December 10, 2019

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Reasons You May Be Denied A Loan

Making An Offer To The Seller To Buy A Home With An FHA Mortgage

When you have found the home you want to buy with an FHA mortgage, there comes a point where you will have to do the (uncomfortable for some) ritual of negotiating with the seller to arrive at the final price of the home. You may decide to offer the same amount as the seller is asking for the purchase of the home or you may wish to negotiate a lower price. When do you stand the best chance of getting a lower price than what your seller is asking? There are several different aspects to this-much depends on the nature of the housing market, how eager or stubborn the seller might be, whether the seller is willing to make other concessions if the price is firm, etc. What does all | more...

 
Build on your own land FHA One Time Close Construction Loan

FHA One-Time Close Construction Mortgages For Dream Homes Part Two

Why choose to build a home instead of buying an existing construction property with an FHA mortgage? Some borrowers simply don’t want the hassle of house hunting or can’t find the right existing property. In cases where an FHA borrower wants a home built for them, the FHA One-Time Close construction loan (OTC) can be a major help. In a previous blog post, we started discussing why borrowers should choose an FHA construction loan over a conventional one. There are plenty of reasons including these: Lower Down Payments As with interest rates, FICO scores and other credit qualifications will play an important role in the down payment requirement you are given with FHA OTC mortgages. In general borrowers should expect to make a minimum down payment of 3.5%, but borrowers | more...

 
FHA Home Loans For Millennials

FHA Home Loan Rules For Sellers

Much of our discussion here about FHA home loans is focused on the buyer; what the FHA borrower can and cannot do with an FHA mortgage or refinance loan, how occupancy rules may dictate whether a home loan is approved or not, etc. But there are some FHA mortgage loan rules that affect the seller, too. Not all the FHA loan guidelines concentrate on the lender or borrower. For example, the seller is allowed to contribute a certain amount of money toward the costs of the home loan, but those contributions cannot exceed FHA and lender limits. If the seller’s contribution DOES exceed the limit, the borrower’s loan must be reduced dollar-for-dollar for the full amount above the FHA limit. There is a list of things that can result in | more...

 
Why Did My Mortgage Payment Increase?

Do You Need An FHA Home Loan?

Do you need an FHA home loan? There are many mortgage loan options on the market, do you know what makes an FHA mortgage a potential advantage as a home buyer? FHA Home Loans Have More Forgiving Credit Requirements FHA mortgages have minimum FICO scores and credit history requirements that can be more forgiving than their conventional loan counterparts. Lender standards will also apply, but the FHA-proscribed minimums allow the lender greater flexibility to consider loan approval. FHA Loans Have Lower Down Payment Requirements 3.5% of the adjusted value of the property for new purchase loans on existing construction homes is quite appealing for many borrowers who can’t afford 20% down for some conventional loans. FHA One Time Close construction loans also require a 3.5% down payment for properties built | more...

 
First-Time Home Buyer Tips

FHA Loans, Eligible Property Types, And Mixed-Use Properties

There are a few misconceptions about FHA loans when it comes to eligible property types and purchasing mixed-use property. The FHA Single Family Home Loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1, has some instructions for the lender in these areas that are good to know going into the house hunting process. FHA Loans For Mixed-Use Property There are FHA mortgages available to purchase mixed-use property as long as that property meets the right FHA criteria; it must be primarily residential in nature, and non-residential use of the home must not overwhelm the property. HUD 4000.1 defines “mixed use” property as follows: “Mixed Use refers to a Property suitable for a combination of uses including any of the following: commercial, residential, retail, office or parking space. Mixed Use one- to four-unit Single Family Properties | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA loan rules for loan approval include instructions to the lender about unpaid federal debts and tax liens. Your chosen participating FHA lender is responsible for verifying your income, employment record, and your monthly financial obligations-which may include tax obligations such as a lien, or a federal debt. Unresolved taxes and federal debt can be a serious issue that will affect a home loan application. The status of such debt is one of the most important factors. According to HUD 4000.1, “Mortgagees are prohibited from processing an application for an FHA-insured Mortgage for Borrowers with delinquent federal non-tax debt, including deficiency Judgments and other debt associated with past FHA-insured Mortgages.” The FHA loan rules in this section also add that the lender is required to determine “whether the Borrower(s) have | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Rules You Need To Know

Can I Buy Another House With An FHA Loan?

Can I buy another house with an FHA loan? It’s a question on the minds of many, especially those who might be concerned that NOT being a first-time home buyer might disqualify them from the FHA loan option. Is this true? FHA Loans Are Not Just For First-Time Home Buyers FHA mortgage loans are designed to be an affordable option for anyone who is financially qualified to be approved for a home loan. That means that you do not have to be a first-time home buyer, you don’t have to be “in need” to qualify, and you don’t have to worry about an income limit for FHA mortgages. FHA loans are approved on the basis of a borrower’s creditworthiness and ability to afford the loan. There is no maximum income | more...

 
Am I Required To Use Water Utilities For The Home I Buy With An FHA Mortgage?

Can I Get An FHA Home Loan For A Mixed-Use Property?

Can I get an FHA loan for a mixed use property? Many borrowers want to know if the building they want to buy is still eligible for an FHA loan in spite of zoning issues, design, or other factors that render the home a combination of a residence and non-residential purposes. What do FHA home loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say about such transactions? To begin, the FHA defines what it deems to be “mixed use property”: “Mixed Use refers to a Property suitable for a combination of uses including any of the following: commercial, residential, retail, office or parking space. Mixed Use one- to four-unit Single Family Properties are eligible for FHA insurance” with certain restrictions in place. It’s important to note that FHA loan rules in this area | more...

 
FHA Home Loans And Interest Rates: What You Should Know About Low Rates

What Is An FHA Loan And How Does It Work?

What is an FHA loan and how does it work? There are many differences between conventional and FHA mortgages, and those differences could mean significant savings depending on your home buying needs and goals. What An FHA Loan Is Not An FHA loan is a mortgage loan, first and foremost. It is intended to buy or refinance a property. An FHA “forward mortgage” or new home loan not intended to act as a personal loan, with cash back to the borrower at closing time. FHA loan rules don’t permit the borrower to apply for a loan greater than the adjusted value of the property plus additional costs that may be rolled into the loan. While your FHA mortgage may be greater than the total adjusted value of the property, you | more...

 
Get A Free Credit Report Before Applying For An FHA Loan

What Are My Restrictions On FHA Loan Assumptions?

Restrictions on FHA loan assumptions aren’t terribly complicated, but if you are interested in assuming an FHA loan there are some things to keep in mind, starting with a requirement that the lender participates in the process. Most FHA mortgage loans closed in recent years will require the lender’s approval and participation in order to successfully assume an FHA loan. But there are other considerations, too. For example, a home purchased with an FHA mortgage on what the FHA handbook describes as “Indian Land” requires the approval of the local tribal authority. According to HUD 4000.1: “The Mortgagee cannot approve an assumption of a Mortgage secured by a Property located on an Indian Land/reservation unless the Indian Tribe has approved the assumption or sale of the rights to the Property | more...