USDA Mortgage Update: Monthly Mortgage Insurance Starting October 1,2011
According to a recent Administrative Notice (AN4557) sent out by USDA, starting October 1, 2011 the upfront
guarantee fee will be reduced from 3.5% of the loan amount to 2% with the addition of minimal monthly mortgage insurance on all purchase transactions with the USDA No Money Down Mortgage.
On a refinance
transactions involving USDA Mortgages
, the upfront guarantee fee will remain at 1% of the loan amount but will include the monthly mortgage insurance.
The annual fee (divided by 12 months gives you the monthly mortgage insurance fee) and upfront guarantee fee are subject to change annually to maintain a subsidy
What does “to maintain a subsidy neutral program” mean? It means the USDA program is trying to model it’s self after the FHA
programs which are self sustaining/self funded and do not require congressional approval for funding.
This is great news for tax payers in general but not so much for the potential new home buyer and here’s why. As you see from the example below, the new monthly mortgage insurance will increase your monthly payment which in turn effects your debt to income ratio
. Your debt to income ratio is one of the primary factors looked at when an underwriter determines your eligibility for any mortgage and USDA Mortgages
have some semi-restrictive debt to income guidelines.
The other down side here is that the monthly mortgage insurance will NEVER go away! Unlike FHA Mortgages
or even Conventional Mortgages
, the USDA Mortgage
will require the monthly mortgage insurance for the entire life of the loan. This will pretty much ensure that you will want to refinance out of your USDA Mortgage and into a Conventional Mortgage
without mortgage insurance as soon as you have enough equity in your home.
||USDA After 10/01/2011
|Loan Amount with USDA Guarantee Fee
|Monthly Payment (with mortgage insurance after 10/2011 on the right)
|Difference In Payment
||$ 34.00more per
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