December 2, 2021

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FHA Loan Limits Increase In 2022

There are higher FHA loan limits scheduled for the year 2022. The FHA and HUD have published two mortgagee letters explaining the new limits for purchase loans and reverse mortgages guaranteed by the FHA (known as FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages). According to the HUD official site, the new forward mortgage loan limits for FHA loans in 2022 are available to view but do not take effect until the new year. HUD.gov reminds readers that the FHA loan limit calculations include “a nationwide forward mortgage limit ‘floor’ and ‘ceiling’ for a one-unit property. In 2022 the floor is $420,680 (low-cost areas) and the ceiling is  $970,800 (high-cost areas). The floor is established at 65% of the national conforming loan limit of $647,200 for a single-unit home. For multi-unit properties in | more...

 
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When Will You See The New FHA Home Loan Limits For 2022?

FHA loan limits for 2022 have not been published at the time of this writing but many who are planning to purchase a home in the new year are eager to know whether loan limits are changing–higher or lower depending on where you live. When do the new rates get published? This time last year, FHA loan limits for 2021 wound up being published on December 2, 2020, FHA issued Mortgagee Letter 20-41 (setting the FHA loan limits for purchase loans, also known as forward mortgages) and Mortgagee Letter 20-42, establishing the limits for FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage loans. In both cases, the loan limits are effective starting on the first day of the new year and not before. That means that even if you can look up the | more...

 
Home loan approval and debt

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...

 
FHA and HUD

FHA Mobile Home Loans Get Enchancements

For the first time in four decades, the Federal Housing Administration has published major new guidelines to improve the sale of manufactured homes, mobile homes, etc. In a press release on the FHA and HUD official sites, it was announced that the FHA Title One Program for purchasing mobile homes has been revised and “enhanced” with policies designed to streamline the program and help those who want to use and FHA mortgage to buy a manufactured home. These rules are updated to include FHA mortgages for mobile homes that are “titled as personal” as well as the lot where such a home would be placed. Motivation for these enhancements includes a need to make the program guidelines more understandable to both lenders and borrowers, “while providing expanded eligibility requirements for | more...

 
FHA Loan Down Payment Rules

FHA Loans: For Buying Your First Home

Are you looking for your first home? The FHA home loan program offers mortgages with 3.5% down payments if you qualify with FICO scores, income, and responsible credit use. What do you need to know about what it takes to get approved for an FHA mortgage as a first-time buyer? A lot may depend on variables in your life such as how long you have been in the job market, what your current debt ratio looks like, and whether the employment you have now is stable and likely to continue into the first years of the new loan. Why do we say this? Because FHA mortgages require a minimum income history but not a minimum income.  FHA loan approval depends on your credit history, your FICO scores, AND your employment. | more...

 
Who is eligible for an FHA Home Loan?

How To Get An FHA Mortgage Loan As A First-Time Home Buyer

How can a first-time home buyer qualify for an FHA mortgage loan? To use an FHA mortgage you do NOT have to be a first-time buyer, but if you ARE one you may qualify for state or local down payment assistance programs in your area and it’s a good idea to explore those options if they are open to you. If you are looking for a starter home, a home to grow into, or you want to have a home built especially for you (using an FHA One-Time Close construction mortgage loan), your FHA loan options are impressive. How To Qualify For An FHA loan As A First-Time Home Buyer Plan ahead and start early for your home ownership journey. Start at least a year in advance…that’s the best advice | more...

 
Four Things to Remember About Home Loans and Credit Scores

FHA Loans: New Construction Vs. Existing Construction?

What is the difference between new construction and existing construction? For the purpose of an FHA home loan, the distinction can be important, even if it’s just on a procedural level. The FHA loan handbook (HUD 4000.1) makes important distinctions between new construction and existing construction loans. FHA Home Loans For Existing Construction Properties The FHA defines existing construction properties in a very specific way: “Existing Construction refers to a Property that has been 100 percent complete for over one year or has been completed for less than one year and was previously occupied.” The appraisal requirements for existing construction are not quite the same (in terms of timing, paperwork and required forms) but the issue that will most affect a typical borrower is in how the appraisal is to | more...

 
Home loan approval and debt

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...

 
Five FHA Home Loan Questions To Ask Your Lender

What Goes Into Your Mortgage Payment

Are you new to the house-hunting process? Do you need to know what goes into a monthly mortgage payment? It’s a lot more than just dividing up your loan amount by the number of years you want to pay on the mortgage. With a home loan, it is true that your main numbers will include the amount you pay on the loan principal and the interest, divided by the number of months you are obligated to on the mortgage note.  HUD 4000.1 is the FHA single-family home loan rule book. It has all the guidelines your participating FHA lender needs to process and approve or deny your loan application. And when your lender accepts your application for review, she will not simply run the numbers on the principal and interest.  | more...

 
FHA Loan Approval: Credit Check Facts

Credit Scores For An FHA Home Loan: When Low Credit Is Not Bad Credit

Are you worried about your credit scores for an FHA home loan? When is a low credit score a reflection of bad credit behavior? FHA home loan rules specify that the lender must ensure a borrower as a 500 FICO score at the very minimum in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage, but your credit score numbers don’t tell the whole story. It’s true that FHA loan rule minimums for FICO scores do not always reflect the participating lender’s credit score requirements; borrowers are technically eligible for an FHA mortgage with the lowest possible down payment if they are applying with FICO scores at 580 or higher. The lender may require a credit score of 620 or higher for the same applicants. But your FICO scores only make up | more...