Increased Down Payments for FHA Mortgages with Less than Perfect Credit

Posted on April 29, 2011 by admin 
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Is HUD increasing the FHA down-payment requirements? There are a lot of rumors going around about FHA mortgages, minimum credit scores and higher down-payments so we wanted to clear the air with the FHA Commissioner. In a recent interview, the Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Bob Ryan said, “US regulators should not forget factors like loan to value and credit scores.” Ryan was referring to the new credit score guidelines for the FHA mortgage programs.

FHA made it clear that borrower with low credit scores will be required to have more equity to refinance with FHA. New home buyers who have less than stellar credit scores will have to come up with more money for the down-payments.  For example if first time home buyer had a credit score of 580 the underwriter may require a 10% down-payment rather than the 3.5% that most home loans insured by FHA have. Ryan continued, “Higher FHA down-payments will not guarantee timely mortgage payments from the borrower, but we should see less foreclosures and delinquencies because homeowners seem to take their monthly mortgage payments more seriously when they invest more money into their home.” FHA made their goals known at the recent hearing that focused on mortgage risk retention.  “This definition has the potential to create false- positive situations,” Ryan told lawmakers.

Groups Petition FHA for More Aggressive Home Loan Guidelines

FHA was given a waiver for the new home loan rules outlined in the Dodd-Frank home finance bill.  This mortgage exemption could take the pressure of lenders who are originating FHA mortgages.  However, many real estate companies and consumer watch-dog groups contend the new mortgage rules are not fair as it could restrict credit while making homeownership more difficult for many prospective borrowers. In an effort to stimulate the housing market, this group wants finance regulators to reduce the amount of the down payment rather than raise it. Clearly this coalition is at odd with FHA as guidelines continue to tighten for new home buyers.  With FHA rates still below 5% on 15 and 30 year loans, the motivation for home buying is strengthened even more. Today the current 30-year FHA mortgage rate is available to qualified borrowers with no points at 4.75%.

Will FHA Mortgage Programs Survive?

Posted on June 9, 2010 by admin 
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FHA has been in the news a lot lately. Yes, FHA mortgage rates are low, but the FHA mortgage program as a whole may be in jeopardy of existence.  Many FHA blogs have posed the reality that FHA financing is at serious risk to be shut down.  In this political climate it becomes obvious that anything is possible because Congress must pass bills to continue to fund the FHA mortgage programs.  FHA first time home buyer loans have been promoting home ownership since the great depression.  Even as we discuss their recent failures, the argument could be made that FHA is one of the most successful government initiative in the last century.  Read the original article > Is FHA Mortgage Financing in Trouble?

Assumable Loans with FHA

Posted on May 7, 2010 by admin 
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Did you know that FHA mortgage loans are  assumable? This means that if you sell your house, the buyers could actually take over your existing FHA mortgage. Using the “assumable” function with FHA loans extends some leverage to a seller that could potentially pass on a FHA mortgage with an interest rate that is locked well below the market.

According to FHA requirements, home buyers may qualify to assume the seller’s FHA mortgage loan. This is an attractive benefit if FHA rates are higher than your existing FHA loan at the time you’re selling your home.  FHA mortgage lending programs provide an important service to buyers, homeowners, and housing markets. FHA has been in the news a lot lately because HUD is looking for new opportunities to  rebuild the FHA mortgage reserves.

FHA Mortgage Defaults Creating Problems

Posted on April 5, 2010 by admin 
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Realtors and mortgage brokers have been utilizing FHA mortgage lending for the last few years.  FHA guidelines remain tight in 2010 as DE underwriters are expecting higher credit scores for FHA mortgage loan submissions.

Many first time home buyers are using FHA home purchase loans to get approved to buy their dream home.  HUD reported that February delinquent levels for 90 days late FHA home loans dropped from 9.4% in January to 9.2% in February.  Many FHA enthusiasts saw this as a supporting indication that FHA lending programs were moving in the right direction.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association the FHA loan product had a 3.57% home foreclosure rate in the fourth quarter of 2009. That’s lower than the 4.58% home foreclosure rate for non FHA loans. A few years back, HUD created the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in an effort to eliminate the stress from regions that high home foreclosure rates and home abandonment. Through the purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned homes and residential properties, HUD moves to stabilize the housing markets and local economies. HUD just announced that the definition of “foreclosure” will be expanded to include homes with FHA mortgages that are 60 or more days in arrears, and “abandonment “means the property has a mortgage at least 90 days delinquent.

Top 5 Challenges for FHA Mortgage Loans

Posted on March 18, 2010 by admin 
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FHA Home Loan Refinancing posted an intriguing article today that shed some light on the challenges that HUD is facing with their FHA loan program that is insured by the US government. Let’s face it the housing market and mortgage industry has been in shambles nationwide over the last three or four years.  Blaming FHA is not fair and certainly will not solve the problem.  FHA mortgage lending has taken risks, but they have adapted to the lending obstacles and made changes that should mitigate the risks without compromising the FHA loan benefits for American consumers.  First time homebuyers and existing homeowners both benefit from FHA home loans.

5 Concerns Noted by the FHA Home Loan Refinancing Company

1.  FHA loan defaults have risen dramatically over the last 48 months.

2.  FHA mortgage reserves have dropped to dangerously low levels.

3.  FHA loan guidelines have tightened significantly and most FHA lenders require a 640 credit score to refinance.

4.  The FHA requirements for FHA streamline programs programs thus fewer borrowers qualify.

5.  The change in the appraisal policy for FHA refinance loans has slowed the process and increased the closing costs for borrowers.

Read the original article online, http://www.fhahomeloanrefinancing.com/blog/2010/03/18/are-low-rate-fha-refinance-loans-getting-better/.

Tighter FHA Requirements for FHA Lending

Posted on January 28, 2010 by admin 
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Expect to see increases in mortgage insurance for FHA mortgage loans typically have a low down payment requirement of only 3.5%, so borrowers must pay for mortgage insurance to offset that risk. Unlike private mortgage insurance, FHA borrowers are able to finance the mortgage insurance, thereby spreading its cost over the loan term.

The first change that will immediately impact borrowers is the FHA’s increase of the required up-front mortgage insurance premium to 2.25% of the base loan amount. This would add an additional $1,447 to a $300,000 mortgage. New Borrowers will see a minimum FICO credit score and 10 % down payment requirements. New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum FICO credit score of 580 to qualify for FHA’s 3.5% down payment program. Borrowers with a credit score below 580, while still able to qualify for a FHA loan, must now put down at least 10% of the purchase price–an amount that may be prohibitive for many borrowers with poor credit.

The FHA is making an effort to lower its overall risk and improve the financial soundness of its insured loans, which in turn allows for the continued support of home buying in the United States. In doing so the FHA must find a way to keep their insurance fund’s capital ratio returns above the Congressionally mandated 2%, while continuing on their overall mission of aiding borrowers in underserved communities and facilitating the recovery of the housing market. These changes, along with the other FHA reforms will have varying effects on borrowers interested in a FHA home loan. For borrowers with low credit scores, some of these changes, such as the higher down payment percentage, will significantly affect their ability to buy a home. In the short term, the changes may motivate borrowers to lock into the old FHA guidelines before the new changes become effective.

FHA Mortgage Guidelines 10% Down for Low FICOs

Posted on January 22, 2010 by admin 
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FHA continues to alter their FHA mortgage guidelines in an effort to improve its depleted cash reserves.  A few days ago, the Federal Housing Administration unveiled tighter FHA guidelines with changes to the FHA requirements for underwriting new home loans and refinancing.  For the first time, FHA credit requirements will penalize applicants with challenged credit.  One of the FHA requirements changes will mandate larger down-payments for borrowers with bad credit or low FICO scores. In addition FHA will increase in the upfront mortgage insurance premium to 225 basis points.  We also anticipate FHA, to expand their criteria for mortgage refinance guidelines in 2010.

FHA commissioner David Stevens declined to provide any guidance on how much money the changes will raise for the reserve fund. Most of the new FHA guidelines outlined Wednesday will go into effect in the next few months. The 10% down-payment is required for borrowers with FICOs of less than 580. The MIP will be increased in a few months from the current charge of 1.75 basis points.