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Reduced FHA MIP Will Help You Buy A 3-4 Unit Property

If you’ve looked into buying a duplex, triplex, or quadplex with an FHA loan, you probably have already discovered how good a deal these can be.

With just 3.5% down, you can become a homeowner and a landlord in one move. Live in one unit and get your mortgage paid by your tenants.

And now, it’s about to get even better.

Thanks to new FHA MIP reduction effective March 20, 2023, you’ll be able to qualify for any home more easily when using an FHA mortgage. Here’s how.

Find a lender to check your eligibility to buy a 2-4 unit home with FHA.

FHA MIP reduction 2023

FHA reduced its monthly mortgage insurance by 0.30% (30 basis points) effective March 20, 2023.

This is a savings of $25 per month per $100,000 borrowed. On a $450,000 FHA loan, it saves you $112 per month.

There were no changes to the upfront MIP which remains at 1.75% of the loan amount for most loans.

Old FHA MIP prior to March 20, 2023 for 30-year loans

Loan amount ≤ $625,500Loan amount > $625,500
3.5-4.99% down payment0.85%1.05%
5%+ down payment0.80%1.00%

New 2023 FHA MIP for 30-year loans

Loan amount ≤ $726,200Loan amount > $726,200
3.5-4.99% down payment0.55%0.75%
5%+ down payment0.50%0.70%

Note that 15-year FHA mortgages come with even lower monthly MIP, but very few people opt for anything but a 30-year, especially when buying a multi-unit.

FHA savings in dollars

Here are some example savings you’ll see with lower MIP

Loan AmountMonthly Savings

A reduction of 0.30% or 30 basis points might not sound like much, but it’s a significant amount monthly, especially at the higher loan amounts needed for multi-unit properties.

Speak to a lender to get started on your FHA multifamily purchase.

Why this is such a big deal for 3-4 unit properties

In recent years, FHA has made it more difficult to buy a 3-4 unit home.

It has imposed the “FHA self-sufficiency test” rule. Under this rule, a 3- or 4-unit home must generate enough rent (after a vacancy factor) to support the full payment including principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and association dues (PITIA).

For example:

Market monthly rent$4,000
Vacancy factor25%
Net rent$3,000
Maximum PITIA payment$3,000

It is now easier to meet this requirement because the monthly payment will be significantly reduced.

Related: FHA Self Sufficiency Test + Calculator

Example: How reduced FHA MIP will make more properties eligible

Here’s an example of how the lower FHA MIP can help you pass the 3-4 unit self-sufficiency test in 2023 and beyond.

Home DetailsOld FHA MIPNew FHA MIP
Purchase price$550,000$550,000
Loan amount with upfront MIP$540,038$540,038
Principal & interest$3,238$3,238
Monthly MIP$383$248
Total payment$4,095$3,961
Net rent$4,000$4,000
Passes self-sufficiency test?NoYes

It remains to be seen how many more FHA buyers will find eligible 3-4 unit properties. When the numbers are tight, the relatively small MIP change could make a very large difference.

What about duplexes and single-family?

Duplexes and single-family homes are not subject to self-sufficiency rules. So they don’t have to pass that extra layer of guidelines. However, the buyer still must qualify for the payment, and lower MIP will help them do just that.

Less expensive monthly mortgage insurance will bring your debt-to-income ratios (DTI) down. Most FHA loans require a ratio of 50% or less, meaning that no more than 50% of your before-tax income can go toward the mortgage payment.

If your DTI is 51%, chances are that the lower MIP will bring it into an acceptable range.

The MIP reduction is a huge win for all FHA buyers.

How do I get reduced FHA MIP?

New MIP rates went into effect on March 20, 2023. “Case numbers” on or after that date automatically came with lower MIP.

A case number is FHA’s way of tracking an application and property.

Those who found a property or applied with a lender after March 20, 2023 likely received the lower MIP.

Reduced FHA MIP will be a huge advantage

All FHA buyers should be very happy about reduced MIP. It is helping anyone using an FHA loan qualify more easily.

But a distinct advantage is coming to those looking for a triplex or quadplex. Even if they couldn’t find a property that passes the self-sufficiency test, they might now.

Start here to see if you can buy a 3-4 unit home with FHA.


  • Tim Lucas

    Tim Lucas (NMLS 118763) has 20 years of hands-on mortgage industry experience helping everyone from first-time buyers to experienced investors. He purchased his first home at 26 with just $1,100 out-of-pocket and now owns real estate worth $2.4 million. Tim was the managing editor at national websites TheMortgageReports.com and MyMortgageInsider.com and has been featured in publications such as Time, U.S. News, MSN, and more. He is a licensed loan originator (NMLS 118763). Connect with Tim on LinkedIn, Twitter, and TikTok.