December 11, 2018

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Is There Such A Thing As A Refund For FHA UFMIP Mortgage Insurance?

Is There Such A Thing As A Refund For FHA UFMIP Mortgage Insurance?

Is there such a thing as a refund for FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance or FHA UFMIP? This mortgage insurance premium is required on FHA loan transactions and must be paid either in cash at closing time or must be financed into the loan amount. FHA loan rules do not allow a borrower to pay a portion and finance a portion of the FHA UFMIP, it must be paid in full using financing or cash. Borrowers have many questions about this FHA mortgage insurance requirement, including whether or not a refund is possible under the right circumstances. FHA forward mortgages require UFMIP as a condition of the loan no matter if the transaction is an FHA One-Time Close construction loan, existing construction purchase, or whether the borrower is buying a manufactured | more...

 
Is There Such A Thing As A Refund For FHA UFMIP Mortgage Insurance?

Why Do I Have To Pay For Mortgage Insurance On An FHA Loan?

Why do I have to pay for mortgage insurance on an FHA loan? Borrowers who are used to the terms and conditions of conventional mortgages will know that (depending on the lender) without a substantial down payment, conventional loans require private mortgage insurance (PMI) to protect the lender in case of loan default. FHA mortgages also require loan insurance, but not through a private company. Instead, the FHA requires the borrower to pay a mortgage insurance premium as part of their monthly mortgage payment, and also an Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) at loan closing time. It’s easy to get Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) confused with the FHA’s Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) but they are not the same and FHA mortgage insurance is handled differently and has different requirements | more...

 
Can I Finance My FHA Loan Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium?

Can I Finance My FHA Loan Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium?

Can I finance my FHA loan Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP)? And how does it affect my mortgage loan? These are questions many ask, unsure of whether FHA mortgage loan limits include the UFMIP and how they are allowed to pay. FHA Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums May Be Financed FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1, the FHA loan handbook, state clearly that FHA UFMIP may be financed. It will be included in the final loan amount at closing time. UFMIP Must Be Financed Or Paid In Cash HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender to either collect the Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium in cash at closing time, or have it included into the loan amount. However, the borrower must pay 100% either way-you cannot finance half the amount and | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules: Using Rental Income to Qualify for a Mortgage Loan

Can You Refinance An FHA Loan To Get Rid Of PMI?

We’ve been discussing home loans, mortgage insurance, and the differences between FHA home loans and conventional mortgages. One common question that comes up when comparing FHA loans to non-FHA options? “Can you refinance an FHA loan to get rid of PMI?” The proper answer to this question is that FHA loans do not require PMI, also known as Private Mortgage Insurance. That does not mean the borrower won’t be required to pay for mortgage insurance, but for FHA loans this is an expense factored into the mortgage payment as part of the loan transaction. The borrower is required to make an FHA Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium payment as part of closing costs (it can be financed into the loan if the borrower chooses) and make a monthly mortgage insurance | more...

 
what is mortgage insurance and how does it work?

What Is Mortgage Insurance And How Does It Work?

“What is mortgage insurance?” is a common question for those new to the home loan process. Do you understand how it works? It helps to define the two things referred to by industry professionals as mortgage insurance. There is mortgage insurance which the borrower pays for as a requirement of the FHA loan, then there is the “mortgage insurance” referred to in FHA loan rules which is something else entirely. Note: What we are discussing here is not hazard insurance, which may be a requirement on some, but not all FHA loans. FHA Mortgage Insurance For The Lender The FHA single family home loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, refers to “mortgage insurance” when discussing the FHA’s role in insuring the loan to reduce the risk for the participating lender. On page | more...

 
Can I get an FHA home loan if I owe back taxes?

Hazard Insurance For FHA Loans

A reader got in touch recently with a question about hazard insurance and FHA mortgages. “We’re fixing to close on a home and they’re telling us that we have to have a shed that is on the lot covered with flood insurance. Is this correct and how much coverage do you have to have on a shed if you’re in a flood zone?” We get a large number of “Is this correct?” type questions. Some ask because they don’t realize that FHA loan rules aren’t the only ones that must be followed in a mortgage loan transaction. If the requirement is made by the lender, that lender’s standards would apply as long as the standards are in accordance with FHA loan guidelines, state law, and federal law. So the “Is | more...

 
FHA Loans And Natural Disasters: What You Should Know

FHA UFMIP Refunds: A Reader Question

Is the FHA Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium or UFMIP refundable? A reader got in touch with us in the comments section this week to ask us a question in that area: “Is there any return of the UFMIP when refinancing out of an FHA loan to conventional? If so, what is the proration amount or percentage of fees refunded? over 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months?” This insurance premium on FHA mortgages is refundable under a specific set of refinance loan circumstances, but not for all loans. FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 address the issue directly; on page 156 we learn the following: “The UFMIP is not refundable, except in connection with the refinancing to a new FHA-insured Mortgage.” HUD 4000.1 states that Up Front Mortgage | more...

 
HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Hurricane Michael Victims In Florida

FHA MIP Rates For 2017: Revised

The FHA/HUD official site has announced changes to the FHA MIP fee structure for 2017. According to the latest FHA mortgagee letter, “FHA continuously strives to achieve the appropriate balance between meeting the housing needs of the borrowers that FHA’s mortgage insurance programs were created to serve, and also the requirement of minimizing the level of risk to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund undertaken relative to the insurance of those mortgages.” “FHA has determined that the appropriate balance of its statutory operational goals now requires a reduction of the rate of annual MIP charged pursuant to Section 203(c)(2)(B) of the National Housing Act (NHA). As provided in this ML, the total annual MIP charged pursuant to NHA sections 203(c)(2)(B) and (C) for most Title II Single Family forward mortgages has | more...

 

FHA Loan Co-Signers & Co-Borrowers

A reader asked us a question this week in the comments section about FHA loan co-signer and/or co-borrower rules. “If there is more than one person on the loan application, does it matter what percentage each person owns?” There are a number of variables that need to be addressed to properly answer this question. For example, does the reader refer to a co-signer, or a co-borrower? Are the applicants legally married? If so, do they reside in a community property state? FHA loan co-signer rules in HUD 4000.1 don’t specify a percentage of ownership for co-signers. The rules simply state the co-signer is “liable for the debt”. FHA loan rules for eligibility of co-borrowers (occupying and non-occupying) don’t mention a percentage of ownership, either: “To be eligible, all occupying and | more...

 
FHA One-Time Close Construction Loans In 2019

Second Appraisal Rules For FHA Mortgages

There are some circumstances where a borrower may wonder about requesting a second appraisal on a property to be purchased with an FHA mortgage. For example, if the loan applicant decides to switch lenders, is a new appraisal required? What about cases where there’s a disagreement over the results of the appraisal? Many of the answers to these questions are circumstantial-it all depends on the nature of the request. Sometimes a second appraisal may be permitted IF conditions described in HUD 4000.1 exist. But in other cases a second appraisal is simply not permitted. One good example of that-a borrower or seller cannot request a second appraisal to increase the fair market value of the property. However, if “material deficiencies” are suspected in the original appraisal, the market value of | more...