January 23, 2022

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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 Home Loans: Questions To Ask

If you are getting your finances in order and making plans to apply for an FHA home loan, there are some important questions you can ask your lender ahead of time to make your path to homeownership a smoother one. Some people, even when applying as new house hunters, have done enough research ahead of time to ask some of the right questions. But there are some home loan questions with answers that mean a lot more when combined with other information. What do we mean by this? It does not matter if you are looking for an FHA condo loan, a new construction loan, mobile home mortgage, etc. You will definitely want to ask the lenders you compare about interest rates and how much your loan will cost. The | more...

 
Will I Need To Fill Out IRS Form 4506-T To Buy A Home With An FHA Loan?

Shop Around For An FHA Lender

Why should you shop around for your home loan or refinance loan? Aren’t all mortgages and refinance loans pretty much the same? No, actually, you may find a larger degree of variation among lenders in several ways including what kinds of loan they are willing to offer. Shopping around for a lender is always a good idea even if you are fairly certain you want to continue using your current financial institution to get the new loan or refinance. In the same way you want to shop around for the best-used car dealer you can find, you want to find the lender offering the best deal to you for the money you are spending on closing costs, lender fees, etc. FHA home loans may be standardized in many ways–the types | more...

 
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Qualifying For An FHA Loan

Here’s a great example of a common question we are often asked: “How much is the minimum downpayment required for FHA loan? How do I qualify?” The main issue with questions like these is that the question isn’t specific enough to answer to the reader’s satisfaction. Why? Because good credit scores aren’t enough, and lender FICO score requirements, in general, can vary between one financial institution and another. Essentially, what a borrower needs to know when preparing to apply for an FHA mortgage includes (but is not limited to) a list of items. For starters, you DO NOT have to be a first-time homebuyer to qualify for an FHA mortgage. You also don’t have to worry about income caps or household income restrictions for this type of home loan. Some | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Why Are FHA Home Loan Limits Higher In 2022?

FHA is required by a federal law known as the National Housing Act (NHA) (and its’ amendments found in the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act) to establish FHA home loan limits. These limits are announced close to the end of the previous year in anticipation of the new year. Those limits are set at 115 percent of area median house prices, with a low-end limit (the “floor”) and an upper limit (the “ceiling”) for FHA loan limits. There’s an annual review of these limits to see if they should be adjusted due to economic factors or other variables. In the first week of December 2021, the Federal Housing Administration announced higher FHA loan limits for the year 2022, and those higher limits are effective for both forward mortgages/purchase loans | more...

 
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How To Get Cash Back On An FHA Home Loan

Do you need to know how to get cash back on an FHA home loan? If you want to purchase a home with an FHA “forward mortgage” you might be tempted to ask your lender if it’s possible to apply for more mortgage loan money than is required to complete the transaction. This question usually comes with the hope of being allowed to take the extra loan funds out in cash similar to a personal loan. Some borrowers want to know if they can do this, but that specific scenario is definitely NOT possible under FHA home loan rules. Borrowers are not permitted to get cash back in such cases (we’re discussing FHA purchase loans here and NOT FHA cash-out refinance loan options) except in the form of a refund | more...

 
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Who Can Apply For An FHA Mortgage?

Who can apply for an FHA mortgage? Anyone can apply. Not all are accepted, obviously but there are few restrictions on who can be considered for an FHA mortgage. One of the main restrictions? Applicants with FICO scores below 500–FICO scores below that can never qualify for an FHA mortgage. Another restriction–you must be in the country legally. You do NOT have to be a citizen of the United States to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan, but you do have to provide documentation that shows your status as a resident, non-resident alien (the official term at press time) refugee, or asylum seeker. Your ability to qualify for the FHA home loan program depends on being able to show documentation of your status as a legal resident, etc. Another restriction | more...

 
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Who May Contribute To My FHA Home Loan? Interested Party Contributions

Who my contribute to my FHA home loan? That is a question many want to know, and the answers don’t always point to the most obvious type of contribution the borrower may seek-the FHA mortgage loan required down payment. How much and to which areas can an interested party contribute to for the borrower’s FHA mortgage? FHA loan rules governing this topic are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Loan Handbook for single-family mortgage loan transactions. To begin, it should be noted that down payment source funds are strictly regulated and must come from a verifiable source the lender can investigate to make sure FHA loan rules have been followed. In general, down payment contributions cannot come from interested parties to include “sellers, real estate agents, builders, developers or other | more...

 
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FHA And HUD Announce New Foreclosure Relief Measures For Those Recently Affected By COVID-19

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced new COVID-19 relief measures for those with FHA mortgages.  This news comes on the heels of a previously issued FHA Mortgagee letter, ML2021-19, “Extension of the Foreclosure-Related Eviction Moratorium and Expiration of the Foreclosure Moratorium in Connection with the Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency” which contained the following statement: “HUD’s foreclosure moratorium is set to expire on July 31, 2021, and HUD is not extending that moratorium further”. That statement is true for many; the FHA and HUD have added more help but it is intended for those who have experienced recent financial difficulty because of COVID-19. For those who have already taken advantage of this help, the loan forbearance offered borrowers a chance to save their homes even during the prolonged | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Home Loans After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Those looking for home loans in the wake of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy often get conflicting messages about when, how, and even whether they can apply. Circumstances and causes of bankruptcy may vary, but borrowers often ask the same kinds of questions about what their options are after the proceedings are done. A typical version of such questions may go like this: “I had a bankruptcy that was discharged and I was told I needed to wait two years before I can apply for an FHA loan.  But other sources say I have to wait longer. What is the reality? How long do I have to wait to apply?” What follows is advice about how long you might have to wait but keep in mind that the clock starts ticking | more...