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FHA Refinance Options

Intro To FHA Refinance Loans

The year 2020 has brought with it historic low interest rates on conventional mortgages and FHA home loans alike. Those low rates have many more homeowners thinking about their refinance loan options and how they can take advantage of some of the lowest interest rates in recent history. Refinancing helps some borrowers save money in interest payments over the long term. It can also, depending on circumstances, help you get into a lower monthly payment. Refinancing can also result in cash back to the borrower once the original loan has been paid off and the associated closing costs dealt with. Not every refinance loan offers this, but FHA loan programs do include cash-out options. If you need to refinance your home loan because you want cash out, your loan will | more...

 
Conventional Loan Interest Rates Make History, FHA Loan Rates Still Incredibly Low

Refinance Loan Options: Choose Wisely!

Mortgage loan interest rates have been on a wild ride in 2020. Coronavirus, incredible lows for rates, market volatility, and much more have all created an environment that feels as unpredictable as mortgage rates have seemed. And the rollercoaster isn’t over yet. Finance blogs are still reporting as late as June 1, 2020, that refinance loan demand has actually grown larger than the demand for new purchase mortgages. That isn’t shocking in an era where rates have, at least on paper, dipped below the three percent range at times (your experience will definitely vary). Those with the ability to refinance into a lower interest rate save money over the course of the mortgage, assuming these borrowers pay on the mortgage over a long period of time. Understanding The Refinance Loan | more...

 
Do You Need to Refinance Your Home Loan?

Do You Need To Refinance Your Home Loan?

Thinking about refinancing your FHA home loan or non-FHA mortgage? You can refinance either one into an FHA loan. Whether you are looking for cash back on the transaction, or you need a lower payment or interest rate, there’s a refi option for you. There are even FHA mortgages that can help you refinance out of an adjustable-rate mortgage and into a fixed-rate loan. Some refinance loans are only for existing FHA mortgages, others can refinance any home loan for a primary residence. Refinance Loans And Cash Back Cash-out refinancing is definitely an FHA home loan refinance option, but only one FHA refinance offers it; the FHA cash-out loan provides cash back to the borrower once the original loan is paid off and other expenses are settled. No other FHA | more...

 
Income Rules For FHA Loan Approval: What You Need To Know Today

FHA Purchase and Refinance Loan Interest Rate Trends And Your New Home

FHA home loans have a low minimum required down payment of 3.5%, which makes them perfect for both experienced homeowners and first-time homebuyers alike. With an FHA mortgage it’s possible to purchase or refinance a fixer-upper (with an FHA 203(k) rehab loan), buy or refinance a condo, mobile home, existing construction houses, and you can even apply to have a home built for you on your own lot with an FHA One-Time Close construction loan. As we head into the second month of 2020, we are reminded that 2019 was the best year for mortgage loan interest rates in almost a decade and the trends that kept rates low last year continue to exert some influence as new issues also conspire to push mortgage rates lower. At least in the | more...

 
FHA Refinance Loans And Current Interest Rates

FHA Refinance Loans And Current Interest Rates

Is your mortgage payment too high? Need to refinance to bring down the monthly cost? Recent headlines about mortgage loan interest rates have contained the word “refinance” a lot lately; world events including the Wuhan virus, impeachment proceedings, and other news have conspired to help push mortgage rates lower. Those things themselves do not directly influence mortgage loan interest rates, but investor behavior DOES. And because of that investor behavior, we have seen FHA loan interest rates move significantly lower. Some writers refer to that move in terms of historical context. “Mortgage Rates At Three Year Lows!” screamed some headlines in early 2020. One consequence of those low rates? A surge in refinance loan applications as consumers rush to take advantage of the lower interest rates to save money on | more...

 
Did The FHA Raise FICO Score Requirements For Single-Family Home Loans?

Can I Refinance An Inherited Home With An FHA Cash-Out Refi Loan?

Home owners who inherit property have the opportunity to refinance that property with an FHA mortgage, and those refi options can include cash-out refinancing. But there are some rules you need to know before you start the refinance application process. FHA home loan rules generally state that a borrower should be prepared to live in the home they wish to refinance with an FHA cash-out refinance loan for as long as 12 months first. That is a general rule and not specific to inherited properties. HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook for single-family home loans, instructs the lender that it’s required to document, “that the Borrower has made all payments for all their Mortgages within the month due for the previous 12 months or since the Borrower obtained the Mortgages, | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Rules You Should Know Today

FHA Refinance Loan Options Millenials Should Know

Should millennials explore their refinance options right now? Some finance and mortgage publications seem to think so, and recent headlines indicate that many are taking advantage of recent lower mortgage loan interest rates to explore their refi options. Some note that in recent times, some millennials have overlooked FHA refinance loans; one source indicates that FHA refinance applications dropped some nine percent during July 2019 among millennials; some blame that in part on a communication breakdown between lender and borrower where FHA loan benefits are concerned. What FHA refinance options should you know about before choosing the right kind of loan for you? FHA loans can be used to refinance conventional, VA, USDA, and other non-FHA mortgages. You can refinance an existing FHA mortgage with cash-out refinancing to convert the | more...

 
FHA Extends Coronavirus Policies

HUD Announces Important Change To FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Program

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a mortgagee letter announcing a major change to the FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan program. Effective September 1, 2019, the loan-to-value ratio for FHA cash-out loans is reduced from 85% to 80%. All FHA cash-out refi loans with FHA case numbers issued on or after 1 September 2019 will have the lower LTV. This has the effect of reducing the amount of cash back to the borrower on the transaction. The HUD press release states that the reduction is intended to protect against weaknesses in the housing market, and cash-out refinance loan defaults. The FHA has experienced an overall increase in cash-out loans as high as 250 percent according to HUD. In light of that statistic and other data, the FHA concluded | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Interest Rates: What You Need To Know About Trends

Can I Do An FHA Cash-Out Refinance On A Rental Property?

When you buy a home with a mortgage loan, you generally have the option later down the line to apply for cash-out refinancing on that home. It doesn’t matter if you have a conventional mortgage, VA loan, or an FHA home loan, cash-out refinance options are available once you have made a minimum amount of mortgage loan payments (not ideal) and the cash-out options only get better the longer you pay on the original mortgage. Why is cash-out refinancing not such a great deal in the earliest days of your mortgage? Partially because you haven’t paid down the loan enough and/or waited for your property values to increase long enough in the right circumstances to get much value out of the property. Generally speaking, the longer you pay on the | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Rules For Refinance Loans

FHA Home Loan Rules For Refinance Loans

When headlines about home loan interest rates start appearing with the terms “new lows” or “lowest in months”, the minds of many home owners turn to refinancing. It’s very tempting to explore refinance loan options when rates begin falling; saving more money over the lifetime of the refinance loan is appealing and some borrowers feel they didn’t shop around aggressively enough for a better interest rate the first time around. When you are getting ready to refinance, what do you need to keep in mind in terms of FHA refi loan rules? Here are some areas to ponder. Basic Refinance Loan Transactions FHA refi loans come in a few basic types according to the FHA Lender’s Handbook, HUD 4000.1: Cash-out refinances: designed to pull equity out of the Property. No | more...