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What Is An FHA Refinance Loan?

What Is An FHA Refinance Loan?

What is an FHA refinance loan? Do you know all your refinance options under the FHA loan program? There’s more than one way to refinance a home and the refi option you choose depends a lot on your financial needs and goals. You may find that refinancing into an FHA mortgage brings a lower interest rate, lower monthly payments, or cash back to you depending on the transaction. FHA Refinance Loan Basics FHA refinance loans are loans for those who own an existing property and want to take out a new loan that is secured by that property. Whether you have a home purchased with a conventional mortgage, VA, FHA, USDA, or other non-FHA mortgage, your FHA refinance loan options will include cash-back-to-the-borrower type refinance loans or no-cash-out FHA refinancing. | more...

 
FHA Streamline Refinance Loan Requirements

FHA Streamline Refinance Loan Requirements

FHA Streamline Refinance Loan requirements include having a tangible benefit to the borrower in the form of a lower interest rate, a lower monthly payment, shorter mortgage term, and/or refinancing into a fixed rate loan from an FHA adjustable rate mortgage. But there are other requirements for streamline refi loans above and beyond the “tangible benefit” rules. Did you know that FHA streamline loans have “seasoning” rules, too? Seasoning in this case means how long the borrower has been paying on the existing FHA home loan before the assignment of a new FHA loan case number for the refinance transaction. How long do you have to own your home before you can refinance with an FHA Streamline? HUD 4000.1, the FHA single family home loan handbook, states that on the | more...

 
FHA streamline benefits

FHA Streamline Benefits

FHA Streamline Refinance rules state that in order for the loan to be approved, the lender must determine that the refinance loan has some type of actual benefit to the borrower. What are the benefits of FHA Streamline refi loans and which one is right for you? FHA Refinance Basics FHA refinancing is usually for either existing FHA mortgages or non-FHA mortgages. However, for FHA Streamline Refinance loan transactions, only existing FHA mortgage loans are allowed. FHA refinancing requires a new credit check and appraisal for any transaction that features cash back to the borrower above and beyond refunds of money paid up front for items that wind up being financed into the mortgage loan. However, FHA Streamline loans don’t allow money back to the borrower, so there’s no FHA-required | more...

 

FHA Refinance Loans: Payoffs and Buyouts

We’ve been examining the ins and outs of FHA refinance loans in our last few posts, but one issue we haven’t discussed yet is whether an FHA refinance can be used to buy out an existing title holder, applied for as part of an FHA short refinance, or to pay off land contracts. HUD 4000.1 has a list of the rules in these areas. Where short payoffs are concerned, the rules are fairly simple: “The Mortgagee may approve a Rate and Term refinance where the maximum mortgage amount is insufficient to extinguish the existing mortgage debt, provided the existing Note holder writes off the amount of the indebtedness that cannot be refinanced into the new FHA-insured Mortgage.” Do you need to refinance your existing mortgage in order to buy out | more...

 

How Soon Can I Refinance? No-Cash Out FHA Refinancing

Do you have an existing FHA loan and want to know how soon you can refinance it? Are you paying a monthly mortgage payment on a conventional loan and want to refinance into an FHA mortgage? Refinancing can help borrowers get into lower mortgage payments and/or interest rates, but FHA refinance loans are also helpful for getting into a fixed rate loan and out of an adjustable rate. As you can tell from that brief list of refinance options, not all refinance loans are the same. In a previous blog post we discussed the rules for FHA cash-out refinance loans. Now let’s look at how soon you can refinance a mortgage loan with no cash out. The rules for FHA no cash out “rate-and-term” refinancing loans are found in HUD | more...

 

FHA Loan Refinance – When Is it Allowed?

It’s a very common FHA refinance loan question, but “How soon can I refinance an FHA loan?” doesn’t have a single answer. Much depends on two important things-what kind of FHA refinance loan you’re interested in, and how long you’ve lived in the home to be refinanced. If you are interested in an FHA cash-out refinance loan, page 409 of HUD 4000.1 has rules you should know: “Cash-out refinance transactions are only permitted on owner-occupied Principal Residences. The Property securing the cash-out refinance must have been owned and occupied by the Borrower as their Principal Residence for the 12 months prior to the date of case number assignment.” That would seem to hint that one year is the minimum time you can own the home before applying for an FHA | more...

 

Qualifying For An FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan

Qualifying for an FHA cash-out refinance loan is much the same as qualifying for an FHA “forward mortgage” or typical new purchase loan. Since this type of refinancing involves money back to the borrower, the lender is required to run a new credit check and the usual credit requirements will apply even for those who are repeat customers for a particular lender. Credit Activity When you are preparing for your FHA cash out refinance loan, you’ll need to observe the same rules about credit that you did when you applied for your original mortgage. That means avoiding new credit card applications and other types of credit leading up to your refi loan paperwork. Why? Every time you apply for new credit, a “hard inquiry” is listed on your credit report. | more...

 

FHA Refinance Loan Basics You Should Know

If you have an existing home loan, you may be qualified to apply to refinance that loan with an FHA mortgage. This option can help you get cash out based on the value of your home, or it can help you get into lower mortgage payments depending on the type of loan you are eligible for. Which FHA refinance loan is right for you? FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Cash-out loans are for qualified borrowers with FHA or non-FHA mortgages. Cash out refinancing allows borrowers to get cash back when there is money left over after paying off the original mortgage, plus any applicable fees. Cash-out refinance loans guaranteed by the FHA require both a new credit check and appraisal. The new appraisal is required in order to determine the current market | more...

 

FHA 203(k) Rehab Loans: Eligible Repairs

In our previous blog post, we discussed the idea that an FHA 203(k) rehab loan could be used to purchase and modify a property to meet FHA requirements for properties to be no more than four units. In HUD 4000.1, under the list of eligible improvements, we learn that “decreasing an existing multi-unit Structure to a one- to four-family Structure” is one of those approved uses of the loan. But what are the other uses? In the original blog post we had a partial list, but there is a complete (at the time of this writing) list of what is considered an eligible use of FHA 203(k) rehab loan funds. The FHA loan rule book states that the improvements on this list is not exhaustive and that what you see | more...

 

FHA Reverse Mortgages: An Appraisal Question

A reader asked us a question in the comments section recently about FHA reverse mortgages and the appraisal process for them. “We have a detached garage with a 500 square foot “mother-in-law unit” on top. Will this structure be included in the appraisal in which the reverse mortgage is based on?” FHA loan rules for appraisals are found in HUD 4000.1. Before quoting the rules for appraising what the FHA loan rule book classifies as an “accessory dwelling unit” or ADU, it’s important to remember that state law, and certain building code requirements may also apply. FHA appraisals include determining whether an outbuilding is an ADU or not. The FHA definition of an ADU is as follows: “An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) refers to a habitable living unit added to, | more...