FHA loans require mortgage insurance to protect lenders against some or most of the losses that result from defaults on home mortgages.
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HUD's Required Lender Protection

Mortgage insurance is a policy that protects lenders against losses that result from defaults on home mortgages. FHA requirements include mortgage insurance primarily for borrowers making a down payment of less than 20 percent.

Current Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium
The UPMIP is currently at 1.75% of the base loan amount. This applies regardless of the amortization term or LTV ratio.

Current Up-Front MIP on Certain Streamline FHA Refinances
SF forward streamline refinance transactions that are refinancing FHA loans endorsed on or before May 31, 2009, the UFMIP is currently 0.01 percent of the base loan amount.

Current Annual MIP on Certain Streamline FHA Refinances
SF forward streamline refinance transactions that are refinancing FHA loans endorsed on or before May 31, 2009, the Annual MIP will be 55 bps, regardless of the base loan amount and takes effect on or after June 11th, 2012.

*Revision to the Annual MIP Premium - as per Mortgagee Letter 2015-01

There will be no change in Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums for all case numbers assigned on or after January 26th, 2015 for the following:

  1. On loans with a Loan to Value of less than or equal to 78% and with terms up to 15 years. The annual MIP for these loans will remain at 45 basis points.
  2. On terms <= 15 years and loan amounts <=$625,500 - If the loan to value is <= 90%, the Annual Premium remains the same at 45 basis points (bps). If the loan to value is >90%, the Annual Premium remains the same at 70 basis points (bps).
  3. On terms <= 15 years and loan amounts >$625,500 - If the loan to value is 78.01% - 90.00%, the Annual Premium remains the same at 70 basis points (bps). If the loan to value is >90%, the Annual Premium remains the same at 95 basis points (bps).

There will be the following reduction in premiums in Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums for all case numbers assigned on or after January 26th, 2015 for the following:

  1. On terms > 15 years and loan amounts <=$625,500 - If the loan to value is <= 95%, the new Annual Premium is reduced from 130 basis points (bps) to 80 basis points (bps). If the loan to value is >95%, the new Annual Premium is reduced from 135 basis points (bps) to 85 basis points (bps).
  2. On terms > 15 years and loan amounts >$625,500 - If the loan to value is <= 95%, the new Annual Premium is reduced from 150 basis points (bps) to 100 basis points (bps). If the loan to value is >95%, the new Annual Premium is reduced from 155 basis points (bps) to 105 basis points (bps).
Term > 15 Years
Base Loan Amount
LTV
Effective
Annual MIP
< = $625,500
< = 95.00%
26-Jan-15
80 bps
< = $625,500
>95.00%
26-Jan-15
85 bps
Above $625,500
< = 95.00%
26-Jan-15
100 bps
Above $625,500
>95.00%
26-Jan-15
105 bps
Term <= 15 Years With LTV Above 78%
Base Loan Amount
LTV
Effective
No Changes to Annual MIP
Any Amount
< =78.00%
3-June-13
45 bps
< = $625,500
< =90.00%
1-April-13
45 bps
< = $625,500
>90.00%
1-April-13
70 bps
Above $625,500
< = 90.00%
1-April-13
70 bps
Above $625,500
>90.00%
1-April-13
95 bps

*No Revision to the time period for Assessing Annual MIP

For loans with FHA case numbers assigned on or after June 3, 2013, FHA will collect the annual MIP, which is the time on which you will pay for FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums on your FHA loan. They are as follows:

Term
LTV %
Previous
New
< = 15 yrs
< = 78
No Annual MIP
11 years
< = 15 yrs
> 78 - 90.00
Cancelled at 78% LTV
11 years
< = 15 yrs
> 90.00
Cancelled at 78% LTV
Loan Term
> 15 yrs
< = 78
5 years
11 years
> 15 yrs
>= 78 - 90.00
Cancelled at 78% LTV & 5 yrs
11 years
> 15 yrs
> 90.00
Cancelled at 78% LTV & 5 yrs
Loan Term


First time home buyers purchasing a home with an FHA loan or going through a HUD-approved charitable agency can use their 2009 First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit to make their downpayment.
In spite of the initial confusion, FHA rules are clear now--bridge loans are permitted, but the FHA's required down payment must still come from the borrower.
Under RESPA, lenders must provide specific information about the expenses borrowers must pay on their FHA mortgages, conventional loans or refinancing deals.
If you had Upfront Mortgage Insurance on FHA mortgages signed on or after December 8, 2004, you would not be entitled to a refund from the FHA on your Upfront Mortgage Insurance.
Did you know you can raise the value of your property AND lower your utility bills at the same time? Apply for an FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage or FHA EEM, which gives you finds to upgrade the property to make it more energy efficient.


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