FHA Loan Articles
News, updates, and explanations to keep you informed.
Higher FHA Loan Limits for High-cost Counties
2011 has been an up-and-down year for FHA loan limits for the most expensive housing markets. According to press release HUD No. 11-170, "On October 1, 2011, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will implement new single-family loan limits as specified by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA). As a result, FHA will reduce loan limits in the highest cost metropolitan areas of the country while limits would remain unchanged in most other parts of the nation."
Hundreds of high-cost counties--about 670 of them across the nation--were affected by the announcement, but a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle (published in one of those high-cost counties affected) reports those FHA limits will be reinstated to their previous, higher amounts due to congressional action.
According to the SF Chronicle, FHA loan limits for high-cost counties will increase to $729,750-but that change is only effective for FHA insured home loans, not for those issued under the Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac programs.
These FHA loan limits for high-cost counties, reinstated to their pre-October 1, 2011 levels, would remain in effect through 2013 according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Borrowers in high-cost counties who seek an mortgage loan between $625,00 and the reinstated $729,750 limit basically have two choices, according to the article. The house hunter can choose an FHA mortgage loan or a jumbo loan issued by a private-market lender.
The SF Chronicle article states that interest rates are "perhaps 0.75 lower" than the private-market jumbo loan option. The private market option would be more aggressive in its credit score requirements and could feature larger down payment requirements than an FHA insured loan for the same transaction.
At the time of this writing, an official FHA press release was not available with additional information.
FHA NEWS and RELATED ARTICLES
One type of question that sometimes arises about FHA loans-- Is there a no-credit-check version of an FHA mortgage loan? What is the criteria required for FHA loans that do not require a credit check and/or appraisal?
One not-so-common question about FHA loans still comes up often enough to discuss in detail. Some FHA loan applicants want to know if they can purchase a residence from another family member using an FHA insured mortgage.
Except for obligations specifically excluded by state law, the debts of the non-purchasing spouse must be included in the borrower’s qualifying ratios if certain conditions are met.
Some FHA borrowers have questions about applying for an FHA loan after experiencing a short sale on a previous home. The FHA loan rules found in HUD 4155.1 have the answers for borrowers applying for an FHA mortgage after a short sale.
The FHA and HUD issued new rules for mortgage insurance designed to add fiscal security to the loan program, and when those rule changed the new guidelines were published in Mortgagee Letter 2013-04.