FHA Home Loans Refinancing

FHA Loan Programs


FHA has received a lot of press in the news lately mainly because of the two foreclosure rescue programs: FHASecure and HOPE for Homeowners. But, did you know the FHA has several other refinance loan programs available to those looking to buy a home and those looking to refinance? Here are some of those programs:

  • 203(b) – this is the standard single-family home loan program. It’s the loan most people have heard of because it’s the most common purchase loan program.
  • FHA/VA 203(v), also known as the FHA/VA Tandem Loan – Most people haven’t heard of this one because it’s only available to veterans. Those who have used their VA eligibility or those who want to use their VA certificate later on can use it. The FHA/VA loan doesn’t involve the veteran’s entitlement, and there are no limits on how often the loan can be utilized. Veterans can only finance single-family homes with this loan. They are not allowed to finance duplex or other multi-family properties.
  • The FHA Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (FHA ARM) combines the three-percent down payment guidelines of the standard 203(b) program with the features of an ARM. But, unlike the subprime ARMs and exotic hybrid ARMs (interest only and negative amortization loans), the FHA ARM does not allow negative amortization, and maximum interest rate increase caps are limited to 1 percent per year and 5 percent over the life of the loan.
  • Section 245′s FHA Graduated Payment Mortgage (GPM) plan allows a borrower to pay lower initial monthly payments during the early years of the loan. Mortgage payments are structured to rise gradually for a set period of time, generally from five to seven years, and then remain fixed for the remainder of the loan. This enables borrowers to grow into higher monthly payments as their income increases.
  • The FHA Growing Equity Mortgage (GEM), under Section 245(a), is designed to allow the borrower to grow equity in his or her property at a faster rate than with the traditional 30-year mortgages, while at the same time keeping payments low during the early years of the loan. With the GEM, payments increase between 2 percent and 7-1/2 percent each year (depending upon the particular plan), with the increase being applied directly to the principal balance. The loan is thereby retired in approximately fifteen years, dramatically reducing the overall cost of the mortgage.
  • Section 203(h) is available to anyone whose home has been destroyed or severely damaged in a federally declared disaster area. The funds can be used to rebuild the home or purchase a new one; however, the borrower’s application must be filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) within one year of the President’s declaration of the disaster. Under this program, 100 percent loans can be obtained (including closing costs). The borrower can pay prepaid expenses such as property taxes and insurance, or the lender can premium price the loan (charge more interest) and pay the prepaid items for the borrower.
  • Section 203(k) insures loans used to rehabilitate existing residential properties that will be used for residential purposes, or to convert non-residential buildings to residential use or change the number of family units in the dwelling. The 203(k) provides the borrower with interim and permanent financing in one loan. The loan amount, which is based on the property’s after-renovation value, cannot exceed the current FHA maximum mortgage in the borrower’s area.
  • FHA Title I program – this is similar to the 203(b) program, but it’s for manufactured housing. A borrower can receive financing for the purchase of a manufactured home and land. The program can also be used to buy just the home if land is already owned, or land if the borrower already owns the manufactured home.

Are you looking to buy a home? If you already own a home, are you looking to refinance? FHA is the best loan option available. Unlike conventional lenders stuck in the credit freeze, FHA home loans are available. Credit underwriting for these loans is quite reasonable, too. FHA home refinancing is flexible and funding is much faster than it used to be. Fill out the loan quote form on this page for more information.



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HI, You are right dear. Like most of the people I was also unaware of the FHA/VA 203(v) type of Loan. But as you have said that only veterans are eligible for this kind of loan, but I have a query–will you please confirm that do you mean veterans as those soldiers who has been discharged from their service legally? Please confirm as I have the doubt.
However, I liked the overall post as you have focused on all the FHA loan programs…..

Will be waiting for next post…..

Sydney Thomas

Our lawyers have been able to modify and restructure mortgages for homeowners that did not qualify for a refinance mortgage, yet had a true hardship. We help prevent foreclosure, like you FHA lenders. Lets all band together and end this foreclosure mess!

Is there a program for someone with bad credit who can get a home loan. What is the minimum score needed to qualify? Will I need more of a deposit if my scores are low?
Please let me know,


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