January 11, 2017
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 been revised.”
The new MIP rates eliminate “the distinction in rates based on the base loan amount” according to the mortgagee letter. The FHA and HUD have released a new FHA MIP chart showing the new rates for all affected transactions (see below):
As you can see, FHA MIP annual rates for 2017 are definitely lower under the new MIP table. The mortgagee letter announcing the change did not address Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums, just the annual MIP rate as seen above.
The new guidance is effective for “endorsement of mortgages with a Closing/Disbursement date on or after January 27, 2017. Closing/Disbursement date refers to the later of the date of the signing of the Mortgage, or the date of disbursement of the loan proceeds, as is entered in FHA Connection.”
The new FHA MIP policy is effective for “all FHA Title II forward mortgage programs except for mortgages insured under National Housing Act section 247 (Hawaiian Homelands.)” Speak to a loan officer if you aren’t sure how the new FHA MIP guidance affects your transaction.