FHA loans feature a refinancing option known as Streamline Refinancing, which features no credit check, no cash back to the borrower, and reduced paperwork due to the borrower’s status as an FHA borrower in good standing.
An FHA Streamline Refinancing loan has several requirements including a rule which states the new loan must result in lower payments, lower interest rates, or both.
But there’s also a credit qualifying FHA streamline loan option. According to the FHA rulebook, “Credit qualifying streamline refinances contain all the normal features of a streamline refinance, but provide a level of assurance for continued performance on the mortgage.” For these types of refinancing loans, “The lender must provide evidence that the remaining borrowers have an acceptable credit history and ability to make payments.”
In what circumstances would a borrower need to consider a credit qualifying FHA streamline loan instead? FHA rules say credit qualifying is required when the new loan would result in an increase of mortgage payments by more than 20%. Borrowers refinancing from adjustable rate mortgages could face that scenario, but it’s not the only thing that might require a borrower to apply for a credit qualifying version of the streamline loan.
FHA rules also state, “A credit qualifying streamline refinance must be considered…when deletion of a borrower or borrowers will trigger the due-on-sale clause,” and also following “the assumption of a mortgage that occurred less than six months previously, and does not contain restrictions (i.e. due-on-sale clause) limiting assumption only to a creditworthy borrower…”
There are other circumstances which may apply in such cases–these are just a few examples.
The FHA restricts these types of refinancing loans in some cases. “The use of a credit qualifying streamline refinance for situations in which the change in mortgage term will result in an increase in the mortgage payment is only permissible for owner-occupied principal residences” as well as qualifying “secondary residences” and investment properties owned by the government and “eligible non-profit organizations”.