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FHA to Reduce Mortgage Insurance Premium to .85%

January 7th, 2015

FHA will reduce the mortgage insurance premium it charges from the current 1.35% to .85%, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama is scheduled to make an announcement on January 8, 2015. FHA mortgages are popular because borrowers can obtain loans with as little as 3.5% downpayment. The credit standards [...]

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New 3% Downpayment Programs December 2014

December 10th, 2014

New 3% downpayment programs will become available in December 2014, thanks to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. According to a Bloomberg news report, the companies will start offering this low downpayment program beginning December 13th. Currently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac make up more than half of new home loans. They have allowed down payments as [...]

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Why You Should or Shouldn’t Consider FHA

May 29th, 2014

FHA loans can be a good loan program for many buyers; however it is not the only low down payment option. Conventional 5% down financing is available, and in most cases, the mortgage insurance is much less than FHA -- in some cases it may be 50% less! So while FHA may offer a lower [...]

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2014 FHA Loan Limits

December 10th, 2013

2014 FHA Loan Limits are going to drop tremendously in the Baltimore real estate area. The Baltimore area includes Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Harford County. There are other areas included per the HUD.gov site. In 2013, FHA loan limits for Baltimore County homes has been $560,000. In 2014, Baltimore County FHA loan limits are [...]

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Government Shutdown Affecting Most Mortgages

October 1st, 2013

The Government shutdown is affecting most mortgages, according to an email I received from a lender. Though FHA announced they would continue processing applications during the shutdown, there are many other loan types, and it turns out, all of them may be affected in some way. Why would your conventional mortgage be affected? 1) The IRS [...]

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FHA Loans Will Continue to be Processed During Government Shutdown

October 1st, 2013

Despite plans to the contrary, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today said that FHA loans will continue to be processed during the government shutdown. Originally, FHA said that they would not be able to process loan applications due to the fact that 96% of their employees will be furloughed, according to an article by CNNMoney. [...]

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FHA Back To Work Program

August 18th, 2013

The FHA Back to Work - Extenuating Circumstances Program is in effect as of August 15, 2013. What is the FHA Back To Work - Extenuating Circumstances Program? It is a program for potential mortgage applicants who have gone through a financial hardship due to either unemployment or large reduction in income. The FHA Back [...]

FHA Condo Financing Changes Fall 2012

November 8th, 2012

FHA condo financing has gotten harder for many customers over the past few years. Luckily some changes announced in September could help. The National Association of REALTORS(R) broke down the changes: 1) Investors can buy up to half of project units. The maximum before was 10% investor-owned. 2) More commercial space is allowed in a [...]

FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums to Rise April 1, 2012

February 28th, 2012

FHA mortgages are very popular in the Baltimore real estate market. For not much money down, Baltimore homebuyers can get into the home of their dreams, and use any reserves they have to decorate or buy furniture. The amount that may be in reserves is going to lessen by a significant amount on April 1, [...]

FHA Condo Rules Make Selling Many Condos Difficult

November 4th, 2011

Recently, there were changes made to the FHA condo regulations on which projects can be FHA insured or not. According to a Washington Post rundown of the changes, a major one is the "spot approval" that used to be acceptable to be eligible for an FHA loan. Another article goes more in depth on the [...]