May 19, 2022

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FHA Mortgage Loan

Why Choose An FHA Mortgage?

Why do some borrowers choose FHA mortgages when conventional loans, VA mortgages, and even USDA home loans are also options to consider?  In some cases the answer is easy to understand; the FHA 3.5% down payment minimum is attractive to borrowers who worry they might not be able to qualify for a conventional loan or can’t afford a higher down payment.  But FHA mortgages aren’t just for those who want a lower down payment. Some may choose an FHA home loan for their ability to be refinanced later with an FHA Streamline Refinance Loan, which typically must result in a benefit to the borrower such as a lower mortgage rate or lower monthly payments. How do FHA mortgages compare to their non-FHA counterparts? When you compare the FHA loan program | more...

 
FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans: Buying And Owning Land

With an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, you have the ability to build a home on your own land instead of purchasing someone else’s house. There are two kinds of borrowers for these construction loans, those who already own land and those who do not. Some might wonder if they are left out of the FHA construction loan option simply because they don’t own a parcel of land yet. The good news is that FHA One-Time Close loans allow you to apply for a loan to buy the land as well as build the home. You’ll find that it may be easier to qualify for an FHA One-Time Close loan than a conventional equivalent, but keep in mind that you may have certain closing costs that aren’t applied with certain | more...

 
FHA mortgages and refinance loans

Refinancing A Mortgage Without A Credit Check

Is there such a thing as a no-credit-check FHA loan? There are zero-down payment home loan options offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and USDA, is there a similar type of loan for those who don’t want a credit check? When it comes to purchase loans, FHA mortgages require a credit check, employment verification, and other financial information to approve or deny the loan. You won’t find a home loan issued by a traditional lender that has no credit pull.  That does not mean you cannot purchase property without undergoing a credit check. A 100% cash transaction between borrower and seller would technically not require one unless some kind of credit was needed.  And depending on the state where you live, community property laws may or may not require | more...

 
FHA mortgages

FHA Home Loan Planning For First-Time Home Buyers

If you’re considering an FHA home loan to purchase your first home, there are some issues you might not think about right away when planning and saving for your loan. Anticipating some of these issues can help you make smarter choices about your home, the home loan, and the features of the mortgage. Think Like A Lender That is advice commonly reserved for the credit check, and it’s good advice. Learning to think like a loan officer can help you better determine whether you are truly ready to apply for the loan. For this article, “think like a lender” also extends to things like the type of home you want to buy. What does this mean? When a home is appraised, your lender’s review of the appraisal report will include | more...

 
Information You Need To Pre-Qualify Or Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

FHA Appraisals: Facts You Should Know

Some FHA borrowers wonder about how the appraisal works. It’s a process that can seem a bit mysterious until you understand the hows and whys. What do you need to know about FHA appraisals to help you make the most informed choices about a particular home? FHA Appraisal Facts: The Appraisal Is A Tool For Your Lender, Not For You Appraisals help the lender make sure the home meets the bare minimum standard for safety and habitability. It also helps the participating FHA lender establish the fair market value of the home. It is not a tool for the borrower in any way except to provide the dollar amount for the market value.  FHA Appraisal Facts: Standards Vary What applies in one housing market may not apply in another. By | more...

 
FHA home loan

FHA Loan Income And Employment Rules You Need To Know

Here’s a variation on a common question about FHA loan approval. “I recently switched employment types from salary to commission. How long do I have to earn on a commission basis to qualify for a mortgage?” If you have recently changed the way you earn, that change may complicate your FHA loan process depending on how recently the change happened and other variables.  Switching to commission from salary is one of the best-known examples, but some borrowers may have changed from being full-time, in-house employees, to being contractors or consultants. In other cases, an FHA loan applicant may have quit working for someone else to be their own boss as a small business owner. In all cases, the lender requires proof of employment and income in the form of W2s | more...

 
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True Or False? FHA Home Loan Issues You Should Know

How much do you really know about the home loan process? If you are interested in buying a home with a low-down-payment FHA mortgage, there are a few things that are good to know before you start house hunting. True Or False? FHA Home Loans Are For First-Time Homebuyers Only False. It’s one of the most common persistent myths about FHA mortgages. True Or False? You Don’t Need A Down Payment With An FHA Home Loan False, but the down payment requirement for FHA mortgages is lower than some conventional equivalents. While it’s true that there are conventional mortgages that offer down payments in the three percent range similar to FHA home loans, you may find the FICO score requirements for these loans to be higher than the FHA minimum | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Employment And Income Verification For FHA Loans

Here is a common variation on an FHA loan question we get frequently. “I have been employed for about two years, do I qualify for an FHA mortgage?” FHA loans require a variety of financial qualifications including FICO scores, your history of payments on financial obligations, your debt-to-income ratio, and other factors. Lender standards and FHA loan rules both apply, as do some state laws and other regulations. There’s no individual factor that determines a borrower’s ability to qualify for an FHA mortgage, a number of variables come into play as mentioned above. Sometimes one or more factors can disqualify a borrower, it’s true-a low FICO score, debt ratios that are too high, missed payments in the last 12 months leading up to the loan application, or major changes in | more...

 
HUD

FHA Adds 40-Year Mortgage Relief Option

The Federal Housing Administration has announced a 40-year mortgage modification option for borrowers who are struggling to save their homes due to COVID-19. The announcement will have lenders offer more options to those who are behind on FHA Title II loans, which are the mortgages most commonly used under the FHA loan program to buy primary residences with.  The new 40-year option is meant for those who “cannot achieve a minimum targeted 25 percent reduction in the Principal and Interest portion of their mortgage payment through FHA’s existing 30-year mortgage modification with a partial claim” according to the press release. Over time, the FHA and HUD have made major changes to the COVID-19 homeowner relief choices offered to those with FHA mortgages.  According to the FHA and HUD, adding the | more...

 
FHA Home Loan

Applying For An FHA Mortgage With A Changed Name

It is illegal under the Fair Housing Act to discriminate against a person who seeks housing because of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, family status, and any number of other non-financial issues. But in addition to the Fair Housing Act, there are certain Know Your Customer best practices required for both buying a home and renting that help establish the identity of the renter or buyer. Your lender will require you to verify your identity with a photo ID, tax documents, Social Security Number, and/or other identifiers. But what happens if the name on these documents isn’t the same as the name you have now or will have in the future? If you have a need for a legal name change these best practices can get a little complicated, and | more...