Reduce Your Mortgage Insurance On Your FHA Loan In California

If you have an FHA Home Loan and you haven’t refinanced, take a look at the top 5 questions regarding the new LOWER Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) for loans after January 26th 2015.

So how much can I save?

You have questions? We have answers….

1. What will the impact of FHA’s new premiums be on my monthly mortgage costs? Borrowers who qualify for FHA’s new reduced annual premiums will enjoy the benefits of a more affordable FHA loan and lower costs. HUD estimates these lower premiums will save California FHA Home Owners, on average, $1500 annually! They also expect this new change will spur 25,000 new California homebuyers to purchase their first home over the next three years.

2. When will the FHA’s new annual premium rates in CA take effect? The reduction is effective as of January 26, 2015. Borrowers with case numbers assigned on and after January 26, 2015 will be eligible for reduced annual mortgage insurance premiums.

3. What steps do I need to take to take advantage of these new lower premiums? Contact an FHA-approved lender in California, for information regarding FHA’s new annual mortgage insurance premiums for FHA Loans in California.

4. I’ve had a FHA mortgage for years. Can I take advantage of these new lower premiums? The change does not affect loans that have already closed. You may wish to contact an FHA approved lender like Jackie with Right Choice Mortgage, to determine if refinancing your existing loan makes sense for you.

5. I intend to apply for an FHA-insured mortgage with a 15-year term. Are FHA’s new reduced annual premium rates available for me? No. FHA’s new premiums only apply for mortgages with loan terms of greater than 15 years. Annual premiums for FHA-insured mortgages with terms of 15 years or less stay unchanged.

If you need more information regarding the new FHA reduced MIP and how it can save you on your California FHA Home Loan, Call Jackie 949.600.0944 www.mylenderjackie.com

Jackie and her Team at Right Choice Mortgage has been closing FHA loans since 1996 and we have the answers to all your FHA Home Loan Questions.

More FAQS about FHA Home Loans in California

FHA’s mission is to encourage home ownership. By providing loans with very low down payments and flexible credit requirements they put home ownership in reach for many who may not have qualified otherwise.

FACT: Nearly 30% of Home loans in 2010 were FHA Loans.

In 2009, FHA programs insured nearly 2 million loans, which included 750,000 first-time home buyers.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was created from the National Housing Act of 1934, and was established to increase home construction, reduce unemployment and insure government loan programs.

FHA loans were created to allow lower income Americans to borrow money for the purchase of a home that generally they would not otherwise be able to afford. The program originated during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when the rates of foreclosures and defaults rose sharply.

Some FHA programs were subsidized by the government, but the goal was to make it self-supporting, based on insurance premiums paid by borrowers.

While most people believe that the FHA lends money directly to borrowers , they actually just insure a certain type of loan that is financed by traditional banks and mortgage lenders, such as Right Choice Mortgage.

Four of the most visible single family housing programs that FHA offers are, Section 203(b), Section 234(c), Section 203(k) and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) – Reverse Mortgages.

FHA Loan California Highlights:

Section 203(b)

  • largest of FHA’s single family programs
  • 1-4 unit properties are eligible
  • flexible credit requirements
  • 3.5% down payment allowed
  • down payment may be a gift from specific sources

Section 234(c)

  • provides mortgage insurance for individual condominium units
  • credit, down payment and limits of 203(b) apply
  • in 2010, condominium complexes must be approved through HRAP/DELRAP to be eligible for FHA insurance

Section 203(k)

  • primary program for property rehabilitation
  • encourages community and neighborhood revitalization
  • only 1 mortgage loan is used for both the acquisition and the renovation
  • 1-4 unit properties including condominiums are eligible; check with your lender for manufactured housing eligibility
  • required improvements include cost effective energy conservation standards and smoke detectors
  • consultancy may be required

HECM – Reverse Mortgages

  • FHA was the first to promote reverse mortgages nationally
  • allows access to equity in property with flexible terms
  • lump sum, monthly payments, line of credit or a combination available
  • limited to homeowners 62 years of age and older

FHA programs also offer a Streamline Refinance.

FHA loans have favorable loan terms, generally lower rates than conventional loans, 30 year fixed repayment terms and flexible down payment options. FHA continues to encourage home ownership, provide liquidity and stability to the mortgage market.

Right Choice Mortgage has numerous FHA loan program with FICO score requirements as low as 550.

FHA Loan Limits in California

FHA Loans have lending limits depending on which county you live in, as well as the type of property. See list below for loan limits by each CALIFORNIA County.

ALAMEDA County
ALAMEDA- BERKELEY-HAYWARD-FREMONT -OAKLAND-PLEASANTON, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


BUTTE County
CHICO- PARADISE-GRIDLEY CA
Single
$293,250
Duplex
$375,400
Tri-plex
$453,750
Four-plex
$563,950


CONTRA COSTA County
ANTIOCH-RICHMOND-WALNUT CREEK-CONCORD, ORINDA, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


DEL NORTE County
CRESCENT CITY, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


EL DORADO County
PLACERVILLE- SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA
Single
$474,950
Duplex
$608,000
Tri-plex
$734,950
Four-plex
$913,350


FRESNO County
CLOVIS- HURON- SAN JOAQUIN- SANGER-FRESNO, CA
Single
$281,750
Duplex
$360,700
Tri-plex
$436,000
Four-plex
$541,800
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


HUMBOLDT County
EUREKA-ARCATA-FORTUNA, CA
Single
$327,750
Duplex
$419,550
Tri-plex
$507,150
Four-plex
$630,300


IMPERIAL County
EL CENTRO, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


KERN County
BAKERSFIELD, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


KINGS County
HANFORD-CORCORAN, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


LAKE County
CLEARLAKE- LAKEPORT, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


LASSEN County
SUSANVILLE, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


LOS ANGELES County
LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH-HOLLYWOOD- BRENTWOOD, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


MADERA County
CHOWCHILLA-MADERA, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


MARIN County
BELVEDERE- LARKSPUR-TIBURON-MILL VALLEY-FAIRFAX- NOVATO- SAUSALITO, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


MENDOCINO County
FORT BRAGG- WILLITS- POINT ARENA- UKIAH, CA
Single
$373,750
Duplex
$478,450
Tri-plex
$578,350
Four-plex
$718,750


MERCED County
ATWATER- GUSTINE-LIVINGSTON-LOS BANOS-MERCED, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


MODOC County
ALTURUS, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


MONO County
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA
Single
$529,000
Duplex
$677,200
Tri-plex
$818,600
Four-plex
$1,017,300


MONTEREY County
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA – DEL REY OAKS-MARINA-SALINAS-MONTERY-KING CITY-SEASIDE, CA
Single
$502,550
Duplex
$643,350
Tri-plex
$777,650
Four-plex
$966,450


NAPA County
AMERICAN CANYON-CALISTOGA-ST.HELENA-YOUNTVILLE- NAPA, CA
Single
$615,250
Duplex
$787,650
Tri-plex
$952,050
Four-plex
$1,183,200


NEVADA County
NEVADA CITY-TRUCKEE-GRASS VALLEY, CA
Single
$477,250
Duplex
$610,950
Tri-plex
$738,500
Four-plex
$917,800


ORANGE County
ALISO VIEJO-COSTA MESA-DANA POINT-IRVINE-LAGUNA BEACH- LAGUNA HILLS- LAGUNA WOODS- LAKE FOREST- MISSION VIEJO, NEWPORT BEACH- ORANGE- RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA- SAN CLEMENTE- SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO- SANTA ANA- TUSTIN- ANAHEIM, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


PLACER County
AUBURN- LINCOLN- ROCKLIN- COLFAX- LOOMIS- ROSEVILLE, CA
Single
$474,950
Duplex
$608,000
Tri-plex
$734,950
Four-plex
$913,350


PLUMAS County
PORTOLA, CA
Single
$336,950
Duplex
$431,350
Tri-plex
$521,400
Four-plex
$648,000


RIVERSIDE County
RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO, CA
Single
$355,350
Duplex
$454,900
Tri-plex
$549,850
Four-plex
$683,350


SACRAMENTO County
CITRUS HEIGHTS- ELK GROVE- FOLSOM- GALT-SACRAMENTO-RANCHO CORDOVA, CA
Single
$474,950
Duplex
$608,000
Tri-plex
$734,950
Four-plex
$913,350


SAN BENITO County
HOLLISTER- SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


SAN BERNARDINO County
RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO, CA
Single
$355,350
Duplex
$454,900
Tri-plex
$549,850
Four-plex
$683,350


SAN DIEGO County
SAN DIEGO-SANTEE- CARLSBAD, CA
Single
$562,350
Duplex
$719,900
Tri-plex
$870,200
Four-plex
$1,081,450


SAN FRANCISCO County
SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-HAYWARD, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


SAN JOAQUIN County
TRACY-MANTECA-RIPON-STOCKTON-LODI, CA
Single
$304,750
Duplex
$390,100
Tri-plex
$471,550
Four-plex
$586,050


SAN LUIS OBISPO County
SAN LUIS OBISPO-PASO ROBLES-ARROYO GRANDE, CA
Single
$561,200
Duplex
$718,450
Tri-plex
$868,400
Four-plex
$1,079,250


SAN MATEO County
FOSTER CITY- MENLO PARK – PACIFICA- SAN BRUNO- DALY CITY- HALF MOON BAY- MILLBRAE- REDWOOD CITY- SAN MATEO – SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


SANTA BARBARA County
SANTA MARIA-LOMPOC- OJAI- SANTA BARBARA, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


SANTA CLARA County
CAMPBELL-LOS ALTOS-CUPERTINO-GILROY-LOS GATOS-MORGAN HILL-SARATOGA-PALO ALTO- MOUNTAIN VIEW- SAN JOSE-SUNNYVALE-SANTA CLARA, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


SANTA CRUZ County
CAPITOLA-SANTA CRUZ-SCOTTS VALLEY-WATSONVILLE, CA
Single
$625,500
Duplex
$800,775
Tri-plex
$967,950
Four-plex
$1,202,925


SHASTA County
ANDERSON-SHASTA LAKE-REDDING, CA
Single
$273,700
Duplex
$350,350
Tri-plex
$423,500
Four-plex
$526,350


SOLANO County
BENICIA- DIXON-FAIFIELD-RIO VISTA- SUISON CITY- VACAVILLE-VALLEJO, CA
Single
$400,200
Duplex
$512,300
Tri-plex
$619,300
Four-plex
$769,600


SONOMA County
CLOVERDALE- COTATI-HEALDSBURG-PETALUMA-SEBASTOPOL-SONOMA-SANTA ROSA-WINDSOR, CA
Single
$520,950
Duplex
$666,900
Tri-plex
$806,150
Four-plex
$1,001,850


STANISLAUS County
CERES-HUGHSON-MODESTO-NEWMAN-OAKDALE-PATTERSON-RIVERBANK-TURLOCK-WATERFORD, CA
Single
$276,000
Duplex
$353,300
Tri-plex
$427,100
Four-plex
$530,750


SUTTER County
LIVE OAK-YUBA CITY, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


TEHAMA County
CORNING-RED BLUFF- TAHAMA, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


TRINITY County
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


TULARE County
DINUBA-EXETER-TULARE-WOODLAKE-VISALIA-PORTERVILLE, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250


TUOLUMNE County
SONORA, CA
Single
$331,200
Duplex
$424,000
Tri-plex
$512,500
Four-plex
$636,900


VENTURA County
OXNARD-THOUSAND OAKS-VENTURA, CA
Single
$603,750
Duplex
$772,900
Tri-plex
$934,250
Four-plex
$1,161,050


YOLO County
DAVIS-WEST SACRAMENTO-WINTERS-WOODLANDS, CA
Single
$474,950
Duplex
$608,000
Tri-plex
$734,950
Four-plex
$913,350


YUBA County
MARYSVILLE-WHEATLAND-YUBA CITY, CA
Single
$271,050
Duplex
$347,000
Tri-plex
$419,425
Four-plex
$521,250

If you need help getting approved for a FHA Home Loan

Jackie Barikhan with Right Choice Mortgage does FHA Loans throughout California
Contact us for a FREE QUOTE today (949) 600-0944