April 2012: The New (& Expensive) FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Schedule

April 2012: The New (& Expensive) FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Schedule.

via April 2012: The New (& Expensive) FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Schedule.

 

The FHA will raise its mortgage insurance premiums April 1, 2012. All FHA mortgage applicants — first-time buyers, repeat buyers, and users of the FHA Streamline Refinance program — will be subject to the new fees.


New FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Schedules

The new FHA mortgage insurance premium schedule raises FHA loan costs significantly.

FHA mortgage insurance is paid in two parts.

The first part is the “Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium”. Sometimes abbreviated as UFMIP, upfront mortgage insurance premiums will rise from 1.000% of your FHA loan size to 1.750% of your FHA loan size.

For example, if you live in Chicago, Illinois and you borrow up to the FHA’s local loan limit of $417,000, your upfront mortgage insurance premium will rise 75% from $4,170 to $7,298. This amount is added to your loan size. FHA upfront MIP is not paid via cash. You’ll pay interest on this amount for the life of your loan.

The changes in the FHA’s annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) are less extreme, rising only 10 basis points.

The new schedule, for loans with case numbers assigned on or after April 1, 2012:

  • 15-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 90% : 0.60 percent annual MIP
  • 15-year loan terms with loan-t0-value under 90% : 0.35 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 95% : 1.25 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value under 95% : 1.20 percent annual MIP

Furthermore, all FHA mortgages made for $625,500 or more will be subject to an additional 0.25 percent annual mortgage insurance fee.

Loans made prior to April 1, 2012 will use the old FHA mortgage insurance schedule:

  • 15-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 90% : 0.50 percent annual MIP
  • 15-year loan terms with loan-t0-value under 90% : 0.25 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 95% : 1.15 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value under 95% : 1.10 percent annual MIP
  • There is no “jumbo FHA mortgage premium” for loans made prior to April 1, 2012.


Special Cases: FHA Streamline Refinance MIPs

As part of the FHA’s announcement, there was also reference to the FHA’s benchmark refinance program, the FHA Streamline Refinance.

The FHA suggested that a subset of households using the streamline refi program will get access to lower mortgage insurance premiums after refinancing — not higher.

No official announcement has been made, but it’s believed that mortgage insurance premiums — both upfront and annual — will be dramatically lowered for FHA Streamline Refinances used to replace an existing FHA mortgages originated prior to June 1, 2009. New FHA Streamline Refinances that replace loans originally originated after June 1, 2009 will still pay the new, standard FHA mortgage insurance rates listed above.

The June 1, 2009 deadline should sound familiar — it’s the same deadline for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s HARP 2.0 program.

The FHA is expected to confirm new FHA Streamline Refinance mortgage insurance premiums within a few weeks.

Lock Your FHA Rate Before The Price Hike

The FHA will make a formal announcement on its new FHA premiums in the coming days. Some of the exact numbers at top may change slightly. However, the FHA has confirmed the April 1, 2012 rollout date.


If you’re planning to use the FHA for your next home mortgage, get your loan application started today. If you wait, you’ll be subject to the FHA’s new premiums.


Source – Dan Green  

Author’s note : This information is subject to final review by the FHA. It’s based on an initial FHA announcement made February 27, 2012. It’s unofficial until the FHA releases its mortgagee letter on the matter. 

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