FHA Risk Based Pricing....

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Mortgage and Lending with Academy Mortgage NMLS#329710

Only one major player in the mortgage market has never shifted to risk-based pricing - FHA, the largest federal mortgage program for first-time and minority buyers. But that may be about to change.

Beginning July 14th, FHA will now utilize risk based pricing for mortgage insurance, giving borrowers with better credit lower closing costs for the upfront premium. The monthly premium will increase by 1 basis point.

The current upfront premium of 1.5% will be dropped to 1.25% for borrowers with the middle FICO score above 600. For borrowers below 559, the premium will increase to 1.75%. Borrowers in between the two markers will remain the same. For loan to values above 97% which is most common, the premiums increase further...up to 2.25% for the worst credit with the highest LTV. The monthly premium for high LTV goes up to .55% which is considerably lower than conforming mortgage insurance.

This change in policy will reduce costs for borrowers with decent credit, but raise them for the least qualified borrowers. Other key changes in the FHA MI policy are lowering the upfront MIP to 1% on streamline refinances and not considering gift funds in determining risk for the LTV.

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Travis Neliton
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John,

I wrote a blog on this a little earlier today. Here is the chart for you. A few of your numbers are off, this should help. Take a gander at my blog, some interesting facts about why the change and how bad UFMIP used to be. http://www.activerain.com/blogsview/559406/Here-we-thought-FHA

FHA Single Family Mortgage Insurance

Upfront and Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums

 (Loan Terms > 15 years)

Effective as of July 14, 2008

All premiums are specified in basis points (0.01%)

 

Decision Credit Score  (FICO)          

  

LTV

  

850-680

  

679-640

  

639-600

  

599-560

  

559-500

  

499-300

NON-TRADITIONAL

 

≤ 90.00

 

125/50

 

 

125/50

 

125/50

 

150/50

 

175/50

 

175/50

 

150/50

  

90.01-95.00

 

125/50

 

 

125/50

 

150/50

 

175/50

 

200/50

 

n/a

 

175/50

  

> 95

 

125/55

 

 

150/55

 

175/55

 

200/55

 

225a/55

 

n/a

 

200/55

  1. A first-time homebuyer, with HUD-approved counseling, will pay only 200 basis points for the upfront mortgage insurance premiums.

 

Jun 20, 2008 02:36 PM #1
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