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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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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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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.