That didn’t take long! BREAKING: HUD suspends FHA mortgage insurance premium cut
#BREAKING In first moments of Trump presidency, HUD makes it official: FHA mortgage insurance premium cut is suspended “indefinitely.”
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it suspended the reduction of Mortgage Insurance Premiums, effective immediately. HUD sent out an announcement just an hour after President Trump was sworn in on Friday, stating that the cuts have been suspended indefinitely. Click the headline for more.
FHA has announced new loan limits for 2017. For all FHA loans with Case Numbers assigned on or after January 1st, the following will be effective
The minimum national loan limit is being increased to$275,655. No county will have a maximum loan limit lower than this number.
Individual County loan limits can be located here. There were no counties where the loan limit decreased. There were a few where the limit did not change, but the vast majority of counties saw some increase.
FHA High Balance maximum loan limits have increased to coincide with the new FNMA maximum loan limits previously announced.
As of now, FHA high balance pricing will still apply to loans above the previous FNMA loan limit floor. That is, the High Balance FHA Loan Program policy will continue to apply to base loan amounts GREATER than:
* $417,000 for one-unit property
* $533,850 for two-unit property
* $645,300 for three-unit property
* $801,950 for four-unit property
However we will continue to monitor the market and make an announcement if/when these values are updated to coincide with the new FNMA loan limit floor values.
Did You Know that Kentucky Mortgage FHA Income Requirements changed in October 2015?
• Job Changes –
FHA loan rules instruct lenders to, favorably consider a borrower for a mortgage if he/she changes jobs frequently within the same line of work, but continues to advance in income or benefits. In this instance, income stability takes precedence over job stability.
And FHA loan applicants who have been out of a job for a while but have since returned to employment may have their income considered effective and stable when recently returning to work after an extended absence if he/she:
–is employed in the current job for six months or longer, and
–can document a two year work history prior to an absence from employment using traditional employment verifications, and/or copies of W-2 forms or pay stubs.
Note: An acceptable employment situation includes an individual who took several years off from employment to raise children, then returned to the workforce.
• Employment Gaps –
For borrowers with gaps – FHA does not require a minimum length of time that a borrower must have held a position of employment. However, the lender must verify the borrowers employment for the most recent two full years, and the borrower must:
–explain any gaps in employment that span one or more months, and
–indicate if he/she was in school or the military during the most recent two full years, providing evidence supporting this claim, such as college transcripts, or discharge papers.
When analyzing the probability of continued employment, the lender must examine –the borrowers past employment record
–qualifications for the position
–previous training and education, and
–the employers confirmation of continued employment
Kentucky FHA Program guidelines have been updated as follows:
For a Kentucky FHA Purchase Loan, we can go down to a 600 credit score with the minimum down payment of 3.5%. No bankruptcies or foreclosures in the last 2 years.
If you are getting cash out, then the max loan to value or equity position is limited to 85% of the homes value. For example, if you had a home that was valued at $100,000, then the max loan for a FHA Cash Out in Kentucky would be $85,000.00. You still have to may mortgage insurance for life of loan so think carefully about using FHA for a cashout refinance.
The maximum debt to income ratios will be set by the AUS when we run it, but for a refer, it will be limited to 31% and 43% respectively. For example, if you make $3000 a month gross income, the max house payment would be $930.00 piti, and the maximum monthly payments including the new house payment would be $1290.00. So in the above example, the most you could have left in monthly bills listed on the credit report would be $360.00–If you had child support this would count in the dti calculation on the backend ratio of 43%
The seller can pay up to 6% of the buyer’s closing costs and prepaids (property taxes, home insurance for 1st years escrows) of the sales price. So, if you purchased a home for $100,000.00, the seller could give you a concession at closing to pay your closing costs and prepaids. A lot of Kentucky First Time homebuyers use this to limit their cash to close.
The minimum down payment of 3.5% for Kentucky FHA Loans can come from a family member in the form of a gift, or can be borrowed from a 401k, retirement account, or secured asset like a car.
• Seller must own the property a minimum of 90 days prior to the contract date.
FHA loans do not require a termite or home inspection, but they do require a HUD appraisal by a FHA approved Appraiser.
The following changes are effective for all Kentucky FHA case numbers assigned on or after June 3, 2013: FHA is changing the duration for the collection of MIP
o For all mortgages with an original principal LTV of 90% or less, regardless of loan term, the annual MIP will be assessed for 11 years.
o For all mortgages with an original principal LTV greater than 90%, regardless of loan term, the annual MIP will be assessed for the entire life of the loan.
Loans of 15 year terms or less with LTV 78% or less will pay an MIP amount of 45 bps.
FHA Streamlines Prior to June 2009
FHA Streamlines with case numbers dated June 11, 2012 or later will have new MIP rules applied. If the loan being refinanced was endorsed on or before May 31, 2009, the new Streamline will receive a flat annual MIP of 55 basis points, regardless of loan amount, and the UFMIP ratio will decrease to 0.01% of the base loan amount.
Senior Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223