FHA Back to Work

FHA Back to Work Program

FHA Back to Work Program

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced its “Back to Work” program, which is giving individuals who suffered a long period of hardship during the recent housing crisis a second chance to prove they can carry a mortgage and own a home.

The program will waive many of the waiting periods associated with a significant “economic event” such as bankruptcy (Chapters 7 and 13), short sale or foreclosure.

Potential candidates may be first-time or repeat home buyers, and the program can be used for the 203K rehab loan.

FHA Back to Work Eligibility

To participate in the program, individuals must be able to demonstrate they’ve recovered fully from the “event”, and document the fact that they did have a household income loss of at least 20 percent for a period of at least six months that coincided with the “event.” They need to prove current, stable and documentable employment to qualify.

They also need to demonstrate a 12-month positive payment history, specifically on-time payment of all mortgage and installment debt.

FHA Back to Work HUD Counseling Sessions

Applicants also must attend counseling sessions before being able to participate in the program. This is usually a one-hour session with a HUD-approved counselor, and was designed to help participants prevent the “economic event” from happening again.

More Information on FHA Back to Work

To learn more about the FHA Back to Work program, use our branch locator to find a licensed loan originator near you. Our loan officers will help you determine the best home financing option for you and your family. In addition to low down payment FHA mortgage loans, Inlanta also offers no down payment USDA rural development loans, conventional financing, VA mortgage loans and renovation loans. Renovation loan programs are designed to help you finance the repairs and purchase or refinance of a home. Inlanta can securely accept mortgage applications online. Apply online now and we will forward your application to a licensed loan officer in your area.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., Inlanta Mortgage was established in 1993. We are currently celebrating our 20th Anniversary! Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs.

Inlanta Mortgage is privileged to have received a number of awards both locally and nationally. Read more about Inlanta Mortgage’s awards.

Mortgage Myths

Mortgage Myths

There is a lot of misinformation floating around regarding mortgages. By debunking the following mortgage myths we hope to help new home buyers better understand and approach the home buying process.

Mortgage Myths Debunked

1. Minimum Down Payment is 5% – There are a number loan programs available that allow home buyers to put down less than 5%. Contact a licensed mortgage loan officer to discuss low down payment options (including FHA) and no down payment options (USDA and VA).

2. Bankruptcies Not Allowed – Each loan program has specific requirements regarding the length of time that must have passed since the completion of your bankruptcy. Contact a licensed mortgage loan officer to determine which loan program is best for your unique financial situation.

3. Pre-Approvals Guarantee a Complete Loan Approval – While a pre-approval indicates you are qualified for a mortgage, a number of things can derail your financing before your actual closing date. During the formal loan process, underwriters thoroughly check your income, assets, and debt. If you run up credit card balances or lose your job before closing – your financing can fall through. Be careful with your finances during the loan process to ensure a smooth closing.

Addtional Resources for New Home Buyers

Are you a new home buyer in need of additional information? Check out first time home buying resources and additional information on mortgage myths below:

Inlanta Mortgage is proudly celebrating twenty years in business. Learn more about Inlanta’s twenty year history here.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Life After Bankruptcy

This post written by Jim Marcinkowski, a licensed mortgage loan officer and branch manager of our Fort Myers, Florida branch.

Fort Myers, FL – Bankruptcy is an uncomfortable subject for a variety of reasons. The most obvious is the potential havoc it can wreak on your finances. Running a close second is the negative stigma which is often attached to the process. This negativity is important to mention because strong emotions can sometimes lead to unsound financial decisions with devastating results.

Bankruptcy becomes a viable option for someone who is “upside down” in terms of cash flow. In other words, when a person has more money going out each month than coming in, bankruptcy should be considered if no reversal of this negative cash flow is within sight. The longer someone waits to explore the various options available, the more serious his or her situation may become.

One of the worst things people can do in this situation is to borrow more money to try and pay off their debts. On paper, this is clearly an unwise financial decision. In the real world, however, it is very common for individuals to pursue this strategy in an attempt to buy time and hold off on filing for bankruptcy. On the surface, this is certainly a noble notion; however it can often compound the problem and serves only to delay the inevitable.

For many homeowners in the midst of this upside down cash flow, speaking to a qualified mortgage professional is a much better option. An experienced loan officer can objectively look at your finances and help you determine if restructuring your mortgage would not only help, but possibly even alleviate any need for bankruptcy.

If bankruptcy is the only option, seek out a reputable bankruptcy attorney and credit counselor. A qualified mortgage specialist can provide references for you as well, as he or she works with these professionals on a regular basis. Reliable references are essential in this case because experienced professionals greatly increase the odds of a successful bankruptcy experience. It’s that simple.

When filing for bankruptcy, be completely honest and accurate regarding every aspect of your financial situation. This includes any changes to your income which may occur throughout the process. Bankruptcy is a federal procedure, adjudicated by real judges, and scrutinized by representatives who coordinate with the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the IRS.

Here are some additional steps you can take to make the bankruptcy process as painless as possible:

  • Save all paperwork regarding your bankruptcy, and keep it organized. This will prove beneficial after your bankruptcy as you now have all of the pertinent information in one place. Also, be sure to write down your discharge date. It’s surprising how many people forget to do this.
  • Establish a household budget. This can be accomplished in many ways, but there are several inexpensive computer programs available which do an excellent job.
  • Throughout the bankruptcy, do your best to not only live below your means, but to save as much cash as possible. You never know what you may need it for once the process is completed.
  • Be prepared for a barrage of junk mail. There will be sharks on the loose who are hoping to capitalize on your need for credit.

Tips for Rebuilding Credit:

  • If you must buy a car, focus on transportation as opposed to style. Buy an inexpensive, used car, and try to get a loan for it. It’s a good idea to figure out what your budget allows in terms of a dollar amount first. This means obtaining financing prior to looking for a car.
  • Get a secured credit card. Secured credit cards allow for the cardholder to deposit a said amount of money into an account, thus establishing the spending limit of the card. Missed payments result in deductions from the account. Some of these cards will reward responsible borrowers by upping the limit without an additional deposit. Some will even convert the account into a traditional credit card. (Be wary of offers of “easy credit” or any card which asks you to call a 900 number. You will be charged for the call.)
  • Meet with a credit repair specialist. Not only can they help you clean up the damage to your credit report, they can advise you on specific ways to rebuild the credit you lost as well.

While it does take time, there is definitely life (and credit) after bankruptcy. Some mortgage lenders will even lend to you within a year or so after a bankruptcy. If you’re in serious financial trouble, the trick is to get the help and advice you need from professionals you trust.

To contact Jim Marcinkowski:
Office: 239-936-4232
Cell: 239-826-6400
Fax: 239-985-4486
Email: jimmarcinkowski@inlanta.com
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