About Government Refinance and Home Purchase Programs

Information and Updates on Government Mortgage Programs
Filed under HARP Program Loans or The Obama Refinance Program

The Obama refinance program for people with loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (also known as the Home Affordable Refinance Program) just increased the loan-to-value it will allow from 105% of the appraised value of the home to 125%. While this is good news for borrowers we will have to wait and see which lenders are actually willing to participate in the new program. Many lenders were only allowing up to 95% on the program even though it previously allowed for more so we will see which lenders allow for 125% in practice. Here is a link to the announcement and here are some excerpts:

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced an expansion of the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Refinance Program to include participation by borrowers who are current but up to 125 percent underwater on their mortgage. Under authorization provided by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, borrowers whose mortgages are currently owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will now be allowed to refinance those loans according to the terms of the Home Affordable Refinance program established earlier this year.

Currently, only those borrowers whose first mortgage does not exceed 105 percent of the current market value of the property are eligible for the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Refinance Program. For example if the property is worth $200,000, the borrower must owe $210,000 or less. Today’s announcement will allow more homeowners to become eligible for the program, by increasing the eligibility to 125 percent.

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