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Should You Refinance Your FHA to a Conventional Loan?Posted by
If you are like most first-time homeowners, your first mortgage was an FHA loan. Your FHA loan gave you the ability obtain financing, requiring only minimal down payments and fair-to-good credit scores. While this was a perfect fit for you at the time, you now may be looking to save some money. One way to do this is to refinance into a conventional loan.
One significant advantage of switching to a conventional loan is that, with the right loan-to-value ratio, it can eliminate mortgage insurance. While conventional loans have stricter credit requirements, and typically require borrowers to have at least 20% equity in their homes, any mortgage insurance provision cancels once your house reaches a 78% loan-to-value ratio.
Additionally, refinancing to a conventional mortgage may allow you to take out a larger home loan.
Refinancing does come with costs, such as closing fees, and may require you to present many of the same documents during the application process as you did with your original home purchase. Plus, you may also need to pay for an appraisal of your home.
Checklist: When Is a Good time to Refinance from an FHA to a Conventional Mortgage?
If you’re still not sure whether you should refinance from an FHA loan into a conventional mortgage? Take a couple of minutes to answer the following questions. They can help you decide if a refinance is right for you.
1. What are my goals?
2. Does refinancing make financial sense?
3. What is the current value of my home?
4. What is my existing home equity?
5. Can I afford the refinancing closing costs and fees?
6. Can I provide all of the necessary documentation?
Considering a Refi? Let us help!
Our expert mortgage consultants can help you evaluate your current loan situation and help you identify if a refinance is right for you. Give us a call today!
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Q&A: Mortgage InsurancePosted by
Question: What is mortgage insurance and how does it work?
Answer: Mortgage insurance lowers the risk to the lender of making a loan to you, so you can qualify for a loan that you might not otherwise be able to get.
Typically, borrowers making a down payment of less than 20 percent of the purchase price of the home will need to pay for mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance lowers the risk to the lender of making a loan to you, so you can qualify for a loan that you might not otherwise be able to get. But, it increases the cost of your loan. If you are required to pay mortgage insurance, it will be included in your total monthly payment that you make to your lender, your costs at closing, or both.
There are several different kinds of loans available to borrowers with low down payments. Depending on what kind of loan you get, you’ll pay for mortgage insurance in different ways:
If you get a conventional loan, your lender will arrange for mortgage insurance with a private company. Private mortgage insurance rates vary by down payment amount and credit score but are generally cheaper than FHA rates for borrowers with good credit. Most private mortgage insurance is paid monthly, with little or no initial payment required at closing.
If you get a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan, your mortgage insurance premiums are paid to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA mortgage insurance is required for all FHA loans. It costs the same no matter your credit score, with only a slight increase in price for down payments less than five percent. FHA mortgage insurance includes both an upfront cost, paid as part of your closing costs, and a monthly cost, included in your monthly payment.
If you don’t have enough cash on hand to pay the upfront fee, you are allowed to roll the fee into your mortgage instead of paying it out of pocket. If you do this, your loan amount and the overall cost of your loan will increase.
If you get a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan, the program is similar to the Federal Housing Administration but typically cheaper. You’ll pay for the insurance both at closing and as part of your monthly payment. Like with FHA loans, you can roll the upfront portion of the insurance premium into your mortgage instead of paying it out of pocket, but doing so increases both your loan amount and your overall costs.
If you get a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) loan, the VA guarantee replaces mortgage insurance and functions similarly. With VA loans, there is no monthly mortgage insurance premium. However, you will pay an upfront “funding fee.” The amount of that fee varies based on:
• Your type of military service
• Your down payment amount
• Your disability status
• Whether you’re buying a home or refinancing
• Whether this is your first VA loan, or you’ve had a VA loan before
Like with FHA and USDA loans, you can roll the upfront fee into your mortgage instead of paying it out of pocket, but doing so increases both your loan amount and your overall costs.