June 26, 2019

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Articles Tagged With: HUD-1 Settlement Statement

Can I Get A Second FHA Appraisal If I Don't Agree With The First One?

FHA Loan Fees: A Reader Question

A reader asked us a question in the comments section recently about FHA loan fees. “What is the total that lender can charge on an FHA loan?” Unfortunately there is no single answer to this question. FHA loans, and all mortgage loans, have costs that will vary depending on the lender, the transaction, whether or not sellers agree to pay some of the closing costs or other expenses. etc. Even the FHA loan funding fee, which is a standard part of all this, is based on a percentage of the mortgage amount. That amount naturally varies depending on the transaction. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 instruct the lender: “The Mortgagee or sponsored TPO may charge a reasonable origination fee. The Mortgagee or sponsored TPO may charge and collect from | more...

 
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Changes To Home Loans Coming In October

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a government agency designed to help consumers and protect their interests against fraud and unfair practices. CFPB issued a statement recently about new federal guidelines that will affect the mortgage lending process, making it easier for borrowers to understand the transaction. The agency has announced that starting October 3, 2015, those who apply for “most mortgages” on or after that date, “the stress of shopping for a mortgage will be reduced, as our new mortgage disclosure rule takes effect. The new rule and disclosures ease the process of taking out a mortgage, helping you save money, and ensuring you know before you owe.” What are the changes you should be aware of? According to ConsumerFinance.gov: Four overlapping disclosure forms will be streamlined into | more...

 
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FHA Loan Settlement Dates, Per Diem Interest At Closing

The rules for FHA home loans regarding closing dates and related details are found in HUD 415.2 (at the time of this writing) in Chapter Six under the heading, General Loan Closing Requirements. There are a few items in this section that should be noted in case FHA borrowers have questions–including the basic definition of a closing date as described in the rulebook: “The date of closing/settlement is generally considered the date on which the note and mortgage are signed by the borrower. This is also the date defined as the settlement date on the HUD-1 Settlement Statement. However, the 60-day endorsement submission clock begins on the date that the lender relinquishes control of the loan proceeds (disburses the mortgage funds), for both purchase money mortgages and refinance transactions.” FHA | more...

 

FHA Loans and Counseling Services: The Rules

There are some cases where a borrower may seek out housing counseling on their own, and others where the applicant is required to do so as a condition of FHA loan approval. FHA foreclosure avoidance programs may require housing counseling, HECM loans definitely require the applicants to get required counseling sessions, and borrowers may choose a pre-purchase counselor based on a referral from the FHA/HUD. In some cases, such as with foreclosure avoidance, the counseling is free. In other cases there may be fees associated with the sessions that the borrower is expected to pay for. In such cases, the FHA loan program has rules that dictate how the counseling is to be carried out, how the billing is to be done, and what services the borrower must get from | more...

 

FHA Loan Closing Policies

You found the home you want to purchase with an FHA mortgage, you found a lender and got loan approval. Once the closing date has been set, you’re almost finished with your journey to home ownership. But what are the rules for FHA loan closing? FHA loan policies are spelled out for nearly every single step of the FHA loan process, so it’s no surprise that the FHA loan rulebook HUD 4155.2 would have some guidance for the lender about closing the deal. We find this guidance in Chapter Six, which starts out stating that the lender is responsible for: –resolving all problems regarding title to the real estate –reviewing all documents to ensure compliance with all conditions of the commitment –closing the loan before the expiration of the FHA-issued | more...

 

More Revisions to FHA HECM Loan Rules and Guidelines

The FHA has issue another set of revisions, clarifications, and consolidation to its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Loan rules. An FHA mortgagee letter, 2014-21, adds a large number of changes and clarifications. Many of the new changes have to do with key parts of the HECM loan process including limits on the amount of funds that can be “advanced at loan closing and during the First 12-Month Disbursement Period after loan closing” and also explaining which fees and charges are “Mandatory Obligations” under the FHA HECM program. One change announced in the mortgagee letter affects those who are paying off a non-FHA HECM loan with funds from the HECM loan. According to the FHA, the new rules include the following instructions to the lender: “Mortgagees may only permit the payoff | more...

 

Closing the FHA Loan: Settlement Costs

When you learn about FHA home loans, the phrase “cash required to close” is one you’ll soon become familiar with. One of the reasons so many experts recommend taking as much time as possible to prepare for a home loan? Giving yourself enough time to save up the money required to close the deal. The required 3.5% down payment is part of that, as are the payments you’ll need to make for appraisals and any required compliance inspection. But there are other costs as well; fortunately FHA loan rules in HUD 4155.1 instruct the lender to prepare an estimate sheet to give the borrower a better idea of what these expenses are. According to Chapter Five of HUD 4155.1, “For each transaction, the lender must provide the initial Good Faith | more...

 

FHA Loans: Broker and Agent Fees

As with many other aspects of the FHA home loan process, there are rules and regulations that cover broker and real estate agent fees. Those rules are spelled out in Chapter Five of HUD 4155.1. In a section titled “Settlement Requirements Needed To Close” we find detailed rules on how such fees can be issued and paid. For example, FHA loan rules require real estate broker fees to be included in the HUD-1 settlement statement. The specific rule says, “If a borrower is represented by a real estate broker and must pay any fee directly to the broker, that expense must • be included in the total of the borrower’s settlement requirements, and • appear on the HUD-1 Settlement Statement.” The rules are different when the seller is paying a | more...

 

Closing an FHA Home Loan: Settlement Requirements

FHA loan rules include a list of items–settlement requirements–needed to properly close the FHA mortgage loan. HUD 4155.1, Mortgage Credit Analysis for Mortgage Insurance, lists these requirements. They begin with the “Lender Responsibility for Estimating Settlement Requirements”. According to HUD 4155.1 Chapter Five Section A, “For each transaction, the lender must provide the initial Good Faith Estimate (GFE), all revised Good Faith Estimates and a final HUD-1 Settlement Statement, consistent with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), to determine the cash required to close the mortgage transaction.” FHA loan rules say that in addition to the down payment required for FHA home loans (3.5% at a minimum), other borrower expenses are to be included in the amount due at settlement time. “Such additional expenses include, but are not limited | more...

 

FHA/HUD Advice on Closing The Deal on Your New Home

There are many things about closing the deal on a new home that first-time home buyers should understand before getting to the bargaining table. Do you know, for example, what information should appear on a Good Faith Estimate, or how to compare that estimate to your HUD-1 Settlement Statement? Some borrowers are surprised to learn that some cost adjustments may be necessary at closing time. According to the FHA official site, “At settlement it is usually necessary to make an adjustment between buyer and seller for property taxes and other expenses. The adjustments between buyer and seller are shown in Sections J and K of the HUD-1 Settlement Statement.” Property taxes are just one area where the borrower should come to the bargaining table knowing what to expect. In the | more...