- Pay off current 2nd mortgages with no adjustment
- Loan amounts to $800,000 on a refinance transaction
Pay up to $20K in non mortgage debt
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Many homeowners who have seen a loss of value in their home have been seeking principal reduction plans or underwater refinancing opportunities to make their underwater mortgage more affordable. Obviously, homeowners who are in a situation where they owe more on their home than their home is actually worth are quite frustrated and, for those who are having trouble making their mortgage payments, are in need of underwater assistance.
A critical part of Fannie Mae’s role in the Making Home AffordableSM Program is the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), available for refinances of existing Fannie Mae loans only. The goal of the refinance effort, as announced by the President, is “to provide access to low-cost refinancing for responsible homeowners suffering from falling home prices.” The expectation is that refinancing a Fannie Mae loan will put responsible borrowers in a better position by reducing their monthly principal and interest payments or moving them from a more risky loan structure (such as interest-only or short-term ARM) to a more stable product. These solutions provide mortgage refinances for current LTVs up to 125 percent, and mortgage insurance flexibilities.
Fannie Mae provides two Refi Plus™ options to provide Fannie Mae to Fannie Mae refinance solutions to eligible borrowers:
Refi Plus for manual underwriting
Refi Plus simplifies the process of refinancing loans that are already in a lender’s servicing portfolio. This product supports a 125 percent maximum LTV and mortgage insurance flexibilities for LTVs over 80 percent.
DU Refi Plus™ for loans underwritten through Desktop Underwriter® (DU®)
DU Refi Plus provides increased efficiencies for the origination and underwriting of Fannie Mae to Fannie Mae limited cash-out refinance transactions in DU up to 125 percent LTV. Eligible loans identified in DU receive increased underwriting flexibilities, including expanded eligibility criteria and DU minimum documentation requirements.
In today’s ever changing market it is important to work with a Maine Mortgage Specialist that can provide you with all of the options needed to refinance your existing home mortgage.
Call today to explore your options. 888-775-4200 ext 271.
FHA loans came into existence in the 1930’s during the Great Depression in order to allow lower income Americans to borrow money for the purchase of a home. The government program was intended to provide banks with adequate insurance to insure against mortgage defaults that were subsidized by the government.
Well, the fall of 2010 should bring us a new refinance program for those with mortgages that are underwater (the mortgage amount exceeds the value of the home). However, the program is voluntary for mortgage lenders.
The government will offer cash incentives tied to the total value of loan principal reduced. To participate in the program, lenders must write down at least 10 percent of the original loan balance, and the restructured loan amount must be less than the current value of the home. After the principal write down, the new loan to value can be no higher than 97.75% of the new appraised value.
If you have a second mortgage, the lien holder must agree to subordinate their second mortgage to the new first mortgage, and must agree to write off any principal amount that exceeds 115% of current loan-to-value (LTV).
This option will be made available to homeowners with mortgages that are not currently insured by the FHA. Existing FHA-insured borrowers are not eligible for this program.
- You must be current on your existing mortgage(s)
- You must occupy the home as your primary residence
- You must qualify under current FHA underwriting requirements (after principal write down)
- Your FICO score cannot be less than 500
- Your front-end debt-to-income (DTI) ratio can not exceed 31%, and the back-end DTI ratio can not exceed 50%
- The existing lender must agree to principal write down
- The second mortgage lien holder must subordinate to the new first mortgage, and cap the balance at 115% of the value of the home.
Other measures include:
- Temporary assistance for the unemployed: the government will allow unemployed borrowers to reduce or suspend mortgage payments for 3-6 months
- Helping Homeowners Move to More Affordable Housing (HAFA): Encourage short sales and deed-in-lieu transactions as an alternative to foreclosures. The government will increase payments to mortgage service companies and second mortgage holders who agree to participate and will double relocation assistance payment for borrowers successfully completing foreclosure alternative to $3,000 from $1500.
Keep in mind the principal reductions will occur over a three-year period and it’s unclear what the impact of these modifications will have on credit scores.
Call it what you want but it seems after the past few years being a free for all for Mortgage Modification’s handed to people so far in default it’s crazy, soon there may be a program to help those who are actually making their mortgage payments on time… stay in their homes and catch a break.