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One mistake about house hunting that’s easy to make is assuming that property values are similar no matter where you look. If you did house hunting upstate, your results downstate may be different. One area may be experiencing a plateau in values while another may not.

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FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loan Tips

January 6, 2020

FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Loan Tips
New years mean new beginnings. Some homeowners need extra cash after the holidays to take care of shopping debt.

Others may make New Years’ resolutions that include fixing up or remodeling their home, and others may simply want to cash in on rising equity to take advantage of rising housing markets. Here are some good tips about cash-out refinance loans you can use to plan your loan application in the new year.

FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans May Vary From Lender to Lender

Do all participating FHA lenders offer the same terms and conditions? The short answer is no, and the reason for this is that like housing markets, all lenders differ. Even those who compete in the same housing markets may offer diverse products and services. Shopping around for the ones you truly need is important.

If you are applying for an FHA cash-out refi loan in an area with rapidly increasing property values, you may discover your home is worth far more than in a housing market that has experienced a plateau in those rising values, or one that has not gotten as “hot” as other markets. Location is important in business, and that includes real estate when it comes to a hot or cold housing trend.

Homes May Be Worth More in Some Areas Than in Others

One mistake about house hunting that’s easy to make is assuming that property values are similar no matter where you look. If you did house hunting upstate, your results downstate may be different. The same goes for those who look across state lines for homes to purchase. Don’t assume that the cost of the property in one zip code is the same in another.

Basically, property values don’t increase or decrease in a consistent way nationwide. There are a number of variables that can affect how much money you are able to get on an FHA cash-out refinance loan including how your home measures up to other comparables in the area.

How the Current Value of My Home Determined Ahead of Your Refi Loan

Cash-out refinance loans require an appraisal. You can’t get cash back on a mortgage loan transaction without both a new appraisal and a new credit check. The appraisal determines the base amount of your loan and any add-ons or other costs financed into the loan amount will likewise affect the loan total. No all expenses can be financed; you will need to discuss what and how you can finance loan costs into the loan amount.

The amount of cash back to the borrower depends on how much is owed on the existing loan and how much is left over after the original mortgage is paid off. The borrower who has made mortgage payments for a short amount of time may not get as much cash back as the borrower who has been making mortgage payments for some time. The more mortgage loan payments you have made, the higher your potential borrowing power may be. Remember that credit scores, loan repayment history, and other variables may affect this.

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