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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...

 

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...

 

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 Refinance Loans For Home Improvements

Weve been discussing FHA refinance loan options in our recent blog posts, and home improvements are one important option for those with existing FHA mortgages or non-FHA loans alike. How can FHA refinance loans help a borrower make upgrades or improvements? There are multiple programs available through participating FHA lenders including the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM), and FHA Rehab loans. Most of these options will require the borrower to work more closely with the lender to determine what may be funded using FHA refinance loans, but many projects are possible. For FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages, borrowers can apply to add funds to the refinance loan for upgrades that result in lower utility bills, including approved solar heating systems, storm windows or doors, or other alterations. The borrower will | more...

 

FHA Refinance Loans For Lower Interest Rate Or Fixed Rates

FHA refinance loans are an option for borrowers with existing FHA mortgages. But there are also options for non-FHA borrowers to refinance into FHA loans and get the benefits of having a lower interest rate or other options that come with FHA mortgages. Refinancing a home loan can have a variety of benefits depending on the financial needs and goals of the home owner. There are many reasons to refinance including the desire to get into a lower interest rate, to get out of an adjustable rate mortgage, and sometimes even to fund repairs and upgrades to the property. What does it mean to refinance a home loan? The answer depends on the type of transaction you need and the reasons you wish to refinance. For those who are looking | more...

 
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Refinancing Your Mortgage

There are many reasons why people refinance a home loan. Some do it to lower their interest rates, others may wish to cash in on the equity built up in the home over time. Still others might want to do upgrades or repairs to the home but don’t want to pay all the costs out-of-pocket. The reasons you refinance may vary, and for that reason there are a variety of choices when it comes time to consider an FHA refinance loan. Lower Interest Rates The FHA streamline refinance option lets borrowers apply for a loan using their original loan application data. There is no FHA requirement for a new credit check or appraisal. (Your lender may require one or both.) FHA streamline refinance loans must result in a tangible benefit | more...

 

FHA Refinance Loans: Cash-Out, Rehab

Are you thinking about refinancing into an FHA loan from an existing non-FHA mortgage? Do you already have an FHA mortgage and want to refinance? There are options under the FHA loan program for both, including the possibility of applying for a refinance loan to repair the property or add improvements to it. FHA refinance loans are intended for all financially qualified borrowers regardless of their current loan, whether it is an existing FHA, conventional, VA, or other non-FHA mortgage. FHA refinance loan options include cash-out, no cash-out, rehab mortgages, and streamline refinancing. FHA Streamline Refinance loans are intended for those with existing FHA mortgages and have no FHA-required appraisal or credit check. The lender may require both, but the FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 allow participating lenders to | more...