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Is It the Right Time to Refinance Your FHA Loan?

The FHA’s new mortgage insurance premium rates went into effect in mid-June, the second change this year and the fifth in four years. As the FHA works to balance the viability of the insurance program and the projected losses on bad loans, they are making it clear that not all FHA-insured loans are created equal. And that is a good thing – for some homeowners.

The FHA changed the MIP schedule on April 9 and again on June 11, creating tiered rates for existing FHA mortgage holders and home buyers looking to secure an FHA mortgage. With the new schedule, first-time buyers or recent loan-holders are now subject to higher monthly premiums (both upfront and annual) to take advantage of low FHA interest rates.

However, the new schedule rewards existing mortgage-holders by offering significantly lower rates and reduced fees in an effort to get stable homeowners spending more money in the economy. In recent years, existing mortgage-holders may have found it difficult to qualify for the FHA Streamline Refinance due to steadily rising insurance premiums. Streamline Refinancing requires a 5 percent reduction in total mortgage payment for refinancing, a hurdle that many homeowners found difficult to clear.

With the new rates, the FHA has significantly lowered the bar for refinancing to homeowners who have held an FHA mortgage for more than 3 years. This is great news, with USA Today reporting that mortgage rates are continuing to drop to record lows.

What do these changes mean to you?

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Posted by: Erin Everhart on July 2nd, 2012 under Financing, Mortgage and Home Loans


FHA Reforms Shift The Game

The coming FHA reforms will help stabilize FHA’s financial viability. FHA will be allowed to raise premiums. The cap on the maximum annual FHA insurance premium increases from 0.5% to 1.5% and for loans with high Loan To Value ratios, 0.55% to 1.55%. But the real importance is how the reforms will shift liquidity to rental property.


The bill also increases FHA’s multifamily loan limits for elevator buildings and buildings in high cost areas, helping lenders finance the construction and rehab of rental housing.

Sales volume is up, debt and equity financing are more available and indexes for both sales volume and equity financing registered all-time highs. Apartment market conditions continue to improve across the spectrum said NMHC Chief Economist Mark Obrinsky.

The Politics Of Housing Shifts

Multi-Family is a winner

Liquidity provided by Fannie and Freddie has enabled the apartment industry to build and maintain millions of units, including an overwhelming number of market-rate apartment properties needing no federal subsidies. With the Govt needing to repair its balance sheet, this is the better asset to back.

Rental Markets

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics adds not everyone can or should have a single-family home. After the single family home market collapsed, many began looking at a major distortion in the markets…government support in the housing market is disproportionately larger for homeownership than rental units.

The Congressional Budget Office reported, the government in 2009, devoted nearly four times as much to support homeownership.$230 billion for homes and about $60 billion for multi family property.

Money always finds a home and opportunity follows. Given limited Government dollars, it stands to reason, going forward that liquidity and sales will shift to the rental property arena at the expense of single family homes.


Posted by: Howard Sobel on September 13th, 2010 under Guest Bloggers, HomeGain


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