with no-cash out FHA refinancing. What about borrowers who are underwater on non-FHA mortgages, sitting in what in what is known by mortgage professionals as a “negative equity position”? Is there any help for these home owners? According to HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, there is a program called the FHA Short Refi, which “allows the Mortgagee to refinance a non FHA-insured Mortgage in which the Borrower is in a negative equity position”. That could be good news for some who badly need to get back on the road to building equity once | more...

 

FHA Loan Reader Question: Title I Loans For Remodeling/Rehab

A reader asks, “I am interested in borrowing a small amt. of money for remodeling my home. Is there any way I can qualify for an FHA loan for this purpose? I have never had bankruptcy, never missed a payment, never defaulted on any loan…” Something called a Title I Home Improvement loans are described on HUD.gov as a way to do just what this reader question describes. According to the official site on the page titled “About Title I Home Improvement Loans” you’ll find the following description: “HUD insures private lenders against loss on property improvement loans they make. The applicant must have a good credit history and the ability to repay the loan in regular monthly payments. Both large and small improvements can be financed. Search HUD’s list | more...

 

FHA Issues Revised Condo Project Approval Guidelines For Non-Residential Use

The FHA and HUD have issued revised condo project approval guidelines for a number of areas, including the rules governing non-residential use of condo project floor space. According to Mortgagee Letter 2012-18, “This Mortgagee Letter (ML) puts in place temporary condominium project approval guideline changes to some of the current FHA condominium approval policy provisions.” The letter also says, “These changes replace, for the period specified by this ML, certain approval requirements specifically identified in this ML that were established in ML 11-22 and the attached Condominium Project Approval and Processing Guide (Guide). It was determined that certain policy adjustments were needed to address current housing market conditions.” (Emphasis ours.) A section of the mortgagee letter addresses the FHA rule on non-residential use and/or commercial use of condo space in | more...

 

FHA Loan Reader Question: Am I Eligible For an FHA Loan?

A reader asks, “Me and my husband lost our home due to a house fire. We are currently in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and have been since January of this year. Is there any way we can buy a new home in this situation? We both have jobs also.” FHA loan rules specifically address the circumstances a borrower who has a Chapter 13 on his or her record can get an FHA home loan. According to HUD 4155.1 Chapter Four Section C; “A Chapter 13 bankruptcy does not disqualify a borrower from obtaining an FHA-insured mortgage, provided that the lender documents that

 

FHA Help Available For Those At Risk of Foreclosure

The FHA encourages borrowers worried about going into default or foreclosure on their FHA mortgages to seek help as soon as possible. The earlier a borrower acts, the better chance he or she has of saving the home and preventing damage to credit and other issues. One of the most important thing a borrower can do is to get Foreclosure Avoidance Counseling as early as possible The FHA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development offer help in this area; the FHA official site says, “HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are available to provide you with the information and assistance you need to avoid foreclosure. As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP), you may be eligible for a special Making Home Affordable loan modification or | more...

 

FHA Streamline Refinancing Loans and Credit Qualifying Requirements

Home loan refinancing is among of the most popular types of loans in a troubled economy. When the six o’clock news has regular gloomy updates, it’s not surprising that people turn to refinancing loans to lower their payments and improve the bottom line. FHA Streamline Refinancing Loans can help do just that–this type of refinancing is appealing because in many cases no additional credit check is required by the FHA (though the lender may require one anyway). In some cases, the lender does not have the option to process the FHA refinancing loan with no credit check–certain situations can “trigger” the credit check requirement. Those include any change in the mortgage term that results “in an increase in the mortgage payment of more than 20%” according to the FHA rules, | more...

 

FHA Refinancing And Ownership Issues

Real estate can be a confusing business for those not used to dealing with the daily ins and outs of the industry. But a first-time FHA borrower isn’t the only one likely to have some initial trouble navigating the rules and regulations covering real estate transactions, FHA loan requirements and other issues. A first-time applicant for refinancing also has plenty of questions about the process. One of the most frequently asked questions about refinancing involves an important ownership issue. Suppose a borrower purchased a home with an FHA insured loan, and either had the loan assumed, added someone to the title, or otherwise brought another person into property ownership without having them named on the original FHA loan? Can someone apply for an FHA refinancing loan if they own the | more...