As reported by the NY Times, there are some big changes starting on April 9th for fees charged on mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA.)
1-Fees for buyers will go up effective April 9th. The upfront mortgage insurance premium will increase to 1.7% of the loan amount, up from 1%. The annual insurance costs, paid monthly, will rise 1.10 percentage points.
2-Fees for refinancing will fall sharply starting on June 11th. The focus is to make refinancing easier and more affordable for the 3 million homeowners with FHA mortgages. The reduction in refinancing fee applies to those borrowers who are current on payments.
The good news for buyers is that loans insursed by the FHA require only a 3.5%-10% down payment. Although the fees are increasing, most buyers will continue to borrow through FHA because of the lower down payments and the ability to wrap the upfront insurance fee into the initial loan balance.
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