I suspect those of you who are in the market for a mortgage are well aware of the new FHA mortgage insurance increase coming. It’s only a quarter of a percent increase. ONLY?
Effective April 1, 2013, people who haven’t already gotten their FHA case numbers assigned will be subject to the new bigger and better mortgage insurance premium. The increase will be between 10 and 15 basis points, depending on the loan. This is all intended to make the FHA bigger and better – more secure.
This is a Silent Tax.
On the average, mortgage folks are looking at an increase of $30 to $40 per month. This will make qualification more difficult for everyone.
The FHA has a number of other changes coming to a loan office near you. They are all silent taxes on home owners. The corker is the inability to drop mortgage insurance after you have paid the balance down to 78%. In the good old days you could drop the mortgage insurance after you had paid down to the 78% of loan to value ratio. Starting in June 3, 2012, mortgage insurance will be locked in FOREVER on most loans.
Mortgage insurance adds, let’s say, $175 per month to the monthly payment. With the increase it will be over $200. If you assume you will pay down to 78% of the principal in the first ten years, then you have twenty years left on your mortgage. Whereas you could have dropped the mortgage insurance after the ten year period under the old policies, you now have to continue to pay it for the next twenty years. That’s only about $42,000 more you will have to pay. That’s a tax levied by the new Obama laws, plain and simple. You are paying for all the screw-ups the government and banks have made and continue to make with affordable housing.
If you are buying, do it now!
from GOLD Member Rod Owens