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FHA guidelines do not require you to have purchased your existing home in order to qualify for the FHA reverse mortgage. Check with your FHA lender to see if your dwelling qualifies.

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Can Non-FHA Loans Become Reverse Loans?

FHA Common Question #33

FHA guidelines do not require you to have purchased your existing home in order to qualify for the FHA reverse mortgage. Provided you meet all the requirements (age 62 or older, occupying the home as the primary residence, etc) to qualify for a reverse mortgage, you can get approved so long as your property meets HUD requirements. Your new mortgage will be an FHA insured loan, regardless of the status of the prior loan.

The approved dwellings for an FHA reverse mortgage include Townhouses, detached homes, units in condominiums and some manufactured homes. Check with your FHA lender to learn more about FHA guidelines on building types or to see if your dwelling qualifies.

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When the Seller Wants to Help Pay Your FHA Closing Costs

June 12, 2017 - FHA loan rules in the FHA Handbook limit the contributions of an interested party, who may be the seller or any other person or party who wants to contribute to closing costs. These contributions are limited to a maximum of six percent of the sale price of the home.

Are FHA Loans Allowed When One Family Member Buys a Home From Another?

May 29, 2017 - FHA loan rules have special requirements for home loan transactions that may be termed “identity of interest”. These transactions, which are sometimes allowed, are between parties with an existing business relationship or between family members.

Is it Possible to Apply for Another FHA Mortgage?

May 22, 2017 - Some borrowers experience some confusion over the rules for FHA loans in cases where a homeowner wants to think about applying for an FHA mortgage to buy a second home. What are the FHA loan rules that apply in such circumstances? 

Verifying Alimony and/or Child Support for FHA Loans

May 16, 2017 - The FHA Loan Handbook states that a borrower may use alimony/child support income to qualify for an FHA home loan if it can be verified and meets FHA requirements. How does your FHA lender may consider alimony and child support as part of a borrower’s effective income? 

How FICO Scores Affect Your FHA Home Loan

May 12, 2017 - The FHA Handbook instructs lenders that a borrower is technically qualified for maximum financing  at the required minimum 3.5% down payment when the applicant has a FICO score at 580 or higher.