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FHA Increases Insurance Premiums Again Effective April 9, 2012

By on February 29, 2012 in Feature, Mortgage, Real Estate with 1 Comment

Updated 3/6/2012: Per Mortgagee Letter 12-4 issued today…Revising the effective dates of the Upfront and Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums which has been changed to April 9, 2012. The Annual MIP on higher valued homes, over $625,500 will be effective June 11, 2012.

HUD finally announced yesterday that it would be raising the Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) for FHA loans effective April 9, 2012, from 1.00% to 1.75% of the loan amount. Fortunately, the upfront MIP can be financed and amortized over the life of the loan.

HUD had previously reduced the upfront MIP to 1.00% back in October 2010.

Additionally, HUD is mulling two other changes to its popular FHA program – increasing the annual MIP and reducing the seller contribution amount. Slated for June 1, 2012 (not yet confirmed) The annual MIP will increase 10 to 25 basis points depending on the size of the loan. The annual MIP will also increase effective April 9, 2012 between 10 and 25 basis points depending on the size of the loan. For most borrowers, with loans less than $625,500, they will likely see the annual MIP increase from 1.15% to 1.25%. For high balance loans, the annual MIP will increase 25 basis points, up to a total of 1.50% as of June 11, 2012. Though it’s called an annual MIP, it is reflected in a borrower’s monthly mortgage payment.

This would be the third increase to the annual MIP since October 2010.

The other proposal under consideration is reducing the seller’s contribution amount from the current 6% to the greater of 3% or $6,000. On a $250,000 loan, that’s still $7,500 in seller contributions, so it’s not likely to make much of an impact for most buyers.

Although, FHA has become popular for condo purchases over the past several years, particularly with more flexible qualification guidelines (provided the condo building is FHA approved), the continued increases in the upfront and annual mortgage insurance premiums are rendering FHA loans less desirable.

Comparatively, well-qualified buyers can obtain conventional condo loans with as little as 5% down and a lower payment amount. And, in some cases, without mortgage insurance (depending on lender and available loan programs).

Contact us if you’re considering a condo purchase and we’ll put you in touch with our trusted mortgage partners.

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About the Author: Ben Kakimoto is a Seattle condo and urban real estate marketing & listing specialist. Contact Ben to learn more about the Seattle condo and loft real estate market or about buying or selling a Seattle area condo. Find Ben on Twitter and Facebook. .


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  1. Securing an FHA loan is the most important piece of the home buying puzzle, but still there are a ton of variables that come into play that can affect the FHA. The best advice I can give any condo is to do your research and take the time to find a well educated agent or broker like Ben, securing a knowledgeable agent will help a lot, simply due to the fact that they’re time consuming and they’re able to assist more condo buyers this way.

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