A borrower whose previous residence or other real property was foreclosed on or has given a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure within the previous three years is generally not eligible.
Foreclosure must have been resolved for at least 3 years with no late payments since the date of resolution.
Seasoning Requirements are determined by the type of loan:
Borrowers with a prior foreclosure, bankruptcy, deed-in-lieu, or short sale may be eligible for an FHA insured loan if the bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, short sale was the result of a documented extenuating circumstance.
Borrowers may also be eligible for an FHA insured loan on a purchase transaction after 12 months from the completion, discharge, trustee's sale if the borrower meets the requirements for extenuating circumstances Economic Event.
FHA does not require collection accounts to be paid off as a condition of mortgage approval. However, FHA does recognize that collection efforts by the creditor for unpaid collections could affect the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage.
If evidence of a payment arrangement is not available, the lender must calculate the monthly payment using 5% of the outstanding balance of each collection, and include the monthly payment in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.
Today’s historically low interest rates make now the perfect time to purchase a new home or refinance.
One of the most popular types of mortgages is the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. This loan is usually the easiest to qualify for and provides the maximum interest deduction at tax time. The interest rate stays the same over the life of the loan which provides unchanging low monthly payments.
No matter what the economy looks like, mortgage rates change on a daily, even hourly, basis. Rate fluctuations can cost or save you thousands of dollars. With that in mind, the question when shopping for a loan is whether it's best to lock in a rate or float the loan. Either way, there's risk.
It's your choice the rate-lock option means a borrower fixes the price at the current mortgage rates, provided he or she finalizes the loan within a specified period. The upside is that you are protected against a potential mortgage rate increase. But if the rate goes down, you could end up paying more than necessary. The "float" option, by contrast, allows the borrower to adopt a wait-and-see approach. The risk remains, though: If rates do rise, you wind up losing money.
Not everyone can take advantage of the opportunity to refinance or qualify for a new home loan due to today’s tightened credit guidelines.
To be approved at the lowest mortgage rates, borrowers do not need to have the highest credit score. In addition, the consumers need a reasonable debt-to-income ratio. Most lenders will qualify borrowers at a maximum of 50 percent of overall debt to household gross monthly income. Some borrowers with significant assets or income will be able to qualify even with slightly lower credit scores or higher debt.
Low mortgage rates result in lower monthly payments which can save you thousands of dollars off the life of the loan.
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