Marianne Collins, executive director and COO of Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association, writes in In Contract magazine that these alterations may make FHA the “loan of last resort.” Monthly conventional Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) doesn’t have an up-front premium the way FHA does. Additionally, PMI continues to drop off at 78 percent LTV.
A borrower with a 680 credit score and 3 percent down payment would pay much more for a FHA loan requiring a down payment of 3.5 percent than s/he would for conventional monthly private mortgage insurance. Conventional PMI will even be lower at a credit score of 660 and a 5 percent down payment. Due to the lower cost of conventional PMI when compared to FHA MIP, private mortgage insurance companies are “making a huge comeback.”
Collins adds that only borrowers in high risk situations (such as those with low credit scores and brief periods since foreclosures and bankruptcies) have a reason to consider FHA for their financing. This could lead to a high default rate, because higher credit scores are absent to balance out the portfolio. Finally, Collins argues that FHA should do the opposite of what it has implemented: it should reward good credit by offering an insurance premium lower than private mortgage insurance for borrowers with good credit. To view FHA loan requirements, click here. For an additional explanation of FHA mortgage insurance and its changes, watch the YouTube video below.