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The FHA Is Changing Its Streamline Refinance Guidelines November 2009

October 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Beginning November 17, 2009, the FHA will make it harder to qualify for its popular Streamline Refinance program.

Available exclusively to homeowners with existing FHA home loans, the streamline program is meant to help homeowners reduce mortgage payments as simply as possible.

As such, the program carries minimum eligibility requirements.

In fact, the FHA Streamline Refinance is more notable for what it doesn’t require from applicants.

  • There’s no income verification
  • There’s no asset verification
  • There’s no employment verification
  • There’s no appraisal required

The two biggest qualifiers, really, are that the homeowner meets a minimum credit score and that the new loan doesn’t exceed the original balance of the old loan.

The new program guidelines, however, are much stricter. 

Effective next month, among other requirements, applicants must show evidence of employment and income, plus proof of cash required at closing. 

Furthermore, homeowners can’t finance closing costs into the mortgage without a complete home appraisal.  In areas of declining value, this may render refinancing with the FHA impossible.

Therefore, if you’re a homeowner with an FHA mortgage, consider contacting your loan officer before the November 17 deadline to explore your Streamline Refinance options.  Mortgage rates are low and you never know for what you’ll qualify.

The worst thing you can do is to wait too long to find out.  Once the deadline passes, the old guidelines will be history.

Need more expert advice? Ask the team of Certified Mortgage Planning Specialists at Benchmark Mortgage.

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James K Barath, CMPS®

James K Barath is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist®, Certified FICO® Professional, Certified Military Housing Specialist® and your FHA Home Loan Expert. He is also a graduate of Purdue University, The CMPS Institute, Dale Carnegie Human Relations Course & Napoleon Hill Foundation's PMA Science of Success Class. It's your home and your future. It's his profession and his passion. He is ready to work for your best interest. Contact James for your FREE Home Loan Approval !  His Motto: I Facilitate the American Dream Through Responsible Mortgage Lending and Financial Literacy!

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