Easily increase or decrease the length of the term of your existing loan
Take advantage of current low interest rates
Little or no out-of-pocket costs
If you own a home and you still owe mortgage payments, chances are with interest rates as low as they are you are examining your refinancing options. In today’s economy everyone needs a way to lower their monthly payments and make housing more affordable. An Idaho FHA Streamline Refinance is a great way for a borrower to take advantage of the great interest rates on the market without needing to get an appraisal.
One of the best features of an FHA Streamline Refinance is that an appraisal does not have to be done on the property. As many of you know property values have been on the decline so appraisals have been coming back with values lower than what is needed to refinance many properties. That is why it is very beneficial not needing an appraise done when you refinance your home with an Idaho FHA Streamline Refinance. This also allows means that there isn’t an appraisal fee associated with your FHA refinance.
FHA Streamline Refi’s are a great way to lower your interest rate and your payment without going through the hassles of a standard refinance by not needing an appraisal and there is less documentation required from you by the lender.
A main benefit with Streamline FHA loans is that your monthly payments are permanently lowered. The extra money you have at the end of the month can go a long way toward helping you reach your financial goals.
If you live in Idaho and you have an Idaho FHA Mortgage then an Idaho FHA Streamline Refi is a great way to go. If you have any questions about refinancing your home. Feel free to contact me.
There are certain requirements of a FHA Streamline Refinance. First and foremost, your existing loan must be FHA-insured, current, and in good standing. The borrower must have opened the loan at least six months prior to refinancing. The Streamline Refinance must lower the borrower’s interest rate, thus lowering monthly payments. Cash back is not an option for this type of refinance.
– MONTHLY INSURANCE PREMIUM INCREASES FOR FHA HOME LOANS
Previously the monthly mortgage insurance premium was a factor of .55% of the loan amount (if the loan to value was over 95%). As of October 4, the factor has increased to .9% You are probably wondering how this affects the payment. On a $400,000 mortgage, using the old factor of .55% the monthly mortgage insurance would have been $183. Now Using the .9% monthly mortgage insurance factor we are looking at a monthly mortgage insurance payment of $300. This is an increase of $117 a month compared to the previous mortgage insurance for a $400,000 FHA mortgage. The great thing is even though the monthly mortgage insurance is higher the upfront insurance premium has decreased.
The Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium used to be 2.25%. But on October 4, 2010, they dropped it to only 1%. Using the same base loan amount as our previous example of $400,000 and using the old (UFMIP) of 2.25% $9,000 would have been added to the Idaho home buyers loan making the total loan amount $409,000. With the new upfront mortgage insurance premium of 1% we would have a total loan amount of $404,000.
– IDAHO FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS FHA IS STILL YOUR BEST OPTION
FHA mortgages are still the best option for first time home buyers looking to purchase in Idaho. While conventional fannie and freddie guidelines continue to be very tight FHA is still fairly flexible. FHA allows for lower fico (credit scores) as well as as little as 3.5% down payment. FHA also has more of a “makes sense” underwriting philosophy. Many Idaho home buyers are finding FHA to be the best choice even if they have quite a bit of money to put down.
If you have questions about an Idaho FHA mortgage whether you are purchasing or refinancing a home feel free to contact me.