You can now refinance your FHA loan with their streamlined process. With reduced paperwork, your lender can process your mortgage much quicker. There are some unique requirements to refinance your FHA loan, but you continued to be backed by the FHA through this process.
In addition to having a good credit record to refinance your home, the FHA also requires you to already be FHA insured and be current on your mortgage. Refinancing also has to lower the borrower’s monthly payment, and no equity can be withdrawn.
Financing companies offer a couple of different refinancing packages for FHA mortgages. A common package offers no up front payment to refinance. Often these types of mortgages are touted as “no cost”, but you pay higher interest rates for this option.
Another type of refinancing package allows closing costs to be included as part of the mortgage amount. This option is only available if there is enough equity in the property, which is determined by a FHA appraiser.
You can also choose a traditional refinancing package where you pay loan fees and points up front. This option will give you the best rates.
In addition to low interest rates, you can save money and build up your equity faster by choosing a short term loan rate. By converting from a 30 to 15 year mortgage, you qualify for a lower rate and reduce you overall interest payments by at least half.
If you have an adjustable rate mortgage, you can also save on interest rates in the long term by locking into a fixed rate mortgage. However, if you think interest rates will fall in the future, stick with an ARM.
Only HUD approved lenders can refinance FHA loans. Fortunately, most lending companies are HUD approved. You should also compare rates and fees of these lenders to be sure that you find the lowest rates and fees.
To save time, use an online mortgage broker to request quotes. Within a matter minutes you can have a list of lenders with their rates to compare. From this list you can request more information from lenders or apply online for speedy processing. Online lenders will also offer discounts since they have less overhead costs than traditional financing companies.
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Written by: Carrie Reeder