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HUD Updates Coronavirus Home Loan Guidelines For Loan Closing

HUD Updates Coronavirus Home Loan Guidelines For Loan Closing

The FHA and HUD have issued guidelines for mortgage loan closing procedures that may be affected by coronavirus lockdown measures, quarantine, and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many home buyers were caught by surprise by coronavirus issues and there are many home loans that are affected. The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued initial policies in March, 2020, but updated them in mid-April to include provisions in several areas designed to help facilitate FHA home loans during the outbreak. FHA Loan Rules On Title insurance The FHA and HUD issued guidance on loan servicing issues designed to address situations in counties where recording offices are not operational during the national emergency. The FHA/HUD official site answers the following question related to such scenarios: “Will FHA accept title | more...

Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

How To Protect Your Credit

Do you know how to protect your credit score during the COVID-19 outbreak? Millions of Americans have suffered economic setbacks as a result of containment measures designed to stop the spread of the virus, and many of them were already struggling with credit issues prior to the outbreak. How can you protect your credit going forward? The first step is to know what your credit report says and to actively monitor your credit. In some cases, credit problems wind up being the result of factors beyond the consumer including: Inaccurate credit report data Outdated credit information that needs to be removed Evidence of identity theft Credit report information that is accurate, but for someone else with the same name Any of these issues can hurt your credit, and they take | more...

HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Atlanta Landlords

HUD Housing Discrimination Policy During COVID-19

The FHA and HUD celebrate Fair Housing Month during April each year, and in the year 2020, coronavirus pandemic concerns raise some Fair Housing issues to new importance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued official policy on housing discrimination related to COVID-19. The agency issued a press release, reminding tenants, landlords, house hunters, and all others involved in the housing industry, “…viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups. Be aware that the Fair Housing Act and other federal laws prohibit the eviction, turning away or harassment of a person in housing because they are profiled, on the basis of race, national origin or other protected class, to be associated with COVID-19.” That is a very important issue to consider. Not everyone is able to shelter | more...

HUD Begins Foreclosure Relief For FHA Borrowers Affected By The Coronavirus Outbreak

HUD Begins Foreclosure Relief For FHA Borrowers Affected By The Coronavirus Outbreak

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing FHA borrowers a 60-day foreclosure moratorium described as “immediate relief” for those who may be struggling to make FHA mortgage loan payments during the health crisis. Details From HUD The HUD official site has published details of the HUD-mandated moratorium on all foreclosures on FHA Single-Family home loans and Reverse Mortgages, a move similar to what happens to borrowers in federally-declared disaster areas after a natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood, forest fire, landslide, etc. FHA Mortgage Foreclosure Evictions Also Suspended The HUD foreclosure moratorium announcement includes a suspension of evictions related to those foreclosures, also for sixty days. The eviction process suspension is a critical part of foreclosure relief for some borrowers. The HUD official site’s press release addresses | more...

HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Atlanta Landlords

HUD Announces New Policy On Service Animals

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced updated guidance regarding the use of service animals and emotional support animals as it relates to Fair Housing Act issues. The issue of support animals might not seem to be related to the purchase of real estate with an FHA home loan, not at first. But Fair Housing rules do affect all stages of the house-hunting process including renting a home while you are looking for one to purchase with the help of a realtor, or on your own. The HUD announcement discusses a need for reasonable accommodation in housing for those who need service animals or emotional support animals. The agency has released an “Assistance Animal Notice” designed to help all parties understand how to best comply with Fair Housing | more...

FHA Loan Interest Rates: How Low Can They Go?

How To Buy A Home In 2020

Need to know how to buy a home in 2020? Making a plan to become a home owner includes budgeting, research, and even sharpening your negotiating skills. Are you ready to start your home loan journey? Shopping Around For A Home AND A Home Loan FHA mortgages allow first-time borrowers and experienced home owners alike to apply for a loan to buy or build a property. But you don’t have to limit your search to one kind of home OR one kind of FHA mortgage. For example, you could apply for an FHA Condo loan to purchase a condominium unit, or you could buy a mobile home or townhouse. FHA mortgage loans allow you to buy properties with as many as four living units, and that could be any number | more...

FHA Refinance Loans: Are You Ready?

FHA Home Loan Appraisals: What You Should Know

Borrowers have plenty of questions about the FHA appraisal process. After all, if the appraisal doesn’t go well, it could mean the borrower has to decide whether to walk away and find something else or deal with the issues uncovered by the appraisal. What is the real issue with FHA appraisals that confuses many borrowers? The fact that there are multiple standards that must be met and not just the ones that are set by the FHA and HUD. House hunters write us frequently to ask if a certain appraisal issue will affect their home loan. And the simple answer is that there is no easy answer to appraisal questions because of one huge variable. And that variable is what state and local building code requirements say in addition to | more...

Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

What You Need To Get Ready For A Home Loan Application

What do you need to get ready for a home loan application? Some things are practical and common-sense moves such as deciding in advance what kind of property you want to buy, while others are more about aesthetics such as the kind of neighborhood you want to live in, choosing urban or rural areas, etc. Why take this extra time? For a start, knowing what kind of property you want can require some serious thinking. The range of styles available alone may seem intimidating to some. In 2019, some of the most popular and most widely-searched for home styles included Farmhouse style, Colonial house style, Cape Cod house style, Spanish style house, and Art Deco style. Starting early can help you weed out the ones you might like versus those | more...

HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Atlanta Landlords

HUD Announces New Partnership To Enforce FHA Guidelines

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and the Department of Justice designed to provide guidance on pursuing disciplinary actions in cases brought against participating FHA lenders who may be in violation under the False Claims Act (FCA). “This agreement clearly outlines our FHA mortgage program requirements, so they do not impede or discourage lenders from offering affordable FHA-insured loans to credit-worthy borrowers,” according to one HUD official quoted in the agency’s press release. The United States Attorney General is also quoted in the press release adding, “”This MOU sets forth a robust and collaborative process for deciding when to pursue False Claims Act cases to remedy material and knowing FHA violations,” The agreement means HUD and | more...

Happy Columbus Day 2019

Happy Columbus Day 2019

Today we pause from our posts about FHA home loans, FHA refinance loans, and related topics, to enjoy the three day weekend some observe as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, traditionally observed in the United States as Columbus Day. We’ll return to our usual posting schedule tomorrow (Tuesday October 14, 2019) but in the meantime, if you too are celebrating a three-day weekend, have a safe and pleasant one and thank you for reading!