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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...

 
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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...

 
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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...

 
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UFMIP: FHA Loan Rules

Since we have gotten several questions lately about FHA loan rules regarding funding fees including the FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) and Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums (UFMIP), it seemed like a good idea to discuss the rules in HUD 4000.1 regarding these issues, starting with the UFMIP. For FHA single-family forward mortgages, the rules for the Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium are found on HUD 4000.1 on page 155. It begins with the explanation of both UFMIP and MIP: “FHA collects a one-time Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) and an annual insurance premium, also referred to as the periodic or monthly MIP, which is collected in monthly installments.” Some borrowers have questions about whether or not you can finance the UFMIP and how doing so might affect the amount | more...

 

FHA Loan Mortgage Insurance Premiums

Here’s a version of a common question we’ve been asked recently about FHA mortgage insurance premiums: “I closed an FHA mortgage on a house I purchased in December 2014. The following month FHA reduced the mortgage insurance premium (MIP). Can I get the lower mortgage insurance rate and a reduced monthly payment without totally refinancing my mortgage?” The FHA/HUD official site published a .pdf file that addresses this question directly. Back in 2015 the FHA lowered it’s mortgage insurance premium. The pdf states, “The reduction is effective as of January 26, 2015. Borrowers with case numbers assigned on and after January 26, 2015 will be eligible for reduced annual mortgage insurance premiums.” Note the specific date when the lower premiums become effective-borrowers who have loans prior to these dates will | more...

 

FHA UFMIP: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I want to purchase at home for 141,000 and I am paying the 3.5 down payment which totals it 136,065. How much will I pay in Up Front mortgage and annually MIP. If I pay the UFMIP in closing will it still be added into to total amount loan?” Let’s begin with a few basics. UFMIP stands for Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium, which is required as one of the closing costs of an FHA mortgage loan. According to HUD 4000.1, “Most FHA mortgage insurance programs require the payment of UFMIP, which may be financed into the Mortgage. The UFMIP is not considered when calculating the area-based Nationwide Mortgage Limits and LTV limits.” That last sentence means that your loan limit is unaffected by the amount of | more...

 

FHA Loan Rules For Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums (UFMIP)

When you buy a home with an FHA mortgage, there’s a requirement to pay an Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium or UFMIP. This is not to be confused with Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), and according to the FHA loan rules published in HUD 4000.1 most FHA loans require UFMIP. “Most FHA mortgage insurance programs require the payment of UFMIP, which may be financed into the Mortgage. The UFMIP is not considered when calculating the area-based Nationwide Mortgage Limits and LTV limits.” There are exceptions as found in HUD 4000.1: –Streamline Refinance and Simple Refinance Mortgages used to refinance a previous FHA-endorsed Mortgage on or before May 31, 2009 –Hawaiian Home Lands (Section 247) –Indian Lands (Section 248) How is the UFMIP calculated? “The UFMIP charged for all amortization terms is | more...

 
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FHA Loans And The Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP)

FHA loan rules published in HUD 4000.1 include instructions to the lender on how FHA single family mortgages are to include the Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium, also known as UFMIP. This is an expense borrowers should plan and budget for in the pre-application phase of preparing for an FHA mortgage loan. Borrowers can choose to finance the UFMIP or pay the cost at closing time. The UFMIP is not to be confused with the monthly mortgage insurance premium, also known as MIP, or private mortgage insurance commonly called PMI. According to HUD 4000.1: “FHA collects a one-time Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) and an annual insurance premium, also referred to as the periodic or monthly MIP, which is collected in monthly installments.” Of UFMIP, the rulebook says that “most | more...

 
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FHA Loan Mortgage Insurance Termination

One commonly asked questions about FHA home loans involves when a borrower is permitted to terminate FHA-mandated mortgage insurance. There is a difference between FHA mortgage insurance premiums and private mortgage insurance–borrowers with questions about private mortgage insurance will need to contact the insurance provider. But for FHA mortgage insurance, there are rules in HUD 4000.1 that govern when such the coverage may be cancelled. These rules are found in Section III Part A, which includes the following: “A Mortgage Insurance Termination is the ending of FHA Single Family mortgage insurance at which time the Mortgagees obligation to remit MIP to HUD ends. Upon termination, the Borrower and Mortgagee will enjoy only those rights, if any, to which they would be entitled under the National Housing Act if the insurance | more...