Clearwater Florida Home Owners – FHA isn’t Fooling April 1 Cash Out Refinancing toughens

Clearwater Florida Home Owners – Act Fast on FHA Refinancing – No fooling

Clearwater Florida – If you own a home in Clearwater and want to do  a cash out refinance using and FHA loan, think again, the most liberal cash-out program in town is about to make Tampa mortgage qualification more difficult.

Effective April 1, 2009, (yes I know it’s April Fools but this is no joke) the FHA is reducing the maximum loan-to-value on cash-out refinances by 10 percent, dropping the loan size limit from 95% of your Clearwater home‘s value to 85%.

In its official press release, the FHA says it’s making the change to “limit its exposure to undue risk”.

It also lists the following Clearwater home owner cash-out requirements:

  • With less than 12 months since the purchase date, your home’s value cannot exceed its original purchase price — even if home improvements were made.
  • A Clearwater home owner must be current on their mortgage payments to qualify
  • A second, verifying appraisal may be necessary, depending on loan traits
  • Co-signers may not be added to the FHA mortgage note in order to qualify

The last day to register a FHA 95% cash out refinance is Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The loan does not need to be “locked” — only registered.

So, if you know that a 95% cash out FHA refinance is in your future, talk to your Tampa home loan officer before Wednesday morning about registration. If you need to know the name of a good Tampa mortgage professional or two – just call or email me and I can help you out.

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