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As expected, part of President Obama’s recently revealed jobs plan was a plan to make it easier for more Americans to refinance their mortgages to the historically low interest rates we have been seeing in the last month or so. The president outlined his plan last night and it looks like main idea is to make it easier to qualify for the already existing Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). Here are some quotes from a Reuters article on the topic:

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is seeking to broaden U.S. homeowners’ access to mortgage refinancing in a plan to help the ailing housing market and put money back in the pockets of borrowers needing help locking into record low rates.

“We’re going to work with Federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4 percent,” …

The White House officials said the U.S. Treasury was having talks with both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their regulator — the Federal Housing Finance Agency — on ways to broaden refinancings. The aim is to is to “remove the barriers that exist in the current refinancing program.” …

The refinancing initiative under consideration by the Obama administration would need final approval from the acting head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Edward DeMarco. Those close to DeMarco say he is acting as an independent regulator with the goal of conserving the assets at Fannie and Freddie, a position he has staunchly defended before lawmakers since the two firms were taken over by the government three years ago.

The encouraging news is that the Obama Administration does not appear to need the approval of the Republican-led congress to make access to the HARP program easier. Rather the administration mostly needs to persuade the independent head of the FHFA Edward Demarco that their plan is sound.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this new initiative. In the meantime, contact us in the sidebar to see which government-backed refinance programs you already qualify for.

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