January 19, 2022

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When Is An FHA Loan Better Than A Conventional Loan?

Property Types Eligible For FHA Mortgages in 2017

FHA mortgages for single family residences include a wide variety of eligible property types. You can purchase a typical suburban home with an FHA loan, a condo unit, manufactured home, modular home, or other approved structure meant to house a family that qualified under FHA loan rules. These properties can be single-unit homes or have up to four living units. While it’s true that not all lenders approve loans for all the possible types of housing available under the FHA program (some lenders choose not to loan money for mobile homes or new construction homes, for example) there are some general guidelines about the types of property you can purchase from a participating lender. FHA mortgages are approved for those who intend to be owner-occupiers. FHA mortgages are not available | more...

 
FHA Loans And Natural Disasters: What You Should Know

Second FHA Loans?

Is it possible for borrowers to apply for second FHA loans, resulting in paying on two mortgages at once? A reader asks, “Several months ago I relocated to another state over 400 miles away. To help offset costs I rented my home with the FHA loan. I have been renting in the new state and now ready to purchase a home in my new state. Will I be able to get an FHA loan even though I had to rent out my old home?” Unfortunately there’s no one single answer to a question like this. Aside from FHA loan rules, a borrowers credit rating, loan repayment history, and debt-to-income ratio may all play a part in whether a lender is able to approve or deny an FHA loan. In cases | more...

 
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FHA Short Refi Loans in 2017?

HUD 4000.1 is the FHA single family home loan rule book. Whether you are purchasing a suburban home, a condo unit, or a mobile home with an FHA mortgage, the rules in HUD 4000.1 pertain to your FHA loan transaction. This set of rules also includes guidance on FHA refinancing loans including a program known as an FHA short refi loan, also called “Refinance of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions Program”. This program, according to HUD 4000.1, “allows the Mortgagee to refinance a non FHA-insured Mortgage in which the Borrower is in a negative equity position”. That’s commonly known as being “underwater” on a home loan. An FHA short refi requires the lender to “write off at least 10 percent of the unpaid principal balance”. The borrower must be in | more...

 

FHA Loan Basics: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I really don’t understand why i have to pay PMI and MIP. I had credit problems a bankruptcy in 2013 , it was recorded and its been almost 4 years and my score is 709 that the middle score i have hardly no debts, 6% of income. I was told I have to pay the MIP up front of 1.75% and also 240 PMI monthly with mortgage. That’s a little too much, is there a way out of this? I also did not want taxes and insurance added, I’m putting 3.5 percent down. My loan officer said I had to pay the insurance and add taxes to my loan.” It’s not entirely clear from this reader question whether the loan is an FHA mortgage or not, but | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Your FHA Home Loan

FHA Loan Applications in 2017: Are You Ready?

For potential borrowers thinking of filling out FHA loan applications in 2017, there are a number of areas to think about as you prepare. Some potential borrowers are ahead of the curve when it comes to getting financially ready for a major loan application, while others may overlook important areas that need attention long before the loan paperwork is filled out. Do you know how ready you are to fill out that mortgage loan application? One question to ask yourself before the new year arrives is how long youve been planning and preparing for the new loan. Many financial experts advise taking at least a full year to save, budget and research the new loan. Why is research needed? In several ways, doing some research can help you decide what | more...

 

Mortgage Payments On FHA Loans: How Much?

One of the most common questions about FHA mortgage payments is naturally, “How much will I have to pay?” And the answer is not as easy as you might think since there are a variety of factors that go into calculating the monthly mortgage payment. FHA loan limits, the amount of the loan the FHA will insure, don’t include the Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP), for example. So you can’t simply divide the amount of your loan limit and divide by the number of mortgage payments you plan to make. In addition to UFMIP, there are other things to consider. For example, is the borrower planning on an FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)? This option allows the addition of extra funds for approved upgrades or improvements to the home, | more...

 
What You Need To Know About Your FHA Home Loan

FHA Loan Reader Questions: “Identity of Interest” And Below-Market Rents

A reader asks, “My wife and I have resided in a three family home for 29 years. We have paid significantly below market rate rent for all these years because 1) initial elderly landlords just wanted good tenants and they liked us, 2) we looked after the elderly landlord after her husband died for many years and 3) the current owner was always appreciative for what we did for her mother (landlord has since passed and property is in Family Trust, their daughter is the trustee).” “She put the property up for sale and we submitted the winning bid. Now, two weeks before closing, the underwriter has said that because we paid less than market value for all those years that now we have an Identity of Interest and required | more...

 
Who can apply for an FHA mortgage?

FHA Loan Rules For Residency: A Reader Question

One not-so-commonly asked questions about FHA loans is still an important issue to address. Here’s a recent reader question on a borrower’s ability to be approved for an FHA mortgage without being a U.S. citizen: “Ive just moved to the US from the UK on a K-1 Fiance Visa. Ive been here around 5 months. Just received my work authorization card through the mail, waiting for my social security number now. Ive been working voluntarily since I arrived…would we qualify for an FHA Mortgage Loan? Ive contacted two lenders who have told us that we might be entitled to a loan but they’re unsure.” The short answer to this questions is that technically speaking, non-U.S. citizens are eligible for FHA home loans unless they are in the United States illegally. | more...

 
Buying A Fixer-Upper With An FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan

FHA Loans and Foreclosure Avoidance: The FHA HAMP Loan

When you purchase your home with an FHA mortgage loan, chances are you’re thinking more about moving in, getting settled, and making the home your own than you are the possibility that you could encounter financial hardship at some point and miss mortgage payments. But these things do happen to some borrowers, and the FHA has a program set up to help those who get into financial trouble. The FHA HAMP program was created to help borrowers avoid foreclosure and keep them in the home. FHA HAMP is a loan modification program and not a refinance loan, which is an important distinction to make. Under the terms of the FHA HAMP program, the FHA permits ” the use of a partial claim up to 30 percent of the unpaid principal | more...

 
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Identity Of Interest Transactions: Another Reader Question

A reader asks, “I have a client that inherited property along with 2 siblings from the Mothers estate. The client has resided in the subject property for 1 year and now wants to buy the other siblings out. Is it correct, that this scenario would meet the exempt status of identity of interest guidelines?” The reader is asking this question in reference to an earlier post we wrote about FHA loans and identity of interest transactions. An FHA mortgage typically requires a minimum 3.5% down payment for new purchase loans. But the required down payment can be higher if there is an “identity of interest” as described in HUD 4000.1: “An Identity-of-Interest Transaction is a sale between parties with an existing Business Relationship or between Family Members. Business Relationship refers | more...