The FHA refinancing option is considered streamlined because it allows you to reduce the interest rate on your current home loan quickly, sometimes without an appraisal.

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FHA Streamline Refinance

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Sending a child to college, consolidating bills, taking a much needed vacation, or making home improvements are some of the ways homeowners tap into the equity they have accumulated in their home to help with these expenses. Keep in mind that FHA refinancing is only available to homeowners who are currently using their home as their principal residence.

FHA Refinancing With a Streamlined Loan

This refinancing option is considered streamlined because it allows you to reduce the interest rate on your current home loan quickly and oftentimes without an appraisal. FHA Streamlined Refinance also cuts down on the amount of paperwork that must be completed by your lender saving you valuable time and money.

In order to qualify for a Streamlined Refinance your original home loan must be an FHA loan in good standing and the refinance must lower your monthly interest payments. This type of refinancing option reduces your monthly expenses by lowering your payments but there is no option to receive cash back. This works well for people who are in good financial standing with no significant debt because it allows you a little extra money each month that can be put to good use elsewhere.

If you have a conventional loan you wish to refinance with an FHA refinance loan, you'll need to apply with the usual employment verification, credit check, debt ratio requirements and other considerations. An FHA refinance loan can get you many of the same results, and you may get better rates and lower payments.

FHA Loan Articles

Read About Mortgage News, FHA Updates, and Guidelines
Do Tax Liens Affect FHA Loan Applications?

There’s a question that comes up from time to time from borrowers who may owe federal taxes and want to apply for an FHA loan. Does the simple fact that a borrower has a tax lien exclude them from applying for an FHA home loan?

FHA Loans and Your Tax Records

All FHA borrowers should be prepared to include tax information with the mortgage loan application. The actual requirement can vary depending on lender standards, state law, and whether the borrower is self employed or not.

Streamlined FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loans

The FHA offers something called a 203(k) Rehab loan for borrowers who want to purchase and rehab a property. This is a great loan offering, but what about borrowers who don’t need to do extensive rehab work to a home?

FHA Extends Refinance Program for Underwater Borrowers

In 2010, the FHA offered a program designed to help those who were underwater on their home loans, owing more on the loan than the property was worth. That program was called FHA Refinance Of Borrowers In Negative Equity Positions.

Program Changes for FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages

Home Equity Conversion Mortgages are for eligible borrowers age 62 or older, and feature no monthly mortgage payment for the borrower. Changes were announced effective June 2014.