The revised Home Affordable Refinance Program is now officially available. Underwater homeowners rejoice! President Obama overhauled the program in 2011 by executive order; however, even though HARP 2.0 is officially available to the public, you won’t find lenders approving loans until the 2nd quarter of 2012. Here’s an article on MortgageLoan.com with the scoop you need about HARP 2.0:
December 1 is when lenders are scheduled to begin implementing the new HARP guidelines for refinancing underwater mortgages. But you might not be able to refinance that underwater loan just yet. Although lenders can begin refinancing mortgages under the new rules as soon as their get their own programs in place, most will likely wait until late winter or early spring before they begin to approve significant numbers of refinances.
Remember the basic eligibility requirements for mortgage refinancing under HARP 2.0 is that Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac must have backed your mortgage prior to May 31st, 2009. If Ginnie Mae has your home loan you won’t be eligible for this round of HARP refinancing. Additionally, you must be underwater in your mortgage and not have any late payments during the past six months. You are allowed one late payment in the six months before this timeframe. Keep an eye on this space for announcements that lenders like Amerisave have begun processing applications.
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