FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce HARP Changes to Reach More Borrowers

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FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce HARP Changes to Reach More Borrowers

FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce HARP Changes to Reach More Borrowers

For Immediate Release

Contact: Corinne Russell (202) 414-6921
Stefanie Johnson (202) 414-6376

October 24, 2011

 

 

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FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce HARP Changes to Reach More Borrowers

 

Washington, DC – The Federal Housing Finance Agency, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), today announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in an effort to attract more eligible borrowers who can benefit from refinancing their home mortgage. The program enhancements were developed at FHFA’s direction with input from lenders, mortgage insurers and other industry participants.

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The new program enhancements address several other key aspects of HARP including:

  • Eliminating certain risk-based fees for borrowers who refinance into shorter-term mortgages and lowering fees for other borrowers;
  • Removing the current 125 percent LTV ceiling for fixed-rate mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac;
  • Waiving certain representations and warranties that lenders commit to in making loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac;
  • Eliminating the need for a new property appraisal where there is a reliable AVM (automated valuation model) estimate provided by the Enterprises; and
  • Extending the end date for HARP until Dec. 31, 2013 for loans originally sold to the Enterprises on or before May 31, 2009.

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