FHA Versus Conforming Mortgage Rates On Purchases And Refinances

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This ARTICLE On FHA Versus Conforming Mortgage Rates On Purchases And Refinances Was PUBLISHED On November 22nd, 2019

What are Conforming Mortgage Rates On Purchases And Refinances

There two types of home loan programs:

  • Government Loans
  • Conventional Loans

There are three types of government loans:

  • FHA Home Loans
  • VA Loans
  • USDA Loans

Conventional Loans are often called conforming loans.

In this article, we will cover and discuss FHA Versus Conforming Mortgage Rates On Purchases And Refinances.

FHA Versus Conforming Mortgage Rates Explained

There is a misconception out there that credit scores have no impact on mortgage rates on FHA loans because it is insured by the government.

  • This is not correct. FHA mortgage rates still depend on many factors, especially credit scores
  • There was a recent blog published by a so-called mortgage expert that stated that borrowers will get the same mortgage rate at 580 versus 850 credit scores
  • This is not true. In general, rates are lower on FHA versus Conforming Mortgage rates
  • However, any borrower with lower credit scores will get a major pricing hit on rates
  • Pricing adjustment hits is also referred to as LLPA (Loan Level Pricing Adjustments)

Conventional loans have much more LLPAs when it comes to rate pricing.

FHA Versus Conforming Mortgage Rates And Pricing Adjustments

What are Conforming Mortgage Rates And Pricing Adjustments

There are pricing adjustments on all loan programs.

  • Every loan program has its own pricing adjustments
  • Prior bankruptcies and/or housing events do not have an effect on mortgage rates
  • Credit scores and the type of properties do
  • Lower credit scores mean higher mortgage rates
  • Loan-Level Price Adjustments are different for the various loan programs

It is up to the lender to create its pricing adjustment matrix.

FHA Versus Conventional Loans On LLPA

What are FHA Versus Conventional Loans On LLPA

Loan Level Pricing Adjustment is different on FHA versus Conventional loans.

  • There are no pricing adjustments on FHA loans since they are guaranteed by the government
  • There are LLPAs on conventional loans since conforming loans are not insured and/or partially guaranteed by the government
  • FHA loans require a one time upfront 1.75% FHA mortgage insurance premium
  • FHA also requires a 0.85% annual mortgage insurance premium for the life of a 30 year fixed-rate FHA loan
  • Conventional loans require private mortgage insurance (PMI) for the loan to value higher than 80%
  • The higher the loan to value, the higher the pricing adjustments which means higher mortgage rates

Private mortgage insurance on conventional loans can be canceled if the homeowner has at least an 80% loan to value. If the loan to value falls down to 78% LTV, the lender needs to automatically cancel the private mortgage insurance. Homeowners with at least an 80% LTV can request the lender to cancel their private mortgage insurance.

Common And Typical Loan Level Pricing Adjustments

What are Common And Typical Loan Level Pricing Adjustments

Some common pricing adjustments charged by mortgage companies are the following:

  • Loan-to-value LLPAs
  • Credit scores
  • Debt to income ratios
  • Manual versus automated underwriting system
  • Loan purpose and the type of loans
  • Cash-out versus rate and term refinance mortgage
  • Type of occupancy (Owner-occupant, second home, investment property)
  • Type of property such as a condo, single-family, townhome, or multi-family units
  • The number of units such as a single-family, two-unit, three-unit, or four-unit
  • County and state the property is located

Not all LLPAs are the same at all lenders. One lender may not have an LLPA where another lender does. Some lenders may have Loan Level Pricing Adjustments on Chapter 13 since these types of loans are manual underwriting files.

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