FHA Loans About To Get More Expensive - One More Reason To Use A USDA Loan
Starting April 18, 2011 the factorial used to determine annual mortgage insurance premiums for a FHA loan will increase .25%. Based on today's annual mortgage insurance premium rate of .9%, assuming a 3.5% down payment on a 30 year mortgage, the .25% increase will result in a new rate of 1.15%.
Assuming a $200,000 loan amount the increase in mortgage insurance rates will cost the borrower an additional $41.66 per month. To determine the impact on a FHA borrowers monthly payment start by taking the monthly mortgage insurance premium factorial at .000958 (1.15%/12) and multiplying against the outstanding principal balance. Compare this using the old factorial of .00075 (.9%/12). This mortgage insurance change is calculated as follows:
- Current Premium: .009/12 * $200,000 = $150.00
- New FHA Premium: .0115/12 * $200,000 = $191.66
This increase in monthly mortgage insurance premiums should be one more reason why home buyers considering purchasing in a rural community should usa a USDA Loan since there is no monthly mortgage insurance premium on the USDA Loan Program. This means that the monthly payment on the USDA Loan is actually less than a comparable fixed rate FHA Loan even though the USDA Loan:
- Typically has a .25% higher interest rate than a FHA Loan
- Is a larger financed loan due to not requiring a down payment. A home purchased with a USDA Loan is financed at 100% Vs. 96.50% of the purchase price for FHA, which has a 3.5% down payment
- Has a higher upfront "Commitment Fee" of 3.5% of the purchase price Vs. FHA's 1% "Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium". Both of these fees are financed into the loan further increasing the amount financed of a USDA loan Vs. a FHA loan
Despite all of these factors the monthly payment on a USDA Loan has always been less than a comparable fixed rate FHA Loan and starting April 18 the benefits of using USDA financing will get even greater.
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