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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...

 
Five tips about FHA loan interest rates

Five Tips About FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

FHA mortgages feature lower interest rates than conventional mortgages thanks to being backed by the U.S. government. Those who qualify for the lowest down payment save money over the lifetime of their mortgages thanks to the lower rates, but how do you qualify for the lowest rate possible for your specific purchase? Here are some important tips about mortgage loan interest rates you should know in the planning stages of your new home loan. Credit Scores And Interest Rates Are Connected That statement does not pertain to the overall interest rate offered to all borrowers. Your lender will offer you a mortgage loan rate based on that current going rate, but affected by your credit scores and other financial information. The best advice for borrowers who are worried that their | more...

 
Mortgage Relief Scams To Avoid

Save Money On Your FHA Mortgage With Streamline Refinancing

How can refinancing your FHA mortgage help save you money? Not every refinance loan can lower your interest rate or your monthly mortgage payments, but the FHA Streamline Refinance loan is designed to provide some benefit to the borrower, which can include a lower payment. How does it work? Streamline Refinance loans have no FHA-required appraisal, and no FHA-required credit check. That is a very important factor to consider as cash-out refinancing always requires both, and most other refinance loans will too. Features of the FHA Streamline Refinance loan include the following: Streamline loans refinance existing FHA mortgages; FHA Streamline Refinance loans allow an add-on called the FHA Energy-Efficient Mortgage which provides extra loan funds for approved energy-saving improvements to the home; Streamline loans normally must result in a tangible | 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...

 
Five tips about FHA loan interest rates

FHA Rehab Loans Versus FHA 203(b) Loans

When shopping for real estate, most borrowers are thinking of the kind of mortgage such as the one known as an FHA 203(b). That’s the loan you want when shopping for a house you want to buy as-is; one that meets FHA appraisal standards and requires little to no work on the property to make it eligible for a 203(b) forward mortgage. Then there is another type of home loan option available to FHA borrowers; the FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage, which allows you to buy a fixer-upper and have it brought up to FHA appraisal standards and local code requirements. The FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan is good for both new purchase and refinance applications. Regardless of whether you buy or refinance with an FHA Rehab Loan, you are permitted to | more...

 
Do you know how to protect your credit score during the COVID-19 outbreak? Millions of Americans have suffered economic setbacks as a result of containment measures designed to stop the spread of the virus, and many of them were already struggling with credit issues prior to the outbreak. How can you protect your credit going forward? The first step is to know what your credit report says and to actively monitor your credit. In some cases, credit problems wind up being the result of factors beyond the consumer including: Inaccurate credit report data Outdated credit information that needs to be removed Evidence of identity theft Credit report information that is accurate, but for someone else with the same name Any of these issues can hurt your credit, and they take time to correct. But they ARE correctable. Here is what you need to know about protecting your credit during and after COVID-19: You should NEVER pay a third party who offers to remove accurate negative credit reporting data from your credit report. No one can do this, it is not legal to claim you can remove ACCURATE negative credit data. You can pay a reputable third party to help you MONITOR your credit with updates and alerts that can actually help you manage your file. Pay on time, every time. Every missed payment can hurt your credit. If you cannot pay on time, contact your creditors to let them know and make arrangements. If you do not contact your creditors to make arrangements, you risk negative credit consequences that can hurt your ability to be approved for credit at multiple levels, not just major purchases. Contacting your creditors to make payment arrangements and avoid negative credit reporting is very important. Remember that late and missed housing payments (mortgage, rent, etc) reflect badly on your credit score in the best of times; if you don’t contact your landlord or mortgage servicer to make arrangements, you do not have protection against credit score damage as a result. Communication with your creditors is time consuming and, let’s face it, a bit laborious. But the protection you give yourself is definitely worth the effort. Don’t let the challenge of these tasks prevent you from getting the most protection possible for your FICO scores and credit report.

FHA Rate And Term Refinance Loans

There are different refinance loans for different needs, and the FHA rate and term refinance option is available to help borrowers who aren’t looking for cash out at closing time. The financial website Investopedia defines a rate-and-term refi loan as follows: “The potential benefits of rate-and-term refinancing include securing a lower interest rate and a more favorable term on the mortgage, but the same principal balance will remain. Such refinancing could lower the homeowner’s monthly payments, or potentially set a new schedule to pay off the mortgage more quickly.” The FHA Rate and Term refinance loan has different features and requirements than FHA cash-out refinancing or reverse mortgages. The rules that cover FHA rate and term refinancing are found in the FHA loan handbook, HUD 4000.1, and explains how this | more...

 
Refinance loans: is it time to commit?

Refinance Loans: Is It Time To Commit?

Is now the right time to commit to a refinancing loan? Opinions may vary, but consumer trends seem to indicate that many of today’s home owners believe the answer is yes. The monthly Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report provides lenders and consumers with mortgage loan data and insights; the September 2019 report includes data suggesting that nearly half (49%) of the loans originated in the time range covered in the report were refinance loans. Interest rates have been at historic lows, home values have also been on the rise, and many want to consider their options while rate trends are still in a borrower-friendly mode. If you are ready to refinance, the first step for many is determining what kind of refinance loan you need. If you just want a | more...

 
How FHA Loan Limits Work

What Is Ahead For Home Loan Interest Rates?

Last week, mortgage loan interest rates moved higher, reported as a significant increase after hitting lows not seen in some time. At one point in the earliest of October rate changes, mortgage rates went to multi-year lows, taking FHA mortgage loan interest rates below 3.50% for the most well-qualified borrowers. So what is ahead for FHA home loan interest rates? At the time of this writing, FHA rates for a 30-year fixed rate forward mortgage loan (for the most well-qualified applicants) are somewhere at or near 3.375%. Will this low-rate trend last? Is now the right time to buy or refinance a home? The answer depends on plenty of variables including your financial goals for the home–do you plan to stay in it long term or do you know you | more...

 
FHA Refinance Options

FHA Refinance Options And Low Interest Rates

At the time of this writing, some market watchers are noting that mortgage rates have moved lower each week for three consecutive weeks. That puts FHA mortgage loan interest rates for purchase loans at a best-execution 3.375% for the most financially qualified borrowers. And while many fully anticipate a slowdown or correction in rates any time now, the refinance loan trends lately show many are willing to take full advantage of a time when home prices are on the rise and mortgage rates are falling. And who can blame a home owner for being tempted to cash in with a refinance loan to get into that lower rate, to pull rising value out of the home in cash, or repair and renovate a property? FHA refinance loan options are available | more...