June 27, 2022

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FHA Home Loans

Buying A Condo Unit With An FHA Loan

The FHA Single-Family Home Loan program offers condominium loans in addition to its other single-family home loan options. This surprises a small number of house hunters who wrongly assume that FHA home loans are need-based loans or that condo units don’t qualify for an FHA mortgage. They do. But there are some important things to know about the FHA Condominium Loan option–the first is that since 2019, there have been different rules about how condo loans are processed. Once upon a time you could not get an FHA condo loan if the condominium project was not on or added to the list of FHA-approved projects. Now, you may be allowed to buy a condo unit in a project that is NOT on the FHA’s list provided that the condo unit | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Get Ready For A Home Loan In 2022

How do you know if you can afford a home loan? It may seem like a daunting task to estimate a monthly mortgage payment with principal, interest, taxes, and fees, but there are online mortgage calculators that can help. All you have to do is to bring a bit of information to the process to get an idea of how much that house you have your eye on might cost you. Get Started The first thing you want to do is to examine your current monthly debt and compare them to your income. What is the largest amount of a monthly mortgage payment you could afford in your current circumstances? The number you arrive at here is not necessarily the same number you’ll use for your final mortgage calculation, but | more...

 
HUD

HUD Updates Appraisal Guidelines

The FHA and HUD are updating appraisal requirements for residential mortgage loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration. In June of 2021, President Joe Biden announced a move to bring appraisals into compliance with Fair Housing Act guidelines–the move was introduced as an effort called the Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity or PAVE. The FHA has issued guidelines that reinforce and clarify the “existing requirements for Appraisers and Mortgagees regarding compliance with Fair Housing laws” related to the appraisal of properties that will serve as security for FHA-insured mortgages. What kind of guidelines? A Mortgagee Letter published at HUD.gov states that the federal agency “expects all parties engaged in FHA mortgage insurance programs to eliminate all considerations of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

Should I Make Two Mortgage Payments Each Month?

Why do some borrowers–those applying for FHA loans or otherwise–choose to make bi-weekly payments on a mortgage? That is, why do some choose to pay two mortgage payments each month?  Paying ahead on an FHA home loan is not a new idea nor is it a bad one. There are those who pay more on their home loans each month to gradually whittle down the amount they owe on the loan so that payoff comes earlier. And there are several ways to do that, as we’ll explore below. Unlike some other types of loans, FHA mortgages do not come with a pre-payment penalty and you cannot be billed extra for early payoff of the FHA loan amount. The multiple ways to pay ahead and pay down your mortgage earlier than | more...

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

Home Loan And Home Ownership Tools From HUD

Are you a first-time home buyer trying to get good advice on how to prepare for a home loan? Are you interested in an FHA Reverse Mortgage, but not sure about where to find approved housing counseling for an FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)? Or perhaps you are a current homeowner with an FHA mortgage trying to avoid foreclosure? In every case, the FHA and HUD have housing counseling resources you can use to make more informed decisions about purchasing, refinancing, or saving your home. Did you know that the HUD official site has a page dedicated to housing counseling resources? You can find it at their official site: The HUD Office of Housing Counseling As the official site reminds, “HUD sponsor housing counseling agencies throughout the country that | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

How Early Should You Use A Mortgage Calculator?

The short answer? The moment you think you want to commit to being a home owner, you should consider using an online mortgage calculator. A mortgage calculator can help you plan and save for your mortgage. The use of a mortgage calculator is something most real estate blogs and home loan websites encourage you to use. The most basic, entry-level finance blog advice includes “use a mortgage calculator”. But there are some things to keep in mind about using a mortgage calculator–you want to use one that includes more than just the principal and interest for your loan. If you use one that limits the input to just those two things, you won’t really get an estimate of your monthly mortgage payment. Why? Because you will need to factor in | more...

 
FHA loans

The FHA Streamline Refinance Loan: No FHA-Required Credit Check

FHA refinance loan options are looking more attractive to some borrowers with FHA loan rates still well below the three percent line at press time after some ups and downs in 2021. But the range of options confuses some.  What do you need to know about the Streamline FHA Refinance loan option compared to FHA cash-out refinancing or FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan refinancing? Streamline FHA Loan Facts You Should Know First-time applicants may be surprised to learn there is no FHA-require appraisal. Your lender is allowed to require one, but if they choose to process your FHA streamline refinance without one, you’re spared the appraisal fee. Most FHA loans require a credit check and have a set of minimum qualifying scores. What about FHA Streamline? FHA Streamline loans allow your | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

5 Things To Know About Home Loans

What do you need to know about home loans? There are certainly more than five things you’ll want to remember, but this is a great way to begin the planning stages of your new home loan. Home Loan Tip #5: One Application At A Time When you are in the planning stages of a new home loan, it might not occur to you (at first) to think of all your finances as a single entity. This is important because your lender will certainly do so, and if you have applied for any other credit in the meantime it can make it harder for your loan officer to justify approving your home loan. Plan on applying for ONE line of credit in the year you commit to the loan–your mortgage. Home | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loan

FHA Home Loan Mortgage Rates

First-time borrowers sometimes ask, what is an FHA home loan mortgage rate? The FHA loan rate is the interest rate you’ll negotiate with the lender on a 15-year or 30-year FHA mortgage. There are some facts you should know about FHA loan rates that will make understanding them much easier. FHA Loan Rates: They Vary By Lender Technically speaking, the mortgage loan interest rate on your loan is something determined by the loan officer, based on current market rates and other factors. Who gets the most competitive FHA loan rates? Those who meet FICO score standards and the lender’s other financial qualifications. But rates, being negotiable, can be bought down using discount points–an option you and the participating FHA lender should discuss as early as possible. Buying discount points makes | more...

 
Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

First-Time Home Buyer Tools You Should Know

Are you buying a home for the first time? Are you buying a home after a long gap in home ownership? There are some consumer tools you should know about that can help you get closer to owning your dream home. And not all these tools are for the planning and saving stages of the loan. For example, when house hunting, if you find a home you want, do you know how much your monthly mortgage payment will be? You can use online mortgage calculators that can help. But that’s a common mortgage tool–what about other options? Credit Issues Borrowers who need to work on their credit might be surprised to learn that they can repair their own credit AND get advice on improving credit on a do-it-yourself basis. Did | more...