Will Falling Bond Rates Encourage More FHA Streamline Refinances?

by Peter G. Miller
August 21st, 2007

Anyone notice that bond yields are falling?

It used to be that 10-year Treasury bonds and 30-year mortgages had about the same interest rate because they were considered to have roughly the same level of risk. Given events on Wall Street I’m not sure how the two investments now match up, or how they will match up in the future, however with bond prices rising — and interest rates for bonds falling — it may mean that mortgage rates are also about to decline.

For FHA borrowers this raises a magic term: streamline refinance. Say it slowly. Savor it. If interest rates turn south you could save big bucks.

Here’s what HUD has to say about streamline refinancing:

*The mortgage to be refinanced must already be FHA insured.

*The mortgage to be refinanced should be current (not delinquent).

*The refinance is to result in a lowering of the borrower’s monthly principal and interest payments.

*No cash may be taken out on mortgages refinanced using the streamline refinance process.

Lenders may offer streamline refinances in several ways. Some lenders offer “no cost” refinances (actually, no out-of-pocket expenses to the borrower) by charging a higher rate of interest on the new loan than if the borrower financed or paid the closing costs in cash. From this premium, the lender pays any closing costs that are incurred on the transaction.

Lenders may offer streamline refinances and include the closing costs into the new mortgage amount. This can only be done if there is sufficient equity in the property, as determined by an appraisal. Streamline refinances can also be done without appraisals, but the new loan amount cannot exceed the original loan amount. Investment properties (properties in which the borrower does not reside in as his or her principal residence) may only be refinanced without an appraisal

Good stuff, huh?

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One Response to “Will Falling Bond Rates Encourage More FHA Streamline Refinances?”

  1. Ben Luevand Says:

    I apologize I can’t add more to it as I’ve got no practical experience with real estate, but can you help me as you seem to be just like a wealth of knowledge. The room mates and I are seeking for a home to lease. We have survived collectively for a couple of years but would like to move right away. We viewed at a really pleasant location the other day but we have been advised that our own credit ratings are not great enough to rent it . The realtor offered to manually modify out credit ratings so as to rent the house out. I think like this is going to get me personally into trouble in the years to come. Will this going to come back

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