If you are buying a home in Chicago or the Chicago area, an FHA mortgage might be your best financing choice. With FHA there are two ways to get your mortgage approved. The first is through an automated approval. This is the way nearly all conventional loans are approved, and most FHA loans are approved this way, too. When you apply for a mortgage approval or pre-approval your loan officer enters all your personal and financial information into a computer program and uses an Automated Underwriting System (AUS) to determine the risk in the loan. The system issues either an approval or a refer to the underwriter decision. This is a very simplified explanation. Part of getting the approve decision is based on how your loan officer interprets your loan information and how it corresponds to FHA guidelines. If the wrong information is put in, or if the information is…

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