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HAMP program extended

By Elaine Quigley, Realtor, CBR, CRS, GRI, Prudential Prime Properties

Elaine Quigley, Realtor, CBR, CRS, GRI, Prudential Prime Properties. 508-366-3766

President Obama in a recent State of the Union address spoke about homeownership and how the American Dream has dissipated for many due to lingering challenges in housing and mortgage lending. The President offered hope to more homeowners by extending the Homes Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) until Dec. 31, 2013, and widening the program’s eligibility criteria.

HAMP allows qualifying homeowners with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages made prior to June 1, 2009 to refinance to a better rate and more favorable terms. It also provides incentives to participating mortgage lenders that reduce principle for qualifying borrowers.

Millions of additional homeowners may be eligible for HAMP to reduce their homeownership costs and avoid foreclosure. Originally, the program was designed to reduce mortgage borrowers’ debt ratio to 31% of their incomes, and those below that threshold were not eligible. These borrowers may now apply for HAMP consideration, as can borrowers struggling under the weight of other liabilities, such as medical bills.

Eligibility also has been extended to owners of rental properties – as many as 700,000 landlords may qualify for loan modification under HAMP.

Moreover, borrowers who were approved for a HAMP trial period, but did not make the payments as scheduled, would now be eligible for consideration under new guidelines. Also, homeowners who missed payments under an approved HAMP modification would be eligible to reapply under the new rules.

The Obama administration announced it would triple balance-reduction incentives to lenders, paying up to 63 cents for every dollar lenders take off mortgage principal. The administration also said it would offer incentives to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce principal on loans. Previously, the government had only offered incentives to private lenders and banks.

If your mortgage is owned, insured or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA or USDA, you may be eligible for HAMP consideration. Contact your mortgage servicer for details.

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Call me, Elaine Quigley, at 508-366-3766 for all your real estate needs.

 

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