Are there any loans that are alternatives to FHA but have similar downpayments and terms?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in FHA Information

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Question by amy: what is the trend for mortgage rates in the next 5 yrs?
i’m doing a project on real estates and really need the projected discount rates to make the assumption. anyone knows where can i find it??
thanks in advance =)

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Answer by 60187guy
1) Steady.
2) Rates could go up if there is a recovery in the market.
3) Rates could go lower if property demand dries up and practically nobody borrows.

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Question by John 927: Freddy Mac or Fannie Mae for HARP 125% refinance?
I am trying to refinance and I’m asking mortgage brokers/lenders the following question:

“What will happen if my home appraisal comes in ‘underwater, seek ‘ as in below the amount of my loan?”

Some tell me no problem, sickness my FREDDY MAC loan is eligible for HARP refinance program. Others tell me that they wouldn’t be able to help because I’m not a Fannie Mae loan. Is this a broker/lender decision or does HARP really exclude Freddy Mac loans?

In other words, information pills is HARP only applicable to Fannie Mae loans in terms of the 125% loan to value rules?

So confused.

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Answer by Bob
The HARP program is available for both FHLMC and FNMA loans, but not every lender can do both. If your appraisal determines you require a HARP loan, since your current loan is owned by Freddy it can only be done by a lender that can do Freddy loans. It should not be hard to find one. Your current lender is probably one of them.
I closed a HARP refinance loan for a friend a few months ago after his current lender had denied him based on a 90% LTV appraisal, even though that lender’s website advertises HARP loans. I was happy for the business but it never should have come that far. Apparently his loan officer was not familiar with the program. Any time human beings are involved you can’t always trust the first answer you get.

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Question by jamaicabound123123: Are there any loans that are alternatives to FHA but have similar downpayments and terms?
Some places I have found that I like say no FHA loans in the listings.

Also, rx I wouldn’t mind a house that needs a little minor work but I have heard FHA loans are very strict about the inspections.

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Answer by Landlord
No, they are their own ball game.

VA is pretty good, but requires the seller to pay money, so not all go for that.

Either go conventional, or avoid foreclosures and bank owned if you want to go FHA.

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  1. FHA is strict about inspections and everything else. Technically, the minimum down payment is 3.5%. However, we’re finding deals with less than 20% cash down are developing an awful lot of “last minute hitches” and are not being funded by the closing date.

    No other loan program has such low minimum down payments (except maybe VA if you are a veteran).

    I wouldn’t risk trying to do a low-down mortgage. If house prices continue to decline, you will quickly end up underwater on your mortgage. You risk no funding at closing, even if approved. If not timely funded, you will have to pay penalties for failing to close on time. You’re better off putting that money into the down payment. Another, bigger, wave of foreclosures is coming as Option ARMs, Alt-As, prime and jumbo prime reset & recast. And it lasts until 2013. Do not take risks with your home now.

  2. Va and USDA are the only 2 programs that are similar to FHA.