March 7, 2021

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FHA Refi loans

Questions You Should Be Asking About FHA Refinance Loans

Refinancing your home loan can be a smart move for some homeowners, especially in times where rates are low. At press time, the rates in March of 2021 are rising, but FHA mortgage loan rates have up to this point still remained below the three percent line, so it’s still a good idea to consider your refinance loan options if you want a lower interest rate. Remember, rates are subject to change and in 2021. We’re going to see a LOT of rate changes if current indicators provide any clues to the future or mortgage loan interest rates. Mortgage loan interest rates last year back in 2020 hit three-year interest rate lows due to a variety of factors including hangovers from trade war woes with China, the coronavirus, and other | more...

 
Do You Need Down Payment Help?

FHA Loans Versus Conventional Mortgages

If you aren’t sure whether to apply for an FHA loan or a conventional mortgage to purchase or refinance your home, there are some comparisons you can make between FHA and conventional loans. Don’t pull the trigger on a new loan application without comparing the features of both types of loan. Even if you decide not to choose an FHA mortgage in the end, making the most informed decision you can is paramount. FHA Mortgage Payoff Rules Borrowers who refinance or pay off their mortgage early by paying extra each month or doubling down on payments at some point should know that certain mortgages may subject you to a financial penalty for doing so. Your loan may also have a different procedure for making the final payment–be sure to know | more...

 

Which Construction Loan Is Right For You?

There is a kind of home loan called a One-Time Close construction loan that lets you build a home on your own lot. There are government-backed One-Time Close construction loans offered including a USDA version of the One-Time Close construction loan, a VA Loan allowing you to do the same thing, and an FHA One-Time Close construction loan.  The One-Time Close mortgage features a single application and closing date for the entire process–compare that to construction loans that feature one application and one closing date for the construction phase plus a separate application and closing date for the purchase of the property once it has been built.  This is NOT how the process works with the One-Time Close loan which makes this process easier for borrowers and lenders by eliminating | more...

 
FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

One-Time Close Construction Loan Advice

If the idea of building a home instead of buying somebody else’s property appeals to you, the One-Time Close construction loan allows you to build a home from the ground up on your own lot (or on land you buy in conjunction with the mortgage). Building a home with plans you approve has plenty of advantages, but it also requires some extra consideration. It’s not terribly complicated to anticipate some important factors associated with your construction loan but it does take some time to get the information you need to make the most informed choices possible for your new home. If you want to build a home on your own lot instead of buying an existing house, the FHA One-Time Close construction mortgage is an option you should seriously consider. | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Watch

FHA 30-year fixed rate mortgages have, at press time a 52-week average of 2.25% (best execution or assuming ideal circumstances) at the lowest end and 4.0% at the highest. However, the numbers currently available–the rates for FHA 30-year fixed-rate mortgages at press time–are listed a 2.88%, a definite rise from the lowest point on the 52-week average. Reading this, some future home loan applicants are likely wondering if they should hurry up and apply for a mortgage even if they are not quite ready to do so. If you read finance blogs and mortgage industry writers, you discover that among some industry professionals, there’s a view that the economic stimulus has at least a partial role in creating conditions ripe for mortgage loan interest rates to start going up again. | more...

 
Construction Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

Home Loan Approval: Documents You Need To Get There

What’s the most important thing you can do in the planning stages of a new home loan? It really does not matter whether you might be contemplating buying a home with an FHA mortgage or building one on your own lot using an FHA Construction Loan known as the One-Time Close mortgage; there are some documents you will need to gather in the planning stages to help you get closer to loan approval. Some of these documents are no surprise–your most recent pay information is a good example. Your lender will want to see verification of your current income. What is not so obvious? The reality that your loan officer might ask you to provide details about a salary or other income information from your previous employer, especially if you | more...

 
FHA/HUD

HUD Announces Further Modifications Of Home Loan Policy During COVID-19

The pandemic has forced many business owners, consumers, house hunters, and home sellers to rethink their approach to the task at hand. The FHA and HUD have modified many FHA loan rules to accommodate the need to socially distance and implement other coronavirus mitigation procedures and prevent the spread of the virus. And in 2021, those modifications must continue. On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the HUD official site announced extensions of already-modified Single Family mortgage loan policies–modifications that would allow the FHA to help “maintain new mortgage originations for homebuyers and allow 203(k) rehabilitation projects to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic”.  Extending these policies insures continued flexibility in certain guidelines for single family home loans. Why is it needed? To ensure home loans are available via the FHA program for | more...

 
Reasons To Refinance

Myths About FHA Refinance Loans

There are plenty of misconceptions about refinancing real estate. If you have a house you want to refinance, it’s good to learn what you can and cannot do with an FHA refinance loan before you start shopping around for a lender. And you WILL want to shop around. FHA Refinance Loan Myths: You Have To Keep Your Original Lender You are free to refinance you home with another lender offering more competitive terms, rates, or perks for borrowing with that financial institution. FHA Refi Loan Myths: You Have To Refinance Into A Fixed-Rate Mortgage Borrowers can choose an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) at refinance time if the lender offers such a loan. Not all participating lenders will, which is another reason to shop around for the right lender for | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans In 2021

Buying And Repairing A Home With An FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan

Are you considering home repairs and renovation? In 2021 some are as part of disaster recovery. Other homeowners need a home repair or upgrade, or they want to purchase a fixer-upper house. Whether you want to replace your current home, or remodel it, the FHA 203(k) rehab loan can help These rehabilitation loans (which are also available as a refinance loan) are for any home owner who wants to buy or refinance a property and repair or renovate it at the same time. There is a standard version of the 203(k) purchase and refinance loan, and a limited version of both for smaller renovation projects. Some Won’t Use An FHA 203(k) But some borrowers won’t use an FHA 203(k) rehab loan. They either cannot, due to the nature of the | more...

 
HUD Announces Changes To Exterior-Only Appraisal Guidelines For FHA Purchase Loans

HUD Further Extends COVID-19 Foreclosure Relief

The FHA and HUD have announced new modifications to coronavirus relief options for FHA borrowers in need of foreclosure avoidance help during the pandemic. Effective immediately, HUD has implemented a variety of modifications: Extended foreclosure and eviction moratoriums now expire June 30, 2021; Deadline for “first legal action” and “Reasonable Diligence Time Frame” is extended to 180 days; COVID-19 Forbearance start dates are now extended to June 30, 2021; HECM extension period is extended to June 30, 2021; HUD now offers up to two additional three-month COVID-19 Forbearance periods or HECM extension periods “for certain Borrowers”; HUD now allows additional Borrowers, “regardless of delinquency status or participation on a COVID-19 Forbearance” to apply for FHA’s COVID-19 Loss Mitigation Options; HUD has removed the restriction on “Borrowers receiving more than one | more...