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Myths About FHA Refinance Loans

Myths About FHA Refinance Loans

There are plenty of misconceptions about refinancing real estate. If you have a house you want to refinance, it’s good to learn what you can and cannot do with an FHA refinance loan before you start shopping around for a lender. And you WILL want to shop around.

FHA Refinance Loan Myths: You Have To Keep Your Original Lender

You are free to refinance you home with another lender offering more competitive terms, rates, or perks for borrowing with that financial institution.

FHA Refi Loan Myths: You Have To Refinance Into A Fixed-Rate Mortgage

Borrowers can choose an FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) at refinance time if the lender offers such a loan. Not all participating lenders will, which is another reason to shop around for the right lender for you. Refinancing an ARM into anothe ARM loan is possible with an FHA refi.

FHA Refinance Loan Myths: Cash Out Is Always Part Of The Transaction

FHA refinance loan options do include a cash-out refinance option, but some borrowers are not interested in this feature and opt for no-cash out refi loans, simple refinance, or other options. Some refi loan options offer funds for approved repairs or upgrades to the home, but these funds will be paid specifically for the repairs/upgrades and are not cash-out refinance loans.

FHA Refinance Loan Myths: You Have To Have A Financial Need

FHA loans are not need-based, they are not for a specific demographic of home buyer or refinancer, there is no maximum income limit. If you financially qualify for the loan with your FICO scores, debt ratio, employment stability, and other factors, you can qualify for an FHA refinance loan whether that is a cash-out, no cash out, FHA rehab loan, etc.

FHA Refinance Loan Myths: FHA-To-FHA Refinances

FHA refinance loans are definitely available for FHA-to-FHA transactions, but you can also refinance a non-FHA mortgage with an FHA loan. You do not need to have an existing FHA mortgage to refinance a home loan, it can be any non-FHA mortgage loan as long as the lender agrees and the transaction meets FHA loan program requiremens.

Talk to a loan officer about your FHA home loan refinance options today including FHA rehab loans, cash-out refinancing, FHA reverse mortgages, and other options.

Bruce Reichstein - Staff Writer

By Bruce Reichstein

April 23, 2019

Bruce Reichstein has spent over three decades as an experienced FHA and VA home loan mortgage banker and underwriter where he was responsible for funding “Billions” in government backed mortgage loans. He is the Managing Editor for FHANewsblog.com where he educates homeowners on the specific guidelines for obtaining FHA guaranteed home loans.

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