April 18, 2019

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Five Things You Should Do Before Applying For Your First Home Loan

Five Things You Should Do Before Applying For Your First Home Loan

First-time home buyers should be working on five areas before they apply for a mortgage loan. Are you working with a real estate agent or searching the real estate listings in your local area? Maybe you want to buy a new home in a different area than where you are living now and need to know the ins and outs of the neighborhoods there? Decide What Kind Of Home Loan You Need Having a home built from the ground up is possible with an FHA One-Time Close Construction Loan, but these loans are quite different than an FHA Condo Loan or FHA loans for a mobile home or manufactured home. Knowing the kind of loan you want in advance will help you search for the right kind of lender-some financial | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Appraisal Issues

FHA Home Loans For Homes Built Before 1978

FHA home loans are offered for a variety of home needs including building a house from the ground up with an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, but there is also an option to use your FHA mortgage to buy an older home that is not considered new construction. In cases where the property is older than 1978, there are some additional rules regarding the potential for lead paint in the residence that all borrowers thinking about buying older property should be aware of. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 point out that any home built prior to 1978 must include disclosures to the buyer: “…the seller must disclose any information known about lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before selling the house, in accordance with the HUD-EPA Lead Disclosure | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For First-Time Home Buyers

FHA Loan Down Payment Rules For 2019

FHA home loan down payment requirements are lower than other mortgages, and depending on circumstances your down payment commitment on an FHA mortgage could be even less thanks to down payment assistance programs and seller contributions to closing costs. FHA Home Loan Small Down Payments Elsewhere on the internet you will find writing about down payment requirements for purchasing a new home, discussing why borrowers are choosing one approach or another regarding the money they put down on the home. Conventional mortgages require private mortgage insurance (PMI) unless the borrower makes a higher down payment. A 20% down home loan transaction is not uncommon in cases where the borrower wants to avoid paying PMI. FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 require mortgage insurance premiums, too, but borrowers looking to | more...

 
Higher FHA Loan Limits For One-Time Close Construction Loans in 2019

Higher FHA Loan Limits For One-Time Close Construction Loans In 2019

The FHA and HUD have announced higher FHA loan limits in most counties for 2019. A small handful (under 200) counties in the entire country will not see higher loan limits, but the rest of the nation will see a higher FHA loan guaranty limit for single family, owner-occupied homes with between one and four units. What does this mean for borrowers interested in an FHA One-Time Close Construction loan in 2019? If you need a home built for you from the ground up instead of buying an existing construction home, the FHA One-One Time Close program is for you. FHA One-Time Close Mortgages Are Different Than Other FHA Mortgages Lender requirements for FHA One-Time Close loans can be more strict than for existing construction loans. Higher FICO scores may | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: The Escape Clause

Get Out Of An Adjustable Rate Mortgage With An FHA Refinance Loan

Are you currently paying on an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) and concerned about your next interest rate hike? It’s possible to end the uncertainty about your mortgage payments and how the next interest rate increase will affect them by refinancing into a fixed-rate FHA mortgage loan. FHA Refinance Loans Are Available As Fixed Rate Loans You can refinance an existing FHA mortgage or a non-FHA loan such as a VA mortgage, conventional loan, etc. FHA loans are designed to help borrowers get into affordable mortgages using your current income and FICO scores to qualify. If you have an FHA adjustable rate mortgage, you can refinance to an FHA fixed-rate loan using the FHA Streamline Refinance loan program. The main feature of the FHA Streamline refi is that it generally requires | more...

 
Rent Or Buy? FHA Loans Can Help You Own Your Home

FHA Loan Rules And Investment Properties

FHA home loans are generally intended for owner/occupiers; there is an occupancy requirement for the FHA single-family home loan program that basically allows loans for principal residences and denies loans for those who do not intend to occupy the home within 60 days of loan closing (unless other arrangements are made for a delayed move-in which may or may not be possible depending on the lender). HUD 4000.1 has the rules that govern occupancy and the purchase of homes considered to be investment properties. HUD 4000.1 begins by defining what it considers an investment property to be: “An Investment Property refers to a Property that is not occupied by the Borrower as a Principal or Secondary Residence.” That is fairly simple, and the rules in this section go on to | more...

 
Buying Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage

FHA Refinance Loans: Is There A No-Credit Check Refi?

Some borrowers need to know: is there an FHA refinance loan that has no credit check? This question is more common than you might think and the answer depends on several variables. FHA Refinance Loans That Require Credit Checks There are many FHA mortgage loans that require both a new credit check and a new appraisal. Cash-out refinance loans are in this category, as are FHA reverse mortgages also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (FHA HECM). The lender is tasked with making sure the borrower can afford the new loan and that the borrower is an acceptable credit risk. After all, cash is going back to the borrower in the case of both an FHA reverse mortgage and an FHA Cash-Out Refinance loan and the financial institution will need | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Approval By The Numbers

FHA Home Loans And Interest Rates: Explore Your Options

Concerned about reports of home loan interest rates going up and wondering how to explore your options? There are many ways an FHA home loan can help you in your search for the right home; exploring all your options among several lenders is a great way to start researching and planning for your new mortgage. FHA Home Loan Interest Rates May Be Lower Than Conventional Rates For The Same Kind Of Mortgage The key to understanding your options when it comes to mortgage loan interest rates is knowing that your credit scores and other financial qualifications may affect the rate a lender offers you. Knowing that ahead of time can help you make smarter choices when shopping around for a lender. To start, compare conventional terms and requirements with the | more...

 
The Credit Check For FHA Cash-Out Refinances

The Credit Check For FHA Cash-Out Refinances

Is the credit check for an FHA cash out refinance loan the same as for a new purchase home loan? Borrowers want to know how their credit will measure up to lender standards when it’s time to apply for a refinance loan. Some make the same common mistakes in the months leading up to a refi loan application that others do when applying for a new purchase home loan. What can you do to increase your chances at refinance loan approval? Treat An FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan The Same As Your Original Mortgage FHA cash out refi loans require both a new credit check and a new appraisal. The reason for the new appraisal is to make sure you are getting the value in your home that market values currently | more...

 
Five Things You Should Know About FHA Refinance Loans

FHA Lenders With The Lowest Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

Which FHA lender offers the lowest interest rates? This is a question on the minds of all FHA borrowers, whether you are looking for an FHA new purchase loan, an FHA cash-out refinance, or even an FHA Reverse Mortgage. The answer to this question, however, is more complicated than “Lender X offers the best rates”. It Pays To Shop Around For FHA Loan Interest Rates If you need to know the lowest interest rate offered by a group of lenders, you will need to check with each participating lender. But there’s a catch-interest rates fluctuate, and can change daily. The rates you see today may not apply tomorrow, and those interest rates are listed without reference to a borrower’s credit rating and credit history. Shopping around for an interest rate | more...