Friday, June 15, 2012 - Article by: Joe Metzler, MLO. NMLS #274132 - Mortgages Unlimited, Inc -
An FHA STREAMLINE REFINANCE is HOT right now because of the super low mortgage rates, so it is important to understand a possible FHA Mortgage insurance refund you may qualify for.
If you have an FHA loan, FHA charges an upfront MIP (mortgage insurance premium). This amount is calculated as a percentage of the loan amount, then added to your loan amount. That MIP amount you paid depends on when the FHA case number was requested.If you've had your FHA loan for less than three years, and your are refinancing to a new FHA loan, you get a refund of some of the initial mortgage insurance premium (MIP) you paid on your FHA loan
The chart below is what FHA underwriters use to determine the amount of money refunded at the time of a FHA to FHA refinance. FHA will refund a percentage of that upfront MIP in the refinance. No refund check or anything is given to you, the refund is simply calculated into the costs of the new loan. The shorter the home owner has had the current FHA loan the higher the refund amount. This amount is displayed on page four of the application section called the "details of transaction" page.
Example: You are refinancing, and at the time of closing, your current loan would be 2-years and 2 months old. Looking at the chart, you would get a 54% of the original MIP refunded to you as a credit on your new loans closing costs.
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