FHA mortgage insurance lowered

FHA lowers monthly mortgage insurance



The reduction in FHA mortgage Insurance has been (at least) temporarily paused before ever actually going into effect.

The FHA mortgage insurance rate reduction came as a giant unanticipated surprise to all of us in the mortgage world. I guess I should have figured something was up, as it appears the reduction was part of Washington’s political games.

The outgoing Obama administration people made the surprise reduction announcement with only days remaining in office. As soon as the Trump administration was sworn in, they immediately put the reduction on hold, stating it was irresponsible, and needed to be evaluated. This allowed the former administration to run around claiming how horrible the new administration was.  Errr….

Personally, I think it is a bunch of crap that these people play with home owners, the mortgage industry, and the real estate industry, regardless of what side of the political fence you stand.


Minneapolis, MN: HUD/FHA has announced that the required monthly FHA mortgage insurance costs are dropping with any new FHA loan closing January 27, 2017 and after.fha loans, fha update, fha mortgage insurance

For most FHA home buyers, this will mean a drop from .85% monthly, to just .60% monthly.

On a $200,000 loan, that means a monthly savings of $41.00 a month!

Combine the new lower FHA mortgage insurance, with the fact that FHA interest rates roughly 1/2% LOWER than conforming loans, and it is no wonder our FHA loans are so popular!

How to calculate FHA monthly mortgage insurance:

Take the loan amount times the insurance factor, then divide by 12
Example: Loan amount X .0060 / 12 = $ Monthly MI
$200,000 X .0060 / 12 = $100 a month

Visit my FHA LOAN ​page for more details, or dial 651-552-3681

FHA Loans, FHA Lender in MN, WI, SD


New FHA Rules – 3 major changes coming soon

Minneapolis, MN: If you are a first-time home buyer, you may already be leaning towards an FHA-backed mortgage to finance your Minnesota or Wisconsin home. Recently, the Federal Housing Administration announced changes to their mortgage guidelines, which are being made to stem the losses from all the foreclosures the past few years.

updateFHA does not provide loans, rather FHA is a government entity that insures mortgage loans made by banks and non bank lenders. Needless to say, if a lender can get an FHA guarantee on a portion of a loan, they are much more willing to provide a loan to someone.

Without the FHA, home buying would be a bit tougher for many home buyers buyers who cannot meet the slightly higher down payment and credit score requirements of a conventional loan. After the collapse of subprime lending in 2008, and the tightening of credit that followed, FHA-backed mortgages became the only game in town for many first-time home buyers.

FHA guidelines are a little more forgiving when it comes to credit history, making it the only practical option for some  home buyers who had a prior bankruptcy, foreclosure, or short sale in the past few years.

Here are 3 major FHA rule changes slated for 2013, and how they may affect you:

1. All FHA loans initially require mortgage insurance.  Just like conventional loans, mortgage insurance could be dropped below 80% loan-to-value.  After June 3rd 2013, this is no longer the case. Mortgage insurance on FHA loans will be on your mortgage payments for the life of the loan.

2. The cost of monthly mortgage premiums is going up slightly on April1, 2013. While it is  a relatively small amount; it would add an extra $20 a month to a $200,000 mortgage.  This will only effect new loans.

3. Few lenders allow for score below 640, but for those lender who do offer very poor credit score FHA loans (580-620 range) home buyers will face stricter debt-to-income ratios in 2013. In other words, the less debt you have, the better.

The good news is, these changes shouldn’t derail anyone’s plans to buy a home in MN, WI, or the rest of the country. Even with the new changes in 2013, FHA-backed mortgages remain attractive for many at least for the first 10-years or so of home ownership.

Finally, if you are buying a home, remember to get pre-approved by a local Minnesota or Wisconsin mortgage lender first…  You need to know what loan programs you qualify for, down payment options, FHA mortgage interest rates and how they will effect you, and an acceptable price search range to be looking at BEFORE you spend any time with a Realtor.

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.

FHA Mortgage Insurance soon to be for life of loan

FHA Mortgage Insurance soon may be for life of loan

Minneapolis, MN:  The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced that sometime in 2013, all new FHA insured mortgage loans will now require the monthly mortgage insurance be on the loan for the entire LIFE OF LOAN.

The proposed rule is NOT official — Yet.

Currently, FHA mortgage insurance premiums drop from FHA insured loans once the loan balance reaches 78% of the original balance and the home owner has had the loan at least 5-years.

FHA has not giving an official starting date yet, but it will be on all NEW loans going forward, and WILL NOT effect existing FHA insured home loans. Any existing FHA insured loan will still be able to drop mortgage insurance (PMI).

Most NEW FHA insured loans are just 3.5% down payment – therefore the mortgage insurance is currently 1.25% of the loan amount monthly. FHA has also announced that in 2013, the cost of the insurance will increase to 1.35% monthly.

As an example, on a $100,000 FHA insured loan, the homeowner will pay $112.50 in mortgage insurance every month for the entire 30-year loan.

For those capable, meeting both the higher credit score and underwriting guidelines, moving to a conventional loan with 5% down is going to result in very significant savings over an FHA mortgage loan going forward.

FHA has indicated they are making this move to increase their capital reserves after suffering major losses due to foreclosures and the mortgage market meltdown. The vast majority of the losses are attributed to loans written from 2007 – 2009 as lenders moved marginal home buyers into FHA loans after sub-prime loans disappeared from the market in 2007.

 FHA home mortgage loans will still remain a great option for many buyers, but clearly FHA has indicated they do not want to be the loan for everyone.