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FHA Streamline Refinance Program: Info and FAQs
What is an FHA Streamline Refinance?
The FHA Streamline Refinance program is a special refinance program for people who have a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. It is the simplest and easiest way to refinance an FHA loan. Unlike a traditional refinance an FHA Streamline Refinance allows a borrower to refinance without having to verify their income and assets. An appraisal might not be required either depending on how much you have paid on your original loan balance. One of the most advantageous aspects of this program is that it allows for an unlimited loan-to-value ratio. Therefore, if you are severely underwater you still may be able to take advantage of record low mortgage rates by refinancing with an FHA Streamline.
Criteria for Qualifying
- You have to live in the house you are refinancing.
- You can’t have made more than two, 30-day late payments on your FHA mortgage in the past 12 months.
- You have not completed an FHA Streamline Refinance in the past 6 months.
- FHA does not have a minimum credit score required for a streamline refinance.
FHA Streamline with Appraisal
The advantage of doing an FHA Streamline with an appraisal is that you are able to roll your closing costs into the loan. You are only required to have an appraisal if your new loan amount exceeds your original loan amount by 1.5 percent.
FHA Streamline Without Appraisal
If you do an FHA Streamline without an appraisal you are not able to roll your closing costs into the loan. Hence, you will need to be prepared to pay your closing costs out of pocket or talk to your lender about whether they can cover your closing costs in exchange for paying a higher interest rate.