FHA Manufactured Housing Rules You Should Know
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by Joe Wallace
5d ago
FHA announced changes to the FHA loan limit structure in early 2024. Those changes included updating FHA Title I manufactured loan limits which had not been changed in 15 years at press time. The FHA Title I Manufactured Home Loan program offers higher loan limits now, part of an effort to provide more affordable housing. “The increases better align with current market prices and are expected to encourage more lenders to offer the program to homebuyers seeking to purchase manufactured homes and the lots on which they sit” according to a press release at HUD.gov. Making Manufactured Housing Mo ..read more
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What To Ask When Buying A Home With An FHA Loan
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by Joe Wallace
1w ago
If you want an FHA loan to buy a home, it is always a good idea to compare lenders, real estate agents, and other service providers who serve the housing industry.  When comparing, there are important questions to ask each provider to learn more about whether they are right for you. How Long Have You Worked In This Field? The answer will vary depending on the inspector, real estate agent, or lender and when doing so but there are trade-offs to consider for newcomers to the business. A more experienced lender or real estate agent likely understands more complex issues related to your home ..read more
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When You Need To Renovate Your Home
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by Joe Wallace
1w ago
There is more than one way to improve your home in 2024 with an FHA loan. Do you want to cash out the equity you have built in the home and use some of the cash for repairs? In such cases, an FHA cash-out refinance is the right loan. But in other circumstances, a different FHA loan option may be better. How do you choose? FHA Rehab Loan Options The FHA 203(k) rehab loan helps those who want to buy or refinance a fixer-upper home or a house that needs improvements to bring it up to code. The FHA 203(k) rehab option is for any qualified borrower, and there is a disaster relief version known as ..read more
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Home Loan Choices
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by Joe Wallace
2w ago
Every part of the home loan process has a set of choices to make. For most house hunters this process begins with the decision to own your own home and quit renting. What other choices await you on the road to homeownership? Interest Rate Options: Conventional, FHA, Fixed, Adjustable No matter which type of home loan you choose, VA, FHA, USDA, or conventional, you’ll need to decide whether to apply for a fixed or adjustable mortgage.  The fixed-rate loan is good for those who need a predictable house payment for the full duration of the mortgage. Unless you refinance, the rate will not c ..read more
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Buying Older Real Estate With An FHA Mortgage
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by Joe Wallace
2w ago
Interested in buying an old house? A fixer-upper? Does the house you fell in love with need extensive repairs to make it worth owning? FHA loans include options for older homes and fixer-uppers. We cover some key points below. FHA Loan Options Are More Flexible Than You Might Think There’s no single FHA mortgage option. You can’t use one loan to buy any property type that is allowed. There are just too many different options and needs that must be taken into account in the housing market. Want to build a home from the ground up? There’s an One-Time Close FHA construction loan for that. Want t ..read more
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FHA Home Loan Credit Score Requirements: FICO Scores And More
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by Joe Wallace
2w ago
Many borrowers worry about their credit scores ahead of an application for an FHA home loan, and it’s hard for some to gauge whether they have sufficient credit to get a loan approved. FHA loans have more forgiving credit requirements, and borrowers should not assume they do not qualify for a home loan without discussing their circumstances with a participating lender. When is a low credit score too low? FHA home loan rules specify that the lender must ensure a 500 FICO score (the very minimum) to qualify for an FHA mortgage, but your credit score numbers don’t tell the whole story. Lender Re ..read more
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Before You Reach Closing Day
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by Joe Wallace
3w ago
Once your home loan application is approved, is a borrower really home free on the way to closing day? Is the loan application a done deal once approved? Not quite, and that’s a factor some new borrowers should keep in mind at all times. Never assume the deal is done until the keys are in your hand. Why do we say this? There are important reasons which we explore below. Damage To The Property The house you want to buy with an FHA loan may be in great condition when you make an offer to the seller. But what happens if the house experiences a major disaster, fire, or even an accident? If your l ..read more
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How To Avoid Confusion When Buying Your First Home
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by Joe Wallace
3w ago
Many first-time house hunters are confused by mortgage loan industry jargon, real estate acronyms, and industry terms used incorrectly. How do you separate the facts from the fiction when learning new terms along the way to closing day? There are many issues. Calling an appraisal an “inspection” is one good example (see below.) There are also industry terms that sound familiar but don’t mean what some think they mean. The whole concept of mortgage insurance is a great example (see below). We examine some of the most common of these below. Owner-Occupied Homes Are Not Investment Properties An ..read more
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Before Your First FHA Mortgage Payment
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by Joe Wallace
3w ago
Do you know what to expect after your FHA mortgage closes? Borrowers should know a few common things about what to expect after closing day, such what to expect from payments and mortgage statements. What To Know About FHA Loan Mortgage Statements Not all home loans have the same terms and conditions, so be sure to review your contract carefully to learn how your statement will be delivered each month or if the loan stipulates you have a payment book to rely on instead.  Assuming your mortgage payment notification automatically comes to you electronically or by U.S. Mail is not safe–make ..read more
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Commonly Asked Questions About Applying For An FHA Home Loan
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by Joe Wallace
3w ago
Are you ready to stop renting and start owning your own home? The FHA home loan program was designed to help borrowers get into affordable homes with a low down payment requirement. FHA loan rules feature more forgiving FICO score standards (lender standards will also apply), and first-time home buyers should know there are down payment assistance programs in many states that can help. What sort of questions are common for FHA home loans? Read below to learn some important details every new borrower should keep in mind. How Long Does It Take To Save And Prepare For A Mortgage Application? Sta ..read more
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