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FHA Home Loans For 2019

FHA Home Loans For 2019

What are your FHA home loan options in 2019? Those looking to start house hunting in the new year should know about FHA loan guaranty limits and how those limits can change from year to year. This is a very important detail of the home loan process you should know before starting the search for your dream home. FHA loans have limits that are set periodically and can change from year to year. For many years, the basic limit did not change, and in high or low-cost areas the limits are naturally different but the amount of those respectively higher or lower limits don’t always change. However, in 2018 FHA loan limits did change, and borrowers found they had increased limits according to FHA Mortgagee Letter 2017-16. The national limit | more...

 
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Happy Veterans Day 2018!

Happy Veterans Day! Many banks will be closed to observe this federal holiday, bond markets are closed, and we pause in our usual routine of answering questions about FHA home loans to honor our nation’s vets. Thank a veteran for her service, and remember the sacrifices all our troops have made no matter where in the world they may be stationed. To all current and former members of the U.S. military, THANK YOU for your service! Our regular posting schedule resumes tomorrow.

 
What Is An FHA Loan?

What Is An FHA Loan?

What is an FHA loan? What are they used for? These are fairly basic questions, but there is a surprising amount of confusion about certain aspects of the FHA mortgage loan program. Know these facts about FHA home loans to make the decision about buying or refinancing a home loan with an FHA mortgage. FHA Single Family Home Loans Are For House Hunters FHA loans are intended for those who wish to purchase a home using a government-backed loan that requires a lower down payment than many conventional loans. These loans cannot be applied for to be used as personal loans, though FHA cash-out refinancing is an option for borrowers who have equity built up in the home over time. FHA loans are intended for owner/occupiers, and there is an | more...

 
FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans In 2019

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans In 2019

Why should borrowers consider applying for an FHA One-Time Close (OTC) Construction Loan to build a home in 2019? There are several reasons why having a home built for you from the ground up rather than purchasing an existing construction property might be appealing. FHA One-Time Close mortgages are construction loans that have a single application and closing date; they require the use of escrow and the borrower can either purchase land to build on or use the land already owned. What are the motivations for using an FHA OTC? FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans have lower down payment guidelines, equity in the land owned could be used toward the FHA down payment requirement where applicable, and the borrower makes no mortgage payments during the construction phase of the loan. | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Approval Questions

FHA Home Loan Approval Questions Part One

FHA home loan approval is a process that requires your lender to review your credit history, employment history, and many other factors before deciding to approve or deny a home loan application. There are many questions about this process, and the more answers you have before yo start filling out applications, the better. The answers in this blog post pertain to FHA loan basics, but also rules for self-employed borrowers and those earning commission income. FHA Loan Approval Basics: What Do I Need To Know? The lender will pull copies of your credit report and review your payment history for the 12 months leading up to the mortgage loan application. FHA loan rules are similar to other home loan requirements in this area; coming to your FHA mortgage application process | more...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

There are some important questions to ask a prospective lender when you are shopping around for a home loan. Make the most informed choice you can about selecting your lender, and remember that it pays to shop around for an FHA mortgage! #5: Will You Provide Me With An FHA Loan Estimate? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB.gov) advises borrowers that lenders are required to provide a loan estimate within three days of application. CFPB says the estimate should include the following: estimated interest rate monthly payment taxes and insurance total closing costs for the loan The estimate should also include how the interest rate and payments may change where applicable. Lenders should be willing to provide this estimate. #4: Are The Terms Of This FHA Loan Subject To Change? | more...

 
Rent Or Buy? Arguments For Purchasing A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Rent Or Buy? Arguments For Purchasing A Home With An FHA Mortgage

Does it make more sense to rent a home or to purchase one and make a mortgage payment rather than a rent payment? A lot depends on the property values in your chosen housing market, the cost of renting in that area versus the cost of purchasing, and the borrower’s financial goals. Are you thinking of making the switch from being a renter to becoming a home owner? Some reports claim that rents have increased as much as 88% in certain markets over time, and some renters choose to put that money into a property they own rather than dealing with the issues of being a long-term renter. Is Buying A Home With An FHA Mortgage Instead Of Renting A Good Idea? The first thing needed to answer this question | more...

 
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Happy Labor Day 2018!

Happy Labor Day 2018! Today we pause from our usual schedule of posting about FHA home loans, FHA/HUD news, and refinance loan advice to observe the holiday. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled posts tomorrow. Thank you for reading, and have a safe holiday! We look forward to resuming our regular schedule tomorrow.

 
Five Questions People Ask About FHA Home Loans

Five Questions People Ask About FHA Home Loans

Got questions about FHA home loans? Here are five questions people typically ask about FHA mortgages and the answers according to the FHA loan rules found in HUD 4000.1. Remember that additional lender standards may apply and these answers are based on FHA loan guidelines and not additional lender requirements. Do FHA Home Loans Offer A No Down Payment Option? FHA mortgage loans do not come with zero money down or no money down options but FHA loan rules do allow borrowers to accept properly documented gift funds for down payments from relatives, friends, or employers. You can’t use a credit card cash advance to make the down payment, nor can your down payment gift fund provider. Ask your lender how to help properly document the source and nature of | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: Should I Buy A House Or A Condo?

FHA Loans After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

FHA home loans are more forgiving where a borrower’s credit is concerned; while participating lender standards are also an important part of the loan approval process, the FHA loan program rules in HUD 4000.1 allow borrowers with lower credit scores and past credit issues a chance at loan approval. This is even true in the case of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Some assume that filing for bankruptcy means that a new home loan is quite out of reach, but FHA loan rules say otherwise. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is described by some as a “wage earner’s plan” for repayment of debts to creditors. Installment payments may be made over a period of years. This type of bankruptcy may feature a cap on the amount of debt that can be addressed under the | more...