January 21, 2010 – Inside Lending Bulletin
Breaking News

Increase in Upfront Premiums for FHA Mortgage Insurance

FHA loans with a case number assigned on or after April 5, 2010, will have a 2.25% upfront mortgage insurance premium. This is a .5% increase. Case numbers are generally assigned when there is a contract with a property address, and a closing date AND the borrower has committed to go forward with the loan.

Annual premiums (remitted on a monthly basis) will not change at this time.

Please go to http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/hudclips/letters/mortgagee/files/10-02ml.pdf. for more information.

Other changes include:

New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify for FHA’s 3.5% down payment program. Borrowers with less than a 580 FICO score will be required to put at least 10% down.
NOTE: Most lenders will not make loans to borrowers with FICO scores lower than 620.

Seller concessions will be reduced from 6% to 3%. HUD has not yet released an effective date for this change.

Please call or email with questions. Max Leaman, (512) 293-1239, MaxLeaman@AOL.com.