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FHA Rules for Manufactured Homes
FHA mortgage loans are available for much more than just suburban homes or condominiums. FHA loans can also be used to purchase mobile homes, manufactured homes and/or modular homes.
Manufactured homes are often sold and transported in sections to be assembled on-site. Some buyers may wonder if the assembly counts as "construction", and would such "construction" reclassify the manufactured home in the eyes of the FHA?
The FHA defines a manufactured home differently than new or existing construction properties--what does the FHA consider different than with those new construction or existing construction suburban homes?
According to FHA rules, a manufactured home differs from a new construction project because of the nature of its assembly. New construction property is built "on-site". FHA defines a manufactured home as "a structure that is transportable in one or more sections. In traveling mode, the home is eight feet or more in width and forty feet or more in length."
These homes are regulated under the rules known as Federal Manufactured Construction and Safety Standards and must be labeled accordingly. To be eligible for FHA mortgage insurance, the manufactured home must be built after June 15, 1976 and there must be a certification label to prove it. Manufactured home floor space can not be smaller than 400 square feet and must be classified as real estate.
The only manufactured homes that may be classified as real estate or "real property" are those which have a permanent foundation built to FHA standards. They must be considered a "permanent dwelling" or the home is considered personal property for tax purposes and is ineligible for an 30-year FHA mortgage. According to FHA requirements, "the mortgage must cover both the manufactured unit and its site and shall have a term of not more than 30 years from the date amortization begins."
FHA NEWS and RELATED ARTICLES
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The FHA has announced it would accept electronic signatures (also known as e-signatures) on several FHA home loan documents. The new policies are found in detail described in FHA Mortgagee Letter 14-03.
Some of your FHA loan closing costs may be financed, and some may--after being negotiated between buyer and seller--be paid by the seller within the boundaries of the FHA loan programís rules. The borrower can also pay some closing costs out of pocket.