Mortgage Credit Guidelines
A refinance transaction involves paying off an existing real estate debt from proceeds of a new mortgage. For all refinance loan transactions, 1) the borrower must be current for the month due and, 2) there must a current payoff statement in the case binder.
Under the terms and conditions outlined below, FHA will insure the following types of refinances:
A. Regular Refinances â€“ â€œcash-outâ€ and â€œno cash-outâ€
1. â€Cash-Outâ€ Refinances: the maximum loan-to-value and combined loan-to-value of any cash-out refinance is 85%. The calculation is based either off the appraised value or the original sales price, depending on the length of time the borrower has owned the property.
a)The loan is limited to a combined LTV (FHA insured first mortgage and any subordinated lien) of 85% of the appraised value, provided the borrower has owned the property for at least one year. Note that manufactured homes have other restrictions (Handbook 4155.1, section 3.A).
b) If the property was purchased less than one year preceding the application date, the LTV/CLTV (85%) for the mortgage amount must be calculated using the lesser of the appraised value or the original sales price of the property.
c) The property that is security for the refinanced mortgage may be a 1-4 unit property.
d)The property must be owner-occupied. Non-owner occupant co-borrower may not be added in order to meet FHA?s credit underwriting guidelines.
e)Properties owned free and clear may be refinance as cash-out transactions.
f)3-4 unit properties are required to pass the self sufficiency test and have a minimum of 3 months reserves after closing.
g) Properties acquired by inheritances within the past 12 months are eligible for a cash-out refinance transaction provided they have been occupying the property as their primary residence since the inheritance. The lender must document the acquisition by the borrowers via inheritance.
h)Manufactured homes: there are restrictions applicable please refer to Handbook 4155.1, section 3.A.
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior Loan Officer
Key Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*
Louisville, KY 40222*