November 17, 2019

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HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against New York Landlord

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For West Virginia

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced disaster relief for storm victims in West Virginia, thanks to a federal disaster area declaration for Harrison, Marion, Marshall, and Wetzel counties. According to a press release on the FHA/HUD official site, the agency will “speed federal disaster assistance to the State of West Virginia and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides” in zones now declared federal disaster areas. The FHA/HUD disaster relief measures include a 90-day moratorium requested by HUD on all FHA loans in the affected areas, and also the availability of FHA 203(h) rehab loans intended for “disaster victims who have lost their homes and are facing the daunting task of rebuilding or buying | more...

 

FHA Jumbo Loans

FHA Jumbo Loans, also known as non-conforming loans, are mortgages that exceed the county limit for mortgage loans in that area. FHA home loans in excess of these limits (also known as FHA loan limits) are possible, but there are some important factors you should know about before applying. FHA Jumbo Loans Are Like “Standard” FHA Mortgage Loans Some borrowers want to know if they can apply for an FHA Jumbo Loan that exceeds the value of the home and take the remainder of the mortgage loan out in cash at closing time. FHA home loans are specifically designed to prevent cash back to the borrower at closing time except in the form of legitimate refunds. If you paid cash for something up front that was later financed into the | more...

 
What Can I Rehab With An FHA 203(k) Mortgage?

Do I Need FHA Mortgage Insurance?

In a recent blog post we discussed the differences between FHA mortgage loans and conventional home loans. One of the most important differences between FHA mortgages and conventional loans is the mortgage insurance requirement. Conventional loans may, depending on the size of your down payment and other factors, require the borrower to put as much as 20% down. Those who do not put a certain percentage down on a conventional mortgage may be required to carry private mortgage insurance (also known as PMI). FHA home loans, on the other hand, require a minimum 3.5% down payment and have no private mortgage insurance requirement. However, FHA mortgages do require the borrower to pay for mortgage insurance. This requirement includes an Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) and a monthly payment (MIP). | more...

 
what is mortgage insurance and how does it work?

What Is Mortgage Insurance And How Does It Work?

“What is mortgage insurance?” is a common question for those new to the home loan process. Do you understand how it works? It helps to define the two things referred to by industry professionals as mortgage insurance. There is mortgage insurance which the borrower pays for as a requirement of the FHA loan, then there is the “mortgage insurance” referred to in FHA loan rules which is something else entirely. Note: What we are discussing here is not hazard insurance, which may be a requirement on some, but not all FHA loans. FHA Mortgage Insurance For The Lender The FHA single family home loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, refers to “mortgage insurance” when discussing the FHA’s role in insuring the loan to reduce the risk for the participating lender. On page | more...

 
FHA Loans And Natural Disasters: What You Should Know

FHA UFMIP Refunds: A Reader Question

Is the FHA Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium or UFMIP refundable? A reader got in touch with us in the comments section this week to ask us a question in that area: “Is there any return of the UFMIP when refinancing out of an FHA loan to conventional? If so, what is the proration amount or percentage of fees refunded? over 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months?” This insurance premium on FHA mortgages is refundable under a specific set of refinance loan circumstances, but not for all loans. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address the issue directly; on page 156 we learn the following: “The UFMIP is not refundable, except in connection with the refinancing to a new FHA-insured Mortgage.” HUD 4000.1 states that Up Front Mortgage | more...

 
HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against New York Landlord

FHA MIP Rates For 2017: Revised

The FHA/HUD official site has announced changes to the FHA MIP fee structure for 2017. According to the latest FHA mortgagee letter, “FHA continuously strives to achieve the appropriate balance between meeting the housing needs of the borrowers that FHA’s mortgage insurance programs were created to serve, and also the requirement of minimizing the level of risk to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund undertaken relative to the insurance of those mortgages.” “FHA has determined that the appropriate balance of its statutory operational goals now requires a reduction of the rate of annual MIP charged pursuant to Section 203(c)(2)(B) of the National Housing Act (NHA). As provided in this ML, the total annual MIP charged pursuant to NHA sections 203(c)(2)(B) and (C) for most Title II Single Family forward mortgages has | more...

 
Will FHA Loans Let Me Rent Out My Home?

Mortgage Insurance Premiums, Down Payments, And FHA Loans

Some borrowers get confused about the FHA’s required mortgage insurance premium (MIP), the Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) required to be paid at closing or to be financed into the loan, and private mortgage insurance (PMI). The FHA loan rulebook says of UFMIP, “Most FHA mortgage insurance programs require the payment of UFMIP, which may be financed into the Mortgage. The UFMIP is not considered when calculating the area-based Nationwide Mortgage Limits and LTV limits.” UFMIP is considered a standard cost of an FHA mortgage loan and is a separate expense entirely from the down payment, also known as the minimum required investment. FHA loan rules, as stated above, do permit the financing of the UFMIP, but the amount must either be financed entirely into the loan or paid | more...

 

Natural Disasters and FHA Mortgages

Natural disasters are a serious issue for home owners, whether they have just closed, paid off their mortgages, or are somewhere in between. When a hurricane strikes, when flood waters rise, or when other acts of nature threaten, damage or destroy homes, many aren’t sure where to turn or what to do first. FHA mortgage loan options in these cases depend on a variety of factors, but there is help available to rebuild and recover. FHA mortgage options include 203(k) and 203(h) loans (including refinance loans) that can help home owners recover, but what do to in the meantime? The first thing a home owner should do is contact FEMA to see what assistance may be available on a federal level. For the most recent (at the time of this | more...

 

FHA UFMIP: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I want to purchase at home for 141,000 and I am paying the 3.5 down payment which totals it 136,065. How much will I pay in Up Front mortgage and annually MIP. If I pay the UFMIP in closing will it still be added into to total amount loan?” Let’s begin with a few basics. UFMIP stands for Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium, which is required as one of the closing costs of an FHA mortgage loan. According to HUD 4000.1, “Most FHA mortgage insurance programs require the payment of UFMIP, which may be financed into the Mortgage. The UFMIP is not considered when calculating the area-based Nationwide Mortgage Limits and LTV limits.” That last sentence means that your loan limit is unaffected by the amount of | more...

 

FHA 203h Loans For Disaster Victims

Did you know the FHA offers a type of home loan specifically for those recovering from a disaster? The FHA 203h loan is described in HUD 4000.1 (the FHA loan rulebook for Single Family Mortgage loans and refinance loans) as follows: “Section 203(h) of the National Housing Act authorizes FHA to insure Mortgages to victims of a Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Area (PDMDA) for the purchase or reconstruction of a Single Family Property. Mortgages to be insured under Section 203(h) must be processed and underwritten in accordance with the regulations and requirements applicable to the 203(b) program.” Borrowers must have a minimum FICO score of 500 to qualify under FHA loan guidelines, and lender standards may also apply. The FHA 203h loan rules include the following for eligibility. “The previous residence | more...