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Is Home Loan Pre-Approval Now Required?

Is Home Loan Pre-Approval Now Required?

Borrowers planning to buy a home using an FHA home loan have a lot to contend with when planning and saving for the loan. But now, there is the added complication of the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing is the order of the day and many professions are struggling to do business while reducing risk of exposure to disease. One development some are watching–in addition to revised procedures for appraisals and other measures–there are reports of a trend of sellers requiring borrowers to prove they are serious about the purchase of a property before agreeing to show the home in person. Money Magazine reports this trend of having a pre-qualification requirement–why does this pre-approval issue matter in the age of COVID-19? Low mortgage interest rates have brought more home buyers and | more...

 
FHA One Time Close Construction Loan Option

The FHA One-Time Close Mortgage Option

Borrowers looking at their FHA home loan options don’t have to feel limited to purchasing an existing construction property; there is a way to apply for an FHA mortgage that lets you have a home built to suit from the ground up. These FHA new construction home loans are referred to as Construction-To-Permanent mortgages or, more recently, FHA One-Time Close construction loans. One-Time Close construction loans are good for borrowers who want a home that is just right, and are not in a hurry to get into their new home. The trade-off for having just the right property built for you is the time it will take from planning to move-in. The process will take more time, but it is definitely worth it to those who choose this type of | more...

 
Home Loan Terms Defined: Conforming Loans

Home Loan Terms Defined: Conforming Loans

Are you new to the idea of owning a home? Are you interested in applying for a home loan when the time is right but aren’t sure about how it all works? First-time home buyers aren’t the only ones who can apply for FHA mortgages, but they often apply for FHA purchase loans and construction loans thanks in part to the FHA home loan program’s reputation for being helpful for those who need a lower down payment, or who have past credit issues, or past credit issues. Some FHA home loan jargon is confusing at first, but take the time to learn what some of these things mean and you’ll find that buying a home isn’t as daunting as it might seem when you were still in the learning stages. | more...

 
Reverse Mortgage And Foreclosure Relief Scams: What You Need To Know

Where To Find An FHA Home Loan

Where do you get an FHA home loan? The simplest answer is that you get one from a participating FHA lender. Not all banks or financial institutions support FHA home loans, and those that choose to do so must be vetted and approved by the government first. FHA Loans Are Offered By Participating Lenders As mentioned above, not all lenders participate in the FHA loan program–but did you know some are not permitted to participate, and some may not be certified by the FHA yet? Your search for a lender may seem daunting, but you can be matched with a participating lender online and do the initial loan screening online, too. You’ll need a variety of information including your estimated budget for the purchase, the desired term of the loan | more...

 
How FHA Home Loan Limits Are Set

FHA Mortgage Rates For The Rest Of 2019

Those who are ready to buy a house, or build a home on their own land using an FHA construction loan are considering their options at a time when mortgages are said to be as much as $200 cheaper than this time last year (depending on the price, down payment, and other factors). Mortgage rates in general are lower now than predicted last year and the rates are, according to some market watchers, due to remain low in November 2019 if the predictions come true. There are a variety of factors affecting mortgage loan interest rates at the moment; Brexit has an effect on investor behavior that can influence mortgage rates, the tariff war with China is another variable. Add to that consumer behavior in U.S. housing markets, and the | more...

 
FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage Basics

FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgage Basics

FHA home loan options are not limited to existing construction housing. FHA borrowers, including first-time home buyers, have the option to apply for a FHA One-Time Close Construction loan. This allows any borrower who financially qualifies to have a home built for them from the ground up. FHA One-Time Close loans have some basic requirements; some of these are FHA loan program rules, but others are unique to an individual lender. For example, FHA One-Time Close mortgages, also known as FHA OTC loans, technically allow a borrower to build a home with more than one unit. But many lenders may restrict these mortgages to single-unit properties. Or they may not permit the financing of certain closing costs, require higher FICO scores, etc. Much depends on the rules of the specific | more...

 
Why Your Lender Offered You A Different Interest Rate Than What You Saw Online

Fact And Fiction About FHA Home Loan Approval

First-time home buyers and experienced home owners alike may have misconceptions about what it means to get an FHA loan. Here are some of the most common facts and fictions about buying a house with an FHA loan. FHA Loan Fact: FHA Mortgages Have Lower Down Payments and Credit Score Requirements 3.5% down is all that is required for borrowers with qualifying FICO scores. FHA loan minimum standards are more forgiving that some conventional mortgages but you will need to see whether lender standards allow certain lower credit scores to get loan approval with a higher down payment. Lender standards apply in addition to FHA loan minimums. But the fact is, your lender has the ability to work with your FICO scores in many cases. FHA Loan Fiction: You Have | more...

 
FHA Home Loans: Things To Do, Things Not To Do

FHA Home Loans: Things To Do, Things Not To Do

FHA home loans, like all mortgages, represent a major investment for a borrower. There are things you should do in the FHA home loan process to get closer to loan approval, and there are things you should definitely NOT do as a new home buyer. Do you know what they are? FHA Loans: DO Work On Your Credit As Early As Possible Your FICO scores will determine the interest rate you are offered and the amount of the down payment required. It’s best to examine your credit report at least a year ahead of your loan application to make sure you have plenty of time to work on credit issues. FHA Home Loans: DO NOT Run Up More Debt Prior To Your Home Loan Opening new credit cards, adding more | more...

 
Mortgage Relief Scams To Avoid

Myths About FHA Refinance Loans

There are plenty of misconceptions about refinancing real estate. If you have a house you want to refinance, it’s good to learn what you can and cannot do with an FHA refinance loan before you start shopping around for a lender. And you WILL want to shop around. FHA Refinance Loan Myths: You Have To Keep Your Original Lender You are free to refinance you home with another lender offering more competitive terms, rates, or perks for borrowing with that financial institution. FHA Refi Loan Myths: You Have To Refinance Into A Fixed-Rate Mortgage Borrowers can choose an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) at refinance time if the lender offers such a loan. Not all participating lenders will, which is another reason to shop around for the right lender for | more...

 
FHA home loans, interest rate cuts, and your mortgage

FHA Loan Facts

When you start doing research on home loans and want to learn what it takes to qualify for an FHA mortgage loan as either a first-time home buyer or as a return borrower, you will find websites with lists of loan approval requirements. Some of those FHA home loan approval requirement lists look like this: A credit score of 580 or higher for the lowest down payment A debt-to-income ratio of 43% or less 3.5% down payment 1-2 years of consistent employment history A property that meets FHA standards OR A home eligible for FHA 203k rehab loan financing You may find a caveat on lists like these stating that they are “general guidelines” and that is true. What isn’t always included in those caveats is that additional lender standards | more...