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Do not put yourself at a financial disadvantage to do so, but if you are able, getting rid of any debt on your record will help when you apply for the FHA loan. As always, if you have any doubts at all, consult a financial planner or ask your lender for advice.

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What Should I Avoid When Applying?

FHA Common Question #13

There is one major mistake potential homebuyers can easily make when applying for an FHA home loan; a major credit purchase. Don't cloud your debt-to-income ratio with a big purchase before closing on your home! Remember that your debt-to-income calculation is based on your current debts and the percentage of that debt to the amount of money you have coming in.

Any major credit purchase will seriously alter the balance-sometimes enough to weigh against you when it comes down to FHA loan decision time by the lending institution. In fact, if you can afford to pay off your current auto loan before applying for an FHA loan, it may be a good decision.

Don't put yourself at a financial disadvantage to do so, but if you are able, getting rid of any debt on your record will help when you apply for the FHA loan. As always, if you have any doubts at all, consult a financial planner or ask your lender for advice.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

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FHA Loan Appraisal Basics

April 10, 2017 - The FHA appraisal is a necessary process that can be mysterious to some potential FHA borrowers. What purpose does the FHA appraisal serve? It is not as complete as the optional (but critically important) home inspection, and the results of the appraisal should not be mistaken for a home inspection.

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.