Refinance with no appraisal

appMinneapolis, MN:  As mortgage interest rates fell to all-time lows earlier this year, even underwater homeowners were able to take advantage of refinancing through mortgage programs that do not require a property appraisal.

No appraisal refinances make the refinance process easier than ever, especially for those homeowners that own more than their home is worth.

Some of the most popular no-appraisal refinance programs include the FHA streamline refinance and the HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program).  Other no-appraisal refinance programs include the VA streamline or VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan and the USDA streamline refinance.

While many home values are on the rise across the United States, many homeowners continue to owe more than their home is worth and are unable to qualify for a traditional refinance to lower their interest rate. Under theses streamlined no-appraisal refinance programs, homeowners are able to successfully lower their interest rates without assessing their home’s value.

On average, homeowners that take advantage of a no appraisal refinance program are able to yield a savings of about 35 percent. If your home is currently underwater and you have not been able to qualify for a traditional refinance, look into a no appraisal refinance.


FHA Streamline refinance in MN and WI

The FHA Streamline Refinance program.

No appraisal, no closing costs, easy qualifying, and even skip a month of payments.

For FHA properties in Minnesota or Wisconsin, Apply online today

at www.FHA-Streamline-Refinance-MN.com


Popular FHA Loans to become more expensive

updateMinneapolis, MN: The popular FHA loans, requiring just 3.5% down payment are about to become more expensive.

Starting on April 1, 2013, the mortgage insurance premium will go up by .1% to 1.35%. While this is small, this is the most expensive mortgage insurance of all loans available in the market! This is also on top of the more than doubling of FHA mortgage insurance two-years ago. These staggering increases in mortgage insurance is highly expected to continue the decreased use of FHA loans.

To add insult to injury, on June 3, 2013, FHA mortgage insurance, which currently goes away when your loan-to-value drops to 78%, will be changed to “life of loan”.  Another words, it will NEVER go away, regardless of down payment or loan-to-value. This will only be one NEW loans. Existing FHA loans will not change.

Example: Purchase Price $175,000 3.5% down payment at 4% mortgage rate on 30yr.  Currently, that mortgage insurance would end at 78%, and cost someone $20,838.  Under the new rule, the mortgage insurance would be on the loan forever, and cost someone $42,447 – MORE THAN DOUBLE the cost.

There are buyers that qualify on income and credit who may not have the necessary additional down payment required for the 5%, or 10% down conventional loans. The 3.5% FHA program has provided a great vehicle to get into a home with a minimum amount of cash.

The average time for FHA mortgage insurance to go away is about 9.5 years. So for homeowners who anticipate staying in their home for ten years or less, the new changes might not have much financial impact. However, homeowners who expect to be in their home longer should seriously consider going with a 5% down conventional loan if at all possible.

For buyers currently in the market, you can avoid these increases by acting now.


Mortgages rates hover near record lows for week ending Nov 2, 2012

Mortgage Rates Settle in Near Record Lows

Minneapolis, MN: Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates mixed following the monthly employment report but continuing to hover near their record lows over the past six weeks. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.99 percent, dropping below 4.00 percent for the first time since Freddie Mac started reporting its weekly mortgage rates survey in 1971.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) averaged 3.40 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending November 8, 2012, up from last week when it averaged 3.39 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.99 percent.
  • 15-year fixed rate mortgages this week averaged 2.69 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.70 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.30 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable mortgages (ARM) averaged 2.73 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.74 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.98 percent.

Quotes

Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.

“Mortgage rates remained near record lows following the employment report for October. The economy added 171,000 jobs, above the market consensus forecast, and the two prior months were revised up a combined 84,000. The Labor Department also reported that the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent and that average hourly wages were unchanged.”

Freddie Mac’s survey is the average of loans bought from lenders last week, including discount points. Applicants must pay all closing costs at these rates. No cost loan rates higher.

Follow this link to view today’s MN and WI mortgage interest rates.

 


MN FHA streamline Refinance Loans

FHA Refinance

Learn About Your Mortgage Options

Homeowners enjoy the benefits of investing in their property year after year. For some, there comes a time when that investment can come in handy. Refinancing with an FHA loan can prove to be an effective way to put that equity to work. Keep in mind that FHA refinancing is only available to homeowners who are currently using their home as their principal residence.

FHA options to homeowners who are considering an FHA refinance mortgage:

FHA CASH-OUT REFINANCE

This refinancing option is especially beneficial to homeowners whose property has increased in market value since the home was purchased. A Cash Out refinance allows homeowners to refinance their existing mortgage by taking out another mortgage for more than they currently owe.

FHA STREAMLINE REFINANCE

This refinancing option is considered streamlined because it allows you to reduce the interest rate on your current home loan quickly and oftentimes without an appraisal. FHA Streamlined Refinance also cuts down on the amount of paperwork that must be completed by your lender saving you valuable time and money.

FHA Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums (UFMIP)

FHA has recently made changes to the required mortgage insurance. June 11, 2012 is the date FHA Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums (UFMIP) will be lowered for some borrowers applying for FHA Streamline Refinance Loans. An FHA Mortgagee Letter 12-4 explains the changes, which affect some, but not al, FHA streamline refinancing loans:

For all FHA Streamline Refinance transactions that are refinancing existing FHA loans that were endorsed on or before May 31, 2009, the UFMIP will decrease from 1.75 percent to just 0.01 percent of the base loan amount.

Basically, those borrowers who have an FHA home loan for a single-family property that was endorsed on or before May 31, 2009 are eligible for a lower rate on their Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums. It’s important to note that this rule applies only to those with an FHA Streamline refinancing loan with a case number assigned on or after June 11, 2012.

The same mortgagee letter contains another announcement; “Decrease to Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium on Certain Streamline Refinance Transactions”. In this message, the FHA states, “For all Single Family Forward Streamline Refinance transactions that are refinancing FHA loans endorsed on or before May 31, 2009, the Annual MIP will be 55 basis points, regardless of the base loan amount.”

These two items make for a very significant savings on FHA streamline refinance transaction here in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the rest of the country.

One other item. It’s important to remember that the FHA does not regulate FHA streamline mortgage interest rates or set them in any way except to state that such rates must be reasonable and customary according to the housing market in that area. Borrowers should expect to negotiate interest rates with the lender and/or comparison shop for the best rates and terms. 


FHA Mortgage Insurance REFUND Chart

An FHA STREAMLINE REFINANCE is HOT right now because of the super low mortgage rates, so it is important to understand a possible FHA Mortgage insurance refund you may qualify for.

If you have an FHA loan, FHA charges an upfront MIP (mortgage insurance premium). This amount is calculated as a percentage of the loan amount, then added to your loan amount. That MIP amount you paid depends on when the FHA case number was requested.

If you’ve had your FHA loan for less than three years, and your are refinancing to a new FHA loan, you get a refund of some of the initial mortgage insurance premium (MIP) you paid on your FHA loan

The chart below is what FHA underwriters use to determine the amount of money refunded at the time of a FHA to FHA refinance. FHA will refund a percentage of that upfront MIP in the refinance. No refund check or anything is given to you, the refund is simply calculated into the costs of the new loan. The shorter the home owner has had the current FHA loan the higher the refund amount. This amount is displayed on page four of the application section called the “details of transaction” page.

FHA MORTGAGE INSURANCE REFUND CHART

FHA Mortgage Insurance Refund Chart

Example: You are refinancing, and at the time of closing, your current loan would be 2-years and 2 months old. Looking at the chart, you would get a 54% of the original MIP refunded to you as a credit on your new loans closing costs.


New FHA Streamline Refinance Guidelines

New FHA Streamline Refinance Rules

St Paul, MN:  Home owners with an existing FHA mortgage loan – rejoice. Washington has announced new guidelines to make it cheaper and easier for homeowners to refinance FHA mortgages. The reason is pretty simple – since FHA already backs your mortgage, they’re the ones who are on the hook if you default. So if refinancing will help make your mortgage more affordable for you, it makes sense for them to help.

The updated guidelines apply to FHA Streamlined refinancing, which is about as close to automatic loan approval as any refinance program can get. There are many variables to the program, but under the best circumstances, you don’t even need an appraisal, making it a great loan for underwater home owners.

Reduced FHA Fees

The changes announced dramatically reduce some of the fees usually charged for FHA mortgages and refinancing. FHA loans have two major mortgage insurance parts. The upfront fee, and the monthly mortgage insurance. For refinances starting June 11th 2012 and after, the current upfront fee of 1 percent of the loan amount is being reduced to a mere 0.01% – equal to $10 on a $100,000 mortgage – while the annual insurance premium is being cut by more than half, to 0.55 percent of the balance, down from 1.15 percent currently.

The administration estimates the reduced annual fee will save an additional $95 a month on a $175,000 mortgage, on top of the actual savings from refinancing to a lower mortgage rate.

Anyone can with an FHA mortgage can refinance at anytime, but to qualify for the reduce fees, you must have obtained your current FHA mortgage prior to June 1, 2009.

Home Lost Value?

The FHA streamline refinance option that does NOT require an appraisal is a great option for homes that have lost value. Homeowners can be underwater on their FHA mortgage (i.e., owing more than their home is worth) and still qualify for refinancing. In fact, there’s no limit on how far underwater a borrower can be and still get an FHA Streamline Refinance.

If you’re underwater, but have a second mortgage or HELOC (home equity line of credit)  – you’ll have additional challenges – so be sure to speak with a good licensed loan officer to determined your exact situation.

Bottom Line

FHA does not do loans. Lenders do loans that FHA insures. Although FHA has pretty generous guidelines for refinancing, it’s still the lender’s call on whether to refinance or not. Some lenders will have tighter guidelines, and some may even refuse to refinance a mortgage even if it appears to meet FHA requirements. The new guidelines remove some of the obstacles that sometimes make lenders reluctant to do an FHA streamline refinance, by taking such loans out of the formula used to assess their performance as FHA approved lenders. Since many of these mortgages are considered somewhat riskier than more recent home loans, some lenders have been reluctant to refinance them for fear of damaging their rating with FHA.

To see if you can obtain an FHA mortgage refinance, check with your local approved FHA mortgage lender.

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