Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Are you Ready to Refi?

The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has been extended until June 30, 2011, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

“FHFA has reviewed the current market situation and the state of mortgage insurance availability and has determined that the market conditions that necessitated the actions taken last year have not materially changed,” said FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco, in a statement on its website.

“Accordingly, to support and promote market stability, and to encourage lenders and other mortgage market participants to fully adopt the HARP program, including the implementation of the October 2009 expansion of loan-to-value ratios (LTVs) to 125 percent, FHFA is authorizing the extension of HARP until June 30, 2011.”

The program is one portion of the government’s Making Home Affordable Program, which also includes the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

It began in April 2009 and was set to expire on June 10 of this year; HAMP is expected to run until December 31, 2012.

Apparently things are worse than anticipated, what with more than 11.3 million, or 24 percent, of all residential properties with mortgages in the United States underwater as of year-end.

Of the more than four million refinanced mortgages purchased or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2009, 190,180 were HARP refinances with loan-to-value ratios between 80 percent and 125 percent.

If you’re looking to refinance with negative equity, this is your ticket.

Any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me, Gene Neal your Mortgage Expert.

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