Category Archive : FHA, VA & Conventional Related

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When going FHA, do Co-Signors take title to the home?

       FHA Loans / FHA, VA & Conventional Related

A client called today, anxious since he had read online that cosignors don’t take title to the home they are helping the Buyer/borrower purchase. Technically this is accurate, but not the entire story. Over the years FHA has made a distinction between non occupant CO-BORROWERS and non-occupant COSIGNORS. In fact my research shows that the only FHA programs that allow…… Read More »

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A little known tip re: dealing with Spouse's debts on a VA Loan

       FHA, VA & Conventional Related / VA Loans

Basic Facts First: On a VA home loan, the Veteran’s spouse’s debt obligations have to be counted against him/her when qualifying even if the Spouse will not be a borrower on the VA loan (i.e. “non purchasing spouse”). Underwriters therefore add up all the monthly debts belonging exclusively to the spouse and count them against the Veteran (Borrower). And since…… Read More »

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Can A Foreigner (Non Permanent U.S. Resident) Get An FHA Loan?

       FHA Loans / FHA, VA & Conventional Related

When someone has entered the U.S and chosen to reside here, they are considered a “Resident Alien”. However there are two labels for folks that have come to stay. (i) “Permanent Resident Alien” – A non-resident alien is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. at any time if they have been given the privilege, according to the immigration laws,…… Read More »

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How Does FHA Look at Garage Conversions & Other Unpermitted Additions?

       FHA Loans / FHA, VA & Conventional Related

How Does FHA Look at Garage Conversions & Other Unpermitted Additions? If a home has something about it that is different to it’s original structure, you may have a problem getting an FHA loan on it. What’s an FHA Underwriter going to do? Typically the Underwriter is going to (i) Ask for confirmation from the Appraiser that the work was…… Read More »

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HUD extends FHA Waiver of Anti-Flipping Rule

       FHA Loans / FHA, VA & Conventional Related / Latest News & Updates

For another whole year, through Jan 2012! What does this mean exactly ? Homes that were purchased (by Investors) and resold aka “flipped” (usually for profit) . . will be allowed with certain restrictions even if the home is being resold within 90-days of the Seller (investor) acquiring it. This helps the housing market by providing affordable financing with flexible…… Read More »

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Can Veterans be Repeat users?

       FHA, VA & Conventional Related / VA Loans

Rashawn McNeal at Keller Williams called me today asking if her client (a Veteran) can use his VA Entitlement to purchase the home he’s under contract for. He was under the impression he couldn’t because he got a VA loan back in the 1970’s. Good news is: VA loans can be repeated time after time under certain conditions. Since this…… Read More »