The FHA refinance loan options you have to choose from can include cash-out and no cash out refinance. The FHA has different rules for these types of refinancing; what are the basics of the FHA No Cash Out With Appraisal refinance loans?
Maximum Mortgage Loan Amount
The maximum you can borrower on a no cash out refinance loan with an appraisal is either:
97.75% Loan-To-Value (LTV) factor applied to the appraised value of the property, or the amount of the existing debt. Whichever amount is lowest between these two will be used to calculate the FHA refinance loan amount.
Loan Amounts and UFMIP
FHA loan rules state, “The total FHA first mortgage is limited to 100% of the appraised value, including any financed upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP)…Generally, the maximum mortgage may never exceed the statutory limit, except by the amount of any new UFMIP. However, the maximum mortgage may exceed the statutory limit on certain specialty products. Note: The borrower must comply with any appraisal requirements, including repairs, before the mortgage is eligible for insurance endorsement.”
- FHA insured mortgage meets the eligibility criteria for mortgages with secondary financing outlined in HUD 4155.1 5.C, and
- combined amount of the FHA-insured mortgage and the entire subordinate lien does not exceed the applicable FHA LTV ratios.
- The lender must use the maximum accessible credit limit of the existing subordinate lien to calculate the Combined Loan-to-Value (CLTV) ratio
Refinancing As A “Buy Out”
Do FHA refinance loans allow the borrower to buy out a spouse or co-borrower? According to HUD 4155.1 Chapter Three, “When the purpose of the new loan is to refinance an existing mortgage in order to buy out an ex-spouse’s or other coborrower’s equity, the specified equity to be paid is considered property-related indebtedness, and eligible to be included in the new mortgage calculation. The divorce decree, settlement agreement, or other bona fide equity agreement must be provided to document the equity awarded to the ex-spouse or coborrower.”
For more information on this issue or related matters, contact the FHA directly at 1-800 CALL FHA.
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