October 16, 2019

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Home Loan Advice: Top Reasons For Failed Loan Applications In 2018

Home Loan Advice: Top Reasons For Failed Loan Applications In 2018

– Did you know that a Realtor.com survey reveals that as few as 40% of all potential home buyers apply for their mortgage loan with confidence? As many as 60% of the home buyers in 2018 feared they would not be able to qualify for a mortgage loan. Another survey, issued in September of 2019 by the company CoreLogic, states that high debt and low credit scores were the leading causes of mortgage denials last year. In 2018 alone there were more than two hundred and sixty million loan applications for single-family housing. Those applications were for one-to-four unit properties, as well as a portion of the applications going toward manufactured housing. The CoreLogic report suggests an overall loan application denial rate of just under 25%. And of that 25%, | more...

 
FHA Home loan appraisal rules

New Housing Appraisal Rules? Not So Fast, FHA Loans

If you haven’t paid attention to recent headlines in the mortgage finance sector, you may not be aware that starting October 9, 2019, some house sales priced at or below $400,000 no longer require an appraisal. That news has some house hunters and home sellers jumping for joy. At least at first. Since the mid 1990s, appraisals have not been required for each and every home sale. Homes priced at or below $250 thousand may or may not have required an appraisal (more on that below), but over time, the numbers have shown that home prices have gone up significantly since then. Hence the move to change the appraisal threshold. The FDIC, in partnership with two other government agencies issued the proposal to increase the appraisal limit, the rule was | more...

 
FHA Refinance Options

FHA Refinance Options And Low Interest Rates

At the time of this writing, some market watchers are noting that mortgage rates have moved lower each week for three consecutive weeks. That puts FHA mortgage loan interest rates for purchase loans at a best-execution 3.375% for the most financially qualified borrowers. And while many fully anticipate a slowdown or correction in rates any time now, the refinance loan trends lately show many are willing to take full advantage of a time when home prices are on the rise and mortgage rates are falling. And who can blame a home owner for being tempted to cash in with a refinance loan to get into that lower rate, to pull rising value out of the home in cash, or repair and renovate a property? FHA refinance loan options are available | more...

 
Three Questions To Ask About FHA Refinance Loans

Three Questions To Ask About FHA Refinance Loans

Getting ready to refinance? Even if you are considering using the same lender that you got your mortgage from originally, there are some important questions to ask your loan officer about the refinance transaction. Do you know how much your loan will cost? Do you understand the differences between a simple refinance, an FHA Streamline refi loan, and other types of mortgages? Find out more today and get ready to find the best deal for your needs. FHA Refinance Loan Questions: How Much Will My Loan Cost? In the earliest stages of the refinance loan process, don’t expect to get exact figures, but do ask your loan officer for estimates based on the typical set of costs for the refinance loan you need. You may not be charged identical costs | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules For Mixed-Use Properties

FHA Home Loan Rules For Mixed-Use Properties

FHA Single-Family home loans are designed for those who want to be owner-occupiers. Those looking for affordable housing often turn to FHA mortgages to buy condos, mobile homes, town houses, and typical suburban houses. But there is also the potential to purchase mixed-use properties with an FHA mortgage as long as those homes meet FHA standards, lender requirements, local zoning, and local building code requirements. What are the rules for buying a mixed-use property? To start, the nature of the real estate must be primarily residential in nature. The non-residential use of the home cannot detract from its’ use or status as a dwelling. The FHA Single Family home loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, starts in this area by formally defining what it considered to be a mixed-use property and the | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Interest Rates Lower

FHA Home Loan Interest Rates Lower

There is still time to take full advantage of the higher 2019 FHA home loan guaranty limits set at the start of the new year. If you are thinking about a mortgage or a refinance loan, 2019 may be the year for you. Recent headlines combining a trend in rising home values, more borrowing power, and changes to certain aspects of the home loan industry making it easier in certain sectors (including condo project sales) to buy and sell real estate for residential purposes. Add to that interest rates that are lower after two weeks of improvements at the time of this writing and you have the perfect circumstance for some borrowers interested in lower rates and more borrowing power. What do you need to know about the current FHA | more...

 
How FHA Loans Differ From Other Government-Backed Mortgages

How FHA Loans Differ From Other Government-Backed Mortgages

There are several government-backed mortgage loan programs including FHA mortgage loans, VA loans, and USDA mortgages. What makes FHA mortgages different than VA or USDA home loans? How FHA Home Loans Work The FHA does not lend money to borrowers. Instead, it allows third party lenders who meet FHA standards to underwrite and process FHA mortgage loans, which have a percentage of the mortgage guaranteed by the government. That makes the potential losses to the lender lower should a borrower default on the mortgage. FHA home loans have lower credit score requirements, feature lower required down payments, and have borrower-friendly rules such as a requirement that there be no financial penalty for early payoff of the mortgage. FHA loans are backed by the government, making them a better deal for | more...

 
HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against New York Landlord

HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against New York Landlord

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges of violation of the Fair Housing Act against a landlord in Hamburg, New York. The landlord, named in the HUD complaint as Thomas Frawley, is charged with “refusing to rent to and making discriminatory statements about families with children” according to a press release at the FHA/HUD official site. Fair Housing Act laws make it illegal to discriminate against those seeking housing (rental or purchase) because of family status including having children below the age of 18 years old. There are certain exceptions for age-restricted housing; the HUD official site reminds, “Housing may exclude children only if it meets the Fair Housing Act’s exemption” for certain types of housing meant only for older tenants. The charges in this case | more...

 
Home Buying And Your Credit

Home Buying And Your Credit: Three Simple Tricks

Worried about your credit score? Thinking about buying a home but you don’t know if your credit is good enough to qualify? There is a LOT of home buyer advice out there, especially where improving your credit score is concerned. Work On Your Credit As Early As Possible Do you know how long it takes to dispute wrong information on your credit report? How many people share your first and last name? Do you know how possible or likely it is that someone else’s credit data might end up in your credit report? Or how likely it is that outdated information is still plaguing your credit information? If you don’t you, you are not ready to apply for a home loan yet. No borrower should apply for a mortgage loan | more...

 
Can I Refinance An Inherited Home With An FHA Cash-Out Refi Loan?

Can I Refinance An Inherited Home With An FHA Cash-Out Refi Loan?

Home owners who inherit property have the opportunity to refinance that property with an FHA mortgage, and those refi options can include cash-out refinancing. But there are some rules you need to know before you start the refinance application process. FHA home loan rules generally state that a borrower should be prepared to live in the home they wish to refinance with an FHA cash-out refinance loan for as long as 12 months first. That is a general rule and not specific to inherited properties. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook for single-family home loans, instructs the lender that it’s required to document, “that the Borrower has made all payments for all their Mortgages within the month due for the previous 12 months or since the Borrower obtained the Mortgages, | more...