Finance Energy Improvements! Cost-effective energy-saving measures may be financed as part of the mortgage! Make an older, less efficient home more comfortable and affordable!Increase Your Buying Power! Stretch debt-to-income qualifying ratios on loans for energy-efficient homes! Qualify for a larger loan amount! Buy a better, more energy efficient home!WHO BENEFITS from the ENERGY EFFICIENT MORTGAGE?Buyers: Qualify for a larger loan on a better home! Get a more comfortable home NOW. Save money every month from Day One. Increase the potential resale value of your home.Sellers: Sell your home more quickly. Make your house affordable to more people. Attract attention in a competitive market.Remodelers/Refinancers: Get all the EEM benefits without moving. Make improvements which will actually save you money. Increase the potential resale value of your home.Pay for energy improvements easily, through your mortgage. Your lender can increase your loan to cover energy improvement costs. Monthly mortgage payments increase slightly, but you actually save money because your energy bills will be lower!
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This is great news for all home buyers in need of an FHA loan. I know there are a lot of home buyers in Asheville that can utilize an FHA mortgage to their benefit!! Call me to learn more!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
In an effort to make owning a home more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration will dramatically cut the costs associated with the mortgages it backs.Premiums for FHA mortgage insurance, which is designed to protect the agency in case a borrower defaults on a loan, will be cut from 1.35% of a loan's value to about 0.85%, the White House said in a statement Thursday.
As a result, a typical first-time homebuyer will save $900 a year on their mortgage payments. Existing homeowners who refinance into an FHA loan will see similar savings.
"Too many creditworthy families who can afford -- and want to purchase -- a home are shut out of homeownership opportunities due to today's tight lending market," the White House said.
The White House estimates that the lower premiums will enable up to 250,000 new buyers to purchase a home.
In the wake of the financial meltdown and ensuing foreclosure crisis, FHA raised its mortgage insurance premiums to shore up its finances. But now home values are on the rise, the jobs picture is improving and foreclosures have fallen to their lowest level since 2006.
Last March, the FHA announced it would not need another bailout due to improving financial conditions. The White House said that even after lowering premiums, reserves in the fund are projected to grow by $7 billion to $10 billion annually.
FHA loans have been an important lifeline for low-income and higher risk borrowers in the wake of the financial crisis. As private lenders tightened their lending standards, FHA-backed loans became the only mortgages available to many of those buyers, given their tiny down-payment requirements and easier credit-score hurdles.
Happy New Year! 2015 is going to be a great year. If this is the year for you to refinance your current mortgage loan or purchase your first home, remember Glenn Kavanagh at Atlantic Bay Mortgage in Asheville, NC.
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