January 27, 2020

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Is it safe to buy a home in 2020

Is It Safe To Buy A Home In 2020?

Some borrowers are wondering if it is safe to buy a home in 2020. These people may be worried about interest rates taking a sharp move higher (they are currently very low due to issues we’ll discuss below) or about credit becoming harder to come by in the new year. But what is the reality? It’s never been a better time to be interested in real estate, especially for those interested in buying condo units or having a house built for them from the ground up using a One-Time Close construction loan. 2019 was a very interesting year for interest rates; there were times when rates behaved differently than expected, times when they went lower in spite of other pressures that could have driven rates higher instead.  And it seems | more...

Beware of Escrow Fraud

Need A Home Loan? Beware Of Escrow Fraud

There are common home loan scams that affect house hunters, even those applying for FHA home loans. One such scam–one you might actually encounter in your home buying journey–is called escrow fraud and it can affect even the most experienced homeowner if they are caught at just the wrong moment. Home Loan Scams Can Affect Any Type Of Mortgage Escrow scams are not associated with FHA mortgages alone, any type of home purchased with any type of home loan could be targeted. An important sense of any successful scam is creating a sense of urgency or emergency or a feeling that a big discount might be missed if you stop to consider the options. The scammer wants you to be in a hurry, not thinking critically, and ready to invest | more...

Closing Day On Your FHA Home Loan

Closing Day On Your FHA Home Loan

What do you need to know about closing day for your FHA home loan? There is plenty of advice out there including the idea that you should not schedule loan closing AND moving trucks on the same day. But why? Because there are some variables that could delay your closing day, and you don’t want to get stuck juggling TWO rescheduling needs instead of just one (to say the least). Closing Day Delays Your closing day could be rescheduled for any number of reasons–there could be an issue with the title, your appraisal could come in too low, you may pay for the home inspection only to find that there are problems with the home not covered by the appraisal. Some issues are merely delays. Others could develop into a | more...

Rent or Buy?

Rent Or Buy?

For some, buying is better. Why? Much depends on your financial goals but you should also take into consideration aesthetics and practical concerns, too. One argument in favor of buying or building (on your own lot) a home with an FHA mortgage? The ability to modify your property without having to go running to the landlord to ask permission is a big one. But some renters don’t realize that you can, when you own your home, also apply for a refinance loan to repair or modify your property. That is not something you can do with a rental unit. You’re basically at the mercy of the landlord in such cases. Another argument in favor of buying a home with an FHA mortgage instead of renting? The ability to purchase a | more...


Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2020! Banks and markets are closed today to observe the holiday and we too feel it’s very important to remember this important day. America owes a great deal to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are proud to observe this day dedicated to him and pause our regular coverage of FHA news and FHA loan topics to observe the holiday. We resume our usual schedule of posts tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

FHA Home Loans and Your Income: 5 Tips

Home Loan Approval And Your Income

Home loan approval means submitting your employment and income information to the lender, who must verify the information for accuracy. There are things you can do to help the process work in your favor if you know about certain nuances of the home loan approval process. Important Takeaways From This Article: Know how the lender checks your income data; Study the FHA home loan rules for employment and income, especially if you are self-employed, a commission earner, or a contractor; Know how frequent job changes may affect your loan; Shop around for a loan even if you think you’ve found a good bank; Know How The Lender Operates Some people mistakenly assume that income and employment verification are formalities; they are not. Your lender is required by law to carry | more...

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: Should You Skip The Home Appraisal?

Do You Need To Apply For An FHA Mortgage?

Do you need to apply for a home loan to buy real estate in 2020? FHA mortgages feature a low minimum down payment, allow seller contributions to closing costs, and even permit down payment assistance from approved sources. What does it take to apply for an FHA mortgage? You will need proof of income, tax records, and bank statements. Borrowers also need to have a credit history of some kind, even if non-traditional. FHA loan rules allow non-traditional credit, but lender standards will be very important. FHA Loan Approval Requirements FICO scores between 500 and 579 for a 10% down payment, or FICO scores at 580 or higher for the lowest down payment of 3.5%. You will also need 24 months of employment history as a general rule, and you | more...

How to get ready for an FHA home loan

How To Get Ready For Your Home Loan

Need to know how to get ready for an FHA home loan in 2020? There’s plenty of good advice out there, but what about from watchdog agencies like the Federal Trade Commission? Or USA.Gov? Starting early to plan your loan is the best advice, but what happens next? Reviewing your credit, saving up for your expenses for the loan, and learning your options are very important. FTC Credit Advice The FTC has a lot of consumer credit advice, some of which can apply to home loan transactions as well as other types of credit. The FTC official site warns consumers that when trying to get ready for your home loan. it’s best to review your credit reports BUT do not be taken in by third party credit repair agencies that | more...

Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Some of our most popular blog posts and articles have to do with buying a home with a low credit score. What can you do if you know your credit isn’t perfect but need to buy a home with an FHA mortgage? Actively Work On Your Credit The most effective way to change your credit rating and improve it is also the simplest. Make all payments on time for at least one year leading up to your home loan application. This is the first step toward getting yourself ready to actually be approved for a mortgage loan. Review Your Credit Report If you don’t know what your credit report says, you are not ready for a home loan. It really is as simple as that. Learn How To Understand Your | more...

FHA Loans And Your Credit Report

FHA Loans And Your Credit Report

Do you need to fix your credit? Do you need to fix your credit REPORT? Some of our most popular articles here involve what to do about bad credit issues ahead of a home loan application. The usual advice about paying on time and making sure you cut your outgoing debt as much as possible always apply, but there is an equally important step in getting your credit ready for a new loan; checking your credit report for accuracy. How To Get Your Free Credit Report From A Government-Approved Source To order the free credit report you are entitled to by law, visit annualcreditreport.com. You can also call 1-877-322-8228 or download and complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it in: Annual Credit Report Request Service P.O. Box 105281 Atlanta, GA | more...