December 2, 2021

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FHA Home Loan

Home Loan Advice From TransUnion

Credit issues are among the biggest worries for many FHA loan applicants. Are you concerned that you aren’t fully prepared for a home loan application? If you tackle home loan issues early enough, you can get much closer to home loan approval. We regularly encourage readers to check their credit scores, read and monitor their credit reports, and be extra-vigilant about checking those credit reports all the way until the loan closes. One of the reasons why we do that?  Your lender will not check your credit ONCE during the home loan process–your credit may be reviewed multiple times. And that is one very good reason to keep checking your credit reports, too. And while we’re talking about credit reports, why not take some advice from the very agencies responsible | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan Issues: "Identity Of Interest"

Before You Apply For Mortgage Pre-Approval

A lot of people assume they are ready to apply for any major line of credit at any time. But if you want to apply for mortgage pre-approval, there are some important things you need to ask yourself to determine whether you are truly ready to apply. Where are you at in the current process of planning and saving for a home loan? FHA mortgages, conventional loans, and even some first-time homebuyer downpayment assistance plans require the borrower to make a minimum investment.  If you don’t have a down payment saved or have a plan to come up with your down payment and closing costs before seeking a lender, you may not be ready to apply for pre-approval. But what else should you be asking? One of the first things | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For Manufactured Housing

Why Get Pre-Approved For An FHA Home Loan?

Why get pre-approved for an FHA mortgage? This is a question some first-time home buyers ask, and the answers can make a big difference in how you approach your home loan. FHA Home Loan Pre-Approval Does Not Commit You To A Mortgage When you fill out the forms to be pre-approved for a home loan, you are not committing to the transaction in the sense that you would be financially obligated to buy. The borrower is not legally committed to a purchase when getting pre-approved. Home loan pre-approval actually works to help you be taken seriously as a buyer when you do find a home you’re ready to commit to. The buyer takes a pre-approved borrower more seriously and you may find that a pre-approval letter (depending on the housing | more...

 
FHA loans

Home Loans: When To Get Pre-Approved

When should a house hunter choose to get pre-approved for a home loan? It’s a common question many borrowers ask. But there can be some confusion over this question because some use the term “prequalify” interchangeably with “pre-approval”. But these two terms actually mean different things. Getting prequalified for a home loan is something you do early in the house hunting stages. You are not ready to make any offers yet but you want to let sellers know you are not window shopping. Prequalification means the borrower has filled out some basic paperwork with a lender while in the house-hunting process. It is not loan approval and borrowers still, at this stage, have a ways to go before loan approval happens including filling out basic loan application paperwork (not pre-qualification | more...

 
Reasons To Refinance

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...

 
Credit Requirements For Your FHA Home Loan In 2020

FHA Mortgage Rates In Early 2021

All eyes are on 2021 and what the new year could bring for housing markets, including what might happen with mortgage loan interest rates. FHA loans and other government-backed home loans saw sub-three-percent mortgage loan interest rates in 2020, and the earliest days of 2021 those rates did not rise above three percent. Mortgage rates for FHA home loans including FHA One-Time Close construction loans, FHA Rehab loans, and others remain below the three percent line (assuming ideal conditions including a well-qualified borrower) where they sat, more or less, for a significant amount of time in years past.  American political chaos, the coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, nervous investors, and other variables have all worked together to keep mortgage loan interest rates below three percent for the time being. Did the | more...

 

FHA Mortgage Relief Extended Into 2021

Millions of homeowners with FHA mortgages in need of mortgage relief during the coronavirus pandemic are getting an extension on their options to avoid foreclosure. That is thanks to a recent move by the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the agency has announced an extension to coronavirus relief measures intended to help borrowers financially affected by COVID-19. FHA and HUD official sites announced this week that they have approved a two-month extension to the COVID-19 related foreclosure and eviction moratorium. The new expiration date for the moratorium is listed as February 28, 2021.  There is now more time for FHA borrowers to request what the FHA calls an “initial COVID-19 forbearance” which must be obtained from the borrower’s mortgage servicer. This forbearance is meant to “defer or reduce” FHA | more...

 
FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

FHA Construction Loan Rule Changes In 2021

The FHA One-Time Close construction loan, also known as a construction-to-permanent mortgage or simply as a home construction loan, is an option for home buyers who want to build a home from the ground up. There are USDA versions of this type of loan (with income caps and other need-based restrictions), there’s a VA One-Time Close loan for qualifying military personnel, and there is also the FHA One-Time Close construction loan which features a low 3.5% down payment the same as all other FHA purchase loan options. The FHA and HUD have announced changes to the FHA One-Time Close program in 2021. These changes will formalize certain elements of the program, and change others as we’ll see below. HUD has changed its maximum financing policy and other requirements for New | more...

 
FHA Rehab Loans

FHA Fixer-Upper Loans For Smaller Home Improvement Projects

There is a type of FHA home loan that lets you get a mortgage to simultaneously buy and repair or modify a home. These fixer-upper mortgages are known as FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgages and this is an option you can also get as an FHA refinance loan. It’s a great alternative to the standard FHA home loan. Any borrower needing to repair, upgrade, or renovate an existing home can apply for this mortgage–you can refinance an FHA or non FHA loan with the FHA 203(k). But some borrowers don’t have ambitious, large-scale work to be done and a “full” 203(k) rehab loan might not be the right loan if you don’t have a huge project to deal with. And fortunately there is a smaller version of the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation | more...

 
Information You Need To Pre-Qualify Or Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

Information You Need To Pre-Qualify Or Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

When you go to explore your home loan options, there are two steps you’ll take to get things started and moving forward. One is getting pre-qualified for the loan using some basic (but important) information about your income, credit history, and other variables. The other step is to get pre-approved, which is a more involved process that requires more information building on what you previously submitted in the pre-qualification process. What kind of information does a potential borrower need for these applications? It helps to think like a lender when dealing with questions like these; your loan officer needs information to establish your employment and income history, your patterns of credit use, the size of the loan you need, etc. For pre-qualifying, which is something you can do in your | more...