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Getting Ready For An FHA Home Loan In 2018

Getting Ready For An FHA Home Loan In 2018

Are you getting ready for an FHA home loan in 2018? There are some checklist items you should be thinking about in the planning stages of your FHA loan. Credit Monitoring 2017 was a very bad year for many companies because of hacker activity. Many high-profile brands, corporations, even credit reporting agencies themselves were the victims of security breaches. Do you know if your accounts have been affected? If you don’t, you may not be as ready for a home loan as you think you are. For some, it may be best to have regular credit monitoring in the months leading up to your credit application to avoid surprises. Know the contents of your credit report, dispute inaccurate data, and keep an eye on new activity. You’ll be glad you | more...

 
FHA Loan Limits For 2018

Higher FHA Loan Limits For 2018

The FHA has announced FHA loan limits for 2018, and the new numbers mean good news for those looking to buy a home in the new year. The “national conforming loan limit” for 2018 is set at $453,100, up from last year’s limit of $424,100 (see below). The higher limit means more potential borrowing power for qualified FHA loan applicants. According to the announcement on the FHA official site, there are higher limits for 2018. The Federal Housing Administration calculates “forward mortgage limits based on the median house prices in accordance with the National Housing Act. FHA’s Single Family forward mortgage limits are set by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and county and are published periodically.” The FHA sets loan limits “at or between the low cost area and high cost | more...

 
FHA Revises Policy On PACE Assesments

FHA Revises Policy On PACE Assesments

The FHA has revised its’ policy on home loans for properties encumbered by Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligations. According to the FHA official site, in 2016 the agency “established requirements regarding the eligibility for FHA-insured mortgages of properties encumbered with PACE obligations that permitted, under some circumstances, a continuing obligation for repayment of the PACE obligation even after foreclosure and acquisition by FHA.” But that policy has since come under review due to concerns “for increased losses to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund due to the priority lien status given to such assessments in the case of default.” According to the official site, the agency “is also concerned with the lack of consumer protections associated with the origination of the PACE assessment, which are far less comprehensive than that | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Refinance Options in 2018 Explained

FHA Home Loan Refinance Options in 2018 Explained

FHA home loan refinance options in 2018 include a variety of terms. Are you a first-time refinance loan applicant and feeling a bit confused by all the jargon? Here is an explanation of the options you have to refinance your home loan in 2018 using an FHA refi loan. FHA Cash-Out Refinances Defined What is a cash-out refinance loan? According to the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, cash out refinancing is described as, “a refinance of any Mortgage or a withdrawal of equity where no Mortgage currently exists, in which the mortgage proceeds are not limited to specific purposes”. You read that correctly-some participating FHA lenders may approve an FHA cash-out refinance loan on a property that has no existing mortgage, for the purpose of pulling equity out of the | more...

 
Can I Get Cash Back On An FHA Mortgage?

FHA Refinance Loan Options For 2018

FHA refinance loan options in 2018 include options for cash-out refi, FHA Streamline loans, and more. The right home loan refinance option for you depends on your financial needs and goals. What do you want to do with your FHA refinance loan? Get A Lower Interest Rate, Monthly Mortgage Payment If your goal is to reduce the amount of your mortgage payment every month, and you have an existing FHA home loan, the FHA Streamline Refinancing option is definitely for you. Streamline refinance loans are for existing FHA mortgages and generally require a lower interest rate and/or monthly payment as a condition of loan approval. Basically, there must be some type of tangible benefit for an FHA Streamline Refinance loan-the lower payment or interest rate is one of those. But | more...

 
FHA Construction To Permanent Loan 2018

FHA Construction To Permanent Loan 2018

FHA construction To Permanent loans in 2018 are a great option for those who want to buy a home but aren’t interested in purchasing existing construction properties. If having a home built for you sounds better than buying one that already exists, the FHA Construction-To-Permanent loan, also known as an FHA One-Time-Close loan, might be right for you. FHA Construction To Permanent Loan Requirements The basic credit qualifying guidelines for FHA One-Time Close mortgages may vary more among participating FHA lenders. You may find a minimum FICO score requirement of 620 or higher depending on the lender, and in some cases you may learn that a lender has a minimum FICO score benchmark of 660 or better and that two FICO scores may be required. Credit requirements can be higher | more...

 
FHA Loan Questions: Credit, Bank Statements, and Overdrafts

FHA Loan Questions: Credit, Bank Statements, and Overdrafts

Here is a variation on a common question about FHA home loan requirements: “How many months of bank statements are required to show the underwriters in relevance to the month we are closing on the house? Also if there are NSF/overdrafts on our account three to six months prior to our closing month, will that hurt our chances of getting the loan?” To answer these questions properly we need to do some detective work in the FHA loan rule book. Let’s start with the age of the documents needed for a home loan. The rules that govern FHA home loans says all documents must be, in general, no older than 120 days. The lender’s standards may apply in such cases-will the lender require more bank statements in order to review | more...

 
FHA Loan Appraisal Rules For Central Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

FHA Loan Appraisal Rules For Central Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

What are the FHA loan appraisal rules for central heating and air conditioning systems? Does a house need to have central air/heating to be FHA approved? There are two answers to this question. One of those answers is found in the FHA loan appraisal guidelines and is a general rule for all FHA appraisals. In HUD 4000.1, we learn the following about the appraisal requirements for heating systems and central air conditioning units: “The Appraiser must examine the heating system to determine if it is adequate for healthful and comfortable living conditions, regardless of design, fuel or heat source. The Appraiser must notify the Mortgagee of the deficiency of MPR or MPS if the permanently installed heating system does not: –automatically heat the living areas of the house to a | more...

 
FHA Loan Waiting Times After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

FHA Loan Waiting Times After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

We are often asked about FHA loan rules governing home loans for those with a bankruptcy on their credit reports. These types of questions vary, but often feature a common theme: “I had a bankruptcy discharged in July 2014. How long do I have to wait to purchase another home with 10% down payment with a credit score of 590?” After a bankruptcy is discharged, rebuilding good credit is one of the most crucial issues related to this question. A borrower must work hard, post-bankruptcy, to establish the best credit possible in order to qualify for a new home loan. You may find that participating FHA lenders are willing to work with borrowers with credit scores starting at around 620 or higher. That FICO score of 620 is not listed | more...

 
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we pause from our usual discussion of FHA home loans, refinance loans, FHA reverse mortgages and related topics to enjoy the holiday. Our regular schedule of posts resumes on Friday. Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving holiday and we’ll see you tomorrow!