Chicago FHA loans

How to Find the Right Lender for a FHA 203k Renovation Loan

                  A renovation loan, or FHA 203k renovation loan, is a great tool for buying a home that needs some repairs or improvements to raise the value of the home. Renovation loans allow buyers to incorporate renovation costs into the mortgage in order to improve the home and raise its value immediately, rather than waiting to renovate years down the road. In addition, this can save money in comparison to a second mortgage or use credit cards to make improvements. When shopping for a lender, what questions do you need to ask when considering a renovation loan, or FHA 203k renovation loan? How Experienced Is the Lender? How many renovation loans has the lender done in the past? There are many moving parts to a renovation loan: you have to approve the situation, know the timing of everything, and know what is…

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Last Chance to Buy a Chicago Area Home with No Money Down – FHA Loans with Down Payment Assistance Are About to Disappear

One of the provisions of the recently signed Housing Bill, was the elimination of the Down Payment Assistance Programs (DPAs) like Ameridream and Chicago FHA loans | Mortgage Company | Mortgage Broker Nehemiah. These programs were a legal loop hole which allowed sellers, in a round about way, to fund the buyer’s down payment and allow them use an FHA loan to buy with no down payment from their own pockets. The DPAs have been a great deal for home buyers who didn’t have extra cash saved up for a down payment, and it’s been a great deal for home sellers because they brought in home buyers who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to buy a home. The down side has been that FHA has linked the DPAs to a higher default rate, and they’ve been trying to shut them down for years. Ameridream and Nehemiah contest the default figures,…

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If Mortgage Rates are a Commodity, Does it Matter Who You Get Your Mortgage From?

I had breakfast this morning with a Realtor who was having a difficult time with one of her listings. She had a contract on the house and the buyer was pre-approved for the mortgage before they wrote the offer. Everything looked like it was set for a nice smooth transaction. When the financing date in the contract came due the buyer still didn’t have loan approval, so they requested an extension. She was assured that the borrower was great and the appraisal came in right where it needed to be. There were just a few small details to take care of and loan approval would be forthcoming. 10 days later when the extension was up, they still didn’t have a loan approval. The loan officer was vague about what the problems were, but promised that it was nothing serious and with a little more time everything would be fine. By…

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Chicago FHA loans, IL Area – FHA is the New Conventional

Last year, when the Sub Prime market was imploding, there was a lot of talk about how FHA, a Government backed loan, was going to be the new Sub Prime. It hasn’t worked out quite that way. In fact, the real truth is that FHA is the new conventional mortgage. Sub Prime mortgages were loans for borrowers who couldn’t qualify for the more stringent conventional guidelines. This often meant borrowers who had credit problems, or it could mean borrowers who couldn’t prove their income. The thing about Sub Prime loans is they were profitable for the lenders (if they got rid of them quickly). These loans were often structured as 2 or 3 year adjustable rate mortgages, and they were priced several points higher than a conventional fixed rate would be. When the market was hot, defaults were low, so these loans were money machines for the lenders who offered…

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Why FHA May be the Best Option for Chicago Area Home Buyers – Even Those Who Can Qualify for a Conventional Mortgage

Not so long ago, FHA loans were the red-headed step child in the housing market. They didn’t get any respect. That wasn’t always the case. Back in the old days FHA loans were the only option for most first time home buyers or others who had little money to put down. FHA was the way for many borrowers to take their first steps into home ownership here in the Chicago area. Not only could you buy a home with a small down payment, but the entire down payment could be a gift, and your credit didn’t have to be perfect. There were problems with FHA loans, though. It took longer to get a loan approved and closed than with a conventional loan, and if there were issues with the homes condition (like peeling paint) the issues had to be fixed before closing. Many people felt that FHA underwriters were professional…

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