Refinancing Traps

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Refinancing can be tricky, but a little preparation before starting the process goes a long way in avoiding mishaps along the way. Here are some common traps that many run into while refinancing their homes and ways you can avoid falling into the same traps.


The automatic payment trap

Did you know it can take up to two weeks to have automatic payments canceled? If your payments are made this way, be sure to turn it off before closing. You don’t want to pay for the same month twice!

The missed or late payment trap

Believe it or not, lots of people think they don’t have to keep making payments once they apply to refinance. Missing a payment could damage your credit and even preclude closing. Just be careful regarding your very last payment, as it should be made in time to assure it’s credited toward your payoff balance.

The tax escrow trap

The funds in any existing escrow account will typically be held until after the current loan is paid off. Since this money will not be available at closing, you need to be able to establish a new escrow account and/or pay any upcoming taxes from savings or the new loan proceeds.

The insufficient funds trap

The tax escrow trap can contribute to this, and so, too, can many other factors. For example, a low appraised value could limit your loan amount. As many loans are set up to cover all closing and escrow funds, it’s important to know that any necessary or unexpected adjustment could change the cash to close requirements accordingly.


We want you to be aware of these potential pitfalls before they have a chance to occur. Of course, we will work with you and on your behalf to prevent and avoid them.


Looking to start the refinance process? Find your local Inlanta loan officer here. Already going through the refinancing process? Reach out to your Inlanta representative whenever you have questions, and we’ll be happy to help.


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FHA Streamline Refinancing More Affordable


Save on FHA Streamline Refinancing

Fee reductions for FHA Streamline Refiancing effective today.


Streamline refinancing just became more affordable for people with FHA mortgages endorsed prior to May 31, 2009. Effective today, the Federal Housing Administration reduced upfront mortgage insurance payments and reduced monthly insurance premiums.

The new FHA Streamline Refinance annual premium, which is paid monthly by the borrower, is now .55% on a streamline refinance of any loan endorsed on or before May 31, 2009. This is a much lower premium rate than the previous FHA Streamline rate of 1.2% – 1.25%. The upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP) is a one-time fee collected by FHA and added to the loan balance. FHA increased UFMIP to 1.75% on April 1st, but as of today this new FHA Streamline Refinance UFMIP rate is only .01% when the previous loan was endorsed on or before May 31, 2009.  All other streamline refinances will still be subject to the UFMIP rate of 1.75%.

FHA Streamline Refinances are the fastest, simplest way for homeowners with FHA mortgages to refinance. Another defining characteristic of the FHA Streamline Refinance program is that a home appraisal is optional. Instead of a new home appraisal, the FHA will allow you to use the original loan’s appraised value as your home’s current value, regardless of what your home is worth today. This may be quite helpful to homeowners who suffered reductions in home values since 2007.

A licensed mortgage loan officer can help you determine if you meet the requirements to be eligible for the reduced premiums available and if a FHA Streamline Refinance is right for you. Click here to find a mortgage loan professional near you.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.