Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Understanding the new FHA Loan changes

FHA Loan Changes - NOTE: NOW is the time to ACT on buying and/or selling real property!

In an effort to shore up its flailing balance sheet and dwindling capital reserves, the Federal Housing Authority is rolling out sweeping financial changes. FHA borrowers have to look better on paper and be better credit risks.

Mortgage insurance premiums are rising, too.

FHA Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premiums have increased from 1.75% to 2.25%. This translates to .50% added to the borrower’s loan amount. This change goes into effect for FHA Case Numbers ordered on or after 4/5/2010. FHA Case Numbers are ordered once the borrower has an executed Sales Contract and are ready to move forward w/the appraisal order. To put this into perspective, the increase shouldn’t affect a borrowers payment too much since it’s financed over 30 years like the following possible scenarios.

Assuming a $150,000 sales price
Old UFMIP 2533
after April 5th 3256
Difference $4/month

Assuming a $250,000 sales price
Old UFMIP 4221
after April 5th 5428
Difference $7/month

*assumption (5.25% rate, rounded #’s for simplicity, 3.5% down payment)

In its official announcement, the FHA said its trying to better position itself to "manage its risk while continuing to support the nation’s housing market".

The changes are effective with case numbers assigned starting April 5, 2010.

To find out how these changes may affect your real estate purchase or sell, contact a CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company real estate professional today - 800-451-8055 or email

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