FHA Loan Articles
News, updates, and explanations to keep you informed.
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
Some borrowers come to the FHA loan process with a long credit history, while other borrowers are just getting started. Is it possible for a borrower be turned down for an FHA loan because of a lack of credit history?
The FHA Reverse Mortgage, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages or HECM loans, is designed for those aged 62 and older who own their home outright or have few payments left on the mortgage.
When the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the FHA’s Back to Work program, it was very good news for any potential FHA loan applicant who may have experienced previous financial hardship as a result of the recession.
When you apply for a new purchase FHA home loan, FHA loan rules say you must list your income and employment details. This lets your loan officer accurately determine your debt-to-income ratio, using calculations based on your verifiable income.
Do you need to buy a home using an FHA loan, but one that is out of town or out of state? The Department of Housing and Urban Development has created a new tool to help FHA loan applicants and anyone else looking for a home loan.