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Reverse Mortgage Frequently Asked Questions

FHAWhat is a reverse mortgage?
A reverse mortgage is a loan that enables senior homeowners, age 62 and older, to convert part of their home equity into tax-free* income—without having to sell their home, give up title to it, or make monthly mortgage payments. The loan becomes due when the last borrower (s) permanently leaves the home.* Consult Financial Advisor. Not all products available in all states.
How is a reverse mortgage like a home equity loan? How is it different?
Both a reverse mortgage and a home equity loan use the equity you have built up in your home to provide you with readily available cash.They differ in that with a home equity loan you must make regular monthly payments of principal and interest. However, with a reverse mortgage you do not make any required monthly mortgage payments for as long as you stay in the home.
Can my current income influence my ability to get a reverse mortgage?
No. Since reverse mortgage borrowers need not make monthly repayments, there are no income qualifications.
What are the advantages of a reverse mortgage?
There are many. Here are a few of the most significant:•  Remain independent. A reverse mortgage allows you to remain in your home and retain home ownership.

•  Stay in your home. It allows you to remain in your home and retain home ownership.

•  No monthly mortgage payments required. You need not pay back the reverse mortgage loan nor make any monthly mortgage payments until you permanently move out of the home.

•  Tax-free money. Because the money you receive from a reverse mortgage
is not considered income, it is tax free* and will not affect your Social Security or Medicare benefits.

•  Freedom and flexibility. The money you get from a reverse mortgage is yours to use in any way you choose.

* Consult Tax Advisor

I’ve heard that with a reverse mortgage the lender would own my home. Is this true?
It’s absolutely FALSE. The borrower retains title to the property. The reverse mortgage lender is merely extending a loan to the borrower.Because the homeowners retain title, they remain responsible for the payment of property taxes, hazard insurance, and maintaining the home in reasonable condition – just as they would with a standard first mortgage or home equity loan.
Can I refinance a reverse mortgage, as I would be able to do with a traditional home mortgage?
Yes. Refinancing can make sense if your home either increases in value, the interest rates drops or the maximum lending limit increases. Keep in mind that when deciding to refinance a reverse mortgage, it is important to compare the amount of benefit versus the cost of the loan before making this decision. The amount of benefit received should be twice the amount of the cost to refinance the loan.
Can a reverse mortgage lender take my home away if I outlive the loan?
No they cannot. And the loan is not due at that time either. In fact, you don’t need to repay the loan as long as you or another borrower continues to live in the house as the primary residence and keep the taxes paid and hazard insurance in force.
How do you determine the amount of cash I am eligible for?
The amount you can borrow depends on several factors, including your age, the type of reverse mortgage you select, current interest rates, the appraised value of your home and FHA’s lending limits for your area. In most cases, the older you are, the more valuable your home, and the less you owe on it, the more money you can get.
Are there any limits on how I use the money I receive from a reverse mortgage?
You can use the money for virtually anything you choose, from daily living expenses, home improvements, healthcare expenses, paying off existing debts, or simply enhancing your retirement years. For many people, the money provides a “financial security blanket,” in case unexpected expenses arise.

It is important to know that with adjustable rate mortgages, an increase in the interest rate could affect the amount of money available to borrow in the future and the amount of money owed when the loan becomes due.

Is there a choice in how I receive the cash from my reverse mortgage?
Most definitely. With most reverse mortgages you have a wide range of payment options, one of which may be ideal to meet your financial needs.

  • You can choose to receive the money all at once, as a lump sum.
  • You can receive equal monthly payments as long as one of the borrowers lives and continues to occupy the property as a principal residence.
  • You can choose to receive equal monthly payments for a fixed period of months.
  • You can get a line of credit; which allows you to take funds at times and in amounts of your choosing until the line of credit is exhausted. This is the most popular option, chosen by more than 60% of reverse mortgage borrowers.
  • You can opt for a combination of line of credit with monthly payments for as long as the borrower remains in the home.
  • Or, finally, you can choose a combination of the above.
Who can qualify for a reverse mortgage?
Seniors 62 years of age or older may qualify. There are virtually no income or credit qualifications.
Lender-with-mortgage-paperworkI still owe money on a first or second mortgage. Can I still get a reverse mortgage?
Yes. You may be eligible for a reverse mortgage even if you still owe money on a first or second mortgage. The funds you would receive from the reverse mortgage would be used to pay off whatever existing mortgages you have on the property.
Can I get a reverse mortgage on a second home or resort property I own?

Unfortunately no. Reverse mortgages may only be taken out on your primary residence.

What kinds of homes are eligible for a reverse mortgage?

First and foremost, the reverse mortgage must be on the borrower(s) primary residence, that is, where they live most of the year. Most reverse mortgages are taken on single family, one-unit homes. Some programs also accept two-to-four unit buildings that are owner-occupied. Some programs offer reverse mortgages on condominiums and manufactured homes built after June 1976. Mobile homes and cooperatives are generally not eligible for a reverse mortgage. Call 352-688-7949 to speak with one of E Loans Mortgage Reverse Mortgage Specialists

Would a home that is in a “living trust” be eligible for a reverse mortgage?
Yes. In most cases a homeowner who has put his or her home in a revocable living trust can usually take out a reverse mortgage. A review of the trust documents would be conducted by the reverse mortgage lender to determine if anything in the living trust would be unacceptable.
Are all reverse mortgages the same?

No, below are the basic types of reverse mortgages:

1.     Federally-insured reverse mortgages.Known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM), they are insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They are widely available, have no income requirements, and can be used for almost any purpose.

2.     Government-sponsored reverse mortgages.  A Home Keeper® is Fannie Mae’s conventional market alternative to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM). It is a government-sponsored enterprise program and works like a HECM loan in many ways. However, a Home Keeper® reverse mortgage addresses a few needs that are not met by HECM loans, such as individuals with higher property values, condominium owners, and seniors wishing to use a reverse mortgage to purchase a new home. The Home Keeper can also be used for a Reverse Purchase. For example if you have sold your home and are looking to purchase the new retirement home, you can save half of your money and put 50% of the proceeds down on a new purchase and still have no mortgage payments under this program.

 

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When will I have to pay the principal and interests cost of this loan?

Your reverse mortgage loan becomes due when one or more of the following conditions occurs: (a) the last surviving borrower passes away or sells the home; (b) all borrowers permanently move out of the home; (c) the last surviving borrower fails to live in the home for 12 consecutive months; (d) the borrower fails to pay property taxes or hazard insurance; (e) the borrower does not maintain the home in reasonable condition.

What is a non-recourse loan?

A non-recourse loan is a home loan in which a lender may look only to the value of the home for repayment of the loan; no other assets may be attached if the loan balance grows beyond the subject property home value.

If I take a reverse mortgage, will I still have an estate that I can leave to my heirs?
When you sell your home or no longer use it as your primary residence, you or your estate must repay the lender for the cash received from the reverse mortgage, plus interest, monthly service fees and any other accrued costs. Any remaining equity belongs to you or your heirs. It’s important to remember that you can never owe more than the fair market value of the home when it is sold. None of your other assets will be affected by your reverse mortgage loan.
When the loan is due, will I ever owe more than my home is worth?
If the borrower or heirs/estate do not wish to retain ownership of the property upon loan maturity, the borrower or heirs/estate will not be required to pay more than the home is worth upon loan maturity.In the event the borrower or heirs/estate decide to keep the home upon loan maturity, the borrower or heirs/estate will be responsible for the full amount owed.
What fees are involved in a reverse mortgage?
Most reverse mortgages have an origination fee, third party closing costs (such as appraisal, title and escrow), insurance, and a monthly servicing fee. These charges can be paid from the proceeds of the reverse mortgage, resulting in no immediate burden to the borrowers; the costs are added to the principal and paid with interest when the loan becomes due. Call us at 352-688-7949 and we will be happy to answer all of your Reverse Mortgage Questions.

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Rents in Spring Hill Florida continue to rise, however mortgage rates are still historically low. With house prices starting to rebound in Hernando County this may the best time in years to purchase a home in Spring Hill FL! For quick a quick Mortgage Approval contact us at 352-688-7949 or apply online at www.e-loanmortgage.com

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postheadericon Understanding The New TRID Rules

Scales-of-justiceThe Importance of TRID

If you are working anywhere near the real estate industry, by now you have heard about the importance the regulations known as TRID, which are effective for residential mortgage applications submitted on or after October 3, 2015. There are many questions about these new regulations and in this article we will try to answer these from a consumer and real estate practitioner point of view.

What is TRID?

TRID is the result of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Know Before You Owe” initiative in which the agency is trying to make the home buying process easier to understand for consumers as well as making important documents available before the actual closing takes place. TRID is an acronym which stands for the TILA and RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule. Yes, the government has actually come up with an acronym to replace two acronyms. Thus, first we must explain TILA and RESPA.

TILA stands for the Truth-in-Lending Act. This law regulates all consumer lending, not just real estate finance. For example, if a consumer obtains a credit card, there will be a TIL disclosure issued for the purpose of giving the consumer the “true cost” of borrowing by factoring in borrowing fees into an overall number called the “Annual Percentage Rate” or APR. What is unique about mortgages is that an initial TIL Disclosure is required for mortgages within three business days after submitting an application and a final TIL Disclosure is required at closing. In contrast, you might obtain a credit card the same day you apply for it.

RESPA stands for the Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act. This law specifically focuses upon the regulation of residential real estate transactions. There are many aspects of RESPA, but here we will focus on another required disclosure, the “Good Faith Estimate” of Closing Cost, which also must be issued within three business days of application. RESPA also requires the issuance of a HUD-1, the final closing statement, which some years ago was aligned so that the numbers were synchronized with the initial Good Faith Estimate.

How does TRID change all of this?

The government’s goal is to make the process simpler by integrating the two disclosures into one—both upfront and at closing. Thus, there is a new disclosure required three days from application which is called a Loan Estimate. This new disclosure replaces both the Good Faith Estimate and the Truth-in-Lending Disclosures. At closing, the HUD-1 and final TILA are replaced by the Closing Disclosure.removing-fear640x392jpg

Though these rules are designed to make the process simpler, in reality the requirements for timing, re-disclosure if changes occur before closing, and making the forms “multi-purpose,” can actually be quite complex. Even the definition of what constitutes a “business” day can be confusing.

What about the timing requirements?

Though there is no change with regard to the timing requirements after application, there are two important timing changes that take place under TRID.

  1. The Closing Disclosure must be provided to the consumer three business days before closing.  This means that transaction’s numbers must be finalized well before the settlement date.
  2. The Loan Estimate must be issued seven business days before closing. Depending upon weekends and Holidays, this means that most closings must occur at least two weeks after application. In addition, if allowable changes occur, the Loan Estimate must be reissued within three business days and received by the consumer four days prior to loan closing.

What does this mean for homebuyers?

While it makes perfect sense that homebuyers should have access to their closing costs, payments and other final details well before closing, home purchases can often be fluid situations. For example, if someone is purchasing a new home, what if an option is added late in the process which would change the sales price and perhaps the final mortgage amount? Or perhaps a home inspection calls for significant repairs to the property which changes the purchase price.

Above all, this means that everyone involved in the transaction must work together in order to make sure all details are set earlier in the process. All actors must do their part:

  • The applicant must get all required documents to their mortgage company promptly and make sure they are complete, legible and accurate.
  • The real estate agent(s) must make sure that all contract issues are resolved very early in the process.  Any changes must be communicated promptly as well.
  • The title company must provide required information to the mortgage company so that the final numbers can be calculated on a timely basis.
  • The mortgage company must process and underwrite the file within a time frame which will allow the final disclosures to be issued on a timely basis.

What is the consumer’s most effective tool to assure a smooth and timely closing?

The best way a consumer can ensure that the process is smooth and closes on a timely basis is to make sure that they obtain a fully underwritten pre-approval before an offer is submitted on a home. A pre-approval enables the lender’s underwriters to analyze a consumer’s documentation and issue a pre-approval subject to an acceptable sales contract, appraisal of the property and locking in a loan program. Basically, there is a must shorter timeline from contract acceptance to closing when a pre-approval is issued.

In addition, obtaining a pre-approval puts a consumer in prime negotiating position with a seller who may be entertaining multiple offers. This pre-approval basically signals to the seller that the prospect is a serious buyer.

Loan-CrossingWhat about “back-to-back” closings?

Many times one consumer will be attempting to effect two real estate transactions in one day – selling a home and then purchasing a home. The vast majority of the time, the owner must sell the home first because they need the cash from closing to purchase the second home and typically can’t qualify with both payments. Under TRID, this more complex situation is likely going to be more difficult to coordinate because of the disclosure timing requirements. In these cases it may behoove both the buyer and seller to obtain their mortgage from the same lender so that coordination is more seamless in this regard.

Under TRID, the world of real estate transactions is changing. The purchase of a home is the most important investment for most Americans and certainly a most important lifestyle decision. It is imperative that a potential homebuyer work with a mortgage company armed with the technology and experienced staff to effectively and efficiently comply with the timing requirements of TRID, ensuring a smooth and on-time settlement.

Steve Fingerman

President

E Loans Mortgage Inc.

NMLS# 856640

727-946-0904

postheadericon 30 Year vs. 15 Year Mortgages

Loan-CrossingDiscussions of mortgages often focus on interest rates, but there is a much more basic decision to make. Should you go with a 30 year mortgage term or a 15 year mortgage term?

30 Year vs. 15 Year Mortgages

Any discussion of mortgages tends to turn on two points. How can you qualify for the most money with the lowest payment? How can you get the lowest interest rate for the mortgage? While these are two important issues, there is an addition one that people fail to consider, resulting in significant wasted money.

The term of a mortgage is extremely critical for a couple of reason. First, it sets the length of the obligation you are undertaking. Second, it defines the amount of interest you are going to pay over the life of the loan. These are huge issues when it comes to building equity.

The longer the loan, the more total interest you are going to pay. The trade off, of course, is you are going to have smaller monthly payments the farther you stretch out the obligation. While this may sound like a good goal when you first get the mortgage, it can backfire on you in the long run.

Most people focus on interest rates as a way to save money on mortgages. This is a valid approach, but playing with the length of the loan is a better way to save money. If you can cut the payments in half by going with a shorter loan, you can save huge amounts on the total interest repaid to a lender.removing-fear640x392jpg

The decision on the term of the loan is relatively simple, but entirely dependent upon your personal situation. There is no absolutely correct choice. First, you need to determine if you can comfortably afford the higher payments that come with a shorter term loan. In general, a 15 year mortgage will have payments 20 to 25 percent higher than a 30 year loan. Of course, you will pay the loan off faster, to wit, be building equity in the home quicker.

The modern mortgage industry has a variety of different term length products. When applying for a loan, take the time to evaluate the different terms to see if you can find a loan that is perfect for your situation.

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Posted on Jul 08, 2012

Simple But Effective: Manatee County Real Estate Front Yard Marketing ‘For Sale’ Signs = You Mean Business

When it comes to Manatee County Real Estate property search resources, one tool house hunters rely on without hesitation is so simple they probably don’t even think about it. Although online sites and search engines are incredibly valuable, some stall users until they give up their email address. Classified ads may be tried and true, but often require searchers to make a phone inquiry to learn the address in question. But there is a low-demand, high-yield, unequivocal property search aid without any of those drawbacks: the good ol’ frontyard ‘For Sale’ sign.
It may seem like an awfully old-fashioned marketing method, but that sign remains one of the most effective tools we recommend to attract buyers. With the prices of single-family homes on the rise in half of the largest US cities, many who have been on the sidelines waiting for the market to turn around are revisiting the idea of selling. For them, what about putting out that ‘For Sale’ sign?
One advantage is obvious: signs alert the most interested potential buyers – those already on a property search in Bradenton Florida. Your agent’s posted cell phone number (or a number that plays a recorded message) will certainly draw inquiries from interested buyers. Although its reach is a tiny fraction of the Internet’s, not everyone begins a property search online. To reach potential homebuyers who have targeted your neighborhood, the humble sign can be your #1 marketing tool.
Today’s Manatee County Real Estate, property searchers have cell phones, most of which have aps which recognize a digital feature some of today’s yard signs display: a QR code. When a QR design appears on a For Sale sign, users just use their phone to scan the code and instantly gain access to the agent’s web page with full information about the property. Not so old fashioned, after all…
Drawbacks

The main disadvantage is location location location: only people who already live in the neighborhood or pass by the property will see it. The quality of those reached is high, but their numbers don’t compare with what online listings can yield. Too, some homeowners are nervous about the idea of seeming to invite unwanted visitors – although the addition of a “call for appointment” tag usually resolves that issue. For those who are shy about announcing to the neighborhood that they are ready to move, it’s good to remember that the goal of marketing a home is to attract as much attention as possible: hiding the ‘product’ is counter-productive.
There are many ways to advertise a house for sale. Many homebuyers’ property search begins with an agent; some with an online session…but for others, that simple yard sign can be what prods them into thinking about the home that could be theirs. For anyone planning to market their own Manatee County Real Estate home, the surest first move is to hire a professional: an agent with a proven multimedia marketing plan. And you can bet that a good old-fashioned (or nowadays, new-fashioned) yard sign will be part of it!
Call Us Today For A Free Market Analysis To See What Your Home In Bradenton Florida Is Worth in The Open Market!
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postheadericon Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Market Attracting Foriegn Investors

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Part of Global Investing Picture
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Foreign Buyers Snap Up Residential Real Estate

For quite a while, Lakewood Ranch residential real estate holders – that is, homeowners – haven’t had to work very hard to come up with a description for the U.S. real estate market. ‘Lousy’ certainly came to mind. ‘Bleak’ was a strong contender. ‘Cautiously optimistic,’ at best a distant third.

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So this months Wall Street Journal report came as a quiet reminder that, for serious-minded investors who view our situation from a less-involved perspective, our residential real estate outlook is neither lousy nor bleak. In fact, the combination of lower residential prices and the international currency environment has created a ‘property-buying binge’ by Asians, Canadians, Europeans and Latin Americans – more than 60% of whom pay in cash.
“There’s this international view that America is on sale,” according to one property manager. He should know; he’s an executive whose Chicago-based company buys foreclosed homes and manages them for investors. A year ago, all of his investors were domestic. Now, one in five is foreign.
Whereas before, most foreign residential real estate investors were interested in ‘trophy’ properties to enhance their personal prestige, the new onslaught is coming from buyers who see that they can earn high returns by buying here, renting, then reselling in the future when the market rebounds. It seems that in many countries, a residential real estate downturn is expected, but has yet to occur. In their estimation, ours is already history.
It looks like “a gift,” according to one developer, who judges that an oceanfront condominium in Rio de Janeiro sells a level 50% higher than an equivalent property in Miami. International or domestic, investment money is always drawn to bargains — but when bargain basement prices are combined with the perceived safety represented by U.S. residential real estate, the lure is apparently irresistible.

FOREIGNERS SNAP UP PROPERTIES IN THE U.S.” was Nick Timiraos’ headline, with a caption that read, “To many Americans, plowing money into real estate has never looked like such a risky venture. But to many foreigners, U.S. housing has never looked like a smarter investment.”

Thanks, Nick, for giving us some outside perspective; I guess we can adopt the ‘cautiously optimistic’ view with a lot more confidence. If you have been waiting on the sidelines to make your own Lakewood Ranch residential real estate investment, I hope you will give us a call when you decide that now is the time to invest in property in Lakewood Ranch and the Bradenton area. We are standing by to help you find the property you’re looking for!
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Spring Hill FL Owner Financing: Good Deal or Not A Good Deal?

Housing Affordability at All-Time Highs

Spring Hill FL For Sale by Owner Pros & Cons

 

Bear with me on these numbers: they are meaningful to Spring Hill Florida home buyers and sellers alike. One of the most meaningful calculations The National Association of Realtors®makes is the Housing Affordability Index. An Index value of 100 means that the average (actually, ‘median’) family’s income is exactly the right amount to qualify for a typical 20% down mortgage on a median-priced home. It would be tight, but doable.

That’s what a “100” means. In the latest report this spring, the Index across the whole country was higher than 200! … 204.3, to be precise. Up there in “never-before” territory. And it’s been there since January!

Yet banks are still not lining up to approve mortgages – for the number of reasons we’ve talked about before. It’s why some buyers and sellers have started to look for alternative ways to sell and buy a home; and begun to look in the “for sale by owner” (“FSBO”) realm.

Spring Hill Florida homes for sale by owner aren’t being sold through a licensed agent, forcing a potential buyer or his agent to deal with the seller directly. If the home has sat on the market for an extended period and the homeowner does not have a mortgage to pay off, a buyer can sometimes interest the seller in owner self-financing. In such a deal, the buyer gives his or her down payment and installment payments directly to the seller. As anyone would guess, this approach has its own special Pros and Cons.

The biggest Pro for the buyer is, obviously, easier financing. The biggest Pro for a seller is the potential to make a sale where none was possible before. As can be inferred from the Affordability Index, many people can afford a mortgage, but cannot find a traditional lender.

But speaking of problems, there are some ‘Cons’ to consider. If the buyer stops making payments, the seller must evict and foreclose on the property — both time-consuming and costly procedures. A For Sale by Owner financing deal gone sour is especially problematic if the seller is dependent on the income from the home. And buyers need to pay attention, too. When dealing with a For Sale by Owner transaction, there are a variety of potential legal loopholes and title issues that traditional sale and mortgage disclosures and contracts are specifically set up to avoid.In all cases, it is wise to consult a trusted financial professional and attorney before signing anything.

While a home listed For Sale by Owner with attractive terms (like owner financing) can be attractive, having a licensed real estate and mortgage professional on your side can make all the difference.If you are considering buying or selling in Spring Hill Florida, we are always here to be your real estate resource!

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postheadericon HARP 2.0 Home Buyer Education, Get Complete Details On HARP 2.0 Refinance

 

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Welcome to the HARP 2.0 University!

Here you our complete workshop on everything to do with the HARP 2.0 Refinance program other wise known as the Home Affordable Refinance Program.
Who Qualifies For HARP 2.0?
What Are the Benefits?
What Are the Guidelines?
What can and can’t HARP 2.0 Be Used For?
This and many more HARP 2.0 Refinance questions will be answered in this informative HARP 2.0 class.
There is nothing being sold here so view the workshop at your
earliest convenience. There is no fee or charge for the workshop, it’s just our way of getting you the information you need to make informed decisions about your home loan and the HARP 2.0 refinance programs. If you have any questions, or require immediate information you can also call us any time at the numbers listed below.
Steve Fingerman
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Spring Hill FL, 34609
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postheadericon HARP 2.0 Refinance Is Here, Florida Home Owners Who Are Underwater Can Now Refinance

Video: New HARP Program To Help Underwater Homeowners

The latest version of the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program went into full swing this week.

 

The program, which officially began in December but wasn’t fully available until this week, now allows homeowners to refinance at today’s low interest rates if they are current on payments and hold loans on which they are more than 125% underwater.

 

The program is limited to homeowners whose loans are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That means no principal will be reduced, but it may be possible to get a lower interest rate and a lower payment. Homeowners who aren’t eligible for HARP may be eligible for other modification programs.

To get a HARP 2.0 refinance, homeowners must have taken out their loan before June 1, 2009. You can read all the guidelines here . The plan will be effect until the end of 2013.

You can apply for a HARP Refinance at E Loans Mortgage.

The previous version of HARP limited the refinancing to homeowners who owed less than 125% of their home’s value.

  • The enhanced HARP is one of a number of refinancing and mortgage-modification opportunities unveiled in recent months to keep more homeowners out of foreclosure and in their homes.

 

Economists believe putting more money into homeowners’ hands, through lower payments also will help the economy.

  • As Mark Zandi and Cristian Deritis wrote in an analysis for Moody’s Analytics:
The economic benefit of a restrung HARP is clear. If more mortgages are refinanced, fewer borrowers will default, homeowners will have more to spend elsewhere and the fragile recovery will receive a quick and potentially sizable cash infusion.

If you think you want a HARP refinance, you should move quickly. Mortgage rates have already started rising, so you want to lock in a low rate while you can.

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