St Louis Real Estate – Mortgage Rates Hold Steady-FHA Makes Changes

Paramount Mortgage Company - St Louis

FHA loans gained in popularity for borrowers as applications for FHA-guaranteed mortgages exceeded an annual rate of 3 million in October; nearly triple the level in 2007.  In 2006, when subprime and other Wall Street programs were at full speed, the annual rate for applications was less than 600,000

As a result the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner David Stevens recently announced a set of policy changes to strengthen the FHA’s capital reserves. The changes announced are the latest in a series of changes Stevens has enacted in order to better position the FHA to manage its risk while continuing to support the nation’s housing market recovery.  The goal is to balance risk management and continue to provide affordable, responsible mortgage products. 
Announced FHA loan Policy Changes:

  • Mortgage insurance premium (MIP) will be increased to build up capital reserves and bring back private lending
  • Update the combination of FICO scores and down payments for new borrowers. (tougher standards)
  • Reduce allowable seller concessions from 6% to 3%
  • Increase enforcement on FHA lenders

St. Louis Mortgage Rates – February 2, 2009 *

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage 5.00% no points
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgage 4.375% no points
  • 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage 3.875% no points
  • 3/1 adjustable rate mortgage 3.750% no points
  • Jumbo 5/1 ARM 4.125% no points

For more information or if you have questions on mortgage rates in St. Louis you may contact me by phone at my direct line, (314) 372-4319, email at or you can visit our company website at


*Note- The above rates are based upon a typical sale price of $187,500 with a 20% percent down payment leaving a loan amount of $150,000 to a borrower with a 720 credit score for a loan with no discount points charged. Rates and terms will vary depending upon loan amount, home value, credit and income of borrower.

This information is provided by this author and this site for informative purposes only and is not warranted or guarteed in any way.


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