Tag: fha loans

FHA vs Conventional Loans

Conventional Loans are home loans that conform to the underwriting guidelines set by the Government Sponsored Entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  In the past, conventional loans were only for elite borrowers that had 20% or more for their down payment. Times have since changed opening up great new programs for low to middle income… Read more »

Use Your Tax Refund As a Down Payment to Buy a Home

Saving money for a down payment can be one of the biggest challenges in buying a home. Most loan programs require some form of a down payment from the home buyer. During tax season, this may be the perfect opportunity to qualify for a new home. IRS tax refunds are eligible as a source for… Read more »

FHA Lowers Mortgage Insurance Premiums for 2015

The Federal Housing Administration has announced that they will be reducing the mortgage insurance premiums (sometimes called PMI or MIP) charged on all FHA loans. The rate reduction will be nearly half the current costs cutting the insurance premiums down from 1.35% to .85% annually. This is great news for new home buyers and those… Read more »

FHA Back to Work After Government Shutdown

While the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was not fully closed during the government shutdown, they were running on limited staff for the 16 days of uncertainty. Most FHA Lenders and Banks continued to process and fund FHA loans during this time which has created a backlog of FHA endorsements and questions from these companies. In response to undoubtedly hundreds of… Read more »