Are you a homeowner with a current Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan? If so, there are options in today’s mortgage lending market that could help save you money. Options include refinancing to a Conventional home loan with a low rate, eliminating FHA mortgage insurance (MIP), or using the FHA streamline refinance program.
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Good news for Jumbo mortgage holders! If you have a current mortgage balance under $548,000 most likely you have a higher rate than necessary. The increase in 2021 for conforming home loan limits are increasing to $548,250 for a single-family unit in most parts of the U.S. This increase is up from the previous limit of $510,400 in 2020. Conforming loan limits in 2021 can go as high as $822,375 in Alaska and Hawaii in 2021. So for example, if you have a current Jumbo mortgage with a balance of say $530,000 you can now potentially qualify for a better conforming loan interest rate.
Before you decide to do a home refinance, evaluate the benefits vs. the closing costs to make sure you understand the entire picture and if it is smart to move ahead. Starting by consulting with a Financial Advisor or a CPA is a good idea. They often are the ones who recommend refinancing to their clients when they can see that the benefits outweigh the costs.
With the current COVID-19 situation most of us could use solutions to help our financial situation. Consolidating debt with a home equity loan is one good option. Most people have more than one debt. You may have high interest credit cards, loans and mortgages. Refinancing a mortgage with fixed rates so low, may be a more desirable option with one low fixed monthly payment. A Personal loan from a bank or credit union could also help you achieve your goal.
Applying for an FHA loan
Home ownership is a goal that can be tough to reach. FHA loans can make it easier. With low down payments, relaxed credit requirements and competitive rates, FHA loans are designed to meet the needs of first-time homebuyers and other buyers whose credit or finances might make it difficult to qualify for a conventional mortgage.
HELOCs offer low initial rates and financial flexibility, but are more unpredictable than a standard home equity loan. So are they the right choice for you?
Most couples apply for mortgage loans jointly. But what happens when one of them has bad credit?
Lenders can't deny you a loan because you aren't married or because you are divorced. They can't reject your loan application because you are widowed.
A cash-out refinance is a way to both refinance your mortgage and borrow money at the same time. You refinance your mortgage and receive a check at closing. The balance owed on your new mortgage will be higher than your old one by the amount of that check, plus any closing costs rolled into the loan.