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FHA Loan Employment Rules

FHA loan employment rules include a requirement that the FHA lender insure the borrower’s income is stable, reliable, and likely to continue. There are certain standards the FHA uses to determine this beginning with a minimum employment length. The rules governing this are found in HUD 4000.1, beginning on page 197 where we learn, “The Mortgagee must document the Borrower’s income and employment history, verify the accuracy of the amounts of income being reported, and determine if the income can be considered as Effective Income”. HUD 4000.1 says effective income must be legally derived and reported on the borrower’s income tax forms. But what about the borrower’s work history? HUD 4000.1 tells the lender this is important, too-not just the amount you earn or the responsibilities you carry. “For all | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules: Using Rental Income to Qualify for a Mortgage Loan

FHA Loan Rules: Using Rental Income to Qualify for a Mortgage Loan

What do FHA loan rules say about using rental income to qualify for an FHA home loan? Is it possible to use rental income according to the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1? The short answer is that it depends on whether or not the rental income meets FHA loan minimum standards. When processing your home loan application, your participating FHA lender will request copies (never originals) of the relevant paperwork associated with your employment and income, including tax documents, W2 forms, pay stubs, etc. If your income is derived in whole or in part by rent payments, the lender will need to see documentation for that, too. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address this on page 202, starting with the definition of what is considered rental income under the | more...

 
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Are There Any Employment Documentation Rules For FHA Loans?

Are there any employment documentation rules for FHA loans? Borrowers are naturally curious about how the lender must verify employment, and that curiosity may turn to concern if the borrower isn’t confident that his or her job history is enough to qualify for the FHA loan minimum requirements. What do FHA loan rules tell the lender to do when it is time to confirm your employment for FHA loan purposes? How FHA Loan Employment Verification Works The lender is required to independently verify your employment, which means getting documentation that does not come from any “interested party” associated with the loan. You may give your lender the contact information for your employer, but you cannot provide the required information the loan officer needs to move forward with the loan application. | more...

 
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What Are The Income Requirements For An FHA Loan?

What are the income requirements for an FHA loan? Some aren’t sure if they earn enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage, and others are worried that they might earn “too much” to qualify, mistakenly believing that FHA loans are only for people within a certain income bracket. What’s the reality? FHA Loans Are For Anyone Who Qualifies There is no minimum income requirement for an FHA mortgage, and there is no upper limit or income “ceiling”. FHA loans are not targeted for any one income bracket. It is true that FHA loans are designed with more lenient FICO score minimums in mind, but that has nothing to do with the amount of your annual income or how you earn that income. Basic FHA Loan Income Requirements There ARE FHA | more...

 
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FHA Loans, Income Verification, And Rental Income (Part Two)

In our last blog post, we discussed some basic FHA loan rules about using rental income to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan. Some borrowers are interested in purchasing a multi-unit property that they intend to live in as their primary residence, with the goal of renting out unused living units. FHA loan rules permit this only when the borrower lives in the property; you cannot plan to be an absentee landlord and expect FHA loan approval. In our last blog post, we wrote: “It is reasonable to expect that such a borrower would want to know if she could use projected rental income from that arrangement as ‘verifiable income’ for the purposes of loan approval. Can the borrower reasonably expect a lender to approve of income from this rental | more...

 
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FHA Loans, Income Verification, And Rental Income From Other Properties (Part One)

In a previous blog post, we discussed the issue of a borrower using projected rental income from the property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage. Some borrowers are interested in purchasing property that they intend to live in as their primary residence, while planning on renting out unused living units in a multi-unit property. It is reasonable to expect that such a borrower would want to know if she could use projected rental income from that arrangement as “verifiable income” for the purposes of loan approval. Can the borrower reasonably expect a lender to approve of income from this rental situation when calculating the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio? This is possible in situations that meet FHA loan approval; some scrutiny will be given to a borrower’s rental income history or | more...

 
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FHA Loan Rules For Overtime Income

A reader asks, “Can I use my current overtime income if Ive been working at this company 20 months but my previous company I also had overtime which I worked there for 1 year and my previous before that I worked for 4 years with overtime?” FHA loan rules require the loan officer to verify income that will be used toward calculating the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio. Only verifiable income can be used, which means the lender must determine that the income is stable, reliable, and likely to continue. Income from a variety of sources may be considered. Some FHA loan applicants have seasonal jobs, some have part-time employment, some get income from disability benefits, etc. All of these sources can be used provided they meet FHA loan standards. The same | more...

 
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FHA Loans and Social Security Income

A reader asks, “I don’t understand if I have a 1099 and I have a benefits letter, and the letter that states at the end of the year what I am getting for the following year, why I am being asked or can be asked for something that states I will get social security for 3 years? There is nothing that says social security will give this to me or a name for it.” FHA loan rules governing Social Security income are found in HUD 4000.1, page 195 under “Other Sources Of Effective Income”. The rules require the lender to make a distinction between “effective income” which would continue for at least three years of the new loan, and “compensating factors” in the case where the lender cannot establish that | more...

 

FHA Loan Questions: Income Verification

A reader asks, “I threw out my pay stubs not knowing that I would be purchasing a home this soon. Is there anything else that can be used in place of pay stubs to get approved for an FHA loan?” “I provided copies of my last four pay checks, a statement from my employer showing my cumulative earnings so far this year, my original W2s from 2014 and 2015, my federal and state taxes from 2014 and 2015, and three months worth of bank statements that show the direct deposit from my employer every two weeks for those three months.” In general, you may find that tax documentation, current pay stubs, and bank statements COULD provide an acceptable substitute, depending on the lender. However, this is a situation that requires | more...

 

FHA Loan Income Verification Rules: Military Income

Military members and veterans have plenty of reasons why they might choose an FHA mortgage or refinance loan. Regardless of the reasons why you choose to go FHA, there are rules for military income verification you should know that will help both in the planning stages and when you’re submitting paperwork to the lender. To begin, military income is not simply defined as basic pay. Military pay can include a variety of things. HUD 4000.1 has a definition that clears up any ambiguity about the basic pay and allowances allowed to be included in the debt to income ratio once verified: “Military Income refers to income received by military personnel during their period of active, Reserve, or National Guard service, including: –base pay –Basic Allowance for Housing –clothing allowances –flight | more...