Friday, November 28, 2008

When is a loan eligable for a streamline refinance

The loan you are refinancing must be an FHA Loan (can not have been a FHA Secure Loan). The old and new terms must fall under one of the following scenerio's

ARM-ARM Immediate payment reduction required and the maximum interest rate of the new mortgage doesn't exceed the maximum interest rate of the old.
ARM-Fixed Interest rate on the new Fixed will be no greater than 2% above the current rate of the ARM
Fixed-ARM Interest rate of the new mortgage is at least 2% below the interest rate of the current mortgage
Fixed-Hybrid ARM Immediate payment reduction is required

The loan being refinance must be FHA insured and you can not increase the term of the loan more than 10 years.

Shirley Nault has been a mortgage professional for over 20 years. Visit her other mortgage web sites go to or