Home Possible® High-Balance Refinance
- Quick Facts
- Pros & Cons
- Occupancy & Property Type
- Income & Purchase Price Limits
- Key Features & Conditions
- Other Limitations
- Mortgage Insurance & Fees
- Similar Loan Programs
- Related Resources
As of 2023, there are 161 US Counties considered "high cost" that have varying loan amount limits greater than the normal $726,200 for conventional purchase loans. Offering low equity requirements, flexible closing cost options, and reduced mortgage insurance coverage levels, Home Possible® is a great way to for well-qualified homeowners to refinance with a loan amount above the standard conforming limit.
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Home Possible® High-Balance Refinance
Min. Credit Score
Max Loan Amount
$726,525 - $1,089,300
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan amount ranges vary based on US County. Register Now to see if this loan program is a good fit for you, find your county limits, and find more options for purchasing a home.
Pros & Cons
- Cancellable mortgage insurance when the loan balance drops below 80%
- Pricing better than or equal to standard loan pricing
- Lower down payment requirements for multi-family properties than HomeReady®
- Non-occupant co-borrowers allowed
- Income limits disqualify many potential borrowers from qualifying
- Interest rates can be higher than standard Home Possible® refinance
Home Possible® High-Balance Refinances are available in 18 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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“I'll let you in on a little secret... Home Possible® is a great program, but watch out for the income limits in your area! (can't be more than 80% of the AMI) Many potential borrowers may not qualify for this program due to this limitation."
Occupancy & Property Types
Qualification factors for this program can vary based on how you intend to occupy the property and what type of property you are purchasing. By registering for a free account , you can check program limits for all property and occupancy types.
Available Property Types for Primary Residence
Income & Purchase Price Limits
Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI), as well as purchase price and income limits, are important factors when qualifying for a home loan program. By registering for a free account , you can find the exact program limits for this program and others in your area and for your unique scenario.
Purchase Price Limit
$47,120 - $118,960
Annual Qualifying Income
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan limit ranges vary based on US County. Amounts may be rounded. Exact amounts can be accessed by registering for a free account.
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- Only for primary residences, no second homes or investment properties
- Lower mortgage insurance costs compared to FHA and Conventional
- As little as 3% retained equity for refinance transactions
- Borrowers' combined income must be less than 80% of the area median income (AMI) where the property is located
- Must be an owner-occupied primary residence
In some circumstances, there are specific requirements you must meet or homebuyer education courses you must attend in order to be eligible for the loan program.
No other program limitations
A Homebuyer Education Class is not required for this loan program.
Mortgage Insurance & Fees
Most mortgage programs require mortgage insurance when you are financing more than 80% of the purchase price or appraised value. Some programs may also have an associated funding fee, paid at the time of closing, or an annual fee. Learn all about the different fees here.
Required with less than 20% Down PaymentType: Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
This program requires Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) if you are putting down less than 20% on the home you are purchasing or refinancing.
Type: No Funding Fee
This program does not have a funding fee.
Type: No Annual Fee
This program does not have an annual fee.
Estimated Closing Costs: 2.5%
These amounts are just an estimate. Your closing costs include things like loan origination fees, discount points, appraisal fees, title insurance, taxes, deed recording fees, and other charges.
Similar Loan Programs
If you think this home loan program may be a good fit for you, you may also want to check out the following programs that share many similarities with the current program.
CHOICERenovation® High-Balance Refinance
Best For: Large Loan Amounts, Home Renovations
Refinance above the conforming loan limits with funds for home improvements and repairs with this convenient and flexible renovation loan program.
Home Possible® High-Balance Purchase Loan
Best For: First Time Homebuyers, Large Loan Amounts
Low down payment financing above the conforming loan limit with discounted fees for creditworthy low and moderate income borrowers across the US.
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