Sometimes It Pays to Refinance

The FHA Streamline Refinance program gets its name because it allows borrowers to refinance an existing FHA loan to a lower rate more quickly. Avoiding a lot of paperwork, and often without an appraisal, the Streamline option saves borrowers time and money.

You can reduce the interest rate on your current mortgage without a full credit check, yet you need to have paid your mortgage on time over the last 12 months. There is no requirement for income verification either. FHA Streamline loans have reduced paperwork, simple requirements for eligibility, and a list of features which makes it very attractive for borrowers.

If you have an existing FHA mortgage, you’ve already proven you are a good credit risk for an FHA-guaranteed loan. Because of this, you don’t need to calculate a debt-to-income ratio for the new FHA Streamline loan, but it’s always a good idea to have a second look at your finances for your own information.

Under the FHA Streamline program, your new loan can’t exceed the original amount you borrowed to purchase the home. There might not be a need for an appraisal either, depending on your current home equity and loan balance. You do have the option to get your property reappraised and qualify for a higher amount if the value of the property has increased.