|FHA has Reduced Annual MIP!|
|FHA has reduced the annual MIP amount effective with Closing/Disbursement dates
on or later than January 27, 2017. Closing/Disbursement date is considered the later
of the signing date of the mortgage or the date of the disbursement of the loan
proceeds, as entered in FHA Connection.
HUD has announced a reduction of the annual Mortgage Insurance premiums per ML 2017-01, effective for all FHA loans DISBURSING on or AFTER January 27, 2017.
NOTE THAT ANY FHA LOAN DISBURSING PRIOR TO THIS DATE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE REDUCED FHA MI PREMIUMS.
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR AN FHA LOAN?
To qualify for an FHA Loan, you must meet the following standards:
• Have a 2 year history of employment. Long or short gaps between employments are
permissible. Will need to explain any gap of employment longer than 2 months.
• Must be a resident of the U.S., have a valid Social Security number and be of legal age (18
in most states) to sign a mortgage.
• Not be delinquent in any federal debt.
• Must have a front-end ratio (loan payment plus HOA fees, property taxes, mortgage
insurance, home insurance) that is typically 43% of your gross income.
• Must have a back-end ratio (loan plus all monthly debt) typically less than 50% of your gross
• Have a minimum down payment of 3.5%.
• Have a credit score of at least 580.
• Have a property appraisal done by an FHA-approved appraiser.
• Property must meet specific standards at appraisal.
• It must be two years after you have lied for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and you must have reestablished
good credit. Exceptions might be made but it is up to the lender.
FHA mortgages are usually available to borrowers who previous property was foreclosed or
short-sold within the past three years. Exceptions might be made it the foreclosure occurred
because of extenuating circumstances, but please speak to the lender.
The private FHA mortgage loan lender may have other requirements.
WHAT TYPES OF FHA LOAN PROGRAMS ARE THERE?
Section 203(b): Can be used to finance from 1 to 4 housing units. Mortgage terms can be
changed to accommodate the borrower’s needs; it has a low down payment of 3.5% and there
are gift options for down payments that can be acceptable.
Section 234(c): A loan used for condominiums that has some credit requirements and rules.
Section 203(k): Allows the borrower to finance a repair or remodel up to four housing units
(depends on bank’s criteria). One mortgage loan will be used for the acquisition in addition to
upgrade of units. FHA Mortgage Consultants may be required on certain 203(k) loans.
HECM – Reverse Mortgages: Provides applicants only age 62 or older access to their
housing unit equities. Many payment methods are available, such as lump sum, installments,
line of credit or a mix of those three options.
FHA has developed new options such as the Streamlined Refinance and the “Make Home
Affordable Program” meant to help alter and refinance current mortgages. Details can be
provided by your FHA Mortgage lender.