2022 FHA Refinance Guidelines

2022 FHA Refinance Guidelines

In order to allow lenders to offer single family mortgages with flexible credit qualifying requirements and loan features like low down payments, low interest rates, and minimal closing costs, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loan is a mortgage insured by the federal government. The FHA has been assisting people in becoming successful homeowners since 1934, and FHA mortgages are still very well-liked by both current homeowners and first-time homebuyers.

Whether you are a current FHA borrower or not, the FHA also provides excellent refinancing choices. If you're considering refinancing, an FHA refinance might be the best option for you. Consider your eligibility for each of these FHA refinance choices by looking at them.

Streamlined FHA Refinance

An FHA streamline refinance, hence the name "streamline," allows current FHA loan borrowers to take advantage of low rates by refinancing fast and effectively. This choice has a lot to recommend it. It has fewer credit and underwriting standards, requires no proof of income or job, and doesn't require an assessment. Closing costs are not accounted for in the loan amount but may be compensated for by lender credits made available through this well-known program.

The following conditions must be met in order to qualify for an FHA Streamline Refinance: • You are refinancing your primary residence; • You have made all of your mortgage payments on time for the previous six months; • It has been at least six months since the first payment due date of your current FHA loan; • It has been at least 210 days since the closing date of your current FHA loan; • The refinance must result in a demonstrated financial net tangible benefit (NTB) to you,
An FHA Streamline Refinance has the following advantages: • Less paperwork and a simple process • No home evaluation is necessary
could reduce the amount of your monthly payment

Simple FHA Refinance

An current FHA loan can be refinanced at a lower interest rate and for a shorter term with a simple refinance, which also allows you to include closing expenses in the loan amount. A house appraisal, complete evidence of income and employment, and credit approval are requirements for the Simple Refinance.

Benefits of an FHA Simple Refinance include the ability to eliminate co-borrowers from the original loan.
• The criterion for net benefits does not apply to new loans.
• 97.75 percent maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio
• A reduction in upfront mortgage insurance due to unused UFMIP credits from prior FHA loans with fewer than three years' worth of seasoning.
• Existing FHA mortgages do not require mortgage seasoning (compared to six months seasoning required by the Streamline Refinance).


The Rate and Term Refinance is a "no cash-out" refinance of an FHA mortgage in which all revenues are used to pay down any outstanding debts (on the refinanced property) and refinancing-related expenses. This kind of refinance can be used to pay off a recorded land contract or buy out a title holder's equity (for instance, in the event of a divorce).

Rate and Term for FHA Benefits and requirements of refinancing include the ability to remove co-borrowers from the original mortgage.
• No requirements for net tangible benefits.
• 97.75 percent maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio.
• Other debts that are being settled with refinancing profits must be at least a year old.
• A reduction in upfront mortgage insurance due to unused UFMIP credits from prior FHA loans with fewer than three years' worth of seasoning.
• Existing FHA mortgages do not require mortgage seasoning (compared to six months seasoning required by the Streamline Refinance).

Cash-Out Refinance with FHA
Both current FHA loan borrowers and conventional loan borrowers wanting to cash out into an FHA loan have the option of refinancing through the FHA cash-out program. Here, you would refinance your current loan and have cash access to the remaining equity. There are extra conditions for this kind of refinance.

Among the qualifications for an FHA cash-out refinance are:

• Owner-occupied for at least a year prior to the application date (property is your principal residence).
• There have been no past-due payments.
• Cash-out with as low as 20% equity and a maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 80%.
The maximum debt-to-income ratio that qualifies is 43%.
• Make an initial premium payment for your mortgage insurance and a subsequent monthly payment.
• A property appraisal is required.
• Requirements for mortgage liens being paid off to "season" for six months

Therefore, an FHA cash-out refinance can be the solution if you're trying to acquire access to money for things like credit card debt, student expenses, home repair projects, and more.

FHA loan conversion to conventional loan

FHA borrowers are not restricted to refinancing solely into another FHA loan. You may have enough equity when you make mortgage payments (and if your home value has increased) to switch from an FHA loan to a conventional loan, such as a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Although the rates for conventional loans are slightly higher, you can spend much less in mortgage insurance than you would with an FHA loan. Additionally, FHA loan insurance may be permanent in some circumstances, which is not necessarily the case with conventional loans.

FHA loan conversion from a conventional loan

For homeowners who want to refinance but don't have the kind of credit that would allow them to be approved for a standard refinance, refinancing into an FHA loan from a conventional one is a terrific choice. With an FHA loan, your rate can be cheaper, but you might have to pay mortgage insurance for the duration of the loan.

This article was contributed on Jul 31 2022