December 10, 2019

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When Is An FHA Loan Better Than A Conventional Loan?

FHA Refinance Loans: Payoffs and Buyouts

We’ve been examining the ins and outs of FHA refinance loans in our last few posts, but one issue we haven’t discussed yet is whether an FHA refinance can be used to buy out an existing title holder, applied for as part of an FHA short refinance, or to pay off land contracts. HUD 4000.1 has a list of the rules in these areas. Where short payoffs are concerned, the rules are fairly simple: “The Mortgagee may approve a Rate and Term refinance where the maximum mortgage amount is insufficient to extinguish the existing mortgage debt, provided the existing Note holder writes off the amount of the indebtedness that cannot be refinanced into the new FHA-insured Mortgage.” Do you need to refinance your existing mortgage in order to buy out | more...

 
What you should know about FHA 203(h) Loans For Disaster Victims

FHA Loan Refinance – When Is it Allowed?

It’s a very common FHA refinance loan question, but “How soon can I refinance an FHA loan?” doesn’t have a single answer. Much depends on two important things-what kind of FHA refinance loan you’re interested in, and how long you’ve lived in the home to be refinanced. If you are interested in an FHA cash-out refinance loan, page 409 of HUD 4000.1 has rules you should know: “Cash-out refinance transactions are only permitted on owner-occupied Principal Residences. The Property securing the cash-out refinance must have been owned and occupied by the Borrower as their Principal Residence for the 12 months prior to the date of case number assignment.” That would seem to hint that one year is the minimum time you can own the home before applying for an FHA | more...

 
what is mortgage insurance and how does it work?

FHA Mortgages For Multi-Unit Properties

A reader asked us a question this week in the comments section about FHA mortgages for properties with multiple units. “I want to buy a 6 residential unit apartment building with a very small store front commercial space on the property (computer repair shop that takes up about 15% of the property space) I plan on living in one of the apartment units. Is there an FHA loan out there for this situation?” FHA mortgages under the single family loan program do allow FHA loans to qualified borrowers for multi-unit properties. The rules for these purchases are found in HUD 4000.1, which states: “FHAs programs differ from one another primarily in terms of what types of Properties and financing are eligible. Except as otherwise stated in this SF Handbook, FHAs | more...

 
What Is An FHA Loan Limit?

Multiple FHA Loans? The Rules

Based on some of our reader questions lately, there seems to be some confusion over the rules for FHA loans where the borrower is interested in applying for an additional FHA mortgage. What are the rules in HUD 4000.1 on this issue? There are two general areas of confusion related to those rules. Some borrowers have purchased a primary residence with non FHA loans and want to know if the FHA loan rules governing additional mortgages apply to them. According to a literal interpretation of the requirements in HUD 4000.1, borrowers who have a non-FHA mortgage are free to apply for an FHA mortgage without worrying about being in violation of the rules. FHA loans have rules for additional mortgages apply which specifically to those who already have an existing | more...

 
When Is An FHA Loan Better Than A Conventional Loan?

Identity of Interest Issues And FHA Loans

A reader got in touch to ask about FHA loans and identity of interest rules this week. “I have a loan that I am working on right now and the underwriter is saying that we have an “identity of interest” issue.” “The situation is this my borrower is not related to the seller but has been renting the house she is buying for five months. Because there is no family relationship between the seller & buyer, does she has to live in the house for six months?” The FHA loan rule book, HUD 4000.1, describes identity of interest transactions as a house sale “between parties with an existing Business Relationship or between Family Members.” The word “interest” in this case refers not to interest rates, but rather to the interest | more...

 

FHA Loan Rules: Borrowers, Co-Borrowers, Co-Signers

Do you know what the FHA loan rules are for borrowers, co-borrowers, and/or co-signers? What are the requirements for each and how is your lender required to proceed with each? The FHA home loan rule book for single family mortgages, reverse mortgages, and refinance loans is HUD 4000.1 It instructs the lender that borrowers have an occupancy requirement-the borrower must agree to take ownership of the home and use it as her or his primary residence after loan closing. Usually the borrower will have to move in within 60 days of closing. HUD 4000.1 also tells the lender that borrowers may only purchase homes with FHA loans withing the United States or its’ territories. Purchase of non-U.S. real estate is not permitted with an FHA mortgage. All parties to be | more...

 

FHA Loan Assumptions: A Reader Question

How do FHA loan assumptions work? There are many situations where assuming another borrower’s FHA mortgage could be beneficial to all involved. Consider this reader question we responded to recently: “My mother in law took out an FHA loan due to illness preventing her from working. The lender allowed myself and fiance to make payments on her behalf based on our income in order for her to keep the house. Is it possible for her to sign the house over to us since her health is declining?” This is a circumstance where it would definitely help to know about FHA loan assumptions and how they work. The rules for this procedure is found in HUD 4000.1, which starts off with a definition. “Assumption refers to the transfer of an existing | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Your FHA Home Loan

FHA Loan Rules On Occupancy And Second Homes

Occupancy is a key issue for FHA single family home loans. When you purchase a residence with an FHA mortgage, one of the requirements loan approval is conditional upon is that the borrower is expected to occupy the home as the primary residence, usually within 60 days of the loan closing. Occupancy is required for both new purchase and FHA cash-out refinancing loans. That’s one reason why FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 specify that FHA mortgages can’t be used for vacation properties, timeshares, etc. HUD 4000.1 states clearly, on page 135, the “standard for owner occupancy” which includes the following: “At least one Borrower must occupy the Property within 60 Days of signing the security instrument and intend to continue occupancy for at least one year. 203(k) Rehabilitation products | more...

 

FHA Loans And Work Permits: A Reader Question

Are work permits required for FHA loans when the applicant is a legal permanent resident alien or non-permanent resident alien? A reader asks, “So if a person had a work permit but never renewed it, but has been doing taxes with his/her ss# and is currently working does that mean there not qualify for FHA? Or does the legal status have to be current?” FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 are clear that a borrower is not required to be a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan. However, legal status is required-those in the United States illegally cannot qualify for an FHA loan. For permanent resident aliens, HUD 4000.1 states: “A Borrower with lawful permanent resident alien status may be eligible for FHA-insured financing provided | more...

 
Will My Home Loan Application Be Approved?

Identity of Interest Transactions: An FHA Loan Question

Do you know how FHA loan rules affect the sale of a home deemed an “identity of interest” transaction? A reader asks, “My husband and I have a contract to purchase his parents home that they currently live in. This is their principal residence.” “My loan officer is telling me that even though it is their principal residence and we are purchasing as our principal residence that the 85% LTV cannot be exceeded and we have to put 15% down. Is this correct?? If not, then what can I do to get them to make the exception? We were already pre-approved for 3.5% down.” FHA loan rules governing identity-of-interest transactions do feature a higher down payment requirement in many cases. HUD 4000.1 defines such transactions as follows: “An Identity-of-Interest Transaction | more...