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Friday, August 1st, 2008

The President has signed into law legislation that will allow HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to continue providing targeted mortgage assistance to homeowners. The Hope for Homeowners program will continue FHA’s existing and successful efforts to provide aid to struggling families trapped in mortgages they currently cannot afford. Under the program, certain borrowers facing difficulty with their mortgage will be eligible to refinance into FHA-insured mortgages they can afford. The program will be implemented on October 1, 2008.

Homeowners May Already Be Eligible For Assistance

Families should not wait to seek mortgage relief. Right now, homeowners can determine if they are already eligible for mortgage assistance through FHASecure, FHA’s existing refinancing program. They can obtain information through either of the following options:

1. Contact a local, HUD-approved housing counseling agency at;

2. Contact the HOPE NOW Alliance at 1-888-995-HOPE

Sustainable, Affordability Homeownership

Hope for Homeowners maintains FHA’s long-standing requirement that new loans be based on a family’s long-term ability to repay the mortgage. FHA only allows owner-occupants to be eligible for FHA-insured mortgages. Borrowers must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Their mortgage must have originated on or before January 1, 2008;

• Their mortgage debt-to-income must be at least 31 percent;

• They cannot afford their current loan;

• They did not intentionally miss mortgage payments; and

• They do not own second homes.

Features of FHA-insured loans under the new program include:

• 30-year, fixed rate mortgage;

• Maximum 90 percent loan-to-value ratio;

• No prepayment penalties;

• $550,440 maximum mortgage amount;

• Extinguishment of any subordinate liens; and

• New home appraisals from FHA-approved appraisers.

HUD, Treasury, FDIC and the Federal Reserve will form the Congressionally-mandated Board of Directors and work together to establish additional program standards.

Voluntary Lender Participation

FHA will continue to offer lenders an alternative to foreclosing on borrowers. Similar to FHASecure’s recent expansion, lenders will be encouraged to write-down the outstanding mortgage principal balances to 90 percent of the new value of the property. In many cases, reductions in principle will cost lenders less than the losses associated with foreclosure.

Market Stability and Liquidity

By continuing to slow the rate of foreclosures, this program will support FHA’s existing effort to stabilize local housing markets. From September 2007 to June 2008, FHA has guaranteed more than $93 billion of mortgage capital.


FHA will insure up to $300 billion in new loans. Borrowers will pay an upfront premium of 3 percent of the original mortgage amount and an annual premium of 1.5 percent of the outstanding mortgage amount. Any additional costs incurred by FHA will be reimbursed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Program Timeline

The program will last from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2011. Since September 2007, FHASecure has helped more than 290,000 families obtain safer, more affordable mortgages. FHASecure is on pace to help 500,000 families by the end of the year.

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FHA down payment assistance gone now.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Over the years FHA has allowed Charity programs such as Home Down Payment Gift Foundation and others provide gifts from the seller. FHA requires that the buyer make a 3% investment in the purchase of the home. So if the buyer is buying a house around $150,000 they would be required to have an investment of $4500 dollars. With the 3 rd party charitable companies this allowed the seller to gift this requirement in a couple of faucets. The buyer could roll the cost into the note, or the seller could just pay it. When it came down to it, this program was just a red tape way of the buyer getting out of the FHA 3% investment requirement. HUD was claiming that homes that were foreclosing 20% were FHA loans that participated in Down Payment Assistance.

The problem with this program was if the home the buyer was purchasing had any equity it was absorbed up in the down payment assistance cost. Typically the buyer had to roll the cost into the note in order for the seller to participate. Essentially this program caused equity problems down the road.

The great situation about this program was it allowed low income families into to homes with little or now money out of pocket. You could get into a home with typically $500 out of pocket. This program helped thousands of families realize the dream of home ownership.

With the new bill that was passed today, the FHA buyer is now required to have 3.5% of there own money to buy a home.

Along with all the tightening up on credit scores and credit reports, now you will required to save to get a mortgage. This is the way it was prior to the late 90’s.

So my advice like always is to save your money and pay all your bills on-time.

Low Credit Score mortgage loans.

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

With all the drama in the lending industry, you can still get a mortgage with low credit scores. Yes, credit scores are a big determining factor in whether you will get approved for a mortgage, but your credit scores don’t have to be all that great. The mortgage loan I am talking about is a FHA loan. FHA loans are loans that are insured by the government. For years FHA did not have a credit score requirement, and until now they require a minimum of a 300 credit score. This may sound crazy but that is the lowest credit score they will finance with all the new mortgage insurance guidelines. Nether less, typically when you have credit scores that low you have too many recent issues to get a lender to approve you anyways.

There is a market on Wall Street called the secondary market which the buying of mortgage paper takes place. Typically this paper is sold in bulk called mortgage backed securities. The investors that buy this paper may have their own internal restrictions before buying loans. These restrictions might be far stricter than what FHA requires to insure a FHA mortgage loan.

Currently in today’s market there is a minimum credit score requirement of 580. There is also changes going on within banks where they are requiring a middle credit score of 620. The reason for this requirement is because people who have bought homes below that credit score threshold have a history of foreclosing on their homes. So the investors tighten up on what type of FHA mortgage paper they will buy.

Regardless of whether the credit score requirement is 580 or 620, those types of credit scores are still considered low and a high credit risk according the Fair Isaac’s scoring model. So yes you can still currently get a mortgage down to a middle credit score of 580. You will pay higher interest rates with that score, but you will get a 30 yr fixed mortgage.

Credit Score Requirements for FHA mortgage

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

If your credit score is low these days it might be pretty difficult to get financing for a mortgage. There are loans out there that don’t have credit score requirements, but the banks that provide the financing have their own internal requirements. For example, FHA loans which are government insured loans don’t have a credit score requirement to insure the loan, but the bank that underwrites the loan will have their own internal credit score requirement to even approve the loan.

What is FHA ?
Federal Housing Administration is what FHA stands for. This is a department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that insures loans underwritten by banks. Banks are more anxious to provide FHA financing due it being less risk to the bank. If a borrower forecloses on the FHA loan HUD buys a portion of the loan back. So in all reality this loan is a lot more attractive for banks to lend with.

Credit Scores for FHA mortgage
With all the banking rules changing currently, FHA is still the strongest and most aggressive loan out there. The caveat is the banks have gone to credit score requirement for FHA loans. The current standard is a middle credit score of 580. I know HUD is really concerned about this but they don’t underwrite the loan, the banks do. The reason for this credit score requirement is because there has been a pattern with borrowers below a 580 credit score. These types of borrowers are foreclosing on their homes. Typically when banks portfolio their own loans they monitor certain foreclosure types. If there are too many foreclosures of one particular type of borrower, they raise the bar on underwriting requirements. So with this being said you need at least a 580 middle credit score to get FHA financing these days.

So if you are wondering what your credit score really is, you might consider pulling a copy of your free credit score report. That is the most proactive way to determine your buying power. It also is a great way to see if there are any incorrect information that could be dragging down your credit score report.

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FHA loan Basics

Friday, April 18th, 2008

FHA loans are loans that are insured by (HUD) Housing Urban and Development. FHA loans have been around since the 1930’s right after the “Great Depression.” This was when 4 out of 10 households owned a home. (FHA) Federal Housing Administration is the savior for our current market just like it was back during the roaring 30’s.With FHA loans especially during a credit crunch like we are currently are in, you can rest assure banks are willing to be more lenient to approve credit challenged borrowers with FHA financing. The reason is FHA loans are insured by HUD, and if the borrower looses the home HUD will pay a claim to lender for the loss. FHA is the largest single insurer of loans in the world.

FHA Advantages.

• Lower interest rates, typically interest rates are lower on FHA loans with the banks since they are government insured loans
• Only requires minimum investment from borrower of 3% down payment, which can be eliminated by Down Payment Assistance. So essential you can get a 100% financing with FHA loans. Note: Requires Seller participation
• If you have less than perfect credit you can typically can get a loan with FHA, they usually like to see 12 to 24 months clean credit report history. You can even get a loan while in chapter 13 bankruptcy.
• No Credit Score Requirement
• Recent loan limits increased-varies from state to state; go here to find out. For example you can buy a home in the state of Texas with FHA up to $271,050. Depending on if your state is a high cost area; obviously this loan limit would be higher.
• Will allow alternate lines of credit if not good history is on credit report.
1. Letter from any utility company stating you have been on-time with your payment history for that last 12 months.
2. 12 month payment history from car insurance company, cell phone company and even daycare will work.

If you are currently in the market to buy or maybe you feel like you need credit repair, what ever your direction is, getting a FHA loan is not as hard as you think. FHA gets people approved that may not get approved with other loan types. The first step is to examine where you are at with a lender and get the ball rolling. IN this current market some lenders are requiring you to either have a 580 credit score or higher. They will also allow no credit score but your interest rate is higher than current market rates. This is going on even though FHA has no credit score requirement; this is due to bad performance of loans below the credit score benchmark of 580.

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