USDA home loans can be hugely advantageous for those looking to purchase homes in rural areas throughout New York State.
Because they deliver 100% financing to people who meet the eligibility requirements, and offer a number of other benefits – including low monthly mortgage insurance, flexible credit score requirements and the possibility of rolling closing costs into the mortgage – they’re an especially great option for first time home buyers!
If you’ve obtained a USDA loan and you’re interested in further lowering your rate, a USDA mortgage refinance could be a great option to consider.
There are a number of USDA mortgage refinancing options: USDA streamline refinance, USDA streamline-assist refinance and USDA non-streamline refinance. We explore each of these below so you can determine which one may be best for your specific scenario.
A USDA streamline refinance enables homeowners with USDA loans who meet the established requirements and have been current on their payments for the past 12 months to refinance without obtaining a new home appraisal. They also provide the option to add or remove borrowers from the loan.
The requirements for a USDA streamline refinance include:
The USDA streamline-assist refinance does not require a new home appraisal (unless you’re refinancing a USDA direct loan), and it does not require a credit check or a review of debt-to-income ratios for those applying. This option is also ideal for borrowers with little to no equity in their homes. For this reason, it’s considered to be one of the most favorable USDA refinance options for home buyers, if they meet the established eligibility requirements.
It’s worth noting that with this type of refinance, borrowers can be added to the mortgage but they cannot be removed.
The requirements for a USDA streamline-assist refinance include:
This USDA home loan refinancing option is quite similar to the USDA streamline refinance option. The main difference is that you will be required to obtain a new home appraisal.
If you’d like an updated appraisal on your home, or you’d like to avoid having to meet the $50 minimum payment reduction requirement of the USDA Streamline-Assist Refinance option, a USDA Non-Streamline Refinance may be a good option for you.
The requirements for a USDA non-streamline refinance include:
Refinancing your home can be a very beneficial move. If you’re interested in refinancing your current USDA home loan, the team at Maple Tree Funding can help!
Our mortgage professionals will help you determine whether you’re eligible for a USDA mortgage refinance and help you figure out which refinancing option might be right for you.
We’ll take a close look at your specific situation and present you with options to consider, then guide you every step of the way as you work towards your refinance.
Not currently in a USDA loan but still interested in refinancing? Learn more about our other refinancing options here.
Interested in learning more about USDA home loans? Be sure to check out our Guide to USDA Home Loans here for details on the advantages of USDA mortgages, information about eligibility and more.