FHA Continues to make changes to their PMI Rates. Because of the number of defaults – the monthly rates and the upfront rates for FHA Mortgage Insurance continues to change. We keep this information on the site for folks who received a FHA Mortgage loan on, or around June of 2010. We do have the most up to date information on the rates – in the event you are CURRENTLY looking for a FHA mortgage loan and want to know what the FHA PMI rates are today.
As we reported in April, Washington is trying to offset the costs of FHA foreclosures… and so it appears that FHA mortgage Loans are going to get more expensive. Many folks don’t realize that FHA doesn’t really MAKE loans… they just INSURE them.
Last week, the House of Representatives gave the FHA power to raise the monthly mortgage insurance premiums it charges to its borrowers. This bill passed almost unanimously, and although it doesn’t force FHA to raise the monthly fees, it still means that these loans will likely be more expensive later this year.
Currently, monthly mortgage insurance premiums are 0.55% of the unpaid loan balance, divided by 12. The recently approved Federal Housing Administration Reform Act provides for an increase in monthly premium of up to 1.55 percent..
Again, the bill does not force FHA to charge the full 1.55 percent, and FHA officials believe that an increase to 0.90 percent would be sufficient to currently cover the cost of these loans.
Here’s the impact on a 200,000 loan:
- Current Premium (0.55%) : $91.67 monthly mortgage insurance premium
- Expected Increase (0.90%) : $150.00 monthly mortgage insurance premium
- Maximum Increase (1.55%) : $258.33 monthly mortgage insurance premium
No doubt, a fairly large increase, like this, in monthly mortgage insurance premiums will reduce home affordability for buyers in North Carolina and strain some household budgets as people decide if it makes sense to refinance!
FHA charges mortgage insurance two different ways. It charges a monthly fee, and it charges an upfront fee. (for more click here). FHA’s upfront mortgage insurance changed earlier this year to 2.25%. This means that if you are borrowing $100,000 your loan amount is $102,250 with the upfront mortgage insurance. Because higher monthly insurance premiums are expected to cover the default costs, FHA indicated that it plans to reduce its upfront mortgage insurance premium paid at closing from 2.25 percent down to 1.000 percent.
This makes sense, because homes in many parts of the country are going to lose some of their value in the next 12 to 18 months. Why would you want to go INTO a deal with that much additional costs? On the same $200,000 mortgage, a move like that would reduce the upfront cost by $2,500.
Bottom line, if you are considering a FHA mortgage – you might want to move quickly, because it’s going to get more expensive! Call Steve and Eleanor Thorne, Mortgage Banker in Cary , 919-649-5058. Certified Mortgage Planners in North Carolina!