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hud: HUD Expands Identity of Interest Definition for FHA Mortgages - 03/06/12 12:57 AM
For all FHA mortgages, HUD recently revised its Family Member definition for Identity of Interest.   The definition of a family member, for purposes of Identity of Interest transactions has been expanded to include:  
·     Brother, stepbrother
·     Sister, stepsister
·     Uncle
·     Aunt
 
These changes are in addition to the previous definitions including:
 
·     Child, parent or grandparent 
·     Spouse
·     Legally adopted son or daughter, including a child who is placed with the borrower by an authorized agency for legal adoption
·     Foster child
 
An identity of interest transaction is a … (2 comments)

hud: HUD Extends FHA 90 Day Flip Waiver Until December 31, 2012 - 12/26/11 02:53 PM

As anticipated, HUD has announced that the 90 Day Flip Waiver for FHA mortgages has been extended once again.  On January 15, 2009, HUD announced a waiver to its restriction of a borrower being able to obtain FHA financing on a property that had been acquired by the seller in the 90 days preceding the sales contract date. 
The inital waiver took effect on February 1, 2010.  The expiration date of the waiver was set as 12 months from its starting date.  That originally had waiver set to expire on January 31, 2011.  HUD issued an extension through December 31, 2011.
The 2nd extension is now … (12 comments)

hud: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 11:27 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, … (8 comments)

hud: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for Gwinnett County, GA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 11:17 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for Gwinnett County, GA (as … (0 comments)

hud: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for Cherokee County, GA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 11:13 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for Cherokee County, GA (as … (0 comments)

hud: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for Cobb County, GA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 11:08 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for Cobb County, GA (as … (0 comments)

hud: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for DeKalb County, GA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 11:04 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for DeKalb County, GA (as … (0 comments)

hud: New FHA Loan Limits for Fulton County, GA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 10:59 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for Fulton County, GA … (2 comments)

hud: New FHA Loan Limits for Greene County, GA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 10:38 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for Greene County, GA … (0 comments)

hud: New FHA Loan Limits for Brunswick, GA MSA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 10:26 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for the Brunswick, GA MSA will be … (0 comments)

hud: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for Athens-Clarke County, GA MSA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 08:56 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for the Athens-Clarke County MSA will … (0 comments)

hud: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for Baldwin County, AL - Effective October 2011 - 07/10/11 08:02 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for Baldwin County, AL … (0 comments)

hud: How Do Delinquent Homeowners Association (HOA) Dues Affect FHA Mortgages? - 07/03/11 08:22 AM
How Do Delinquent Homeowners Association (HOA) Dues Affect FHA Mortgages?
As part of the FHA condo project approval process, various aspect of the Home Owner's Association must be evaluated.  One such aspect is the delinquency rate of the current owners.  FHA guidelines require that no more than 15% of the total units can be in arrears on their condominium association fee payments.  Arrears is defined as more than 30 days past due.  This does not include late fees or other administrative expenses. The 15% includes all units (occupied, investor, bank-owned, vacant).
Should the delinquency percentage exceed 15%, exception requests may only be considered on a … (18 comments)

hud: HUD Temporary Flipping Waiver Extended Until December 31, 2011 for FHA Mortgages - 03/10/11 01:05 PM
HUD has announced that its temporary waiver of the 90-day flipping restriction is now in effect until December 31, 2011.  There are no changes to the Flip Waiver that was previously issued. 
The Flip Waiver is still subject to certain conditions.  In order to be eligible for FHA financing, the mortgages must meet these conditions to take advantage of the waiver.  The complete text of the waiver extension, including conditions the waiver is limited to, is available on the HUD website.
Some of the Flip-Waiver provisions include:
1. The amount of the Rehab/Repair may not be added as part of the Seller's acquisition costs.2. 2nd … (2 comments)

hud: FHA 203K Renovation Mortgage Program Overview/Updates - 02/13/11 05:31 AM
FHA Program Basics
Separate the Fact From the Fiction - The Real Story on FHA Seller Concession Limitations
FHA Minimum Down Payment Increases to 3.5% on Jan 1st
 


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - Appraisals (Also see Property Conditions)
 

 



FHA 203K Guideline FAQ
 


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - HUD Homes
Buy a HUD Home in Georgia for Only $100 Down
  


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - Miscellaneous

 
 


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - Property Condition
 
 



 
FHA Basic Guidelines
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hud: 580+ FICO FHA Lending Makes a Comeback - 01/31/11 02:10 PM
Yes, it is true.  FHA mortgages for 580+ FICO borrowers are making a comeback.  In the last 2-3 years, the minimum credit score requirement for FHA loans has changed many times. 
Just a few short years ago, there was no minimum credit score required for an FHA mortgage.  Soon, most all mortgage companies began requiring a 580+ minimum FICO.  A while later, that minimum score requirement was raised to 620+.  Last October, many lenders went to a 640+ FICO on all FHA mortgages. 
All of these changes were in response to the Secondary Mortgage market.  While the Secondary Market in general has … (6 comments)

hud: How Much Money Do I Need to Bring to Closing? - 01/02/11 06:08 AM
How Much Money Do I Need to Bring to Closing? 
This is a question that gets asked early on with every closing.  The reality is that its too early to have an exact amount.  At the time of your loan application, you are provided with an estimate that details your total estimated settlement charges.  This is your best estimate that is available. 
The lender fees from the estimate should not change.  Once the actual closing attorney/title company fees are available, they will then be updated on the estimate.  The closing attorney/title company will also provide the actual property tax amount.  It is … (6 comments)

hud: FHA Minimum Property Standards - 12/25/10 11:37 AM
With FHA mortgages continuing to take more of the market share, questions often arise regarding what are the potential repairs might be required when the buyer is obtaining an FHA mortgage.  In late 2005, HUD revised their minimum property standards requirements for FHA mortgages.  Prior to this change, even some of the most minor repairs might have required correction. 
FHA's minimum standards are much different today though.   Currently, HUD only requires the repair of conditions that exceed cosmetic and minor defects or normal wear and tear.  FHA Appraisers must still report all readily observable property defects.  The lender's FHA Underwriter must then … (7 comments)

hud: FHA 90 Day Flip Waiver Is Still Available - Yes, It's True - 12/21/10 01:38 PM
The demise of the FHA 90 Day Flip Financing rule has been incorrectly reported.  Inaccurate reports continue to make their way around stating that certain deadlines have now passed for the FHA 90 Flip Financing Waiver.  I am pleased to report that they are untrue at this time. 
On January 15, 2009, HUD announced a waiver to its restriction of a borrower being able to obtain FHA financing on a property that had been acquired by the seller in the 90 days preceding the sales contract date. The waiver took effect on February 1, 2010.  The expiration date of the waiver was set as … (0 comments)

 
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