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Your FHA mortgage is designed to get you into a home for a fair price; you should not be required to pay above and beyond the normal fees associated with buying a home. There are a set of payments, fees and other charges that are illegal.

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Are Any Loan Connected Costs Prohibited?

FHA Common Question #12

There are a set of payments, fees and other charges that are illegal. If you are seeking an FHA loan, do not pay any unearned fees. These can include a fee paid above and beyond the level of service, a kickback, fees charged for a service that was not delivered or that was different than the service paid for.

FHA guidelines are not the sole regulation of these kinds of illegal fees-federal, state and local laws all prohibit some or all of these costs. If you feel you are being asked to pay a prohibited fee or cost, check with the FHA, or contact a housing counselor immediately to get advice, or consult a lawyer with expertise in home lending.

Your FHA mortgage is designed to get you into a home for a fair price; you should not be required to pay above and beyond the normal fees associated with buying a home.

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FHA Loans and FICO Scores

April 7, 2017 - FICO score issues are a common source of stress to potential FHA borrowers. Everyone wants to know if their FICO scores are high enough to qualify for an FHA mortgage. Is it possible to qualify for an FHA loan or refinance loan with credit scores from 500 to 579? Or are higher scores required?

FHA Loan Rules for Second Homes

April 5, 2017 - If you are interested in an FHA mortgage, it’s important to understand that occupancy is a key issue. All FHA loan borrowers are expected to occupy the home as their primary residence and are usually required to take possession of the home within 60 days of the loan closing.

Child Support Income, Alimony, and FHA Loans

April 3, 2017 - There are specific guidelines for participating FHA lenders who must include child support, alimony, or maintenance payments as part of loan processing. Borrowers who must pay child support, or other forms of support will be required to furnish documentation for their payments.

FHA Loan Employment Guidelines

March 31, 2017 - Are you worried about being denied an FHA loan because of a gap in employment? While FHA loan standards for employment in HUD 4000.1 are not the only standards that are recognized, it is good to know what FHA loan rules instruct the lender to do as a minimum.