- Quick Facts
- Pros & Cons
- Occupancy & Property Type
- Income & Purchase Price Limits
- Key Features & Conditions
- Other Limitations
- Mortgage Insurance & Fees
- Similar Loan Programs
- Related Resources
With a HomeReady® Rate-and-Term Refinance, individuals with limited income and equity in their current home can refinance with better terms. The ideal borrower for this program is a homeowner with low income and limited equity in their home. This program features competitive pricing, affordable mortgage insurance, and flexible funding.
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Min. Credit Score
Max Loan Amount
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
- Credit scores as low as 620
- Non-occupant co-borrowers allowed
- Income limits disqualify many potential borrowers from qualifying
- Follows conventional loan limits, so borrowers are limited in how much they can borrow (varies by US County)
HomeReady® Refinances are available in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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“I'll let you in on a little secret... HomeReady® can be great for refinancing, 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
$16,160 - $119,600
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 5% 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%
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.
Conventional Rate-and-Term Refinance
Best For: Flexible Terms, Rate Reduction, Easy Process
Popular refinancing option for loan amounts under the conforming loan limit. Flexible qualification and attractive benefits to qualified homeowners.
HomeReady® High-Balance Refinance
Best For: Limited Equity, Large Loan Amounts, Easy Qualification
HomeReady® refinancing option above the conforming loan limits in designated high-cost counties across the United States.
This is for Single-Income Homebuyers
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A Rundown On Closing Costs and How They Affect You
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