It’s Official – FHA Loan Limit of $729,750 is Back! No Such Luck for Fannie/Freddie!

Just few hours back, President Obama signed a bill reinstalling  the FHA Jumbo Limit back for several high cost counties in  California to $729,750 (from the recently reduced $625,500). The bill comes into immediate effect, meaning FHA can start  insuring the $729,750 Loan Amounts right away. The restored loan amount is good till Dec 2013. Senate approved it 70-30, which was preceded by the House passing the bill 298-121. The senate has earlier in the month approved an amendment to the bill to restore the $729,750 loan limits for FHA and Fannie Mae/Freddie…continue reading →

Breaking News : $729,750 Loan Amount for Conforming and FHA is Coming Back

Rejoice California Homebuyers and Home Owners - The $729,750 Loan Amount Limit for Conforming and FHA Loans could be coming back. These loan amounts were rolled back to $625,500 few weeks back. Bloomberg reported - The U.S. Senate adopted a measure that would raise the maximum size of a home loan backed by mortgage companies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration to $729,750. Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, offered the increase as an amendment to a spending bill today. The measure was approved less than a month after…continue reading →

Bye Bye $729,750! Welcome Back $625,500 (Sigh!)

Bay Area Conforming and FHA Loan Limit goes down These loan amounts over $417,000 are known by several names like - Loan Limits for High Cost Areas, Super Conforming Loans, High Balance Loans or Conforming Jumbo loans. They are going down from the current $729,750 to $625,500. For the current loan limit of $729,750 the loan has to be closed by September 30, 2011 so no lender is accepting new applications anymore with that limit. The table below shows new loan limits for Conforming loans by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. For…continue reading →

3.50% HomePath Financing bonus coming to end in June

Fannie Mae HomePath Financing for California homes come with added bonus in June - 3.5% towards closing cost assistance. Thats right, Fannie Mae is paying 3.5% towards your closing cost if you close your transaction by June 30, 2011. HomePath financing is available for houses that are currently owned by Fannie Mae. To get a full list of properties that qualify for HomePath financing go to the official HomePath website. Benefits of HomePath financing: Only 3% down payment required for Primary Residence (this can come as a gift) Available to Investors too with…continue reading →

Financing Options for California First Time Home Buyers – Free Web Class

As part of our Home Ownership Workshop of free Web Classes, Shashank Shekhar Mortgage Broker/Banker with Arcus Lending and author of the book "First Time Home Buying 101" will talk about: What are the different financing options for Home Buyers? When should you pick an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) vs Fixed Rate loan? What are the downpayment requirements? Are there any 100% loans available? FHA vs Conventional Mortgage - which is better? Reserve your Webinar seat now at: The web class will be followed by open Q&A session, where you are free to…continue reading →

California FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium goes up – AGAIN!

FHA recently announced an increase to the Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium on standard California FHA loan programs. This is a second increase in less than 6 months. FHA earlier increased Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium in October 2010. **The information to this post has been updated. Read our complete guide for FHA mortgage insurance premium for the latest information. Click here to go to that post.** Here are the 6 things you need to know about these changes: These changes are effective April 18th, 2011. The Annual Insurance Premium will increase .25% for standard…continue reading →

CalHFA helps California First Time Home Buyers to buy with 1% Down Payment

CalHFA 1st mortgage + CHDAP 2nd mortgage = 99% LTV or 1% downpayment loan for California First Time Home Buyers. Here's how it works: CalHFA (California Housing Finance agency) FHA loan offers financing up to 96.5%. California Homebuyer's down payment assistance program (CHDAP) provides a deferred payment junior loan (2nd mortgage) up to 3% of the purchase price; 2.5% of which can be used towards downpayment and the rest .5% can be used towards closing cost. See below: How to qualify for CalHFA FHA loan and the Downpayment Assistance Program: You have to…continue reading →

FHA extends 90 day flip rule for California Mortgages

FHA today extended the 90 day flip rule for California FHA Mortgage Loans. In an effort to continue stabilizing home values and improve conditions in communities experiencing high foreclosure activity, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today extended FHA's temporary waiver of the agency's 'anti-flipping rule.' The extension announced today is intended to accelerate the resale of foreclosed upon homes in neighborhoods struggling to overcome possible property abandonment and blight. With certain exceptions, FHA regulations prohibit insuring a mortgage on a California home owned by the seller for less than 90 days. Early last year,…continue reading →

Will a good Rental Payment history improve your Credit Score?

Very soon a good Rental Payment History will help you improve your credit score. Experian recently announced, it is now incorporating positive rental data from its RentBureau Division into the traditional credit file, opening a new avenue for the estimated 50 million underbanked consumers which can include everyone from college students and recent graduates to immigrants to build credit with continuous on-time rental payments. Brannan Johnston, vice president and managing director, Experian RentBureau said Given that one-third of the U.S. population rents, we felt it was imperative to reflect the true creditworthiness of…continue reading →

How to calculate Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio For My California Mortgage?

Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio is one of the many new mortgage related terms many First-Time Home Buyers in California will get used to hearing. DTI is a component of the mortgage approval process that measures a borrower's Gross Monthly Income compared to their credit payments and other monthly liabilities. Debt-to-Income Ratios are designed to give guidance on acceptable levels of debt allowed by particular lenders or programs. There are actually two different Debt-to-Income Ratios that underwriters will review in order to determine if a borrower's monthly income is sufficient to cover the responsibility of…continue reading →